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Robert 'Bob' N. Votta dies at 68

August 05, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Robert N. Votta of Alpharetta went peacefully to his final reward Sunday July 27, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming following a brief illness.

Mr. Votta was a U.S. Air Force veteran who was deeply involved in veterans' affairs at the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta.

Mr. Votta was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1946. He was the son of Carmen and Josephine Votta.

Mr. Votta was a devoted son, husband, brother and uncle. He leaves Mary, his loving wife of 40 years, to cherish his memory. He is also survived by his brother David (Joyce), nephew David Votta Jr., nieces Lynne Moore and Lisa Lombardozzi and cousin (like a sister) Carmela Bobick (Steven).

Mr. Votta was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Vietnam War Era with honor and distinction from 1967 to 1971.

Mr. Votta, who has called Alpharetta home for 24 years, retired after many years as a loyal and valued employee of the General Electric Co.

"Bob," as he was known to all who knew him, was a passionate sports fan and a man who never met a stranger. He had an uncanny ability to remember names, even of individuals he only met one time.

Mr. Votta was also an avid golfer and following his retirement from GE, he worked at the Windermere Golf Club in Cumming. During his tenure there, he made hundreds of friends among both members and employees

He is best known in the Alpharetta community as "Mr. American Legion" for his tireless efforts on behalf of the 825 wartime members of Alpharetta American Legion Post 201.

At the Legion, he was entrusted with numerous leadership positions. Among them, two terms as post commander, senior vice commander, six years as general chairman of the annual Old Soldiers Day Parade, chairman of the High School Oratorical Contest, chairman of the High School Scholarship Program and chairman of the Post Executive Committee.

The 2014 Old Soldiers Day Parade, the largest in the event's 62-year history, was dedicated to his memory.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. at Northside Chapel Funeral Home, 12050 Crabapple Road, Roswell. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. also at Northside Chapel. A reception at the American Legion Post 201 will follow at 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Interment will take place at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Veterans Cemetery Road in

Canton, Monday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m.

Northside Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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    Bob's Mother's Recipe
    August 08, 2014 | 10:41 AM

    I worked with Bob, in Teddy Day's group, on the 2nd floor at GE Info. Services at 401 N. Washington St. in Rockville, MD. (My last name was "Monnier" back then.) We had a cookout at our home on the water in Deale, MD where everyone brought food and Bob brought DELICIOUS baked beans! He shared the recipe with me and it's in my recipe book to this day, dated 07/86. It's called "Bob Votta's Mother's Baked Beans" and I always get compliments when I take this dish to gatherings. By the way, somewhere in my old photos, I remember a closeup of the painted top of Bob's head ... we had pony rides and face-painting for the kids at our cookout and Bob joined in on the fun! Great guy ... diehard Nittany Lions fan ... and a very nice person. I will keep him and his family and friends in my prayers.

    Susan M. Nelson
    Baltimore, MD
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    Maryland and New Jersey
    August 08, 2014 | 11:03 AM

    GE was the home to many of us that knew Bob, and as a long time employee myself, it was always great to have folks like Bob working along side you. I met Bob in Maryland and worked together for a number of years, before I was transferred to the NJ office. When we were looking for a position to fill, and Bob fit the bill for that expertise, we didn't hesitate to ask him aboard, and I know it wasn't a move he regretted, and neither did we. Beside working hard and succeeding, we also had a lot of fun, and his contribution there was invaluable. Lots of great memories. RIP

    Joseph Grzegorzewski
    Heiloo, The Netherland
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    Robert Votta
    August 08, 2014 | 01:43 PM

    I went to school with Bobby for twelve years. I was hoping he would attend our 50th class reunion this September. We were childhood friends. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.I wish we keep in touch. Now I can't even say goodbye.I will remember him always and pray for him.

    elaine cassarella schmidt
    west hazleton pa.
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