Robert C. DeSalvo

October 14, 2008

Robert C. DeSalvo
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran, Korean War Veteran

ROBERT C. DeSALVO – in Woburn, October 14th. Beloved husband of Fern (Rowland) DeSalvo. Devoted father of Roberta Clements and her husband Dale of Wilmington, Susan Marshall and her husband Robert of Naugatuck, CT, Robert DeSalvo, Jr. and his wife Beverly of Salem, NH, Joanne DeSalvo of Lexington, Carl DeSalvo and his wife Connie of Woburn, and the late Richard DeSalvo, and father-in-law of Maureen DeSalvo of Woburn. Dear brother of Eleanor Lucontoni of Malden, Rose Ventresca and Viola Tancredi and her husband John, all of Woburn, and the late James, Paul, Christopher, Carl, and Joseph DeSalvo, Bessie Saro, Susan Barbaro, and Vera Galemi. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 18th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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OBITUARY:

Robert C. DeSalvo of Woburn, 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading Tuesday evening, October 14th, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Fern T. (Rowland) DeSalvo for more than fifty-six years.

Bob was born and raised in the South End of Woburn, one of twelve children of the late Salvatore and Maria (Urano) DeSalvo. Following his graduation from Woburn High School in 1946 he enlisted in the US Navy. He served aboard a minesweeper during the Japanese occupation at the end of World War II and reinlisted during the Korean War.

Following his honorable discharge from the military, he went to work for Boston Edison. Bob started as a lineman and, at the time of his retirement thirty-eight years later, held the position of construction inspector.

Bob had a strong involvement with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation for many years, having served on the Ethics Committee as a patient rights advocate for handicapped children. He was devoted to his family and was an avid supporter of all the sporting events in which his grandchildren were involved.

Bob and his wife Fern, who lived in North Woburn throughout their married life, traveled to Aruba twice a year and made many lifelong friendships through their visits. Together they enjoyed gardening and taking daily walks around Horn Pond. Bob was a lifelong member of the South End Italian Club.

Preceding him in death were his son, Richard, five brothers, James, Paul, Christopher, Carl, and Joseph DeSalvo, and three sisters, Bessie Saro, Susan Barbaro, and Vera Galemi.

Surviving along with his wife Fern are five children: Roberta Clements and her husband Dale of Wilmington, Susan Marshall and her husband Robert of Naugatuck, CT, Robert DeSalvo, Jr. and his wife Beverly of Salem, NH, Joanne DeSalvo of Lexington, and Carl DeSalvo and his wife Connie of Woburn, and his daughter-in-law, Maureen DeSalvo of Woburn. He was the dear brother of Eleanor Lucontoni of Malden and Rose Ventresca and Viola Tancredi and her husband John, all of Woburn. He was also the beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren: Kimberley and Matthew Clements, Carly, Richard, and Michael DeSalvo, Melinda Giambra and Jason Marshall, Leah DeSalvo and Andrew DeSalvo, and two great-grandchildren: Tyler and Jordan Giambra.

The funeral will be held from from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, October 18th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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  1. Dear Fern and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of such a wonderful man. We are so lucky to have met such warm and loving people in Aruba. Jack and Allie have said special prayers for “Mr Bob” and “Mrs Fern” too. Bob is in a better place and those whose lives have been touched by Bob have an angel looking over them-because that is the type of man Bob was.
    With love,
    Scott, Marianne, Allie and Jack Murray

  2. Dear Fern

    I am deeply sadden with the passing of Bob.I will have Bob always close to my heart, the laughs we had in ARUBA. I will never forget the chats we had on the beach and all the snacking we did and horseshoes games. Bob holding court over coffee in the lobby those are the days I will cherish. Bob was so proud of his family and of you.Matthew and Meaghan thought the world of you both.I will always remember Bob telling me that he was at peace because he new that his sons and daughters good carry the family torch.God bless you and your family. Bob has gone home to GOD, but I know one thing no one can take those great memories away.We will meet again Bob in the gates of heaven my friend and union brother.

    Mark,Lori,Matthew and Meaghan Flaherty

  3. Dear Fern & Family,

    Alan & I are so saddended at the loss of Bob, We feel like the two of you are a part of our family. We are so glad we made that spur of the moment decision to visit my parents in Aruba 5 years ago and to keep going every year after because it gave us the chance to meet two such wonderful people. You are in our thoughts always.

    Alan & Bonnie Berk

    Alan & Bonnie Berk

  4. We were so sadded by the loss of Bob {aka Mr. Bob as Jack and Ali fondley called him}! I wish we has gotten one more chance to see him, his smile, his laughter and stories of his family and grandchildren in Auruba last year but unfortunately we were unable to make the trip. He was a great man..full of life and energy..we will miss him deeply and will awlays have fond memmories of the times we spent together in Aruba!! God Speed…
    The Murray family,
    Scott, Marianne, Jack and Ali

  5. Dear Fern and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of such a wonderful man. We are so lucky to have met such warm and loving people in Aruba. Jack and Allie have said special prayers for “Mr Bob” and “Mrs Fern” too. Bob is in a better place and those whose lives have been touched by Bob have an angel looking over them-because that is the type of man Bob was.
    With love,
    Scott, Marianne, Allie and Jack Murray

  6. My Dear Fern,Children and Family,

    Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you at such a difficult time.We were so lucky to have had him as a friend in our lives, even though it was only for the two weeks we spent with you in Aruba in February.He was truly a remarkable man.He will be remembered fondly and thought about often.
    Heaven now has another angel, for he truly was one of the best.
    Love, Joe & Lynn Carrelha

  7. Lori(Buonanno)Medeiros
    Dear Fern & Family,

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this time. Bobby was one of the nicest people I have ever met and he was always so kind to my parents. I will always remember what a true gentleman he was. You are all in my prayers.

    Fondly,
    Lori

  8. Dear Fern, children, and families,

    So sorry to hear about Bobby. He will always be remembered for his big smile and love for everyone. We all should be so proud to have known and loved him. May he rest in peace and may God grant you peace at this most difficult time.

    Love,

    Cathy

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