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Updated: 03/22/2014 08:00:03AM

Robert Allan Giacomo

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Robert Allan “Bob” Giacomo, 78, died Friday, March 14, 2014, after a short illness.

He was born Feb. 29, 1936.

Bob was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Following his USAF service, he married, then attended college, and graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, W.Va., with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After college, he was employed by the United States Government, and held various positions in the Department of Defense, most notably the Deputy Director of the Theater and Tactical Command, Control and Communications and Intelligence ASD(C3I) division. Bob then moved to Brussels, Belgium, where he was appointed as the General Manager, NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS) Management Agency (NACMA). He worked and resided in Brussels for four years, prior to retiring and returning to the United States in 1997.

Bob was recognized as Alumnus of the year in 1996 for the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering by the West Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He has lived the last 11 years in Port Charlotte, Fla., where he enjoyed golfing and fishing in the warm weather. He was a member of many golfing buddy groups, and golfed all over the world. Bob loved traveling and cruised abroad many times in the last 11 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lee Rice Giacomo of Port Charlotte; his son, Robert H. “Butch” (Stephanie) Giacomo of Charleston, W.Va.; her sons, Ken (Patti) Rice of San Bernardino, Calif., and Scott Rice of Harrisburg, Pa.; several grandchildren, Tyler, Austin, Hunter, Mason, Gregory, Nicole, Stephannie, Angela, Rene, Chase and Travis (Yevette); 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Edith Zinn Giacomo; his sister, Norma Jean Jeffers; and his parents, Albert “Bake” and Margaret Giacomo.

Friends may call for visitation at 11 a.m., with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m., today, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Bible Center Church, 100 Bible Center Drive, Charleston. Burial service will immediately follow at his final resting place at Montgomery Memorial Park in London, W.Va. Online condolences may be sent to the Giacomo family via

Arrangements are by Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston.

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