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Kinsella, Robert J.

Robert James Kinsella, known in Dedham as “Bob the Barber”, died Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at the Norwood Hospital.  He was 82.  Kinsey was a lifelong Dedham resident having been born in the house that he has lived in all his life.  He graduated from Dedham High School with the classof 1948 and served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953.  Kinsey retired in 2009 after over 40 years as the owner and operator of Bob’s Barbershop on Bussey Street in East Dedham.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening, and was a member of the American Legion in Dedham.  Bob is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Barbara Elizabeth Root; his daughters, Susan E. Lipsett, and her husband Paul, of Auburn, New Hampshire, and Kathleen M. Krill, and her husband Jeffrey, of Franklin; his sons, Michael R. Kinsella, and his wife Robin, of Dedham, Patrick J. Kinsella, and his wife Nora, of Falmouth, and Steven P. Kinsella of Dedham; his sister, Marjorie Condon of Norwood; and his eight grandchildren, Michael J. Kinsella, Jr., Sean Kinsella, Colleen Kinsella, Kristen Lipsett, Brian Lipsett, Matthew Kinsella, Christopher Kinsella, and Jonathan Kinsella; as well as many nieces and nephews.  Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 8th from 4 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Monday morning at 9 AM and proceed to St. Mary’s Church, 420 High Street, Dedham for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o clock. Burial to be announced.  In lieu of flowers donations to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Sal Pena
    May 6th, 2011 | 9:18 am

    My most sincere condolences!
    Stay strong during these trying days.
    It is never easy to lose a loving parent..
    You and your family are in my prayers.

    Sal Pena

  2. Susan Gempka Ferrara
    May 6th, 2011 | 11:43 am

    The Kinsella Family,
    I am truely sorry for your loss.
    May he rest and peace.

  3. Tassy Alessio
    May 6th, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing, I will miss his many visits each week and our long talks. Bob was and will always be a favorite childhood memory for all of us ” kids” in Dedham, including my own,who loved to talk with Bob while getting his haircut , about fishing. He was an outstanding guy,a true gentleman who had a kind word for everyone. He is an Icon in East Dedham and will be sadly missed and never forgotten. Thought and prayers for Bob, his family and all who knew and loved him.

  4. Pat & Nora Kinsella
    May 7th, 2011 | 10:07 am

    He will be missed by all. He was always able to make everyone smile. As Bob would say, “This is not good-bye, I will see you later.”

  5. gary graham&haley tran
    May 8th, 2011 | 8:29 am

    to the kinsella family
    our thoughts and prayers are for you at this sad time. for the past 7 yrs. bob has been a good friend and an awesome neighbor. bob always seemed so full of life, always busy, shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, coming and going in his car, but he would always take the time to stop and talk for a few minutes.i’ll miss having our chats out back by the garage. it’s truly sad knowing he won’t be there anymore.
    rest in peace bob. gary & haley 107 ware st.

  6. Nancy and Bill Salter
    May 8th, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    To The Kinsella,

    We were sadden by the news of Bob’s passing.
    We are sure we will be missed but never forgotten.
    The town of Dedham will never forget “Bob the Barber”

  7. Girard's
    May 8th, 2011 | 8:32 pm

    My family just heard about the passing of your dad. We are truly sorry for your loss. “Bob the Barber” will always have a special place in our hearts. He was truly the most kind man and we will always remember,as many will, dropping in at the barber shop, spinning in the chair, getting a sip of water and a lollipop. He always had a smile and truly cared about every kid that stopped by. Especially knowing where we came from, he always looked out for our dad and for us. He touched everyone’s heart in a way that will be treasured forever. He will be greatly missed.

    Debbie, Bernie, Lynn, & Michelle Girard

  8. Stu Lindberg
    May 9th, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Kathy Krill
    Sorry to hear about your Dad, Ed Divecchia sent me a e-mail telling me the news.
    My Sincere condolances to you and your Mother.

    Stu Lindberg of Palmetto, Fl

  9. Paula Dickson Rando
    May 10th, 2011 | 7:40 am

    Susan and The Kinsella Family,

    I am truly saddened, just hearing the news of your dad. He was such a constant in the community, and always helped others just by being there to listen and smile. As a young teenager, we used to go in the shop to say hi, or just wave going by. He never judged, only offered a friendly smile. He was part of our childhood, and made us feel safe. My prayers are with you all. We will miss him.

  10. Bob McGrath
    May 15th, 2011 | 10:27 am

    To Bob’s Family,

    I just heard (at Speedy Mkt.) that Bob passed away. I was shocked. Bob did me a favor and gave me a haircut Saturday morning April 31st. He was so full of life and looked great. As always, we talked about just everything. Also Bob was showing me how a robin was building a nest, a tree that needed trimming and the garden. I miss him teribly already. My sincerest condolences to all of you.

  11. Pam Molloy
    June 22nd, 2012 | 1:46 pm


    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I never met him, but I know how much you loved and respected him. You will always have your memories, and his eyes 🙂

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