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West Pasco man earns community hero honors

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Published:   |   Updated: April 15, 2014 at 01:53 PM

The good deeds of Bob Memoli have not gone unnoticed as city officials have proclaimed him a community hero.

The latest example came last month as Memoli received a $50,000 check from Tampa Bay Lightning as one of the NHL team’s Lightning Community Heroes.

Memoli shared the wealth with donations from the $50,000 to Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Center for Independence, Deaf and Hard and Hearing, Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children and the American Cancer Society.

A broker-associate with Florida Luxury Realty, Memoli works as hard for many local charities, former Mayor Bob Consalvo pointed out in a proclamation.

Memoli has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Trinity Relay for Life, Junior Achievement, PACE Center for Girls, West Pasco Pregnancy Center, the Lighthouse and the cancer society.

One cause near and dear to Memoli’s heart are several scholarships he established to benefit underprivileged children. He oversees the Take Stock Advisory Council which puts dozens of students through college who otherwise would never had the opportunity, Consalvo explains.

Since Brendan Gorman was in the seventh grade, Memoli has mentored the youngster. Gorman grew up without a father while his mother and sister suffer from chronic diseases.

Through Take Stock in Children and Memoli’s guidance, Gorman went on to graduate high school and Saint Leo University. He is in his first semester of law school at Barry University in Orlando.

Gorman praised his mentor in a letter. “If It was not for Bob, I would not be the man I am today,” he wrote. “Right away I knew I was meeting a genuine person who deeply cares for others.

“From the start, Bob got me involved in the community and showed me what a pleasure it is for him to serve our community. He taught me that hard work and perseverance always pays off, no matter where you start.”

“I don’t know what to say,” Memoli remarked during the city proclamation presentation.

“That is one of my major accomplishments in my life, other than my family and my son, Brandon going to college,” Memoli said. “When he graduates college in another two years, that’s going to be an unbelievable time.”

As an “iconic figure,” city officials said about Memoli, they encourage all residents and business leader “to reflect on the accomplishments of a true local hero.”

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