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Norberg, Robert L.

Robert Leonard Norberg, a resident of Dedham, and formerly of Roslindale, Hyde Park, and Jamaica Plain, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Stanley Tippet Home in Needham.  He was 90.  Bob was born November 21, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the four children of Alfred and Mary (Michaud) Norberg.  He graduated from Boston Technical High School and, in 1951, he was inducted into the United States Army where he served until 1953.  Bob was honorably discharged as a Corporal from the US Army Reserve in 1957.  In 1956 Bob started Suburban Decorators in Hyde Park and in 1974 the company became known as Charlmarc Kitchens.  He served as the company’s President until his retirement in 2003.  Bob had a bit of acting flair in him; he played the part of Bob-O-Link, a ranger on his children’s television show Hubert’s Holiday, which was broadcast live on WBZ (Channel 4) in 1956, where he introduced and explained various animals to the children.  He also was extremely community oriented, volunteering at ABCD where he organized donations to early intervention programs in Roslindale; volunteering at the Deutsches Altenheim in West Roxbury by assisting with their golf tournaments; and he spearheaded the rehabilitation of the Endicott Greenhouse in Dedham.  Bob served on the Board of Directors of the Roslindale Cooperative Bank; as a member and Past President of the Roslindale-West Roxbury Kiwanis Club; as a member of the Roslindale Parade Committee, where he twice was honored as the Grand Marshall; as an Explorer Scout Leader; and as a multi term President of the Roslindale Board of Trade.  In addition, he was a member of American Legion Post 0462 of Roslindale; of VFW Post 1050 of Roslindale; and of the Dedham Retired Men’s Club.  Bob was the recipient of many certificates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and from the Massachusetts Senate for his community and volunteer services.  Bob also enjoyed science and mechanics, motorcycling, photography and was an avid boater, belonging to the Old Colony Yacht Club.  He also held his Pilot’s Solo Certificate.  In his “spare time” he delivered Meals on Wheels.


Robert is survived by his partner, Ellen Donovan, of Dedham; his son, Robert L. Norberg of Roslindale; his daughters, Andrea R. Litcof, and her husband Robert Ryan, and Paula M. Norberg of Roslindale; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Emily, Damien, Madison, Aidan, and Aoife; and his great grandson, Clark.  He was the brother of the late Alice Moyer, the late Alfred J. Norberg, and the late William H. Norberg.  Visiting hours will be held Monday, February 18th from 4 to 8 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home, 87 Milton Street, Dedham.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Tuesday at 10 am at the Funeral Home followed by interment with military honors at the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, Baker Street, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Stanley R. Tippet Home, 920 South Street, Needham, MA 02492 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Dot Walsh
    February 16th, 2019 | 12:20 pm

    Bob was our neighbor, our friend and our book club partner. He was always there to offer help or assistance with a project. His greatest dream come true was the remaking of the Endicott Community Greenhouse. He lived each moment making sure there were pictures and text sent to the local newspapers. We used to kid about a statue dedicated to him to be placed on the grounds. Not such a bad idea I think! So keep sending us wisdom and love we all need it. Thank You Bob for your inspiration to live life fully.

  2. Johanna
    February 16th, 2019 | 7:58 pm

    Rest in peace Uncle Bob. You will surely be missed.

  3. February 16th, 2019 | 11:43 pm

    Sorry to hear. I remember your dad many years ago. He was a very kind man and always made me feel welcome at the Brant rock summer home. Sorry Angie,keep his stories alive you had a great dad and he has a great daughter. Hugs.

  4. Linda Burnett
    February 17th, 2019 | 4:09 pm

    A wicked sense of humor, always ready to laugh, and honored all beings equally.

  5. Debra A Esquivel
    February 18th, 2019 | 1:38 pm

    Although I never met your dad, I knew your mom and your sisters and my parents have stayed with you guys when we were young and even before we were ever born. Both my mom and dad have fond memories of visiting Boston and my mom growing up there with your mom.

    Your dad was very handsome and sounds like a great guy to everyone who knew him. You look a lot like your dad Robbie! 😉

    My deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Remember the good times and may they give you comfort.

    From all the Esquivel’s in Calif.

  6. Harriet McDonald
    February 18th, 2019 | 6:38 pm

    Heaven has a wonderful new Angel! I knew Bob from the Endicott Greenhouse in Dedham. I enjoyed talking to him. He was so intelligent, always interesting, and always a gentleman. I admired his work ethic. He was a great fund raiser. He was a good, kind man. I am grateful to have known him. Rest Easy Bob. God Bless You

  7. Bob Trethewey
    February 19th, 2019 | 1:46 pm

    The Roslindale that stands today was shaped in countless ways thanks to decades of “giving back to the community”. Many great memories and examples were left to the many that worked with Bob.
    Deepest sympathy to The Norberg family.

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