Robert H. Petitjean

  • Born: August 2, 1946
  • Died: September 15, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

mail@robinsonfuneralhome.com
Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Robert H. Petitjean, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his family after courageously battling cancer on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age 75.

Born in Middlebury, Connecticut on August 2, 1946, Bob was one of two children of the late Robert and Gladys (Jessiman) Petitjean. He was raised in Middlebury, graduated from Woodbury High School, and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served his country with pride and dedication for four years during the Vietnam War as a sergeant, receiving an honorable discharge on April 24, 1970. After traveling in Europe, Bob met Melrose native, Lyta Monello at a party in Marblehead and quickly fell in love. They were married in 1977, and settled in Melrose to raise a family of three children. Bob went to Electrical School, and became a Manufacturer's Representative, selling electrical and construction supplies to vendors throughout New England.

A sports fan for his entire life, Bob was an enthusiastic supporter and fan of all sports. Originally a Yankees fan from CT, he became a Red Sox fan after moving to Melrose and never looked back. He always had the game on, and was watching his beloved Red Sox in his last days. A dedicated family man and father, Bob took pride in coaching his three children in youth hockey, baseball and softball.

Bob enjoyed playing tennis with Lyta or golf with his friends at Bellevue Golf Club. He also loved skiing with his family, skied all over Europe while in the Air Force, and spent many memorable days on the water sailing with family and friends. For nearly every summer, Falmouth was a favorite vacation spot and he enjoyed many beach or sailing days.

Bob's family was the center of his life. Family was his proudest accomplishment, and he took great joy in his children and then his grandchildren. Bob was always quietly there and ready to help, bring you something, or share his uplifting smile. His steady nature, caring support, and quiet affection were his hallmarks. He watched with great joy as his family grew to include grandchildren which meant more athletic events, and laughter to enjoy. A proud yet humble guy, Bob held his Scottish roots close to his heart. More recently, Bob enjoyed his daily routine of reading the Boston Herald, doing the crossword and Sudoku, and watching the Red Sox.

Universally loved, Bob never had a bad word to say about anyone, and regularly greeted you with his trademark grin. For his friends and family, he quietly brought a little joy and laughter wherever he was. Bob will be deeply missed, but his one liners, smile, and selfless support will be forever treasured, and will carry on as his legacy.

Bob was the beloved husband of Lyta L. (Monello) Petitjean with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Cherished father of Robert Petitjean and his wife Jayme, Ashley Stanziani and her husband Robert, and Amanda Ryan and her husband Joseph, all of Peabody. Proud grandfather of Jordyn and Robbie Petitjean, Kayleigh Browne, Robbie and Ray Stanziani, and Ava, Joe Joe, and Chase Ryan. Dear brother of the late Clifford Petitjean, and brother-in-law of Dennis Monello of Waltham. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Monday, Sept. 20 from 4-8pm, and for his Funeral Service at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Melrose celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10am. Masks are kindly requested. Interment with military honors by the US Air Force at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. If you wish, gifts in memory of Bob Petitjean may be made to the Pan Mass Challenge, 77 4th Ave., Needham MA 02494, www.pmc.org


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Lyta & Family: Bob was always a positive spirit and a pleasure to be with. All positive memories from both our personal and work relationship. Dave Kourtz

Posted by Dave Kourtz - Melrose, MA - Friend   October 03, 2021

Dear Lyta, Rob, Ashley and Amanda, John and I are so saddened to learn of Bob's passing. We have so many lovely memories of summers at Bellevue, skiing and just hanging out. Bob was a true gentleman, wonderful husband and father and caring friend. Sending sincerest condolences.

Posted by Linda McNamara - , Co Kilkenny Ireland - Friend   September 30, 2021

Dear Lyra, Robbie, Ashley and Amanda,
I am so sad to hear about Bob. I will always remember what a lovely man he was. Great memories of you all from Bellevue, skiing, and babysitting! Thinking of you with deepest sympathy.

