Robert R. Ruggeri, age 82

of Quincy

Robert R. Ruggeri, age 82

Robert R. Ruggeri, age 82, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Robert was born in Boston, to the late Margaret C. (Grundy) and Rocco S. Ruggeri, D.A.O. He was raised and educated in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1955.

He was the owner and operator of Coastal Distributors, Inc. of Hingham and Quincy, a marine supply company, which he founded in 1972. As a young man, Bob had worked for the Bethlehem Steel Company at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy with the Engineering Department and was a graduate of the Apprentice School.

Bob enjoyed cycling and boating and earned a Captain’s license. He was a former member and Fleet Captain of the Wollaston Yacht Club and also enjoyed physical training at the Quincy YMCA.

In the early 1960’s, he served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class, aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Coral Sea CVA 43.

Bob loved music and helping people. His passion was for his family and friends.

Beloved brother of Richard S. Ruggeri and his wife Nancy of Bourne and the late Margaret M. Smith.

Bob was also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members, and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, October 18th, at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Thursday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370 or the Jimmy Fund, c/o the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Contributions, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • Our family will miss his friendship!

  • Rest In Peace Bob I will miss your friendly smile and your way of happily meeting everyone.

  • Until we meet again. Rest In Peace old friend

  • RIP old friend!!💝

  • Many memories – I found you to be quite a perfectionist -two for example – Music – The desire to have great quality sound and the components that it takes to have that – bike riding – Knowing the mechanics of how rider and bike optimize performance – your last couple of years certainly have not been how you or anyone else would want to have spent them Rest In Peace friend

  • I’ll always remember you fondly as Uber Bob…You always got us to our meetings on time…Gonna miss your lively stories…You were the Best!!!

  • I lived a few doors down from Bob growing up in Merrymount. I used to mow his lawn using his self propelled mower which he put a lot of trust in me to use! It was high tech back in the 60’s! He helped guide me in deciding to attend Mass Maritime Academy and we remained friends from then on. He really did help people and I will miss him.

    Jay Fleming
    Lewes, DE

  • My Dear friend Bobby. I just found out of your passing today when a friend from Hingham called me. I am saddened by your loss but have many great memories of our friendship which began in 1984 when we met at a boatyard. I was pressure washing a boat in the pouring rain and you were making a delivery. We started talking about boats and you offered me a job with your company coastal distributors. To this day it was the best job I ever had and you were the best boss I ever had. I learned much from you about business, boating, keeping healthy and strong and so much more over the next 30 years. You were an inspiration to me and I will forever be grateful for your kindness and patience. You always had a smile on your face which I will never forget. Rest in peace my dear friend.