Robert J. Nozza, (73), from Fernandina Beach, died peacefully on July 28th, 2019 after a lengthy illness (Amyloidosis). He was born in Newark, NJ on December 22, 1945 and spent his childhood in Maplewood, NJ. A graduate of Rutgers (Class of 68), he spent 2 years with Prudential Insurance Company, before returning to graduate school at Seton Hall for his Masters Degree in Audiology. That same year, 1974, he married his devoted wife of 45 years, Wilma (nee Tufariello) Nozza. Bob continued his schooling by earning his PhD in Audiology at the University of Washington. Bob chose a career in academia that took his family to the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Georgia and finally Temple University, during which he taught and published his research about hearing, deafness and speech perception in infants and children.
He was an avid reader, loved to cook, exercise and run. He was always there to support, offer his advice and bring laughs to his wife and children. His children never doubted his love for them, but they did doubt his corny “dad” jokes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas G. and Catherine (nee Muccillo) Nozza, and his brother Thomas J. Nozza. He leaves his wife, his two children, Gina (Scott) Lewis and Greg Nozza, 3 grandchildren, and a number of cousins and friends with whom he was very close.
The family is planning a memorial at the Jersey Shore in September, a place that held some of his happiest memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in Bob’s name to the Amyloidosis Foundation at www.amyloidosis.org