Obituaries

Robert E. Brabant

January 16th, 2016

Robert E. Brabant, “Bob”, age 83, of Wilmington, formerly of Tewksbury, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 16, 2016, at Lowell General Hospital Saints Campus.

Bob was born in Wilmington on June 8, 1932; he was the dear son of the late Aristide and Elizabeth Brabant. Bob was raised in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1949.

In his early years Bob worked as a cab driver for his dad’s company, Wilmington Cab; Bob had fond memories of working for his father and lots of great stories. Bob went on to work as a truck driver for Canelas Disposal Company where he worked for many years before retiring.

Bob married his “sweetheart” Angelina DiChiara in 1960; together they raised a family of four sons and had lots of great times before her passing in December of 2011. Bob and Angelina lived in Wilmington for many years before moving to California for a couple of years and then returning to Massachusetts where they lived in Tewksbury for more than 20 years.

In his spare time, Bob enjoyed fishing and following the New England Patriots, he was known to be an avid football fan.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a “Guys guy”; he was very sociable, lovable, and friendly. Bob always made friends wherever he went; people just loved him. Bob’s unconditional devotion to his family was evident in everything he did and he will be greatly missed by all.

Bob was the beloved husband of the late Angelina T. (DiChiara) Brabant, devoted father of Bob Elfman & his wife Joanne of Pepperell, Kevin Brabant & his wife Jane of Lowell, Steven Brabant of North Reading, and David Brabant & his wife Lisa of Wilmington. Loving “Papa” of Lindsay, Rachel, Bob, Kevin, Brian, Tony, Jessica, Nathan, Danielle, Steven, Daniel, Heather, Stephanie, Kristen, and great-grandchildren Drew, Mia, Brennan, Riley, Colton, Alexis, Jessica, Emily, Nico, Caleb, Madison, Mathew, and Hailey. Son of the late Aristide and Elizabeth (McDonough) Brabant. Bob was one of six siblings and is survived by his brother of Bernard “Swig” Brabant of Dudley.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 19th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Bob’s Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62) Wilmington. Interment will follow in Tewksbury Cemetery. Memorial donations in Bob’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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11 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert E. Brabant”

  1. Nancy Walsh says:

    To Bob and JoAnn, and family, We a very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. May your wonderful memories together help to give you strength and peace in your hearts. Our deepest sympathy and prayers. Love Nancy and Bob

  2. Greg and Denise Haas (Walker) says:

    You’ve left us with many good memories you deeply will be missed

  3. Deborah Iovanna-Saggese says:

    Bobby, Kevin, Steven & David:
    The memories that we share will always have a special place in my heart. Uncle Bob was one of a kind. He was thoughtful, caring and the most kind and loving man I knew. He was not only my Uncle, he was my second father. I know in my heart that he is at peace because he’s back with the love of his life, Aunty Angie. I will love and miss him more than words can say. Love you all, Your Cousin (Sister) Debbie

  4. Teri says:

    Forever in my heart
    I love you and miss you

  5. Alan says:

    I’m blessed to have had you (and Noni) part if my life. I’ve always felt grateful for your support and encouragement. Rest easy.

  6. Nancy Babineau & Marco Lavoie says:

    Kevin & Jayne, Jessica and Nathan Caleb , I’ve known you all for over 10 years Kevin and Jayne have always been a big part of my Life …. And Family was always there passion, The loss of a parent, Grandparent is a difficult time. My thoughts are with you all through this Difficult time … But I can sure say one thing… Bob (Dad) Papa is looking down watching you all while thinking of those incredible Meatballs he loved of Jaynes so much.. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all…????

  7. Pay McGowan says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Bob and Joanne and family
    May all your memories help you through the days ahead
    Love you guys
    Pat and Bob McGowan and family

  8. Shelly&Ken McGowan says:

    Bob and JoAnn – thinking of you, Lindsy, Rachel, Bobby during this time of your loss of your Dad and Papa. Our condolences to you and your extended Brabant family.

  9. Kris and John Gerhartz says:

    Lisa and family, sending prayers to you and your family

  10. Lisa Erwin says:

    Lisa & David, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  11. Jayne says:

    Oh Dad, I’m lost without you here!!????????????. Nothing is the same, not even the things promised to you. I know you hear me! I love you more than I ever thought possible! Please hold Ma, Mom and my Dad close. The greatest parents in the world!!!!! Watch over us all, I know it’s a “job”, I know you can do, ??????????

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