ForeverMissed
Robert “Bobby” Mento, age 68 of Philadelphia, Pa passed away March 12, 2020 from complications of cancer.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years years, Antoinette, their children, Joseph and Natalie Du (Khoa) and sister Arlene Rambo, as well as grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other loving family members and friends.  


Bob was a firm believer in being a hard worker, regardless of the task, and doing the job right or not at all.  Early in life, he worked in automotive and founded South Philly Towing which he owned until the early ‘80’s.  In 1985, he established Mento’s Water Ice, in Ventnor City, NJ, which he continued to own for the duration of his lifetime.  Bob was very proud of this long-standing family business, particularly of the original recipes that he created which made this place a Jersey shore favorite for decades.  Bob was an antique car enthusiast, Harley Davidson motorcyclist, and had a fondness for all things classic Americana.  He also enjoyed the casino scene of Atlantic City and other gaming. Since childhood, Bob held a special bond with horses and was genuinely an all-around animal person.  Bob was as much of a western cowboy as he was a businessman; and he lived his life as one should - with the belief of doing right by oneself in every way possible. It was Paul Anka that wrote the lyrics to the song that Frank Sinatra recorded and best defines him …  “My Way” was the only way for Bobby Mento.  



Services will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please support Gift of Life and/or Humanity Gift Registry organizations. Please share pictures, stories and/or memories below.


Posted by Nick Giannini on April 1, 2020
Bob, my father and I were so sorry to hear youd passed on. My father had nothing but good things to say about you, which shows how good you really were because as you know that's rare. I really enjoyed talking to you and working for you. You will be missed my friend.
Posted by Mary Janco on April 1, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Robert's passing, he will be missed by our Office, he was a very happy go lucky guy, our prayers go out to you and your family. 
Posted by Khoa Du on March 31, 2020
March 27, 2020 By Ronnie Grant

I have known Bobby for close to 50 years. It started one night when I was racing my car and Bobby asked me to help him with his car, it was called Pretty Twice. From that evening we formed a friendship and trust that has lasted to the day Bobby left us. We bought tow trucks together, I had Ron's Towing (The Happy Hooker) and Bobby had Bob towing, later becoming South Philly Towing. We worked day and night, all weather helping each other out. We went to the Shooting range together. When we would get back from a long day, we would ask Annie to bake us two chocolate cakes and we have a quart of milk each.
After a while I decided to follow my passion in Aviation and left the towing business. One night I was driving home on I-95 when I hit some metal and flattened 3 of my tires. I had to jump a fence and walk for a while to find a pay phone. I called my neighbor to come and get me, three and a half hours later I finally made it home, only to find my car parked on the corner. The first person I thought of was Bobby, I called and asked if he got my car and he said, not me, you must be hallucinating. Many weeks later he finally confessed he was returning home from a call and said hey that's Polecats car picked it up and dropped it off. He thought it would be funny. To this day he called me Polecat, I don't even remember why.
I have never met anyone that worked harder than Bobby, or anyone I trusted more, I would trust him with my life. He has come to my rescue more than once over the years. Annie maybe we should plan a Chocolate cake night with milk lactose free of course

Ronnie Grant
Ronald Grant, Ocean View, NJ
Posted by Jennifer Kelsey on March 20, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend. Bob and Antoinette have been my neighbors for many years. Bob was a kind and generous person and treated me like a "second" daughter. He always had my back, always there for me and always made me laugh. Clarion Street will not be the same without our Street Captain. Sending Antoinette, Natalie and Joey a big hug. I will miss him lots. Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by Melissa Lutz on March 20, 2020
I would not have had the career I had in the casino industry if not for Bob and Antoinette Mento. Bob taught me the importance of having a strong work ethic; to be reliable, to show up on time, to take pride in my work no matter what the job. He opened his home to me when I needed it. I will never forget those summers. I looked so forward to summer break when the store would open and I could come back to Mento's! He was my Gumby, always bent out of shape and I will always be the rat! I was so happy when he would ask me to make him a sundae or when he would trust me to do something for him. I am so very sad for Anne, Joey and Nat and everyone who loved him dearly. Sending love and prayers always.
Posted by Gail Santa Maria Layton on March 20, 2020
It is so hard to believe that Bob who was larger than life is gone. He had a heart of gold and was a great guy. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne and her family.
Posted by Krista Stella on March 19, 2020
Antoinette, Joe and Natalie. So sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace. 
Posted by Rich Stella on March 19, 2020
Rip to my dear friend and someone who was like a father to me. I will never forget our time together and many laughs we shared. Until we meet again!!
Posted by Ryan Gaskill on March 18, 2020
Anne and Natalie, I am saddened to hear the news of Bob passing. I will be praying for you both along with the rest of your family.

