Robert “Bob” Lewis Giarla

Robert Lewis Giarla “Bob” previously of Holliston, MA, died peacefully surrounded by family on March 6, 2023. Born in Dorchester, MA in 1941, the eldest son of the late Robert and Dorothy Giarla. He grew up in Nahant and moved to Holliston in 1977 until 7 years ago when he retired to Cape Coral, Florida, alternately Naples, Maine.

He attended schools in Nahant and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1959. He was the owner of Subway in Framingham across from Bowditch Field on Union Avenue. People came from near and far for the best subs in town. He became a district manager for D’Angelo’s for several years, then settled into a rewarding position at Leonard Morse Hospital as a patient transport attendant where the patients all loved and relied on him.

Bob was a very involved father who encouraged, supported and embraced all three of his children. So many other kids remember him as the best Boy Scout Leader, Soccer coach, and the coolest Dad in the neighborhood. Bob worked very hard and lived a fullfilling life. He adored his family and friends, had a great sence of humor. Loved traveling, family outings and camping on the lake. A genuinely kind, non-judgemental man, with all those he met along the way. He will be so greatly missed, but never forgotten.

He leaves behind his devoted wife of 51 years, Linda Giarla, and three children, David Giarla of Holliston, Robyn Giarla of Hampton, NH, and Scott Giarla of Jamaica Plain. He leaves six grandchildren, Alessia and Marco Giannozzi, Jeremy and Nicole Giarla, Eliot and Nora Giarla, and one great-grandchild on the way. He was the eldest of eight siblings, Judy Giarla, David Giarla, Richard Giarla, Dorothy Giarla Gavoni, Bettyanne Giarla, and the late Jerry and Billy Giarla, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a Celebration of Life in Fort Myers, FL at Peace Lutheran Church on March 23rd, and one in Holliston, MA at the end of June. Details to follow.

In Lieu of flowers, please remember The Hope Hospice House 2430 Diplomat Parkway Cape Coral, FL 33909 where people are cared for with the utmost dignity and compassion.


Chesmore Funeral Home

1 Comment

  1. Deborah Moore on March 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I had the privilege of working with him at MWMC LMH. He always had a smile for his patients he transported & the staff he worked with. The entire hospital knew him & loved him. His wife Linda was our pastoral care counsel for patients as well as staff. We missed them both when they retired.