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Awesome friend and awesome boss. Spent 3 years, while in high school, working and learning from Robert and the entire family. Was treated like one of the family, another Balestieri working all hours of the day and night. Will be immensely missed....


Posted by: Arthur Trestin - Staten Island, NY - coworker   Dec 06, 2021

On a whim, I just tried to call Village Fruit to wish my former boss Robert Balestieri a happy birthday as I have always remembered his birthday was 3 days after my own. I was so sorry to hear of his passing.

I worked for Robert at both Brookline locations for more than 2 years while in college in the late 70s. He was an awesome and formidable boss who ran a super tight ship but was fair and simply

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Posted by: Laura Holland - Eugene, OR - Coworker   Mar 09, 2021

A gentleman and a scholar. New him through the produce and loved being in his always pleasant company.
Have pictures of him at my sons bris.
He will be fondly remembered.
My most sincere condolences.
May he Rest In Peace


Posted by: Alan Warner - Lynn, MA - Friend   Apr 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss Bethany. I am sure your dad thought of you as his Angel on Earth and now you have an Angel in Heaven looking over you all the time. I will be praying for you and your family and always remember the many happy times.

Rob and Kori Smetzer


Posted by: Rob Smetzer - Clear Spring, MD - Friend   Apr 01, 2020

I went to grade school with Bob; a great guy way back then. We went to different high schools, but saw each other a few times after that. Still a great guy.
My sympathies to the family.2nxhr


Posted by: Dan Durant - Melrose, MA - Friend   Apr 01, 2020

Sorry to hear of your loss. Andrew if there is anything I can do please reach out to me.


Posted by: Barry Kling    Mar 30, 2020

To all of the Balestieri's... Thinking of you at this sad time. So sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Janice Diana Burke - West Yarmouth, MA - Neighbor   Mar 25, 2020

My cousin Robert was always smiling. I can remember when living downstairs from Robert's family on West Highland Ave and I would go upstairs and listen to Robert playing the Trumpet. One of my fondest memories was enjoying to listen to Robert playing his Trumpet. I remember working with Robert at his dad's store (M& A Fruit) in the North End. And, whenever I would take the train to visit my mom' Robert would always give me a ride. I loved Robert.


Posted by: Philip Fortunato - North Andover, MA - Family   Mar 25, 2020

So sorry the loss of Robert. My condolences to your whole family.


Posted by: Donna Giacalone - Melrose, MA   Mar 25, 2020

I graduated with Bobbie. He and my brother, Tom, were good friends. In fact Bobbie is my nephew Christopher's Godfather. He was always smiling, very well dressed and a gentleman. I am sorry for your loss and I will let my family members know about his passing.
Sincerely, Carol DelCore Croce


Posted by: Carol DelCore Croce - Nokomis, FL - Classmate   Mar 25, 2020