Robert Lewis Giarla “Bob” previously of Holliston, died peacefully surrounded by family on March 6, 2023. Born in Dorchester in 1941, the eldest son of the late Robert and Dorothy Giarla. He grew up in Nahant and moved to Holliston in 1977 up until 7 years ago when he retired to Cape Coral, Florida, alternately Naples Maine.
He attended schools in Nahant and graduated from Lynn English High School in 1959. He was the owner of Subway in Framingham across from Bowditch Field on Union Avenue. People came from near and far for the best subs in town. He became a district manager for D’Angelo’s for several years, then settled into a rewarding position at Leonard Morse Hospital as a patient transport attendant where the patients all loved and relied on him.
Bob was a very involved father who encouraged, supported, and embraced all three of his children. So many other kids remember him as the best Boy Scout Leader, Soccer coach, and coolest Dad in the neighborhood. Bob worked very hard and lived a fulfilling life. He adored his family and friends, and had a great sense of humor. Loved traveling, family outings, and camping on the lake. A genuinely kind, non-judgemental man, with all those he met along the way. He will be so greatly missed but never forgotten.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 51 years, Linda Giarla, and three children David Giarla of Holliston, Robyn Giarla of Hampton, NH, and Scott Giarla of Jamaica Plain. He leaves six grandchildren, Alessia and Marco Giannozzi, Jeremy and Nicole Giarla, Eliot and Nora Giarla, and one great-grandchild on the way. He was the eldest of eight siblings, Judy Giarla, David Giarla, Richard Giarla, Dorothy Giarla Gavoni, Bettyanne Giarla, and the late Jerry and Billy Giarla, as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1162 Highland St Holliston. In Lieu of flowers, please remember The Hope Hospice House 2430 Diplomat Parkway Cape Coral, FL 33909 where people are cared for with the utmost dignity and compassion.