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