• Gillooly Funeral Home
    Norwood, MA
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Robert J. Byrne 1934 - 2013

Robert J. Byrne

Monday, August 12, 2013
Bob,
You were opinionated, obstinate, intelligent, warm-hearted, and lots of fun. I was so fortunate to spend eight years with you, and to know you for more than twenty. Over that time, I learned to pay attention to your actions and not to your rhetoric. During your “post-retirement” job at the Black Dog Bakery, I was initially surprised at your exasperation with management for posting new employment rules solely in English, when half the workforce spoke Portuguese only. You took it on yourself to explain the rules to the Cape Verdean worker with the best English fluency, so that he and his compatriots could avoid unwanted “surprises”. You were far from a bleeding heart Cambridge liberal, but you had a very big heart. And you treated everyone alike, regardless of their station.
I had always voted to support my candidate, but when we lived together, I cast a ballot to also cancel your vote. I knew I wasn't furthering support for my side, but was satisfied that at least I was blocking support for yours. We understood this and eventually I laughed about it. I also laughed when, in my absence, you told a telephone representative from NOW that I was deceased. After you recanted your assertion, you apparently had her laughing and brightened her night. That was Bob…
Thank you for letting me contribute 1960's song titles to your New York Times crossword puzzles and for occasionally asking me to assist with spelling. Aside from that, you had those puzzles down. Thanks for learning to love my cats and for retrieving, on your hands and knees, their toys from underneath the kitchen stove. Thank you so much for introducing me to your daughters and for letting me be part of your family. I am so fortunate to have known you, and to know them, their husbands, and your grandchildren. Thank you for enjoying life (when you weren't complaining about it!) and for loving me. You will always be in my heart.
Mary
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Dear Lyn,
It's been a long time. sorry for your loss. I lost my dad a few years back. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Your long time co-worker at Franks. Sue
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Donna...It is always sad to lose someone you love. I never knew your Dad and I am sorry that I could not do anything to share your grief. However, I will have a Mass said in Bob's memory at St Mary's of Wrentham.
Monday, July 22, 2013
I am having wonderful memories of the time I went over the Vineyard for a day trip with my husband and we met up with Bob. Such a great day it was! I will hold those nice memories in my heart and hope my sharing these with you will help in the coming days.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
I will miss you Grampy. Your love and hugs will be with me forever.
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