SMSGT Roberto Pilola

September 1, 1946 - December 22, 2015
SMSGT Roberto Pilola

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Senior Master Sargent Roberto Pilola, 69, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully at Riverside Regional Medical Center on December 22, 2015. Robert was born of immigrant parents, Felicisimo and Luz Soriano Pilola, from the Philippines who arrived in Ft Hamilton, NY in 1951. His father, who served as a Filipino Scout and later in the U.S. Army infantry, helped American forces in WWII and transferred to Ft. Hamilton shortly after the war. As a typical military dependent, Robert and the rest of the family called many places home, but his most cherished memories are of his boyhood growing up in rural New Jersey. The nomadic military lifestyle appealed to him so after graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and brief stints as a commercial artist and karate instructor; he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps making the military a career. He served 4 years in the U.S. Army, but made a career as an airman serving 22 years in the U.S. Airforce. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force at Langley, VA in 1999, he settled in Williamsburg, VA returning to college and graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associate Degree from ECPI (Electronics, Communications, Programming and Information Systems) in Hampton, VA. After graduating, he started a new career as a computer technician and database manager at a family-oriented non-profit agency at Hampton Healthy Start in Hampton, VA. He retired from Healthy Start in October 2013, but continued to volunteer his time whenever they called.

Robert is preceded in death by his mother, father, his brother Michael, his niece Virginia Marie, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. Maximo and Aurora Pabalan. Besides being a husband, father, and grandfather, brother, and uncle, he was a true renaissance man with many talents. He was man of few words, but found a way to show his compassion, passion, deepest thoughts and feelings as an artist, painter, poet, singer, and novelist. He was the 2nd of 9 siblings who was survived by his lovely wife, Cecilia “Chet” Pabalan Pilola, daughter Mary Alison Pilola Evans, son-in-law Myron Evans, and twin grandchildren, Aydon and Aurora Evans. He is also survived by his siblings: Leticia Sanders, Virgil Pilola, Liza Gorin, Phillip Pilola, Alice Funk, Father Joey Pilola, Patrick Pilola, their spouses and numerous nephews and nieces. His legacy will live on through his works and accomplishments and in all of us who love him.

We would like to thank all those who have supported us through this difficult time with the many signs of your love and prayers.

A visitation service will be held on December 29, 2015 at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg, VA from 5:00-6:00 PM for family and 6:00-8:00 PM for friends. The funeral will be on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 at 11:00 AM. He will be buried with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery at 10:00 AM on December 31, 2015.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015
2:51 PM

Saint Bede Catholic Church - Directions
3686 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Thursday, December 31, 2015
2:51 PM

Quantico National Cemetery - Directions
18424 Joplin Road (Rt. 619)
Triangle, VA 22172


Tuesday, December 29, 2015
2:51 PM - 2:51 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • December 29, 2015
    Vickie Burks lit a candle:
    Lit since December 29, 2015 at 12:42:51 PM

  • December 29, 2015
    Julie Duty says:
    I only knew Bob for a very brief time at Healthy Families, as he was retiring when I was just beginning. He seemed like a wonderful person and was kind to me during the brief time I had the pleasure of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God comfort you during this difficult time and bless you always.

  • December 29, 2015
    Latrina Wright says:
    My Prayers are with the Pilola Family. I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a very sweet, intelligent, caring and humorous person. I will always remember him telling jokes without a smile on his face. Bob knew how to make us laugh with a flat expression on his face. He will be definitely be missed. May you all find comfort and peace in the Lord.

  • December 30, 2015
    Wanda E. Rogers says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bob will long be remembered by all of us. We are so thankful for the time he spent at Healthy Families and the outstanding contributions he made.

  • December 30, 2015
    Carolyn Mourland (School Age Programs) says:
    I didn't know him for long, but he always had a smile (which was appreciated). He will be missed