Condolence & Memory Journal

Bob was such a considerate and thoughtful person. I am thankful I had the chance to know him. -Grace

Posted by Grace Bloodwell - Charlestown, MA - friend   February 21, 2019

I worked with Bob over 12 yrs ago at Biogen Idec in HR. We were a close team. He was unique in a sweet, caring, and encouraging manner. He was always smiling and it was contagious. He was only ever interested in you or what was going on in your world ... great listener and great coach...He shared JOY with all and we should do that in his memory. God must have a bigger job for him~ Bob rest in peace. Prayers for Bob and his family. Sincere condolences.

Posted by Megan Moore - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   January 10, 2019

I was devastated to learn of Bob's passing. He was my best friend in the first grade and someone I admired my entire life. I am so thankful we were able to re-connect a few years ago in Boston and thankful that we continued to exchange birthday greetings every year thereafter. I have a picture of him and Karen Krikorian (from the last HHS reunion) on my refrigerator and it will remain there as long as I am alive. He was a wonderful man, a gentle soul, and just a damn good human being. He will be missed. My condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Charles Walworth - Laguna Beach, CA - Friend   January 01, 2019

I am shocked to learn of Bob's passing. We worked together at Biogen. I saw Bob about 2 years ago. We met in Charlestown to discuss coaching, as I had an interest in getting into that line of HR work. Bob provided sound advice about coaching consulting and starting a business. It was great to see him and catch up. I will always remember his smile. Bob will be greatly missed.

Posted by Debra Sansone - Providence, RI - Coworker   December 30, 2018

A true gentleman and gentle man, Mel wasn't just my brother's childhood friend, he was extended family and will be sorely missed. Peace and Love.

Posted by Wendee Coltin Nussle - Danbury, CT - Friend   December 24, 2018

My most heartfelt sympathy to you & your family.

Posted by Janet (Nadeau) Breton - Haverhill, MA - Friend   December 23, 2018

I worked for Bob at Biogen - he was the manager that always helped you grow in the kindest way and never made work feel like a pain - he was kind and warm and loving and also hilarious! We always had a good time digging deep on the mysteries of life and people. He had such a depth to him and always made anything I said feel like the smartest thing that was ever said. That was Bob - nothing but a good word and feeling to him. My favorite memories are looking online for his dream house on the cape or discussing art. He always was proud of his amazing "one time 50 year old" purchases at Loro Piana and the leather jacket he got - but he wasn't materialistic, just knew good quality and deserved it for all the hard work he had done. I am devastated by this loss and very very saddened. I couldn't make the wake or funeral as I just had my third child a month ago. I have Bob in my prayers and I hope that his family finds some peace in the words people have shared with him about their beloved Bob.

Angelika Rougas, Cambridge

Posted by Angelika Rougas - Cambridge, MA - Coworker   December 22, 2018

Peace be with you, Bob.

Posted by Ruth Anton - Classmate   December 22, 2018

I am heartbroken to lose such a dear and kind friend. I will miss him very much.

Posted by Cécile Seraphin - Boston, MA - Friend   December 22, 2018

Dear Diana and family, George and I send our regrets at the passing of your son Robert. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Marilyn and George Allison

Posted by Marilyn Allison - Haverhill, MA - Friend   December 22, 2018

I'm not quite sure what to say in tribute other than Bob was simply one of the best--a consummate gentleman. I met Bob in 1985 when we were both in our friend's wedding. Through the years we would get together for a variety of occasions. Bob was engaging and enlightening. He was always interested in what I was doing and how my life was evolving. I enjoyed visiting with him and catching up on things. I'm sad he is gone but know he is smiling for all of us having had every question about his faith fully answered. Rest in peace my brother.

Posted by Jim Goulden - Orlando, FL - Friend   December 22, 2018

Bob was always a help. He brought the positive perspective to every situation. He was calm, wise, caring and incredibly good at his work. I had the privilege of placing him into a long term HR position that he did in conjunction with his counseling business. The people who hired him had the wisdom to do so on the spot, was crystal clear to them (and to most everyone) they were dealing with a special person. Bob, I will miss you.

