Remembering C. Robert Biondino, MD
8/7/1943 - 10/9/2010
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WALLINGFORD - C. Robert Biondino, MD, 67, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 at MidState Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of Sharon (Service) Biondino, his loving wife of 46 years.
Born Aug. 7, 1943 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Charles and Isabelle Dortensio Biondino, a longtime resident of Wallingford, Doctor Biondino was a graduate of the Choate School 1961, Princeton University 1965 and the New Jersey College of Medicine 1969. He interned at the Medical College of Virginia in1970. Robert served in the U.S. Navy as an officer and physician on the Sioux Indian Reservation in Winnebago, Neb. for the U.S. Public Health Service.
Dr. Biondino was a practicing orthopedic surgeon for 30 years. He was a partner in the Meriden Orthopedic Group for 21 years and a founder of Comprehensive Orthopedics' where he worked for the past nine years. Dr. Biondino served his residency in orthopedics at Hartford Hospital in1973 as orthopedic and chief resident for Hartford Hospital and at St. Francis Hospital, Newington Children's Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.
He became certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1977 and was recertified in 1983. Dr. Biondino was a member of the International College of Surgeons since 1997, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons since 1978, Arthroscopy Association of North America since 1987, International Association of Arthroscopy since1987, and the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine since 1995.
He held the following positions and teaching appointments: Orthopedic Service MidState Medical Center, Attending Consultant Orthopedics' John Dempsey Hospital University of Connecticut Health Center, Courtesy Attending Orthopedics Connecticut Children's Hospital, Courtesy Attending Orthopedics' Bradley Memorial Hospital, Chief of Orthopedics MidState Medical Center 2004, Vice President Connecticut Orthopedics Society 2007 and Immediate Past President Connecticut Orthopedic Society 2010.
Bob was a member of the Meriden-Wallingford Medical Society, New Haven County Medical Association, member and former Chairman of the Connecticut State Sports Medicine Committee and the Connecticut State Medical Society Drug & Alcohol Committee.
He was a consultant for the C.I.A.C. Sports Medicine Committee for Connecticut High School Athletics, the Consulting Orthopedic Editor for the Editorial Board of Connecticut Medicine Magazine, the Consultant and Past Editor for Connecticut Sports Medicine, a consultant for the University of New Haven Athletic Program, the Consultant and Team Physician for Lyman Hall High School, the Consultant in Sports Medicine for the Choate School and the Consultant for the Impact/Concussion program for Cheshire Academy.
Dr. Biondino was awarded America's Top Orthopedists in 2008 by Consumer Research Council of America. As a Princeton Tiger, Bob was a member of the Princeton Club and social director for Cannon House in which he participated in its recent return to the campus of old Nassau. He was a consummate bird hunter, skier and a skilled fly fisherman. An avid golfer Bob was a past member of the Farms Country Club and the Wallingford Country Club.
He had a unique sense of humor to gently remind us we are all human. An accomplished storyteller he will always be remembered for his timeless rendition of the Italian doctori and the young nun in "I checka, checka, checka".
Besides his soul mate Sharon he is survived by his children in Colorado Atty. C. Robert Biondino, Jr., and Alysha Biondino Havrilla, a bilingual educator with whom Bob shared his birthday; his grandsons, Chaz Biondino and Brendan Biondino, with whom he established a special relationship through a mutual love of sports and the outdoors; his brother, Bruce Biondino, of Wallingford; his brother-in-law, Jack Service and his wife, Sue, of Meriden; two sisters-in-law, Mary Biondino, of Meriden, and Paula Biondino, of Cheshire; his nieces and nephews, James Biondino and goddaughter, Jena Biondino, both of Meriden, Todd Service, of Meriden, Jaime Service and his wife, Trina, and their daughter, Bob's great-niece Isley, all of Vermont; Giancarlo Biondino, Marissa Biondino and Francisca Biondino, all of Cheshire; his faithful Collie "Wolfy;" and endless friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his brother, Boyd Biondino; and many furry companions.
