Robert H. DeSpirito, 76, civil engineer, worked for Long Island Railroad

Robert H. DeSpirito, 76, of Ridgefield, husband of Joanne (Plate) DeSpirito died on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. DeSpirito was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 8, 1936, a son of the late Armando and Amelia (Ferrero) DeSpirito. He was raised in the Bronx, attended Bronx schools, Dewitt Clinton High School and graduated from Westchester Community College with a degree in engineering.

A civil engineer, Mr. DeSpirito worked with the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers and later with Horn Construction Company which was responsible in erecting the Throgs Neck Bridge. He then joined the Long Island Railroad as a civil engineer and retired in 2001 after twenty years of service.

A resident of Ridgefield for the past ten years coming from Westchester County, he was a member of St. Mary Parish.

He enjoyed travel, golf, sports and computers and most especially being involved with his grandchildren and their various activities.

In addition to his wife, Joanne of fifty-three years, Mr. DeSpirito is survived by two sons, Robert DeSpirito of Darien, CT and John (Stephanie) DeSpirito of Redding, CT; two daughters, Lauren D. (John) McGeary and Cristina D. (Andrew) Lombardozzi all of Ridgefield, CT; a brother, Emil (Rose) DeSpirito of Mt. Kisco, NY; nine grandchildren, William, Allison, Isabelle and Olivia DeSpirito, Jack, Caroline and Julia McGeary and Kate and Thomas Lombardozzi; a sister in law, Mary Castelli of Bronxville, NY; a brother in law, Peter (Anita) Plate of East Marion, L.I., NY and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. DeSpirito was a loving husband, a devoted Father and Grandfather, a lifelong Brother, a Terrific Father-in-law, and a caring Uncle with many long time friends. Above all, he cared about everyone and always went out of his way to help. He will be deeply missed but remembered forever.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield with Msgr. Laurence Bronkiewicz, Pastor officiating.

Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

The family received friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Monday.

Contributions to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065 would be greatly appreciated.