Roberto “Robert” Arroyo Padilla, 71, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, May 6, 2021, in Las Vegas, after an amazing battle of will and strength with MDS and other complications.
Robert was born May 14, 1949, in Puerto Rico, the sixth of 16 children born to Teodoro Arroyo and Rosa Arroyo. He moved with his family to Youngstown in the early 1950s when he was 4, and lived the remainder of his life in the city he so dearly loved.
Robert graduated in 1968 from South High School. He was a carpenter by trade, but he was also a man overflowing with many other talents and successes. A self-made man, if there was something he wanted to do, he taught himself, and if there was a business he wanted to start, he figured it out. This was part of his brilliance.
As a carpenter, Robert won the bid to build the Poland Library, an accomplishment he was most proud of.
As a businessman, Robert purchased the historic B&O Station and turned it into a banquet hall in downtown Youngstown, where he was able to bring happiness and joy to the community through weddings, graduations, and other community gatherings.