302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Robert M. Bouza

Robert M. Bouza (Vinny), 85, of Hockessin, DE, died January 24, 2020, at Regal Heights Heath Care where he lived for three years.  Robert passed comfortably and peacefully. He was a long-time member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, in Hockessin where he was active in the Sages, Centering Prayer, and Men’s Discussion Groups.  In addition to his church activities Bob was an avid golfer, pickleball player and loved all games and puzzles.                                                                                                            


He was born in 1935, in Long Island City, New York, the son of Manuel Bouza and Jennette Constantine Bouza.  He was the middle child of three children; sister Jean and brother William. He married Carole Whalen on January 29, 1955 and they became parents of three boys and one girl. On May 22, 1999, he married Jane Chitty and became stepfather to her two children.


He graduated from William C. Bryant High School and began his 47-year career in banking on Long Island, Manhattan and Delaware. He was employed by Chase Manhattan Bank and Long Island Chemical Bank before founding the Delaware Key Financial Bank for credit cards. He was recognized by American Banker for his many contributions.


He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Suzanne of East Islip, NY, son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Pam of Centerport NY, daughter and son-in-law, Gabrielle and Skip Bradley of Langkawi, Malaysia, son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Karen of Galveston, TX, stepson and daughter- in-law, Todd and Bernadette Kennedy of Flagstaff AZ and stepdaughter, Heather Kennedy of Wilmington, DE, his brother and sister-in-law, William and Joann of Port Washington, NY, 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Mr. Bouza is preceded in death by his first wife Carole, sister Jean Smith and great-grandson Terran Bouza.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Evergreen Center, Christiana Care Hospital, 3000 Newport Gap Pike, Emily Bissell Hospital, Building F, Wilmington, DE, 19808, St. Joseph Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, South Dakota, 57325 or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 7:00PM-9:00PM at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware.  Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary of Assumption Roman Catholic Church ,7200 Lancaster Pike Hockessin, Delaware with visitation at 10:00 AM and funeral mass following at 11:00 AM.     


    Mary Jane opley lit a candle and writes,
    Jane, I was saddened to hear the news of your husband's passing. Although expected it is nonetheless any easier to lose a long-term companion. I hope your will take succor in your fond memories of the happy times your shared. My prayers are with you, Mary Jane Copley (Awakened Heart member)
    01/27/2020 05:33 pm
    Nadine Deckman Secor writes,
    I started my career in the Credit Card processing industry working for Bob at Key Operations and worked for him for many years. I will always appreciate the opportunities and guidance he provided. I offer my condolences to his family and friends and hope your happy memories carry you through this sad time.
    01/28/2020 02:25 pm
    Rose Baxter writes,
    I had the pleasure of working for Bob at Key Operations for 12 years. He was the kindest and sweetest man and boss. He felt more like a friend than a boss. He will be missed but never forgotten. My condolences to Jane, his children and extended family.
    01/28/2020 05:21 pm
    Mariana Bouza lit a candle and writes,
    It is not easy write something. Manuel was familiar with Pedro, my grandfather. So, maybe Robert was a cousin of my Daddy, also Catholic. RIP.
    01/30/2020 03:22 pm
    Lisa Perl Greenwood writes,
    Praying for Gabrielle and her family. I was always amazed at her wonderful parents and still have a crocheted blanket her Mom made. Bob was a wonderful, warm and friendly man and surely will be missed by all that knew him. Much love, Gabrielle....Lisa
    01/30/2020 05:57 pm

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