Robert Anthony Paolini Obituary 2024

Robert “Bob” Paolini: A Life of Service and Adventure

Robert “Bob” Paolini: A Life of Service and Adventure

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Robert “Bob” Paolini, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, and pillar of the Wheat Ridge community. Bob, a man known for his infectious enthusiasm, unwavering spirit, and love of adventure, passed away peacefully on [Date] at the age of [Age].

Early Life and Military Service

Bob was born on July 8, 1941, in the vibrant metropolis of Manhattan, New York, to Giulio and Pauline Paolini. After graduating high school, he answered the call of duty and proudly served in the United States Army’s esteemed 3rd Infantry Division, where he spent time stationed in Germany. His time in the military forged within him an unyielding sense of patriotism and discipline.

Family and Business

Upon returning home, Bob met and married the love of his life, Linda Edwards. Together, they raised four wonderful children and built a loving and supportive family. Inspired by the majestic landscapes he witnessed during his time in Germany, Bob and his young family embarked on a westward adventure, settling in the picturesque state of Colorado in 1972.

Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Bob embarked on a successful career as a small business owner. He opened several thriving tobacco shops throughout the Denver metro area, including the flagship William Bensev, Tobacconist, located in the historic Boston Building on 17th Street in downtown Denver. Through his shops, Bob fostered countless friendships and became known for his exceptional customer service and passion for his craft.

Education and Government Service

Despite the economic downturn of the 1980s, which forced the closure of his beloved tobacco shops, Bob remained undeterred. He enrolled in Regis University and earned a degree in accounting, which he subsequently utilized in his esteemed career with the United States Department of the Interior.

Community Involvement

Beyond his professional endeavors, Bob dedicated his time and energy to giving back to his community. He served as a volunteer for the Wheat Ridge Fire Department, the Denver Optimist Club, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. His selfless contributions made a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals.

Hobbies and Travels

In his leisure time, Bob indulged in his passions for travel, automobiles, and fine cigars. He relished exploring the breathtaking canyonlands of Utah and the untamed wilderness of the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. His adventures were always tinged with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world’s natural beauty.


Bob is survived by his former wife and lifelong friend, Linda; his cherished sister, Camille Tanzella; his close companions, Larry (Deanna) Case and Rhonda Ferrie; his four beloved children, Anne (Michael) Warren, Stephen (Sandy) Paolini, Susan (Glen) Rhodes, and Thomas (Elizabeth) Paolini; his five adored grandchildren, Chance Warren, Ella and Dawson Rhodes, and Edward and Julian Paolini; his cherished friends and family at Edward’s Pipe and Tobacco Shop; and a vast network of devoted friends and admirers.

Bob’s legacy of service, adventure, and unwavering optimism will continue to inspire all who knew him. He was a true friend, a doting father, a loving grandfather, and a pillar of his community. His memory will live on forever in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

Memorial Service

A celebration of Bob’s extraordinary life will be held on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 10:30am at Olinger Crown Hill Pavilion, located at 7777 W 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bob’s memory to one of his favorite charities:

* Shriners Children’s Hospital
* St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By contributing to these organizations, we can honor Bob’s unwavering commitment to helping others and continue his legacy of making a positive impact on the world.

Bob “Bob” Paolini, a man who lived life to the fullest, will be deeply missed but never forgotten. His spirit of adventure, unwavering optimism, and unwavering dedication to his community will continue to inspire us all. May his memory be a beacon of love, service, and adventure for generations to come.