Posted by Andrea (McNamara) Connolly - Kilkenny, Ireland - Family Friend   September 25, 2021

Lyta and family. I am saddened by this news. He was a great supporter of Melrose Youth Hockey and certainly me. I really enjoyed our talks regarding Robbie's teams. He was always there to keep me in line. He was a calming gentleman for our parents as well. I am sorry I could not attend the services as I was vacationing in Scottsdale this past week. Hugs to everyone involved. A good friend to all. Prayers, Bob Varney.
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Posted by Bob Varney, MYH Coach - Melrose, MA - Friend   September 24, 2021

Dear Lyta and family-We were all so saddened to hear about Bob. I cannot remember ever seeing this wonderful man of yours without his infectious smile. Hold the many sweet memories close in your hearts and please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Missy Antolini and sons

Posted by Missy Antolini - Melrose, MA - Friend   September 24, 2021

Lyta - so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Whenever I saw him, he had a warm "hello", and he was always in the moment. Peace be with you and your family. Be well - Bob & Rita Bowen

Posted by Bob Bowen - Tyngsboro, MA - Friend   September 21, 2021

Lyta, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

Posted by John & Donna O'Brien - Wakefield, MA - Friend   September 20, 2021

Lyta and family so many fun memories from summers in Falmouth to our ski weekends in the winter. He was a great guy, father and grandfather. My sincere condolences to you Rob,Ashley and Amanda.

Posted by Marge Mcgrath - Friend   September 20, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Alison Marcotti - Melrose - Friend   September 20, 2021

To the Petitjean family,

We are going to miss seeing Bob around the rinks. He was such a loving father and grandfather. May he rest in peace.

Chris Ruggiero & the entire Mass Bay Chiefs organization

Posted by Chris Ruggiero - Middleton, MA - Friend   September 20, 2021

Lyta and family, we are all so sorry for your loss and pray that amazing memories with your husband, dad and grandad will comfort you and help carry on his blessed legacy. With love and deepest sympathy, David and Sandy Criss

Posted by Sandy Criss - Winchester, MA - Friend   September 20, 2021

Bobby was so easy to be around. He would always smile, tell you a funny and then ask how you were. He loved his family. He was a treasure and will be so missed by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Karen Petitjean - Huntington Beach, CA - Family   September 19, 2021

Rob and family, so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and pain free. Sending love and prayers.

Posted by Kare Farmer - Other   September 19, 2021

Lyta and family. I am so sad to hear of Bob's passing. I have such great memories of the endless amount of fun we had with our kids and all the hockey people. Our bus trips to Canada.Our trips to the Cape and Maine and all the hockey parties. Bob was a big part of all that fun. How lucky we all were to have him in our lives. There was no one in the world Bob loved more than Lyta. He had a wonderful family and a great life. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Lois Knight - Saugus, MA - Friend   September 19, 2021

I knew Bob for many years through our business relationship.
In addition to excelling at his profession, he was the most personable individual that I have ever known. Most people became his friend after just one conversation. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Donald M Block    September 19, 2021

Bob you were a Prince of a man!

Posted by Sandi Nelson - HEATHROW, FL - Family   September 18, 2021

Dear Lyta and Family, so many fun memories at Bellevue and around the rinks with our families. Bob always smiling with his quiet demeanor, charm and wit. Peace be with all of you!

Posted by Kathy and Larry Crowley - Melrose, MA - Friend   September 17, 2021

Amanda, Ashley and family, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I'm glad that I got to meet him in your shop and that we got to chat. He was a dedicated father and grandfather to you. Sending love and sincere condolences on your loss.

Posted by Carole Termine - Wakefield, MA   September 17, 2021

Lyta and family, I am so sad to hear the news of Bob's passing. So many great memories over the years. He was one of a kind, just a super guy!!

Posted by Terry Knight - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   September 17, 2021

Ever since I first met Bob, he always had a friendly hello and way about him that I enjoyed for the past 45 years that we have known each other. He was a welcomed addition to our large extended family and was loved by all. Bob, you were always a wonderful and loving father, Nonno, and friend. Thank you also for being a loving husband to my little cousin. I will miss you at all our family gatherings. Love, Tommy

Posted by Damigella Tom - Topsfield, MA - Family   September 17, 2021


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Lyta and Bob. Beautiful smiles of happiness.