Renato Vincent Favorito, 68, passed July 5 in St. Petersburg. He is survived by his wife of 15 years Karin “Mona” Edmiston; her son Justin; five grandchildren, Kegan, Zane, Madisyn, Alyssa and Brennan; and three great-grandchildren; his daughter, Cassandra Bond, her husband John, their children Allison & Dylan, and his sister, Marguerite, Renato was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Lillian (Galfo) Favorito; and his brother, Dennis.
Renato was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 30, 1949, where he grew up through a variety of jobs including bartenderand cab driver. For the past 35 years, he lived in Florida, working in Miami and family businesses in Tampa & Wesley Chapel before moving to St Petersburg and marrying Karin. Renato worked 20 years in building construction, rising to Construction Foreman for steelwork in a number of high-rise buildings in the Tampa Bay area.
He loved baseball, hockey and football. He brought his loyalty to the Yankees from New York, but he learned to love the Rays, and even found satisfaction in their recent sweep of the Yankees at Tropicana. Yet he still rooted for the Pinstripes when they were not playing the Rays. And he never lost his Brooklyn accent, which could be heard when his unrewarded enthusiasm for the Buccaneers set off earnest conversations with the television on game day.
Renato enjoyed travel with Karin throughout the United States and abroad to destinations in England, Europe and Australia, where he relished the experiences of foreign cultures and foods. He was into Jazz and Rock, and often went to concerts, artfestivals and shows from Florida to Broadway.
Renato especially loved his backyard paradise of many colorful flowers, a variety of herbs and hot peppers, and a professional grade grilling patio where he reigned as chef. He also made the best Manhattans this side of Brooklyn.