Methuen — A. Robert “Bobby” Baggetta, 77, of Methuen, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Bobby was born in Lawrence, and was the son of the late Nicola and Anna (Marino) Baggetta. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School. Upon his graduation from Lawrence High School, Bobby joined the United States Marine Corps in 1955. Following his service to his country, Bobby worked for Wise Potato Chips and Pepsi Co. He then owned and operated Eileen’s Variety Store on Prospect St. in Methuen for several years. He retired as a building and grounds foreman for the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District.
He was a life member and administrator of the Knights of Columbus, Council 4027 in Methuen, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Bobby had a deep passion for his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed cooking and gardening, and was known for his homemade Italian sausage.
Mr. Baggetta was formerly married to Eileen (DeLotto) Baggetta.
Bobby will be deeply missed by his son, Nicholas Baggetta and his wife, Karen, of Methuen; two daughters, Cathy Hylton and her husband, Ricki, of Methuen, and Roberta Downer and her husband, Ted, of Bradford; seven grandchildren, Robert and Michael Hylton, Nicholas and Alex Baggetta, and Ava, Lauren and Michael Downer; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Baggetta is predeceased by his sister, Peggy Tomaselli; brother, Joseph Baggetta; and sister, Rita Spinelli.
The family would like to send a sincere thank you to the entire staff at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, March 13, at 10 a.m., in Corpus Christi/Holy Rosary Church of Lawrence, with burial to follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery of Lawrence.
Friends will be warmly received on Wednesday, March 12, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence St., Methuen. For directions and to send condolences, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843, or to the Massachusetts General Hospital Oncology Department, 55 Fruit St., #148, Boston, MA 02114.
The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is honored to serve Mr. Baggetta’s family.