Robert E. Gayne

Robert E. Gayne

August 21st, 1937 August 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for Robert E. Gayne

GAYNE, Robert E. “Bob”, of Somerville, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2019 after a short but courageous battle with a brain tumor. Bob was born in Somerville on August 21, 1937 to the late Albert L. and Margaret D. (Carver) Gayne. After graduating from Somerville High School in 1955, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force. Four years later he was honorably discharged and earned a degree from Burdett College. After a brief stint as an accountant at State Street Bank, Bob found his true professional calling as a plumber, a career he enjoyed for over 40 years. Bob was the beloved husband of the late Bette Lou (Oliveira) and brother of the late Leo Gayne. Devoted father to Leo R. Gayne of Somerville. Bob also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends. In addition, Bob received excellent care and unlimited kindness from the staff at Mount Auburn Hospital, the Neville Center, and from Yvonne Munji of Beacon In Home. An avid walker, lifelong Red Sox fan, and devout Catholic, Bob was well known on his walking routes and offered a smile and kind word to everyone he met. Visiting hours on Thursday, August 8th, from 4-8pm. Relatives and friends are invited. Funeral from Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Mass Ave., NORTH CAMBRIDGE on Friday, August 9th, at 9am. Funeral Mass at St. Catherine’s Church, 185 Summer Street, Somerville at 10am. Burial and Military Honors to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Mount Auburn Hospital, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. For directions or to send a condolence visit

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Thursday, August 8th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saint Catherine of Genoa Church
    185 Summer Street
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    Friday, August 9th, 2019
    Fr. Kevin Toomey
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    175 Broadway, 175 Broadway
    Malden, Massachusetts
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Ellen McPherson

Leo, the McPherson family is so sorry to just recently learn of the loss of your father. He was a lovely man and neighbor. We enjoyed chatting whenever he passed our home in Elm St. We also enjoyed encountering him at Porter Sq, esp when our grandson Frankie lll would be with us, because they would always make each other smile. May he Rest In Peace,

Ellen, Frank and Joe McPherson
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Frances Vallone

I’m surely going to miss Bob’s friendly greeting as he stopped by to say Hello. I’m know my late husband, also named Bob, will be looking forward to resuming their daily chats on the porch. Rest in Peace.
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Dee L.

My sincere condolences to the family. May warm hugs, kind words, fond memories of Robert and the strength that can only come from Almighty help you to cope. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:29)
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Pam and Peter Monaco

Peter and Pam Monaco
We will miss Bob's smile and his sunny disposition. He always had kind words to say.
Our condolences to his family.

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David Mangan

Bob will truly be missed be all! He was my Dad's Best Friend growing up on Belmont Street. Bob's Mom (Margaret) was also my Grandmother's Best Friend. Bob's Dad (Al) always had a Cigar going and always be kind and generous to my whole family when we visited them on the Holidays. bob, would always taker us out into his yard and play Whiffle Ball with us all. He also took me under his wing as a Plumbers helper when I was being a mischievous kid. We will all miss him dearly!
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