Posted by Francine Sparks - Cambridge, MA - Friend   December 21, 2018

I am deeply saddened by the news of Bob's passing. Bob was committed to a life of health and wellness which made this news so surprising. He was so calm and always upbeat. He shared new ideas about health and wellness and gave sage advice but was equally interested in hearing other opinions. His career shift from HR to life coach was a natural transition. He helped a lot of people overcome tough hurdles in their careers, and coached them to become better versions of themselves. I met Bob about 10 years ago when he bought a painting from me and sparked a longtime friendship. I always enjoyed talking to Bob-- about art and politics and everything in between. To his family: He held you in the highest regard. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sarah Ritch - Charlestown, MA - Friend   December 21, 2018

Always a smile, always caring.

Posted by rick fisher - durham, NC - Friend   December 21, 2018

I am deeply saddened by this news. I worked with Bob at Biogen. He was a great friend and support who always had a cheerful word and warm smile even under the most trying of circumstances. His warmth and wisdom will be missed.

Posted by Susan Alexander - Coworker   December 21, 2018

I am devastated by this news. Bob was a great friend, always worrying about me. He was kind, thoughtful and a very special person. I send my love and prayers to his family. The world will not be the same without him.

Posted by Rick Fisher - Durham, NC - Friend   December 21, 2018

Bob was such a lovely, sweet guy who I met through my brother Andy. I will always remember his enormous smile and super friendly personality. My sincere condolences to you all.

Posted by Johanna Welt - Boston, MA - Friend   December 20, 2018


I went to High School with Robert, and remember him very well. He was such a nice person. He was always smiling, very peaceful, and calm. Even way back then, he had it all together. I wish I had known him after High School, I would've valued a lifelong friendship with Robert. My best to his whole family.

Posted by Kate Malynn-St. Onge - Mancos, CO - Classmate   December 20, 2018

Throughout the many years we were colleagues at Biogen, Bob always strived to be his best and lift others to be their best. His influence on many others was and will be felt for many years. He'll be remembered for much by many, but I'm sure all will remember him as a nice, caring individual.
Doug Shaw

Posted by Doug Shaw - Carversville, PA - Coworker   December 20, 2018

Diana and family
So very sorry on the loss of Bob. My prayers for all of you. Kathy Davis

Posted by Kathleen Davis - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 20, 2018

I am sad to lose my kind and generous friend.

Posted by Scott Donnelly - Boston, MA - Friend   December 20, 2018

To all of Bob's family, I'm deeply saddened by this news and send you all sincerest sympathy and prayers. Bob was a close high school classmate and caring individual. I remember insisting he not open doors for me and he'd just smile. We served on the student council together and he always impressed me as one of the kindest people I'd ever met.

Posted by Liz Goldbaum - San Francisco, CA - Friend   December 19, 2018

Less than 24 hours ago all was well in my little world, and now there is a void that just will never be filled. Bob was such an original. A genuine friend who would support you to the last -- yet could look you in the eye and tell you when you were wrong. His wisdom was rooted in his perceptiveness. He could read a room as well as he could read an individual and he always offered an insightful observation.

My favorite memory right this second: All of us jammed into the rooftop bar/restaurant at his 50th birthday party. Such a diverse crowd of present and former coworkers, school friends, gym friends, tennis friends, neighbors, his sisters and his mom. The place was packed and everyone was mixing and having a great time. Bob pulled me aside and we scanned the room. He looked at me, nodded and with a smile said: "This is my life." I nodded back and said: "You are blessed."

The truth is that we were all blessed to be part of his life.

Posted by Brian & Margarita - CT - Friend   December 19, 2018

Bob is a dear Boston College classmate from our '82 year. He'll be greatly missed by the BC 'Waban Hill' gang for his camaraderie, even temperament, and sincere friendship.

Posted by Brian Cummins - Fairfax, VA - Friend   December 19, 2018