JUNO BEACH, FLA. — Robert T. Salem, 90, passed away comfortably in his home in Juno Beach, Fla., on July 5. He leaves his life-long friend and companion of over 60 years, Ruby Melesky, many nieces and nephews, and his devoted caregivers Yvette and Jeanette. He was predeceased by his brothers, Richard, Ernest, and Henry Salem, and his sister, Helen Linehan. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Arthur and Sarah (Schuhan) Salem, then was a resident of North Brookfield, and enjoyed his retirement to Juno Beach.
Bob was a graduate of North Brookfield High School. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during World War II. After the service, he attended Boston University and then served in the Korean War. Along with his brothers, Bob owned and operated H.R. Salem Transport Company in North Brookfield, and the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. Often seen at both businesses, he liked to keep active, and didn’t fully retire until the age of 84.
Bob enjoyed community service. He was a member of the North Brookfield Congregational Church, the Meridian Sun Lodge of Masons in North Brookfield, as well as Shriners International. He served on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Spencer Savings Bank, was a member of the Ludlow Country Club, the Petersham Country Club, and the Warbrook Investment Club. He was also an avid golfer, enjoyed scrutinizing the stock market, and hunting with his friends.
Calling hours for Bob will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., West Brookfield. Burial will be held privately at a later date. lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Brookfield Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 73, North Brookfield, MA 01535, or the Second Chance Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.
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