- August 25, 1935 - January 19, 2017
- Melrose, Massachusetts
of Robert's Passing
- In lieu of flowers, the DeYoung family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
Mystic Valley Elder Services
300 Commercial St. #19
Malden, MA 02148
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“We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man and will be missed.
1 of 6 | Posted by: Bill & Joyce Hawkins
“Rest well, "Uncle Bob." I will always remember your calm and gentle ways and your kind and gentle manner. How lucky we were to have you in our...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Leslie (Lotz) Skimmings - NH
“To know him was to love him! The best BIG brother a sister could have. The JOY of our lives. So many loving memories we will cherish forever. God now...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Elizabeth Schipani - Cambridge, MA
“Dear Paula: So,sorry to learn about Bob's passing. I remember his easy laugh, especially when you and I were acting like idiots. Sincerest...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Elaine McSweeney - Vero Beach, FL
“I was lucky to be the daughter of such a great man..he was kind and caring yet took no BS from anyone...
5 of 6 | Posted by: Michelle DeYoung - New York, NY
“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA
Robert Leo "Bob" DeYoung passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on January 19, 2017 at the age of 81. Bob was born on August 25, 1935 to the late Leo & Elizabeth (Fougere) DeYoung. He was raised in Cambridge and Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School in 1953 and has been a resident of Melrose for the past 54 years. Mr. DeYoung worked as a purchaser of medical instruments for the AVCO & Kontron Companies for many years. Bob loved the outdoors, was a longtime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and enjoyed hiking, skiing and rock climbing. He also enjoyed the opera and classical music. Bob was known for his big bear hugs, his kind nature and was considered by his siblings as the patriarch of the DeYoung family. Mr. DeYoung was the beloved husband of 54 years to Paula C. (Quinlan) DeYoung. Loving father of Kimberly DeYoung & her husband Davis Jack of Lynn. and Michelle DeYoung of NYC. Devoted brother of Yvonne Zinfon of Arlington, Elizabeth Schipani of Cambridge & Edward DeYoung of Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St. #19, Malden, MA 02148.