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Posted by Nick Giannini on April 1, 2020
Bob, my father and I were so sorry to hear youd passed on. My father had nothing but good things to say about you, which shows how good you really were because as you know that's rare. I really enjoyed talking to you and working for you. You will be missed my friend.
Posted by Mary Janco on April 1, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Robert's passing, he will be missed by our Office, he was a very happy go lucky guy, our prayers go out to you and your family. 
Posted by Khoa Du on March 31, 2020
March 27, 2020 By Ronnie Grant

I have known Bobby for close to 50 years. It started one night when I was racing my car and Bobby asked me to help him with his car, it was called Pretty Twice. From that evening we formed a friendship and trust that has lasted to the day Bobby left us. We bought tow trucks together, I had Ron's Towing (The Happy Hooker) and Bobby had Bob towing, later becoming South Philly Towing. We worked day and night, all weather helping each other out. We went to the Shooting range together. When we would get back from a long day, we would ask Annie to bake us two chocolate cakes and we have a quart of milk each.
After a while I decided to follow my passion in Aviation and left the towing business. One night I was driving home on I-95 when I hit some metal and flattened 3 of my tires. I had to jump a fence and walk for a while to find a pay phone. I called my neighbor to come and get me, three and a half hours later I finally made it home, only to find my car parked on the corner. The first person I thought of was Bobby, I called and asked if he got my car and he said, not me, you must be hallucinating. Many weeks later he finally confessed he was returning home from a call and said hey that's Polecats car picked it up and dropped it off. He thought it would be funny. To this day he called me Polecat, I don't even remember why.
I have never met anyone that worked harder than Bobby, or anyone I trusted more, I would trust him with my life. He has come to my rescue more than once over the years. Annie maybe we should plan a Chocolate cake night with milk lactose free of course

Ronnie Grant
Ronald Grant, Ocean View, NJ
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Shared by Khoa Du on March 31, 2020
March 27, 2020   By Ronnie Grant
I have known Bobby for close to 50 years. It started one night when I was racing my car and Bobby asked me to help him with his car, it was called Pretty Twice. From that evening we formed a friendship and trust that has lasted to the day Bobby left us. We bought tow trucks together, I had Ron's Towing (The Happy Hooker) and Bobby had Bob towing, later becoming South Philly Towing. We worked day and night, all weather helping each other out. We went to the Shooting range together. When we would get back from a long day, we would ask Annie to bake us two chocolate cakes and we have a quart of milk each.
After a while I decided to follow my passion in Aviation and left the towing business. One night I was driving home on I-95 when I hit some metal and flattened 3 of my tires. I had to jump a fence and walk for a while to find a pay phone. I called my neighbor to come and get me, three and a half hours later I finally made it home, only to find my car parked on the corner. The first person I thought of was Bobby, I called and asked if he got my car and he said, not me, you must be hallucinating. Many weeks later he finally confessed he was returning home from a call and said hey that's Polecats car picked it up and dropped it off. He thought it would be funny. To this day he called me Polecat, I don't even remember why.
I have never met anyone that worked harder than Bobby, or anyone I trusted more, I would trust him with my life. He has come to my rescue more than once over the years. Annie maybe we should plan a Chocolate cake night with milk lactose free of course

Ronnie Grant
Ronald Grant, Ocean View, NJ

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Shared by Lucianne Simonelli on March 19, 2020
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Shared by Lucianne Simonelli on March 19, 2020
I love you and will miss you forever! I wish I had more time ! Wish you would’ve told us how you felt! Know you did it your way! I thought you would be here with us till you were 100 gone too soon! You taught me how to believe in myself and know I could do whatever I put my mind too! Sometimes I thought I was looking in the mirror when we chatted ! I know you loved your family more then anything in the world! I also know you will miss your best husband wy-ol ! Love Lucianne xoxo thank you for always being there! Even when I didn’t listen!