Robert Delisle

Robert Henry Delisle

NORTH ADAMS Robert Henry Delisle, 88, of 210 Phelps Ave., passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home. He was born in North Adams to the late Henry and Viola (Belleau) Delisle. Mr. Delisle attended the former Notre Dame School and graduated from Drury High School in 1943. He also attended the University of Cincinnati. He was a decorated veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations with the United States Army. He was employed for 40 years as a senior designer and draftsman for the transformer division of General Electric Company in Pittsfield and was granted a patent for the design of an insulating bushing.

He was a communicant of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a former communicant of Holy Family Church in North Adams. He was a skilled craftsman and was meticulous in the maintenance of his home, yard and garden. Mr. Delisle was an avid golfer and a former member of the Retired Men's Bowling League.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Tanner) Delisle, whom he married August 13, 1955 in Notre Dame Church in North Adams. He is also survived by his three children, Dr. Jeffrey Delisle and his companion Julie Zelman of DeFreestville, N.Y., Lisa Flynn and her husband Dennis Flynn of Beverly, Mass.; and Laurie Calabrese and her husband Frank Calabrese of Glenville, N.Y.; as well as his nine grandchildren, Thomas Flynn, Robert Flynn, Megan Flynn, Dewey Delisle, Phoebe Delisle, Derek Delisle, Olesya Delisle, Mallory Delisle and Benjamin Calabrese. He is also survived by four brothers, Richard Delisle, James Delisle, John Delisle and Edward Delisle all of North Adams. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Delisle, who died in infancy.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown. Burial with military honors will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling Hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to St. Patrick's food pantry. To send a card or a message, please visit


This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.

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Published online on Mar. 27, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.