Robert "Bob" Albert Tristano


May 4, 1944 ~ November 22, 2023

Born in: Schenectady, New York
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Robert “Bob” Albert Tristano, age 79. Born in Schenectady NY, to Antonio and Lucia Tristano. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Denise; his children, Anthony (Amiee) Tristano, Theresa Tristano (John Gilmore), Christopher (Keri) Tristano; grandsons, Justin (Gypsi) Tolan, Erik (Meaghann) Tristano; great-grandchildren, Harper, Hazel, Makai, and Myla; brother-in-law, Merlin (Carol) Leking; many nieces and nephews; best friend, Jim Bacino; and his four-legged buddy, Conner.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Lucia Tristano; sisters, Bernadetta (Marty) Zach, Constance Iovinella, Yolanda (Mike) Felice, Dorothy (John) Cronin, Celia (Vincent) Iovinella; and brother, Concetto Tristano.
Robert graduated from Pueblo Catholic High School in 1963. He worked at the steel mill for a short time and then became a police officer for the city of Pueblo for 33½ years.
Robert loved his family and many friends, he loved fishing, hunting, camping and attending Mountain Man rendezvous, where he earned the name “Cactus Bob.” He was also a Boy Scout leader for 10 years.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who loved him.
Rosary, 1:30 p.m. followed by the memorial Mass, 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at St. Mary Help of Christians Church, 217 E. Mesa Ave. Father Joel & Father Zaldy will be celebrating the memorial Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Help of Christians Church. Online condolences,


Rosary: December 1, 2023 1:30 pm

St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
307 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006


Memorial Mass: December 1, 2023 2:00 pm

St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
307 E. Mesa Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81006


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  1. CandleImageUncle Bob may have been a bit rough around the edges sometimes, but that was quite a diamond under all that roughness. One of a kind, and I was lucky enough to know him.

  2. CandleImageI’m so sorry for your lose Denise! We had not seen enough of each other since our respective retirements, but I have fond memories of Bob as a devoted friend and fellow officer! You could always count on Bob to be there when things were hitting the fan! I recall a time when, as a younger officer, I responded to a disturbance in dark parking lot, with cover far off, I thought! I was attempting to handcuff one combatant, with another one on my back trying to pull me away. This went on for several minutes, with several other combatants in the area and I was in a bad way. Suddenly, I saw a big hand come out of the dark, grab the guy on my back and heard a voice say, “Get off of that officer, you @&#%”! The suspect then met the trunk lid several times and was also handcuffed! Bob was always there! I have fond memories of helping Bob with a shed project in your back yard and spending time at your house on a 4th of July street celebration, complete with a “lot” of fireworks! Bob waits for us all in a much better place, but he and the Lord are very patient and wish you a long and happy life, with family and memories!

  3. Denise, Chris and family our hearts are with you at this time. Bob will be missed by many just as he was loved by many. Such a positive and jovial soul. I can hear his laugh as I share. Heaven just got funnier and full of more love as Bob travels on. Always in my heart.❤️

  4. CandleImageUncle Bob,
    It was wonderful to visit you, Aunt Denise & Chris. Still, to this day, we talk about the wonderful time we had and how you showed us the sites of Colorado. We will always cherish the time we spent together and the memories that we will forever have. You are and always will be in our hearts. Love you forever
    Chris & Cindy Lanne

  5. CandleImageDear Denise,

    I was sorry to learn of your husband’s passing. Please know that I’m thinking of you and praying for you at this trying time.
    “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

    Leanora Gagliano

  6. CandleImageUncle Bob,
    Mike and I are so grateful for the wonderful time we had visiting you last year. We will cherish the special memories we have of the week with you like sitting in your living room watching cowboy shows and listening to your stories about the family and the smile on your face when you were enjoying the Perraca’s pizza and Civitello’s cookies that we brought from New York.
    We will hold onto these memories forever. Rest in peace. We love you
    Kathy & Mike

  7. CandleImageYou will be greatly missed Uncle Bobby. You have touched so many lives. We could sit for hours listening to your stories. Please rest in peace knowing you are loved by all. Love you ♥️

    Wayne & Terri Iovinella

  8. CandleImageRest in peace my sweet lovable uncle, we all will miss those funny stories you tell. You have been a blessing to our family❤️
    God bless
    Love you
    Ella Barbara

  9. CandleImageSo sorry for your loss . Sending prayers and comfort. Good memories meeting up with Bob and all you for camping . 🙏
    -The Sanchez Family

  10. You will be missed old neighbor. I remember when you took Chris and I to the shooting range at the police station. You loaded a black powder rifle with about 100 grains or so and let me shoot it. It about knocked me off my feet and left a pretty good bruise on my shoulder. I remember you just shaking your head and laughing in that raspy laugh that you had. Good bye for now, Bob.

  11. CandleImageRest in peace uncle Bob we all miss you so much your smile an ability to make us all laugh with your many stories and jokes we all know how much family and friends meant to you I know we all loved you
    Love mark&dorothy cronin

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