Robert D. Fernandes, “Bob”, age 74, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 12, 1934 to Manuel and Rose (Abbondola) Fernandes in Yonkers where he was raised and educated. Mr. Fernandes was the owner and operator of the famous Jo Jo’s Hot Dog Stand noted for its delicious onion sauce, until he started his employment as Labor Supervisor of the Sanitation Department and retired as Manager of the Sewer Department for the City of Yonkers in 1999, working over 35 years for the City of Yonkers. On April 14th, 1955 he married Mary Dugan in Sacred Heart Church, she survives living in Yonkers. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, where he enjoyed working Bingo nights. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 1666, the Amackassin Club, an avid deep sea fisherman and a Mets fan. He served his Country in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner DD 692. He circled the world and was very proud of his “Shellbacker” Certificate. He loved being with his family and was most noted for “telling it like it is.” We will miss our Sunday dinners and watching the Lottery numbers. Besides being survived by his wife, Mary, he is survived by his four daughters. Laura (Frank) Sinatra, Jr., Catherine (William) Nowak, of Yonkers, Anne Riti of Cortlandt Manor and Jennifer DeMascio of Yonkers. Nine grandchildren, Frank III and Robert Sinatra, Christine and William Nowak, Nicole and Robert Riti, Danielle, Ashley and Mary DeMasacio. One Great-granddaughter, Gianna Nowak-Ujkic. Two sisters, Marie (Philip) Pizzuti and Linda (John) Silliman. And many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Joseph and a sister Ann.
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