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Port Chester Family Grieves Father, Son Who Died Two Weeks Apart

Luigi Presta Sr. and son, Roberto, died within two weeks of one another. Robert is holding his 2-year-old daughter, Emily.
Luigi Presta Sr. and son, Roberto, died within two weeks of one another. Robert is holding his 2-year-old daughter, Emily. Photo Credit: Contributed

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- A Port Chester family is grieving the loss of a father and son who died within two weeks of one another.

An education fund has been set up for the 2-year-old daughter of Roberto Presta, 36, who died Sunday, Dec. 7, after many months battling gastric cancer.

Presta's 70-year-old father, Luigi, died of complications from surgery on Nov. 21.

Robert Presta of Valhalla grew up in Port Chester. He is survived by his wife, Danielle DiBello Presta, and a daughter, Emily, both of Valhalla.

Presta worked for Broadview Networks in Rye Brook as director of pricing and strategy.

His father, Luigi Presta Sr., was a retired employee of J.J. Cassone Bakery.

Robert Presta also is survived by his mother, Maria Presta, of Port Chester; and brothers, Luigi Presta Jr., of Stamford, Conn., and Marcello Presta, a police officer in Port Chester.

Calling hours are Thursday, Dec. 11, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Hawthorne Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Corpus Christi Church, Port Chester. Entombment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Rye Brook.

Luigi loved his family, especially his only granddaughter, Emily. For more information on Emily's educational fund, which has nearly met its goal of $30,000 at www.gofundme.com/igvmqw , contact the Hawthorne Funeral Home.

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