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Official Obituary of: Robert Deschene 8/12/2018

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.

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  • I went to law school with Rob and we graduated together in 1990.  He was an extremely humble, kindhearted, and gentle person with a great sense of humor.  Rob was unfailingly generous with his time, attention, and talent, and skilled at explaining complex topics to those of us who struggled with some of the course material.  He had an endless supply of patience and good humor.  Many years after graduating, I reconnected with Rob to discuss the possibility of him doing some legal work for my mother, who lived in Massachusetts.  As we chatted, I remembered how much I liked him and was struck by what a gift his calm, reassuring presence must have been to his clients.  My sincere condolences to Rob’s family and friends.

  • I wish the blood members of Rob & those he called family & friends, only sincere “Grace” at this trying time. We graduated in 74 from Tiverton. Rob left the following Quote in our yearbook by Martin Luther King under his high school picture “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools”. I am proud to have walked the halls with you for all those years, and wish you had more time with us. Susan D.( Arruda ) Worthen  

  • I was a client of Rob’s. I so appreciated his kind and thoughtful approach to our work together. The last time I saw him was just three weeks after my husband’s passing and he was so compassionate. I left his office feeling so loved because of the things Rob said about my husband and me. I shall miss him very much. 

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Rob in 1990 when he clerked for a Court of Appeals Judge in Bangor, Maine.  It didn’t take long to realize that Rob was an extremely kindhearted and gentle man, with a great sense of humor, in addition to having a brilliant legal mind.  His work ethic was unmatched by anyone else I have ever encountered, and he was always patient and thoughtful of those he came into contact with.  His work so impressed the Judge, that he was hired on as a career law clerk and worked in that position until the Judge retired.  I feel privileged to have known Rob and to call him my friend.  He will be deeply missed.  My sincere condolences to Rob’s family and friends.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Rob’s passing. We have been neighbors for many years and enjoyed conversations while dog walking. Our dog Nellie was pals with Tuck. He will be missed.

  • We appreciated Rob’s patience and calm demeanor. He was always willing to answer all our questions and was so easy to talk to. He made a complicated subject much easier to understand. Our sincere condolences to his family.

  • My Sincere Condolences to Rob’s family. Rob has been a huge help for my Family helping us through a tough time. Rob had been sweet, and so very determined to help bring my family matter to a close, unfortunately he passed before it was final. Rob and I spent a lot of time on the phone and through emails, sometimes I wondered if he slept at night because he would email me 5 or 6 in the morning. I want to say Thankyou for All your help Rob, and I’ll miss you standing there beside me when this matter is all done. 

  •  To Rob’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed. As for me I’ve lost a good choir member and cantor. The Tenor section won’t be the same. 

  • My cousin “Bobby”.  Such great childhood memories: reading scary comic books in a chicken coop, chemistry sets, tinkertoys, ‘magic wish fish’ . Last summer we  spent an afternoon together remembering our moms, our  childhood, our Gramma. So glad we had that day. Rob was a kind, gentle soul.

  • To Rob’s family my deepest condolences. Rob did work for brother 5 years ago six month before he passed. He went to the wake and didn’t tell me who he was. Afterwards he helped with the estate. He was a very kind gentleman who helped a lot of people over the years.

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  1. To Rob’s family my deepest condolences. Rob did work for brother 5 years ago six month before he passed. He went to the wake and didn’t tell me who he was. Afterwards he helped with the estate. He was a very kind gentleman who helped a lot of people over the years.

  2. My cousin “Bobby”.  Such great childhood memories: reading scary comic books in a chicken coop, chemistry sets, tinkertoys, ‘magic wish fish’ . Last summer we  spent an afternoon together remembering our moms, our  childhood, our Gramma. So glad we had that day. Rob was a kind, gentle soul.

  3.  To Rob’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed. As for me I’ve lost a good choir member and cantor. The Tenor section won’t be the same. 

  4. My Sincere Condolences to Rob’s family. Rob has been a huge help for my Family helping us through a tough time. Rob had been sweet, and so very determined to help bring my family matter to a close, unfortunately he passed before it was final. Rob and I spent a lot of time on the phone and through emails, sometimes I wondered if he slept at night because he would email me 5 or 6 in the morning. I want to say Thankyou for All your help Rob, and I’ll miss you standing there beside me when this matter is all done. 

  5. We appreciated Rob’s patience and calm demeanor. He was always willing to answer all our questions and was so easy to talk to. He made a complicated subject much easier to understand. Our sincere condolences to his family.

  6. We are so sorry to hear about Rob’s passing. We have been neighbors for many years and enjoyed conversations while dog walking. Our dog Nellie was pals with Tuck. He will be missed.

  7. I had the pleasure of meeting Rob in 1990 when he clerked for a Court of Appeals Judge in Bangor, Maine.  It didn’t take long to realize that Rob was an extremely kindhearted and gentle man, with a great sense of humor, in addition to having a brilliant legal mind.  His work ethic was unmatched by anyone else I have ever encountered, and he was always patient and thoughtful of those he came into contact with.  His work so impressed the Judge, that he was hired on as a career law clerk and worked in that position until the Judge retired.  I feel privileged to have known Rob and to call him my friend.  He will be deeply missed.  My sincere condolences to Rob’s family and friends.

  8. I was a client of Rob’s. I so appreciated his kind and thoughtful approach to our work together. The last time I saw him was just three weeks after my husband’s passing and he was so compassionate. I left his office feeling so loved because of the things Rob said about my husband and me. I shall miss him very much. 

  9. I wish the blood members of Rob & those he called family & friends, only sincere “Grace” at this trying time. We graduated in 74 from Tiverton. Rob left the following Quote in our yearbook by Martin Luther King under his high school picture “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools”. I am proud to have walked the halls with you for all those years, and wish you had more time with us. Susan D.( Arruda ) Worthen  

  10. I went to law school with Rob and we graduated together in 1990.  He was an extremely humble, kindhearted, and gentle person with a great sense of humor.  Rob was unfailingly generous with his time, attention, and talent, and skilled at explaining complex topics to those of us who struggled with some of the course material.  He had an endless supply of patience and good humor.  Many years after graduating, I reconnected with Rob to discuss the possibility of him doing some legal work for my mother, who lived in Massachusetts.  As we chatted, I remembered how much I liked him and was struck by what a gift his calm, reassuring presence must have been to his clients.  My sincere condolences to Rob’s family and friends.

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