A visitation is scheduled to celebrate his life and the enrichment of our lives on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Choate Chapel, North Elm and Christian Street in Wallingford from 3 until 8 p.m. His Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, 82 Akron St., Meriden. Family and friends are invited to proceed directly to the Church on Thursday morning. Burial with military honors will be in In Memoriam cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in memory of Dr. Biondino may be made to the C. Robert Biondino Scholarship fund, c/o the Stempien Funeral Home, 450 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450. The family intends that funds will be used to establish scholarships for a deserving Wallingford student to attend Choate or for a Lyman Hall graduate to attend college. To send an online expression of sympathy please visit www.myrecordjournal.com.
Published in The Record-Journal from October 11 to October 12, 2010
by Joe-Annis on
“You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he is gone,
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what he'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
From the Poems of David Hawkins, British Poet We are going on "B"...missing you but so glad you radiated our space. We will continue to share the laughter, the joy... All the physicians and staff at Comprehensive Orthopaedics..
by Anna Carabetta on
Very Sorry to Hear about this News. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as well as co workers and all who has been touched by a wonderful man. With Heartfelt Sympathy, Anna Carabetta
by Peter Benhke on
So sorry to hear about Dr Biondino. I am away on vacation and just picked up your email. Our sincerest condolences to your entire team. Peter Benhke
and the HCRS Team
by steve frank on
Bob would always bring a smile to my face whenever I would bump into him at the hospital. The last time I saw him, he saw me with my MET hat on (the Mets happened to be on winning streak then) and kidded me that I'm only wearing it because they're winning! We laughed(I think he was right!).
by Madonna Sacco on
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of B. He was a wonderful, charasmatic, dedicated physician. Please extend my sympathies to his family and the great folks at Comprehesive Ortho.
by Ricardo Galindez on
My condolences go out to the family, and all his co- workers at comprehensive orthopedics.
by Dawn Foss, APRN on
When I was brand new to the practice, Dr. Biondino took me under his wing. He gave me great insight that only years and years of first hand experience and wisdom could bring. He told me about the importance of listening to patients and being there for them, as something of great value. He was always ready and willing to give a helping hand. Even if he was just passing through on his day off, if he saw I was waiting for a doctor to come out of a room to look at an X-ray, he would come over and give me his insight. He was a warm, genuinely caring person that I had the privilege of knowing for only a few short months. He had an air about him of someone famous, like Frank Sinatra, and yet was a very humble man. He told me he no longer did surgeries, but he absolutely LOVED coming in to the office to see his patients. He enjoyed his schedule and his life with a gratitude that poured out of him. We would laugh about our differences in plans. He asked me what I was doing over the weekend. I said I was going to play mini golf. He was going to Europe! He won! When I worried about my daughter, who was in Mexico, he said, "Life's a crap shoot!" He told me of stories when he went to the Dominican Republic and did some mission work. He was so proud of his children who did the same. The dangers are all around us every day, and yet we have to live life to the fullest or else we're not really living. I sensed Dr. Biondino did just that.
by Lulu Kuzmovich on
My heart goes out to everyone he has has known. Our sincere sympathy to all...........
by Bessie Locke on
I only met Dr. B once, when he was operating on my friend's ankle. I was impressed with the way he spoke to her, even drawing a picture on the bedsheet to illustrate what he was about to perform. He spoke on her level, gently, and took the time to answer her questions. His sense of humor also showed. I did know his mother, Isabelle. I accompanied her to Florida when she sold her condo. She had the highest praise for all of her family. I'm glad she didn't have to outlive another of her sons. I wanted to extend my condolences to all of his co-workers. It is hard to lose someone who was so dynamic, and a big part of all your lives. May you all be comforted by good memories. God Bless Bessie Locke
by Dean Chang MD on
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Biondino. He was always so kind to me when I first got here, always asking me personally, how I was doing, and offering assistance at any time. He is a great loss, and I want to express my sympathy to all of his partners and staff.
