Vassallo, Robert E. Sr.

April 9th, 2010

Vassallo, RobertAttorney Robert E. Vassallo, Sr., age 73, of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 9, 2010.

Born in Malden, MA, on September 4, 1936, Robert was the dear son of the late Herbert and Priscilla (Holmes) Vassallo. Robert grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School Class of 1955. Robert enlisted into the United States Navy in September of 1955, where he served on several Naval Destroyers and was involved in the Lebanon Crisis. Robert was honorably discharged on September 21, 1961.

Robert met and fell in love with Maryann Scuito, and they married on February 16, 1958. Robert and Maryann moved to Wilmington where they raised their three children.

Robert was intelligent, well educated, and very respected both personally and professionally. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston State College in 1975, his Juris Doctor from New England School of Law in 1984, and his Program of Instruction for Lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Robert was in Law Enforcement for over 20 years, first as an Investigator for the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. He then joined the Wilmington Police Department earning the rank of Sergeant. Robert owned his own Law Practice and was a Trial Attorney since 1985.

Robert’s legal expertise and willingness to help others led him to involve himself on many boards. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Wilmington Family Counseling Service, Board of Directors for Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Union Official, Collective Bargaining & Grievance Committees for the Wilmington Police Department, Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurses Association of Middlesex East, and most recently the Board of Trustees of Eagles Landing Condominium in Tewksbury in 2002 and 2003. Robert was also an active member of the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington.

Robert will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving family man, dedicated Police Officer, and a respected Attorney. He was kind, considerate, always willing to do for others, a true friend, and a gentleman. He will be greatly missed.

Vassallo, Robert ERobert was the beloved husband of Maryann (Sciuto) Vassallo, devoted father of Robert E. Vassallo, Jr. & his wife Marnie of Melrose, Denise A. Sweeney & her fiance Paul Connolly of Wilmington, and Linda Cote & her husband Richard of Wilmington; loving grandfather of Kellianne, Kyle, and Ryan Sweeney, Jacqueline Cote, and Nicholas Vassallo; dear brother of John Vassallo and his wife Janice of Florida, Paul Vassallo of Maine, Charles Vassallo of Brockton, Priscilla Antkowiak and her husband Ray of Auburn, Lyn Dealtry and her husband Don of California; son-in-law of Rose Sciuto of Wilmington, and brother-in-law of Carol McGinn and her husband John of Wilmington. Robert is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 4 – 8 pm.

Memorial donations in Robert’s name may be made to Local Heroes, P.O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Vassallo, Robert E. Sr.”

  1. Denise says:

    A Dad is a person
    who is loving and kind,
    And often he knows
    what you have on your mind.
    He’s someone who listens,
    suggests, and defends.
    A Dad can be one
    of your very best friends!
    He’s proud of your triumphs,
    but when things go wrong,
    A Dad can be patient
    and helpful and strong
    In all that you do,
    a Dad’s love plays a part.
    There’s always a place for him
    deep in your heart.
    And each year that passes,
    you’re even more glad,
    More grateful and proud
    just to call him your Dad!
    Thank you, Dad…
    for listening and caring,
    for giving and sharing,
    but especially, for just being you!

    Thank you Dad for all you have done for me, for all of your love and support. Saying goodbye to you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I love you and miss you more than you could know! Kelli, Kyle & Ryan miss their Grampy…please watch over them, keep them safe.
    I love you,

  2. Craig & Susan Hill says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert Sr., and family during this difficult time.

  3. says:

    On behalf of Former and Retired Massachusetts Registry Inspectors, our deepest sympathies on your loss.

  4. Kelli says:

    Thank you for all the memories and everything you’ve ever done or given up for me. Thank you for spoiling me on the Cape, pushing me in the swing, allowing me to destroy your office, telling me I could do anything. Thank you for your huge greeting all the time. Thank you for one last smile. Thank you for being who you were. I hope you’re in a place where your strength is renewed, your memories are alive and forever strong, and your youth is restored. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU with all me heart!

    Love your Kelli Belli…May you rest in peace Grampy

  5. William Furey RMV ret says:

    Vassallo Family:
    I am deeply sorry for your loss

    Bob was a very conscientious RMV Inspector & a pleasure to work with,
    when I was a supervisor in RMV Selective Enforcement.
    He was special in his law enforcement work & desires.
    His future achievements bore this out.
    I last saw Bob at one of our RMV luncheons, in the last year or 2, and I enjoyed his company.

  6. Roberts Chiropractic Office says:

    Dear Maryann & Family:

    The entire staff of our office express our sincere condolances to all of you in the loss of Bob.

    Dr. Edward Roberts & Staff

  7. Tamara Moreau says:

    Maryann and family, I am so sad for your loss. I know you gave him a full life and I know you have lots of great memories. He is with our Heavenly Father now and at peace. Love Tamara

  8. Nancy McMahon says:

    To the entire Vassallo Family,
    You gave an amazing tribute to a man who obviously led a very meaningful and accomplished life, although too short. He touched so many lives in a positive way. I am sure he is as proud of you as you are of him. Our thoughts are with all of you during this very sad time. We pray that your happy memories will soon prevail over your grief.
    You have our deepest condolences.
    Nancy and Bill McMahon

  9. lauren vassallo bellini says:

    Rest in peace Uncle Bob.

    Love from Lauren and family

  10. Judy Kincaid says:

    Dear Maryann,
    I was just looking up my husband’s obit when I noticed this for your husband. I am so sorry for your loss. It will be a year now since Byron has passed and it is still a great loss. My thoughts and prayers to out to you. Judy

  11. Bob Moreschi says:

    Bob was a good friend and a good person and will be missed by all who knew him.

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