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Boari, Robert

Robert Donald “Bob” Boari, a resident of Westwood for 40 years, died Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at his home in Westwood after a long illness.  He was 85.  Bob was born October 23, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Italien immigrants Gabriel and Charlotte (Pozzi) Boari.  He served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War Two.  After the war he attended Northeastern University, where he earned both his Bachelors degree and his Masters degree.  Mr. Boari worked as a distribution manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 23 years, then worked in distribution for Stop and Shop and finally for Digital, from where he retired in 1992.  Bob was a member of the Westwood American Legion, and of the Bridge Club at the Westwood Council on Aging.  He also served as an usher at St. Denis Church in Islington.  Bob loved gardening and the outdoors.  He volunteered his time tending the gardens at the Westwood Council on Aging.  He especially enjoyed spending time in New Hampshire where he was still waterskiing and snow skiing in his 80’s.  Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Claire Janice (Hennessey) Boari; his three sons, Douglas R. Boari, and his wife Mary Ann, of Woburn, Gregg R. Boari, and his wife Susan, of Burlington, and Peter D. Boari, and his wife Stacy, of Plainville; his sister, Pauline Barnes, and her husband John, of Rockville, Maryland; and his seven grandchildren, Micayla, Adam, Zachary, Drew, Amanda, Sarah, and Ryan.  He was the brother of the late Elmo Boari.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, July 30th from 4 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Saturday at 9 AM and proceed to St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street, Islington, Massachusetts for his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o clock.  Interment will follow at the New Westwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Vernon Cancer Center, c/o Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Louanne
    July 29th, 2010 | 8:45 am

    Everyone will miss you Uncle Buddy
    You were always the one there for us
    A smile on your face, a helping hand….

    Thanks for all that you did

    Love you.

  2. Gunther Martin
    July 29th, 2010 | 2:57 pm

    I am very sorry for your loss.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Everyone here at SunGard also sends their condolences.
    Be comforted that your dad lived a fulfilling life.
    Although I never met your dad, he sounds like quite a guy who had many accomplishments during his lifetime.
    Again, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

  3. Jeff Shapiro
    July 29th, 2010 | 3:46 pm

    Dear Doug and Mary Ann,

    You have been very fortunate to have had your dad into adulthood. Seeing the picture of him, reading about his hobbies and hearing stories from Mary Ann, your dad was “full of life”. Skiing in his 80’s!!

    I pray that you find comfort in great memories-he sounds like a really great guy. Your loss is heavens gain.

    Stay strong,

  4. Steve Turley
    July 29th, 2010 | 3:59 pm

    Mrs. Boari, Doug, Gregg, Peter,
    It is certainly sad news to hear that “Pa” Boari has ascended to be with Our Lord.
    He really was a Pa to all of us neighborhood kids. On Saturday mornings in the garage he would riddle us with questions and know how we were all doing, and if he heard we had gotten into trouble, he take the time to talk to us about it, let us know that he was concerned, and get us to aggree to try to do better.

    I believe that the outgoing and gregariuos character that Mr. Boari posessed with continue for generations through his children and grandchildren.

    Any man would be honored and proud to have nurtured such a fine family for all of these decades.

    I know that we will all remember him as he truly was, smiling, friendly and always making you feel like family.

    Steve Turley

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