Bob Sperandio leaves us with kindness and a deep-rooted entrepreneur spirit
” As a board member, I began to learn about the agency, its management team, and the challenges facing the organization. I was struck by how entrepreneurial the management team was as well as the board. They were a perfect example of the old adage…While you are busy telling folks that something can’t be done please try not to interrupt the folks who are doing it!” – Bob Sperandio
We are remembering Bob Sperandio, a great friend to Lifetime Assistance, who passed away June 28. Bob left behind his wife and partner of 54 years, Jackie, his daughter Beth and her
husband Richard, his son Mark and his wife Joan; granddaughters Cecilia and Lilah, his brother Phil and his wife Donna, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bob loved Lifetime Assistance, the staff, and all of the people the agency supported and enjoyed educating people on the ABILITIES of people with developmental disabilities.
In a speech he gave in 2018, Bob Sperandio said, “My first introduction to LAI was in the late 1980s when they leased space in a building next to our facility on Turner Drive. It was their first sheltered workshop location and we became the first customer of that workshop.”
Bob and his wife Jackie built their family business, Sporting Dog Specialties, from a tiny enterprise in their basement to a successful business that offered jobs to over 400 people. In 1989 they moved their business to a new location and added a state-of-the-art cafeteria. Bob worked with Lifetime to hire eight people with developmental disabilities and a job coach to run the new cafeteria. Lifetime’s relationship with Bob quickly grew and in the early 1990’s he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors.
In the late 90s, Bob worked with his good friend Mike Verno to increase awareness for Lifetime Assistance throughout Rochester.
They created the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honored inspirational celebrities such as Maya Angelou and Itzhak Perlman. As Bob had hoped, for many years the events lifted agency recognition and raised money to support future services.
Bob left the agency board in 1994 to help form the Lifetime Assistance Foundation Board, to assist with agency events, and to raise money and awareness. In 2005 Bob and his wife Jackie started the Sperandio Family Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to employees furthering their education in the human services field. They strongly believed that Lifetime’s compassionate employees were the heart and soul of the agency.
After retirement, Bob took his love of a challenge to volunteerism. He often said that helping the people who were doing important work was one of the greatest joys of his life. He was proud to think he made a difference in his volunteer work at Lifetime Assistance.
We thank Bob for his many decades of service and dedication to Lifetime that have left a lasting imprint on our agency. Our thoughts are with Jackie and his family. Bob will always be remembered fondly.
“I think of Bob with great fondness, as a dear friend. Bob’s high energy and gusto for living, and his enthusiastic “build it better” determination, have contributed greatly to Lifetime’s success over the past 40 years. One of my earliest mentors, Bob has taught me invaluable lessons in entrepreneurialism and the powerful energy in always looking forward with creativity and determination, coupled with a healthy dose of humor and fun. Join me in raising a glass to Bob Sperandio, a very fine and elegant gentleman who has touched thousands of lives throughout our community.”
President & CEO