Robert G. Serafini
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Robert G. Serafini
1948 - 2020

Bob grew up in Leominster in a loving family devoted to his success. After grammar school at Julie Country Day, he graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1966 and was awarded the All Crusader honor. He attended Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1970; received

an M.A. from Harvard University Graduate School
of Design; and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

He met Becky Breuckel in law school. After marrying in Boston, they made their home in Chicago where Bob worked at John Nuveen Company. He and Becky had two sons Oliver and Gabriel who still reside in the Chicago area.

During the past 25 years Bob had been unable to escape his drug abuse and addiction. He ill used all those who loved him. We all, together with Bob, suffered the weight of despair, shame, deception, and estrangement such addiction inflicts.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Rosario and Rita, is survived by his sister, Roberta, of Leominster, and his two sons. We will try to remember the good, but having lived with the ugly, it will be difficult. Drugs stole Bob's spirit; glioblastoma his mind and body; and covid-19 ensured his decision to die isolated from those who loved him.

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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on May 21, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
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Paul Larkin
May 24, 2020
I am very sad to read about Bob's death and the anguished circumstances that were associated with his departure from this life. Bob and I were very close friends in our 4 years at Notre Dame, through college and well after that as well. It grieves me to know the difficult circumstances that emerged in the later part of his life. Bob played a vital role in many important moments of my life and my thoughts are full of him and those memories at his passing. Roberta my thoughts, prayers, sympathy and empathy extend particularly to you as well at this time. Both you and Bob are and will remain in my thoughts and prayers
Paul Larkin
May 22, 2020
Condolences to my old friend and college classmate, Roberta. I know how much you loved your brother. May he Rest In Peace, and May his memory be a blessing.
Mary- Alice Couillard DeCesare
May 22, 2020
Speaking about the Bob I knew: he was one of my Boy Scout leaders for Troop13, St. Anns.....we always looked forward to him spending a week with us at Camp Wanocksett every summer....he taught us how to reach our goals and become over achievers...he taught us what was important in life.......Without him I would not have made Eagle Scout and would not have become the man I am today....I still, to this day, have the letter he sent me when I made Eagle.....he inspired many of us and was not only our leader but also close may be easy at this point in time to just remember thebad, but he made a positive difference to so many of us. I hope people remember his goodness and worth for I will always hold him dear to my heart. May God BLESS him.
Sal Ciccone
May 22, 2020
Bob was one OF the most brilliant, outgoing, loving gentleman I ever had the pleasure to meet. He was always willing to volunteer & tutor
Fellow classmates. His knowledge
Of the sciences, was top notch. A perfect SAT score in chemistry & math earned a scholarship to Harvard. He stood above his peers
Leading our debate team to a state championship. He breezed thru Harvard & Law School.
He always greeted everyone with a
Mike Hastings
May 21, 2020
Deepest condolences to Roberta. I remember Bob in high school and how smart he was. So sad that his life ended in the manner it did.
Monique Greilich
May 21, 2020
Our condolences to Bob's sister Roberta, our neighbor. We hope that earlier and other memories of her brother bring some comfort. Addiction is torturous. Our sympathies.
The Sicilianos
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