On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 the North End lost a long time resident and friend, Robert Church, (aka Roberto, Bobby or Chef Roberto).
Bobby was known for his culinary arts, especially Italian cuisine. He was owner and chef of the former Roberto’s Restaurant on North Street. He was very active in the community preparing dinners and planning events for the elderly.
Bobby was my lifelong friend. We spent many hours of our teen years hanging out at Barone’s Pharmacy on Hanover Street and in the North End Union on Parmenter Street with all our friends. He could always be called on to plan a party or trip even in those early years.
For the past fifteen years or so we got together with all our long time North End friends for a yearly dinner, organized by Bobby. We became known as the “Barone Gang”.
He will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Our condolences go out to his two sisters Barbara and Rose Marie as well as his caretaker Jeff.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.