WATERTOWN, NY — Arthur V. Sboro, 69, of Estero, FL, and formerly of Watertown, NY, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, surrounded by family.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1951, a son of Arthur A. and Johanna (Cavallario) Sboro. He graduated high school in 1969 from Immaculate Heart Academy and from Villanova University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
He is survived by his wife, Heather; his children, Monica Sboro, Melissa (Dustin) Gentile, Erika (Jake) Raymond, Artie (Courtney) Sboro, and Maria Sboro (Zach Gullo); his grandchildren, Jake, Lucas, Jack, and Giada; his siblings, Cynthia Beattie and Steven (Liz) Sboro; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Ellen Griffin Sboro, his father, Arthur, his mother, Johanna, a grandson, Markus Gentile, and his brothers-in-law, Bruce Beattie and Michael Griffin.
He married Ellen Griffin on Sept. 8, 1973, at Holy Family Church. Ellen passed away on Feb. 5, 2000. He married Heather Winn on Aug. 16, 2003, in Lake Placid.
Art was raised in the family restaurant business, working at Art’s Jug restaurant alongside his parents, brother, and sister throughout high school and college.
He started his banking career with Marine Midland Bank in Copenhagen in 1974 as the branch manager, then assistant vice president, and finally vice president at Key Bank.
He returned to the family business in the mid-1980s operating Art’s Jug on Huntington Street. He and his brother opened Sboro’s Restaurant on Coffeen Street in the early 1990s and he continued operating Sboro’s Restaurant for 25 years until his retirement in 2015.
As a member of the Watertown Elks Club, Watertown Golf Club, Italian American Club, Rotary, and AUSA, he was always involved in the community.
The Relay for Life organization was especially important to him and he was a sponsor for over 20 years. He and his children always made sure to light a candle for their mother, his first wife.
He was an avid golfer and loved his retirement life in Florida.
His greatest joy and source of great pride, however, were his kids and grandchildren.
The funeral Mass will be said 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at Holy Family Church, Winthrop Street, Watertown. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery. There are no public calling hours.
Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.reedbenoit.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a charity of your choice.