Robert A. Calascibetta

Robert A. Calascibetta
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Manville — Robert Angelo “Calso” Calascibetta, 69, formerly of Woonsocket, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Robert was the son of the late Angelo and Anita (Bilodeau) Calascibetta.

Bob grew up in Woonsocket where he excelled in sports and later earned a football scholarship to Boston University. B.U. hit the jackpot when it came to Calso. He was a team captain, played multiple offensive positions and was named as the All Conference running back. He was later invited to various professional training camps but declined in order to finish his degree at Boston University.

After receiving his teaching degree, he went back to where it all began and became a physical education teacher at Woonsocket High School. Always looking to do more and not content with just helping his students during school he began coaching as a way to support his students after school. He coached girls’ basketball, tennis, and football. He quickly became well known for his sideline antics and his “passionate” coaching style. He was inducted into the Woonsocket Hall of Fame in 2009.

After 28 years at Woonsocket High School, he spent the next three years of his career as the Vice Principal at West Warwick High School where he continued guiding and pushing all who were lucky enough to cross his path. He retired from education in 2001 to become an avid golf fan and the best grandpa anyone could ask for.

He is survived by the love of his life Stephanie Karas and his children Brian Calascibetta and his wife Karen, Alicia Blake and her husband Joseph, Morgan Karas and her husband Collin McCullum, and Zachary Karas and his wife Anna. One brother, Tommy Calascibetta and his wife Nancy. His memory will also live on through his 6 grandchildren; Riley and Hayden Karas, Cherylind McCollum, Brianna Calascibetta, Cameron Cash Blake, and Leyla Karas.

His Funeral will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 9 AM from the S.DiPardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home 1583 Diamond Hill Rd., Woonsocket, RI 02895 with a Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Church 128 Greene St., Woonsocket. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery Farm St., Blackstone, MA.

Relatives and friends are invited; Calling hours are on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-9 PM.


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I was lucky enough to be one of Bobby’s teammates at BU. He was an outstanding player and a guy no one could dislike. We were talking several years after we got out of BU and during the conversation he said, “There is only one Robert Caliscabetta in this world”. Truer words were never spoken. Just a great guy. RIP old teammate.

  –Steve Bogner (2018/05/23)

i worked with Bob in Woonsocket. I remember when he beat me out for the girl’s tennis coaching job. I was disappointed, but knew that he would be an excellent coach. I respected Bob and had an appreciation for his coaching skills and experience. I remember watching him play pe-wee football at Dunn Park in Fairmount. He was an exciting player to watch. His dad was always at the games showing support.RIP Bob.

  –david labrie (2018/03/17)

Had coach Calso in High school from 75 thru 78, great coach and great times. You’ll be missed but not forgotten coach, RIP.

  –Roger Carpentier (2018/03/16)

Dearest Taffy,

Don and I are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our heart felt thoughts and prayers are with and the family. May God watch over you and give you comfort at this difficult time.
Love to my dear cousin,

  –Don&Pat; DeLuca (2018/03/16)

Memory Eternal!
Taffy, please know that Bob, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts…. May the Lord bless you with all the peace and strength that you need…

  –Erika Namaka (2018/03/16)

Taffy,  my dear cousin.  Karen and I are so sorry for your loss.  You and Bob are in our prayers.


  –Greg Boluch (2018/03/16)

My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

Memory Eternal!

Janice Meschisen

  –Janice Meschisen (2018/03/16)

You had more influence in my life while in high school than any other. Years later when in the military I laughed at all those who yelled at me because none were better at it than you. I was blessed to have you as my coach and learned so much from you. Your teachings aren’t forgotten. RIP Coach.

  –Wayne Demers (2018/03/15)

Taffy and family, so sorry for your loss.

  –Mike and Barbara Erickson (2018/03/15)

My deepest condolences

  –Joanne goralski (2018/03/15)