George L Doherty Funeral Service, Inc - Somerville
855 Broadway (Powder House Square)
Somerville, MA
PUBLICOVER, Robert "Bob" 63, of Somerville, December 31, 2012 passed peacefully at home surrounded by the love of family and friends. Former owner/editor of the Somerville News. Co-founder of Somerville High Scholarship Fund, member of the Somerville Home, Board of Trustees, and was both prominent and respected in local politics. Proud member of the Masons (King Solomon's Lodge) and much adored Dad Advisor with the Boston Chapter of DeMolay. In his lifetime he was proudest of his AIDS work. He was also known as the country's longest living AIDS survivor and founded The Committee For A Response To AIDS. He never stopped working to provide support and educate people about the disease. Beloved husband of David Le Bahn. Loving brother of Marilyn Publicover, Ken Publicover and his wife Mary. Brother in law of Margo Grace and her husband Charles, Ruth Howell and her husband Brian. Dear uncle of Al, Jr, Bill, Mike Schleappe, Darlane Crow, Kenny and Tony Publicover, C.J., James and Elliott Grace, Abagail Howell and the late Steve Schleappe. Son in law of David LeBahn, Sr. Dearest friend of the Carabineras and Lewis Families. Also survived by several great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his former partner John H. Carabineras. Funeral procession from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) SOMERVILLE, Saturday morning at 11:00 am followed by a Graveside service and interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling Hours Friday 4-8 pm with a Masonic Service at 7pm. For more information visit

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To Bob's Family,

I located Bob through the internet while doing research on our common family - the Publicovers.

He and I are descendants of Pieter Bublikhoffer, an illiterate German farmer, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 2, 1752. Bob came from a line of the family that immigrated to the U.S.

Although I have lived all my adult life in Ontario, my siblings and cousins continue to live in southeast Nova Scotia.

Bob agreed to meet Brenda and I during a visit to Boston about ten years ago. He was quite frail at the time, and we were touched both by his willingness to meet us and by his obvious courage and intelligence.

Although only an acquaintance, I am proud to count Bob as a member of my family.

I extend my deep sympathies to Bob's family and friends on the occasion of his terribly sad death.

Robert E. (Bob) Publicover
163 Dunbarton Court, Ottawa K1A OG2 Canada
[email protected]
Bob Publicover
February 5, 2013
Quite a few years ago, Bob gave me the opportunity to freelance for his newspaper, The Somerville News. The very first article that I wrote he published on the front page. He believed in my work and challenged me. I truly loved working with Bob as he was so energetic, full of life and never backed down on his beliefs. He was one of a kind. A great human being. His contribution to this life was tremendous.

Gladys Hurley-Doherty

Gladys Doherty
Gladys Hurley-Doherty
January 13, 2013
He is now resting in peace
Lorraine Butler
January 6, 2013
I am truly sorry I missed the notice of my dear friend Bob's passing on New Years Eve while out of town. I will deeply miss Bob as he was a great friend.
Dr. William Wood
January 5, 2013
Bob was a caring man who had a positive effect on our community. God Bless him and may he rest in peace.

Alderman-at-Large Dennis Sullivan
Dennis Sullivan
January 4, 2013
Bob gave alot to the Somerville community and we are all better off for his unselfish contributions. Not one to think of himself first but a deep concern for others, are a reminder of a life lived well.
Stephen Cronin
January 4, 2013
You were truly one of a kind. You touched so many lives. God bless you.
Nancy Coutoumas
January 4, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of your sorrow.
Mayor Dorothy & Bertram Kelly Gay
January 4, 2013
I never knew Bob but always admired him from afar; meaning that he never let illness stop him from doing whatever had to be done either personal or otherwise. I enjoyed reading his books, columns, etc. HIV never stopped him from living life to the fullest. May he rest in peace.
Sheila B. Somerville 1/3/2013
January 3, 2013
This candle is in memory of him
Lorraine Butler
January 2, 2013
Sad to have to say goodbye my friend. You were an amazing man of many talents who will be missed by many here in Somerville. We will all gather in that coffee shop in heaven one day. Thank you for being my friend. xoxo
Lea Gartland
January 2, 2013
Bob,You will truly be missed! A wonderful human being. You are with the angels now. Rest in peace.Love Kathy.K.
Kathleen Kennedy
January 2, 2013
Old friend you have found peace. But everyone will miss you. You were an inspiration to many
Jim & Dianne Bond
January 2, 2013
Deepest sympathy in your loss of Bob. I have fond memories of Bob years ago with his sister Marilyn , brother Kenney and Mom and Dad Publicover. I will always treasure those memories. May you find comfort in your memories.
Beverly Legere (Hoyt)
January 2, 2013
Having known Bob since the mid '70's, I consider myself a long-term friend and cheerleader for his many efforts to help Somerville be a kinder, more tolerant and more charitable place to live and work. I appreciate his valiant struggles to live well and long, and am sorry to see him go. My sympathy to David.

Lois Levinsky
Lois Levinsky
January 2, 2013
Sorry to hear about Bob passing he is now resting in peace now may god be with his family and friends now
Lorraine Butler
January 2, 2013
So sorry for your loss..... May Bob rest in peace now... He was a remarkable man.


Joe McGowan
January 2, 2013
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing! He never thought he'd make it to 50 and I guess then we thought he'd be here forever. He was a great guy and helped a lot of people. A real community activist
Betsy Barr
January 2, 2013
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a staple in Davis Sq. for many years as well as Somerville in general. I fondly recall many coffee breaks with him at LaContessa and his kindness in publishing an article in the Somerville News (in 1993) that I wrote. He showed amazing fortitude in his long fight with AIDS and I am glad to have known him. Rest in Peace, Robert. God Bless!
Rosalia Vetrano Zubricki
January 1, 2013
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