Robert A. “Bob” Salvati, Sr

November 15, 2019

Robert A. “Bob” Salvati, Sr
U.S. Veteran

U.S. Navy

WWII

Robert A. “Bob” Salvati, Sr.  –  in Fremont, NH, formerly of Woburn, November 15th at ninety three years of age.  Beloved husband of Stella (Isaac) Salvati.  Cherished father of Carol Heyer, her husband Steven of ME, Richard Salvati, his wife Kate of NH, Mark Salvati, his wife Mary and James Salvati, his wife Barbara all of Woburn, Rosemary Salvati of NH, her late husband Robert Jr., and the late Thomas Salvati.  Dear brother of Daniel Salvati, Jeanne Tropea of Woburn, Katherine Bolster, her husband William of FL, Janet Medugno, her husband James of Groveland and Florence Cryan of Haverhill.  Lovingly survived by his grandchildren, nieces, nephews  cousins and friends.  A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, November 21st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Funeral Home, Wednesday evening 4-8 p.m. At the families request, remembrances may be made in Bob’s honor to Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor 250 First Avenue, #318, Charlestown, MA 02129 or to the Woburn Council on Social Concern 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

Robert A. “Bob” Salvati, Sr., formally of Woburn and Amesbury MA passed away November 15th at his home in Fremont, NH, he was ninety-three years of age.  Beloved husband of Stella (Isaac) Salvati.  Cherished father of Carol Heyer, her husband Steven of ME, Richard Salvati, his wife Kate of NH, Mark Salvati, his wife Mary and James Salvati, his wife Barbara all of Woburn, Rosemary Salvati of NH, her late husband Robert Jr., and the late Thomas Salvati.  Dear brother of Daniel Salvati, Jeanne Tropea of Woburn, Katherine Bolster, her husband William of FL, Janet Medugno, her husband James of Groveland and Florence Cryan of Haverhill.  Lovingly survived by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and very recent great-great-grandchild, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was very proud to also serve as Godfather to many.

Born in Woburn May 17, 1926, the loving son of Florence (Noonan) and Robert S. Salvati,  Bob attended Woburn schools and early on began working to help support the family.  Bob worked on a farm on the west side of Woburn to bring a few dollars home to his mother.  He joined many other classmates in leaving High School early in 1944 to join in the Armed Forces, enlisting in the Navy  and serving  in the Philippines as Seaman First Class.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946 Bob found work as a lineman at the Massachusetts Electric Company in Malden MA. He then went on to spend over 45 years at the company (later called National Grid) in various capacities and famously only taking one sick day in all that time. He was a proud and active member in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Through the years as he was promoted into management he never forgot where he came from and treated all who worked under him with respect and gained their respect in return.  He continued to consult for the company well into his eighties.

In 1950 Bob married Patricia Craft and together they raised six children. The family would often get together and play music and Bob, although admittedly musically challenged, enjoyed these times most of all. He was an avid sailor, spending many years sailing his 16 ft “Nipper” around Lake Attitash, then graduating to his 32 ft Endeavor “Talisman” which he sailed up and down the New England coastline.  He was a longtime member of the American Yacht Club in Newburyport.  Bob made friends easily and had many.  He was quick to assist anyone in need and was fiercely loyal. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and other civic organizations and served on the board of the Gas and Electric Employees Credit Union for many years.

He married Stella in 1991 and they enjoyed camping and traveling to Canada to visit Stella’s extensive family in Listuguj, QC. There he would immerse himself in the traditions and activities of the First Nation Mi’kmaq. Bob will be sorely missed by Stella’s siblings, her niece Evelyn and her children, Darlene McHale, Rosalind Desharnais and Stephen Ward.  Her grandchildren will fondly remember their “Papa Bobby”.

Bob was a hard-working man with an easy disposition and a quick wit and enjoyed meeting new people. He loved cooking, country music and fixing whatever needed fixing.  Practical and pragmatic, Bob was an active man which contributed to his long life.  Even in the past few years during his decline he never complained and when asked how he was doing; he would answer with his customary and humble “good”.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, November 21st at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10.  Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Funeral Home, Wednesday evening 4-8 p.m. At the family’s request, remembrances may be made in Bob’s honor to Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor 250 First Avenue, #318, Charlestown, MA 02129 or to the Woburn Council on Social Concern 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours in the Funeral Home, Wednesday evening 4-8 p.m. At the families request, remembrances may be made in Bob’s honor to Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor 250 First Avenue, #318, Charlestown, MA 02129 or to the Woburn Council on Social Concern 2 Merrimac St, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Bill and Kay Bolster

    Bob liked sailing and I heard this a while ago. Death is a journey. We all went to the dock to see Bob set sail on his long journey. He set sail and sailed out into the sea. We all waved good bye and some had tears in their eyes. We waved as his sail disappeared over the horizon. On the other side their were many waving and cheering as they saw his sail appear on the horizon. Here he comes they yelled. Bob was going to meet old family and friends and they cheered as he tied up at the far off dock. He was hugged and shook hands by those he missed for a long time . He was home.

  2. Our sympathy to Stella and the Salvati family. We are sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy to work with. Yes, he never forgot where he came from. Once a lineman always a lineman.
    God bless you and your family.
    Joe & Ann Curran

  3. Christina Angelosanto

    My Condolences to you, Stella. Uncle Bob had a heart of gold, his neighbors adored him, and he always had a smile on his face.

    Godbless.Your are in our hearts and prayers.

    Love,
    Christina, valentina, Juliana,and Angelina Angelosanto.

  4. Mark and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

  5. Denise Ring (Belli)

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He is the last of the “crew” Pat, Jake, my mother, my father and your mother. He was my father’s best friend and best man at his wedding. He was caring and funny and a part of my childhood. I am sorry that he has passed.

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