Sturbridge: Robert L. St. John, 72, of Ridge Hill Rd., formally of Clinton and Sterling, died August 1, 2013 peacefully at St. Vincent Hospital after a short illness.
He leaves his beloved companion of 22 years, Nancy Giroux; his daughter, Jill Carville and her husband Michael, of Fort Myers, FL, step-daughters Kathleen McGrath, of Yardley, PA, and Christine Marchand, of Grafton, MA; step-son Scott Giroux, of Sturbridge, MA; brother-in-law Dale Hattin, of Holland, MA and sister-in-law Doris Tarvis, of Cumberland, RI; nine grandchildren, Alison, Evan, Heather, Kristin, Ashley, Patrick, Rich, Jaime, and Shannon, and six great-grandchildren, Ray, Ryan, Caycie, Hunter, Brandon, and Kaylie.
Besides his family, he leaves many good friends, including his “extended family,” Carole Tikka, her daughters Tina, Tammy, and Tracey, and her son Michael. He also leaves his ex-wife, Sandra.
He was predeceased by his son, Peter St. John, who passed away in October.
The son of Perley and Helen (Bader) St. John, Robert was born in Marlborough, MA, living in Clinton and Sterling before settling in Sturbridge, where he shared a home with his fiancée Nancy. For many years, he co-owned and operated Mello’s Sporting Goods in Clinton. He enjoyed fishing, spending time at his computer, and feeding and watching the many birds in his yard. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family and many, many friends, all of whom loved him and will miss him tremendously.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Belanger Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., Southbridge, MA. A memorial service will follow at a later date.