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Robert Ralph Carestia

Indian Harbour Beach, FL

March 9, 1964 - February 4, 2024

Robert Ralph Carestia Obituary

As we bid farewell to Robert R. Carestia, we reflect on the impact he has had on each of our

lives and the countless memories he leaves behind.



Robert was born to Ralph and Nancy Carestia on March 9th, 1964. Robert was welcomed by

his sister, Cheryl, in Stuttgart, Germany. From then on, Robert was no stranger to adventure,

having traversed continents and cultures from a young age. Growing up alongside Cheryl, they

navigated the ever-changing landscapes of their childhood with curiosity. Their father's service

in the Army meant that home was wherever the next deployment took them, instilling in Robert a

sense of adaptability and resilience that would serve him well throughout his life.



In 1984, Robert and his parents moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Unbeknownst

to Robert, his new neighbor, Christine (“Tina”), would become the love of his life. Robert married

Tina on October 9th, 1993. Robert and Tina later welcomed their three children to the Carestia

family: Brandon, Justin, and Alyssa. As a parent, Robert wanted the best for his children and

ensured this by supporting their endeavors, teaching them math (whether they wanted the help

or not), taking them on international trips, and making pancakes every Sunday morning.



In 2022, Robert and Tina made a huge step towards a lifelong dream: their very own piece of

paradise, right on the beaches of Florida. It was on Merritt Island, in his dream home (yes,

dream kitchen and dream bed included), spent with Tina, that he found peace.



But Robert's journey was not just about achieving the lifelong dream; it was having the

opportunity to be surrounded by his friends and family. He had a gift for bringing people

together, whether it was for a lively gathering in the basement over poker or a relaxing day at

the beach with his wife and parents. Similar to his upbringing, Robert continued to travel for

pleasure and favored Cinque Terre, Munich, Prague, and Tel Aviv. While at home, Robert

pursued his passion for photography, collecting comics and coins, chasing his dogs, and rooting

for Penn State Football and Wrestling.


Robert also prided himself on his education and career. Robert began his studies at

Pennsylvania State University and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical

Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Robert then received a master's

degree in Program Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. Robert then began a

31-year career at Aberdeen Proving Ground, dedicated to supporting the U.S. Soldiers, where

he quickly excelled and traveled across the globe. His breadth of experience and knowledge

landed him a position supporting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (“NATO”) and later the

Pentagon's COVID-19 Task Force. His dedication and work ethic on the Task Force earned

Robert the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal in 2021, granted by the Secretary of Defense.

Afterwards, Robert took a new role in Florida as a Program Manager, enabling him and Tina to

be near his parents (and fulfill their dream of living by the water).



As we mourn the loss of Robert, let us also celebrate the indelible impression he has left on

those around him. Robert's impressions will continue to live on in the dream home where his

wife resides, the travels of his three children, the generosity of his parents, the joking nature and

humor of his sister, and the clink of whiskey glasses of his friends while playing a game of

poker.



Rest easy, Robert. Your journey may have come to an end, but the impression you left on those

around you will live on in the stories we share and the lives we live with you in mind.



With love and remembrance.



“Forever by the beach, on an island, in a house on the lake.”


Services to celebrate Robert’s life will begin with a visitation at 9:00 AM on Friday, February

16th at Beach Funeral Home in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Starting at 11:00 AM there will

be a Catholic Burial Mass at South Patrick Chapel in Satellite Beach, Florida. A reception in the

Chapel Annex will immediately follow. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made in

Robert's name to the Space Coast Honor Flight organization (www.spacecoasthonorflight.org).

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Ralph Carestia hosted by Beach Funeral Homes - Indian Harbour Beach.

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