Robert P. Balzarini

Robert P. Balzarini, 64, of Rochester, died July 31, 2012 in the Boston Medical Center, Boston. He was the husband of Michelle A. (Dupuis) Balzarini and the son of the late Peter J. and Nellie T. (Gallerani) Balzarini.

He was born in Wareham and lived in Rochester all of his life.

Bob graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School, Massasoit Community College and Southeastern Massachusetts University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

He was a Seabee in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served 3 tours of duty.

Bob worked in the Cranberry Industry for 29 years at Decas and Hiller Cranberry Companies. He managed the fresh fruit division. After retiring, he enjoyed being at his wood lot cutting and splitting firewood.

A lifelong Rochester “townie”, Bob served as a volunteer firefighter and worked for many town departments including the police, highway, and cemetery departments. He loved hard work and helping others, he was tough, strong and dependable. But what mattered most to Bob at the end of the day was his family.

Survivors include his widow, Michelle A. (Dupuis) Balzarini; his daughter, Ashley M. Orander of Rochester; his sister, Marie Weigel of Rochester; a brother, Peter Balzarini and his wife Anne of Wareham; his mother and father in law, Jerry and Margaret Dupuis of Wareham; his sisters in law, Danielle Fagundes of Wareham and Renee Hodgkinson and her husband Bob of FL; several nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

His funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in the First Congregational Church, Rochester. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Rochester.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

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