Robert Landry was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, moving to Rochester, New York with his family when he was a teenager. He attended Aquinas High School (Class of 1956), was a great boxer in the Mission Bouts, played football, going on to enjoy golf, snow skiing, water skiing, boating, jet-skiing, scuba diving, snowmobiling, Watkins Glen and horse back riding.
Robert’s love of his family always came first. He adored his beloved wife Donna who always stood by his side, helped him through a serious skiing accident, then years struggling with IPF. She never wavered in her constant care for him to the very end and he loved her dearly. Their 24th anniversary would have occurred on August 20th. An adventurous pair, Donna and Robert travelled in an RV around the country. The couple traveled regularly to Florida for a time where they enjoyed visiting with his sisters Gabrielle and Jeannette, and Heather and her family. By boat, they cruised Niagara on the Lake, Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands and spent many hours boating in the Finger Lakes. As a team and couple – they complimented each other beautifully, their appreciation for beauty, nature, home and hearth were gifts they often shared with friends and family.
Bob and Donna always were gracious hosts, spending countless warm and festive holidays with their family, a special time filled with music, great food, caring and sharing. Anyone who spent time in their home came away feeling loved and full.
Bob inspired his kids – by his quest for information and truth, kindness and generosity toward others and his loving nature. He was a devoted student of history, thirsty to learn and grow and he loved music – both jazz and classical. His children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike really looked up to him and he made them want to be better people and hope to be like him.
Claudia and her Dad had a special relationship and she really enjoyed all the wonderful times they shared. They often had lunch together, with Pedro too! Claudia loved staying overnight with him and dinner with him and Donna, and rides with Pedro in the car.
On a quest inspired by genealogy, Robert travelled to France with Pete, Gabrielle and Jeanette to track down family roots, and then with Paula to Drummondville and Nova Scotia. It was the best trip Paula has ever had or ever will and they learned much about the Landry history.
Bob loved to drive, especially if he could drive fast. In addition to driving a tractor trailer, he loved to speed off in anything from a snowmobile to a 4-wheeler, a speed boat or a sports car. He did high speed driving school at Watkins Glen, also driving at Mosport Grandprix and St Jovite in Canada. He also was a good mechanic.
Robert enjoyed volunteering for the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, going on countless camping trips. He gave many hours of time and service to St. Vincent DePaul Church. Bob served on the board of the DePaul Mental Health Agency and also on the board for Lifetime Assistance and with the foundation as well. He also volunteered at the EquiCenter for horse therapy.
He could fix anything, and was an excellent fabricator. Founder of Rosetto Foods in 1973, the company manufactured frozen ravioli and stuffed pastas. Robert was the President for many years until he sold the company to Labatts in 1987. He was the first pasta manufacturer to pre-cook and flash-freeze - a unique technique for longer freezer life and fresher flavor which caught on because of the convenience. It was his joy to feed people great foods affordably. Inspired by his work for Ragu, Robert purchased the equipment from Ragu to start Rosetto Foods, deriving the name from the Italian ‘Roseto’ which means “bouquet of roses” and is a tribute to his grandmother whose first name was Rose. Operating out of a small plant in Gates before moving to the old Sealtest Ice Cream plant on White Street, his raviolis featured beef and cheese, servicing institutional customers and the public.
Bob loved the wonderful people he worked with at Rosetto Foods, he considered them to be friends and family.
In the early days, Rosetto produced 150,000 – 200,000 ravioli a day. At the time it seemed like a lot, but by 1990, approximately 3-4 million raviolis were produced daily. Rosetto Foods employed 150 people, some from Cambodia and other parts of Asia from a refugee program. The company regularly donated food to St. Peter and Paul Church, Hospitality House, the Genesee Valley Food Bank, sponsored 10k and 5k races as part of the Seneca Falls Convention Days celebrating the first Women’s Rights Convention.
A veteran, Bob served in the Marine Corps from 1956-58 as part of the peace-keeping effort and was proud to serve his country.
Bob and his siblings, Gabrielle, Pete, Jeanette and Jack, grew up close and stayed close over time and distance. They enjoyed golfing together, family reunions and playing cards.
Bob was somewhat of an animal whisperer – and animals loved him and knew they could trust him. Breena, his and Donna’s beloved tri-color corgi, enjoyed many years of fun, frolicking, swimming, walking, and running through the snow. Pedro was the recipient of Bob’s late innings, and as a rescue dog from Miami, was happy to find a warm, kind person who treated him with love, lots of treats, rides and snuggles.