Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home Obituaries

Robert Deschene 8/12/2018

NORTH ATTLEBORO – Robert Deschene, Esq., 62, of North Attleboro passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. 

Rob was born June 9, 1956 in Fall River and was a son of the late Julian and Winifred (Padden) Deschene.

Rob grew up in Tiverton, RI and received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Brown University in 1978.  After graduation he worked several years in the private banking sector and then obtained his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 1990.

After law school, he worked as a judicial law clerk at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland and followed with a federal court clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.

He has been a resident of North Attleboro since 1991 where he has operated his own private law practice for many years.  He was a devoted communicant of St. Mary’s Church in North Attleboro and was a cantor and member of the church choir.  He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and served 12 years on the North Attleboro Cultural Council.  He also enjoyed travelling and was an avid reader, gardener and woodworker.

Rob was a member of the state bar associations of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.

He is survived by his siblings: Reverend James Deschene of Niagara, NY, Anne Deschene of Providence, RI, Thomas and wife Anne Marie Deschene of Wesport and Daniel and wife Katherine Deschene of Seekonk; his sister-in-law Barbara Benedetti of Tiverton, RI; four nieces and nephews: Julie McCoy and Donna, Emmett and Benjamin Deschene; and two great-nephews: Kyle Deschene and Aidan McCoy.

Rob was known for his gentle kindness, sense of humor, creativity, and generous spirit.  He was adored by many, and his memory will live on through all of the lives he touched through his goodwill, abiding faith, and love for family and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday evening, August 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760 or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or at www.cancer.org.

To sign an online guestbook for Rob, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.