Robert J. ‘Bob’ Gridelli, Jr.

August 14, 2017

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Gridelli, Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

ROBERT J. “BOB” GRIDELLI, JR. – of Woburn, August 14th, at sixty-nine years of age. Beloved husband of Ruth Ann (Leahy) Gridelli. Devoted father of Christopher R. Gridelli, his wife Carolyn, of North Attleboro, Jennifer M. Gridelli of Woburn. Dear brother of Joan Hutchinson, her husband Charles of Woburn. Cherished Papa of Lucy, Charlotte and Nathanial Gridelli. Very special uncle of Mark Hutchinson, Kate Hutchinson-Campbell, her husband Bob and great-uncle to Maggie and Quinn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street Woburn, Friday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call Thursday,August 17th from 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Bob’s honor to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 40 Hudson Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.

OBITUARY:

Robert J. (Bob) Gridelli, Jr. passed away at the Lahey Clinic, Monday afternoon, August 14th after a brief illness. The beloved husband of Ruth Ann (Leahy) Gridelli, he was sixty nine years of age.

A lifelong resident of Woburn, Bob was one of two children of the late Robert J., and Margaret (Sullivan) Gridelli, Sr. Raised and educated in Woburn, Bob had attended St. Charles Elmentary and Junior High School and then on to Woburn High School, graduating with the Class of 1965.

In 1968, Bob enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country proudly for over two years. Upon his return from the service, Bob furthered his education receiving a degree in engineering from Franklin Institute in Boston. Bob secured himself a position with the then Boston Edison, serving as an electrical engineer for forty two years, retiring in 2010.

Bob would have been married forty four years later this month to Ruth Ann Leahy. They had the pleasure of meeting in Boston one evening with friends and that was the beginning of their lifelong journey together. Nestling into their home in East Woburn where they remain, and brought into the world two wonderful children, a daughter and son, whom he was most proud of. Summers at Wells Beach, Maine, were the destination of the family and relatives for years. Wonderful memories were shared there over time. In later years, continuing the tradition of family vacations, they “transitioned” to the Cape area, where again many happy, fun and cherished times spent were spent and memories made.

Throughout his life Bob was always active. He was introduced to bowling with his Dad and continued bowling, night leagues and for enjoyment. When he could no longer bowl, he took up walking which has continued right up until recently. Bob loved the outdoors, being next to nature, fresh air and sunshine and could literally walk for hours, particularly during his retirement. Fishing at Horn Pond was always a favorite pastime that he shared with his son and later his grandson. As his children grew, so did the family! “Papa” to his grandchildren, was always there for them. Fishing, walking, story-telling or watching the Red Sox, it was always wonderful times spent with Papa!

Bob was very much a true gentleman. Always putting others before himself, quietly and with pleasure. His family was his world, ‘present’ to each and every member of his family, and every situation, patiently, peacefully, with great attention and his reassuring smile.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Robert J. and Margaret Gridelli.

He is lovingly survived by his wife Ruth Ann (Leahy) Gridelli, his son Christopher R. Gridelli, his wife Carolyn, of North Attleboro,and daughter Jennifer M. Gridelli of Woburn. Devoted brother of Joan Hutchinson, her husband Charles of Woburn. Cherished “Papa” of Lucy, Charlotte and Nathanial Gridelli. Very special uncle of Mark Hutchinson, Kate Hutchinson-Campbell and her husband Bob and great-uncle to Maggie and Quinn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home,263 Main Street Woburn, Friday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to call Thursday, August 17th from 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Bob’s honor to the Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 40 Hudson Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or the Special Olympics of Massachusetts, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.

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  1. My sympathy to Bob’s wife and family on his sudden passing. As a fellow 1965 graduate of WHS, I had always admired his quiet demeanor and friendly smile which was always at the ready. It seemed that I got to know him more through our boys soccer games which he followed religiously. I am sure he will be sadly and greatly missed.

    With my utmost sincerety,
    Leslie “Suzy” Franson Sullivan

  2. There’s something special about your childhood friends and Bob was certainly special.
    We’re so sorry he’s passed, a great loss.
    Most Sincetely,
    The McSheffrey’s

  3. I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I was assigned to work with him on my first day at Boston Edison over 33 years ago. Over the years I worked with him on several assignments and projects. He was kind, caring a good teacher! I had not seen him since his retirement however I think of him whenever I reminisce about my first day on my first job after college. I hope the family can find some comfort that he left a lasting impression on someone as they entered the world of work.

    John Zicko

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