Robert Eugene “Bob” Alfano, 74, of Woodinville, Wash., passed away at home on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
He was the fifth of 10 children, born June 29, 1939 in Seattle, Wash., the son of the late Larry Louis and Hannah Bertha (Fontaine) Alfano.
He graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School in 1957. He began a lifelong career in the grocery industry starting as a box boy at Albertson’s Foods in 1955. Bob worked through the ranks of the industry and went on to pursue his career with Jack Croco, the founder of QFC, as his mentor. He retired as vice president in charge of produce from QFC in May of 2000.
Bob married the love of his life, Linda L. Sariego, on August 27, 1960 in Seattle. He served in the Army National Guard as a reservist for six years in the 1960s, specializing in communications, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.
In 2005, Bob and Linda realized a lifelong dream by opening LaConner Fruit & Produce Market in LaConner, Wash., featuring fresh produce and a café within the market. They instituted “Spaghetti Night” on Wednesday evenings, donating a portion of the proceeds to the local Kiwanis club. Bob raised and showed Welsh ponies when his children were small. He also raised and raced standardbred harness horses.
He loved spending time with his family and was affectionately known as “Poppi” to his precious grandchildren. He was a big tease and had a great sense of humor. Bob is survived by his adoring wife, Linda, of 53 years; two loving children, Joyce Muszynski and husband David, and Tom Alfano and wife Rhonda; three grandchildren, Marisa and Leah Muszynski and Joe Alfano; a sister, Betty Flamiatos, and brothers, Jerry and Billy Alfano. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Spino and Carole Norby and four brothers, Donny, Sonny, Johnny and Jimmy Alfano.