by Fred Tilden MD on
Very sorry to here of Bobs passing. He had a great way of being doctorly, frank, funny, down to earth, salty, smart. We in the ER and I personally appreciated him as a collegue and friend. Our condolances to his family.
by B Colos on
Dr B had a special gift. He knew how to communicate, make you laugh and was a very good surgeon. My husband and I were both patients and loved him for his unique bedside manner.We will both miss him. Our deepest sympathies to both his family and Comprehensive Orthaopedics.
by ed & charleen poglitsch on
Dr. B., our neighbor, we will miss you dearly. When we first met in the early eighties with softball injuries, to our spirited "discussions" when you umpired LL baseball and I was a manager, to our chance meetings in your driveway when we walked the block, we will NEVER forget you. I will never orget our first encounter when my wife ( the ortho nurse ) sent me to you with a broken finger. she was convinced that you would instruct me not to play in the playoffs. You splinted my finger and showed my how to cut a hole in my glove to allow me to play. Obviously you were the best.
by peter bunting on
C. Robert Biondino, MD, affectionately referred to as Doctor Bob in our household,touched my life as a friend,fellow golfer, contemporary, peer, Doctor to my wife and Daughter, hunter, talker especially when he would drive the ball from the golf tee, interested in me and my family, survivor of a hospital staph infection, fighter, father, husband, father-in-law, Grandfather, son, brother, bright, cheery, and a great fellow citizen and American. Karen and I played 18 holes of golf today at The Farms and recounted many fond memories of Doctor Bob, or just Bob. He put the real meaning into wearing loafers without socks. My family and I are better people for having known him. Sharon and Bob's fellow surgeons, carry on.
by Karl Ege on
I just learned of Bob's passing. We were classmates at Princeton and proud members of Cannon Club. I last saw Bob at our 45th reunion in late May. I am devastated by news of his death. My thoughts and prayers are for Sharon and the Biondino family. Bob was one of the best and someone I will never, never forget. My heart is broken. Karl Ege
by Carol Hogya on
While I did not have direct contact with Dr. Biondino, as a past patient of COMC, I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-workers of Dr. Biondino. I am sure that he will be greatly missed on many levels. May God bless you all.
by Ginny and Tom Gersz on
Ginny and I sincerely extend our deepest condolences to the family of Robert Biondino M.D. Bob was a dear friend and personal physician to our family. I recall fondly the fun-filled afternoons playing basketball with Bob and Boyd at Sheehan H.S.when Bob was still attending the Univ.My wife remembers working countless hours with him at Mid-State and listening to his comical remarks as he performed his surgical skill. My daughter Carolyn is grateful to his surgical prowess after seriously injuring her knee playing basketball.She and her friends loved his "colorful slacks'
Bob was a trrific person and skillful surgeon. His personality and friendship will be sorely missed. I am sure the family has many memorable moments to cherish forever. He touched the lives of many who knew him and will never be forgotten.
by Joyce M. Soltesz on
I was so saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. He will always be Bobby to me as I was his and his brothers baby-sitter in Bridgeport. I knew him and his family very well. I have seen him since I live in Wallingford for 52 years. He was always to gracious to me and would give me a hug and a kiss whenever I saw him. He will be greatly missed.
by Fred Sandella on
My family and i would like to express our deepest condolences to one of the finest persons we have ever known. Not only a great person but a fabulous doctor who knew how to explain, in laymens terms, just what he was going to do during surgery. He was a kind and gentle person and will be sadly missed. I am proud to have known him. Rest in peace my friend.
by Lindsey London on
Dr. B, you were such an awesome guy to work for. You always made us smile even on the craziest of days. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Biondino family.
by Michael Mongelluzzo on
Great Doctor, Made my thumb like new. Thank you, will miss you.
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