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On February 4, 2018, Robert Martinazzi II, 49, of Severn Maryland went to his heavenly home while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Bob was born on May 2,1968, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to Madeline and Robert Martinazzi. Bob graduated from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, PA and went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, class of 91, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Bob served his country proudly in the United States Navy for nine years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant. During his early military career, Bob went on to earn two Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, one in Civil Engineering and the other in Environmental Engineering. Bob was privileged to work in facilities engineering and most recently as a Director of Procurement for the University of Maryland. Bob had a passion for Star Wars and loved sharing his joy of collecting and droid building with others. Bob belonged to the DC Star Wars Collectors club and the R2D2 Washington DC Builder's Club. Due to his remarkable craftsmanship of his Star Wars life size, animated droids he was invited to the White House to share his creation with the Gold Star Children ( Children who had lost a parent in Military combat) and with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle. Bob just recently was invited to share his R2D2 and his newly finished BB8 droid at the Washington DC executive premier of the latest Star Wars movie, "The Last Jedi." Bob qenerously shared his droids with many children at local hospitals, Muscular Dystrophy Association, schools and libraries. Bob was a Boy Scout leader, an active member of his church, and a devoted Pittsburgh Steeler and Penguin fan. Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Allison Mary Martinazzi; his cherished children, Emily Martinazzi and Robert Martinazzi lll of Severn Maryland, his beloved Parents Madeline and Robert Martinazzi; his loving sisters, Maria (Jeffery) Lauer and Amy (William) Kanich, all of Nanty -Glo, his dear parents-in-law, Mary and Jack Gifford of Kendall Park, New Jersey; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and close friends.The family will receive visitors at Singleton Funeral Home, P.A; 1 2nd Ave, SW (at Crain HWY), in Glen Burnie, on Thursday, February 8th, from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 9th, at 12 noon at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 801 Stevenson Lane, Severn, MD 21144. Interment at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. . In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert's name may be made to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, Pa or in the true fashion and spirit of Bob, take your family to the next Star Wars movie, buy some popcorn, and sit back and enjoy!
Published on February 7, 2018
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