HAZLET –The man tragically killed in an auto accident on Monday night was a lifelong resident of Keansburg, a master carpenter who could build anything, and a big softie for the children fighting for their lives at St. Jude’s Hospital.
Those are the things his older brother want people to know, as the family prepares to say goodbye to their beloved Bobby at a funeral service on Tuesday.
“He will definitely be missed. He was not only my brother, but my best friend. It’s still hard for me to fathom this,” said William “Billy” Pisano, 55, in a phone interview.
In the early hours of Monday morning, around 2:24 a.m., Hazlet Police were alerted that the driver of a westbound Dodge Avenger had hit a man on Route 36, just east of Middle Road. Robert “Bobby” W. Pisano, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 53-year old John F. Hermans of Yonkers, was uninjured and stayed at the scene. He has been tested for driving under the influence, which is standard in cases involving traffic fatalities, and his vehicle was impounded as part of the ongoing investigation.
Police and county officials are still trying to learn why Bobby Pisano was crossing Route 36 at that cold and dark hour.
His brother is choosing not to speculate, and is anxious to hear the results of the police investigation because he and his family are at a loss. “We’re very bewildered by exactly what happened,” he said on Thursday.
Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Calls are being taken by Agent Reginald Grant at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443 – or Hazlet Police Department Det. Ryan McAndrews at 732-264-6565.
A resident of Neptune Township, Billy Pisano said he was informed of the fatal accident by Neptune Police. Billy Pisano employed Bobby in his painting and home improvement business, and Bobby lived with him most of the time, particularly when it was busy, said Billy. But it’s the slower season now, and his younger brother had not been in touch with him for a few weeks. Billy said he didn’t know his brother’s whereabouts in these recent days.
According to his obituary, Bobby Pisano enjoyed playing the guitar, riding motorcycles, fishing with his brother and working at his craft.
“He was very, very good at what he did. His specialty was framing houses, all around building. Basically, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. Even if he never did it before, he would attack it,” said Billy.
He showed that same resolve when it came to helping the kids at St. Jude’s, fighting difficult cancers and diseases. “He just loved them kids,” said Billy. “He said, ‘When I hit it big, I’m going to take care of them.’”
Bobby is survived by his two daughters, Rhiannon and Jessie, both 31 of Middletown; a son, Robert Hart, 17, of Jackson; and his wife, Patricia Fay-Pisano and her three children. He also will be remembered by his brothers William (Bobby), 55, Anthony, 44, and his many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Jacqueline M. Ryan for Funerals is located at 233 Carr Ave. in Keansburg. Cremation will be private. An online GoFundMe page has been established on the family’s behalf to cover funeral expenses, as well as help the kids of St. Jude’s Hospital.