Robert Solari, 71, devoted husband and father, passed away on November 18 at Rhode Island Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a brief battle with colon cancer.
Born January 4, 1947, the son of Nancy (née Curtis) Solari, Bob grew up in the Needham-Wellesley area along with his late, younger sister, Judy. He also spent countless joyous and educational hours with his maternal grandparents-Stanley and Hannah (née Kilgore) Curtis of Swampscott. After graduating from Needham High School, he continued his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology, earning a degree in architecture.
Bob, a respectable, hard-working and no-nonsense kind of man, worked-until retirement-for Roche Bros. as a meat department manager for nearly 45 years.
When he was not working, Bob was relentlessly dedicated to maintaining his home, spending innumerable hours in his beloved yard and gardens, growing his notoriously delicious Brandywine tomatoes and ornate wildflowers. A closet foodie, he loved to use his harvested vegetables, berries and herbs to concoct the most beautiful and tasty salads and meals. He loved to use his architectural and wood-working skills to design and build structures and furniture for his home as well as his friends and family. Bob was a loyal and humble man, a steadfast friend and the best father and husband; always willing to lend a helping hand. He was also a die-hard Patriots fan--even when they didn’t play so well. Bob loved being outdoors--canoeing and fishing on the lake and walking and exploring the shores of Maine with his wife, Maria, amongst his favorite.
He is survived by his wife and life partner, Maria, with whom he recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and his two eldest children-Jennifer and David (Joseph, his youngest child, passed away in 2008).
You may donate, in his memory, to Toys for Tots using their website: https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/Default.aspx
The family is holding private services.
Services entrusted in the Riendeau Mulvey Funeral Home 467 Bay St. Taunton MA. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.r-mfh.com