To Bob's family, please accept my deepest condolences upon the passing of a wonderful person and a true original. Bob and I were classmates at HC and BC law, and we shared many conversations and "debates". Even at a young age, Bob's intellect and curiosity were inspiring. I never understood how he found the time to be an outstanding student, to constantly be reading novels, histories and biographies, to engage in "cafeteria debates", and do his job for Professor Carroll. But he managed his time well, worked earnestly, and had a brilliant mind.
While at HC Bob went on a February retreat at the nearby Trappist Monastery. While walking through the woods, he was inspired by a Robert Frost poem, and swung out over a stream while holding onto a birch tree... and fell into the stream to much laughter. In the summer of 1969, he had returned to Boston from his basic training with the Marines. After a night spent carousing with friends, Bob proceeded to show us a newfound skill... he climbed to the top of a flag pole, whereupon the flag pole teetered and descended to the ground, with Bob attached... again, to great laughter.
He was such a wonderful, unique guy, and will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to be his friend.
Maryellen and family , I just learned of Bob's passing . My condonences to you . Bob was an inspiration . We first met when I needed help running for student counsel .He helped me then and many times thereafter . My thoughts and prayers are with you .
Paul H Sighinolfi , Bangor, Maine
Bobby and I grew up together, next door to each other on Otis St. We would meet again, over the years, always able to pick up where we had left off. Bobby was that rare person who was always willing to step in where he was needed, and would then do well, and do good, in that position. My condolences to MaryEllen, Susan, and other family members.
I remember the tall skinny kid with more energy than Tigger and a wider smile than the Cheshire cat. A bright light has been extinguished.
Janice Petroski Hamel. CHS '66
It was with great sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. Bob was a true gentleman and an outstanding public servant.
To the Kumor Family, I extend my sincerest condolences.
Former Springfield City Councilor
Seems only yesterday Bob, I as a young TV reporter sat in your office, the mayors office, talking the news of the day and Alice would bring our coffee. You certainly inspired me and many others, rest in peace.
I am deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. Proud to have been his friend in high school,sitting next to him in homeroom.
We are so sorry to hear of Bobby's death. His friendship was one of the highlights of my childhood. I watched him with delight as he conquered all comers on As Schools Match Wits. And then he went on to even bigger and better things. He always remained a friend and showed great devotion to my Mom, Lillian McDowell. Bobby will be greatly missed by all who knew him or knew of him. May he rest in peace.
I am deeply saddened to learn of Robert's passing. We were in several classes together at Chicopee High and I remember him as a most friendly and ambitious person. His lifetime achievements are an inspiration to us all and should serve as a role model to future generations. God Rest His Soul! Peter Szatkowski
Words cannot describe the sadness I feel. Bob was a wonderful person who like Alexander the Great had a short and glorious life. The countless hours we spent discussing the world situation were priceless. I was so looking forward to seeing him again at the 50th class reunion. My prayers go out to Sue and Maryellen in their time of sorrow.
Such sorrow and loss you must feel now.I remember the great childhood we had on Otis and Ellerton Streets and playing in the Dingle. Peace&Love to you,Maryellen &Susie
What a woderful childhood we shared. Chicopee FAlls was a great place to grow up in. I have such fond mories of the time we spent.together. you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pleaes accept my condolences. I have fond memories of appearing before Judge Kumor over the years and seeing him off the bench in downtown Northampton.
I met Robert at the annual Marine Banquet in Boston. I won't forget the encounter. He let my 87 year old father, who had just met him, help him eat his dinner. His grace, humor, and acceptance of ALS was so impressive. At the time, I thought it was the "Marine" in him. Now, I believe it was much more than that. I'm sorry for all who knew and loved him.
He was always a fair judge. I respected his honesty. He served the people well.
So sorry for your loss, I was blessed too meet him and had lunch with Bob when I put my hand out too him about ALS since my husband had the same thing and has passed as well, he was very interested on how much I had learned about it, and he would say too me, ( I just want to have my Martin ) and I said not a problem I can show u how u can and enjoy it . He was so happy when we left the side street cafe, rest in peace Bob your not fighting any more.
Bobby, I will always remember our childhood days. Playing together in the woods near the Chicopee old age home on
Front Street. You were a great classmate and class President.
My touts are with your family.
Bob was a tremendouly wonderful man, a brilliant and thoughtful judge and a true american inspiration to many of us. His soft and kind smile will be missed.
Bob, his Dad and his nephews were customers of mine. I wanted to see Bob one more time but did not know how to contact him. Bob was a GREAT guy.
George (the barber) Vaselacopoulos
Maryellen and Susan and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother and uncle. My most sincere condolences to all of you.
My thoughts and prayers go out to an excellent, compassionate, and courageous judge
Maryellen, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May healing angels bring you comfort and peace. Xoxo Meghan Rossi
With my deepest sympathy and love,
Such a great guy, always there to help. Thank you for everything Bob.
Sue and Maryellen....so sad to hear the news of Bobby's passing.....Prayers are with you all! Ron and Lisa Saloio
Sorry to hear the news. I was in sister Maryellen's class @ CHS ("66") Walter Krze
Maryellen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Samuel Divine of Enfield, CT., send my Prayers and Condolences to all members of Robert's family. It was an honor to graduate with Robert from Chicopee High School Class of 1963 .