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“Our sincere condolences to the Vass family for the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Your neighbor.. - MA

“I had Bob as my supervisor in the computer department (EOD) at Prudential Insurance Co. He was a true gentleman who was very good to work for and...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss. Sending hugs! Tom and Diane ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Diane Hession - Natick, MA

“Bruce and I had the cousins for a party to spend time and visit. Bobby was the life of the party. This was many years ago but I fondly remember Bobby...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Marie and Bruce Armitstead - MA

“So sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. I shared many fun times with both he and Phyllis. My condolences to all Carol Brimicombe Clukey ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Carol ClukeyBz5v5


Buzzards Bay – Mr. Robert A. Vass, formerly of Waltham, died at home on Friday, June 14, 2019 after an illness. He was 77.

Bob was born September 2, 1941 in Revere a son of the late Edward and Frances (Tranfaglia) Vass. Raised in Revere he was a graduate of Revere High School. He married Watertown native Phyllis M. Parrella in Saint Patrick's Church in Watertown on April 27, 1963. They were married for over 53 years until her death on May 20, 2016. They lived a short time in Brighton before making Waltham their home for many years. They moved to Buzzards Bay in 2000 and would divide their time in The Villages in Florida during the winter months.

He worked for over twenty-five years as a computer programmer for Prudential Insurance in Boston before retiring. He then took a position at Raytheon Corporation for over 10 years and lastly he worked in sales for various companies that would uniform the U.S. Postal workers.

Bob will forever be remembered for his love of clam digging and preparing homemade stuffed quahogs for family and friends. He and Phyllis were golfing buddies and enjoyed many rounds at Little Harbor in Wareham. An avid bowler he looked forward to his games in the leagues he belonged at the Wal-Lex and in Buzzards Bay. His kids recall his 'big appearance' on Candlepins for Cash on television. He and Phyllis loved playing competitive but fun card games.

He leaves his children, Deborah A. Marcou of Fairfield, Connecticut, Diane E. Grover of Ashland and Robert A. Vass (Paula) of Waltham; his grandchildren, Olivia and Harrison Marcou, Kelley and Alison Grover and Jonathan and Julia Vass; his former sons-in-law David Marcou of Weston and Warren Grover of Waltham; his siblings Edward 'Skip' Vass (Pauline) of Salem, Richard Vass (Kathy) of Groveland, Elizabeth Restiano (late Lawrence) of Revere, Nancy Maroney (Lawrence) of Fort Meyers, FL and Virginia 'Ginny' Howell (Timothy) of Revere; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Robert's life by gathering for calling hours on Monday, June 17th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham, and again on Tuesday at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Mary's Church, 133 School Street, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorials in his name may be made to Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Street, Boston, MA 02115.

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