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My heartfelt condolences to the entire Balestieri family. I have great childhood memories growing up with Robert in the Highlands. One of the kindest and high spirited people I have known. Rest in peace my friend.


Posted by: George McCarthy - Melrose, MA - Classmate   Mar 25, 2020

i knew robert most of my life he was a talented great guy he will be missed


Posted by: john manganaro - melrose, MA - Friend   Mar 25, 2020

So so sorry to hear of Roberts passing. Our love and condolences to Rose and the family. May he Rest In Peace.


Posted by: Teresa and Nando Gentile - Boston, MA - Friend   Mar 24, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. He and all of you are in our hearts and prayers. Love, the Slottje family


Posted by: Brenda Furlong - Charlottesville, VA - Family Friend   Mar 24, 2020

So sorry sending prayers


Posted by: Karen Tolman Skurka - Cranston, RI - Classmate   Mar 24, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Robert, I really cant believe this. I love you so much and could never find a better friend.
I will miss you for the rest of my life. This is so very hard for me. Love, Anne Louise


Posted by: Anne Coppola - Boston, MA - friend   Mar 23, 2020

We all knew him as Bobby or "Bala" back at MHS. He had a great smile and was very sociable. Great looking black hair....all the most popular girls loved the guy while we stood around tongue tied!
Nice fellow....sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Chris Shea - South Weymouth, MA - Classmate   Mar 23, 2020

So sad to hear about Roberts struggles with cancer. We love your family so Much and keep
You all in our hearts and prayers!


Posted by: The Goudreault's Goudreault - Sherborn, MA - Family Friend   Mar 23, 2020

I will remember our conversations and you occupying my mind when visi ting my sister. With everything you were going through it didnt stop you from supporting your cousin in his time of need. You were/are a wonderful man who walked his talk. I'm grateful to have known you. Thank you for the beautiful bread boards that I have and also gave as gifts. You will be missed.


Posted by: Kathleen Garcia - Revere, MA - Friend   Mar 23, 2020

Over 50 years ago you couldn't help but notice Robert's smile in freshman homeroom or walking down the hall. A wonderful friend to many, he would often get together with old friends to keep in touch. An extremely talented craftsman with wood, I am so fortunate to have one of his pieces.
Years ago many days and nights were spent at Nahant halfway house and his love for the beach continued in Gloucester - rain or snowstorm didn't deter him.
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Posted by: Rosemary Beaudoin Kelley - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Friend   Mar 23, 2020