Longtime Melrose resident owned contracting business


WAKEFIELD — Robert “Bob” Cusato, 78, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 8, at Genesis at Wakefield Center.

Robert was born in Wakefield on May 20, 1936, one of 14 children of the late Ralph Cusato and Anne (Storti) Cusato. Bob was raised and educated in Wakefield and settled in Melrose with his family.

Bob worked as a self-employed contractor for 35 years. After retiring from the contracting business, he worked for Century Bank for 10 years.

During his free time, Bob enjoyed many rounds of golf at Hickory Hill in Methuen, Cedar Grove in Wakefield and Sagamore in Lynnfield.

Bob was the devoted husband of Nancy (Poehler) Cusato. He was the loving father of Robert Cusato, Jr. of Quincy, William Cusato and his wife Nancy of Acton, Lori Knipper and her husband Richard of Lake Placid, FL, Stacey Peters and her husband Ken of Londonderry, NH, and Karen Nawn of Crofton, MD.  He was the stepfather of Ronald Rich and his wife Lynn of Brookline, NH, Gary Rich of Worcester, and Karen Walsh and her husband Vinnie of Stoneham.  He was the dear brother of Edward Cusato of Syracuse, NY, Ronald Cusato of Peabody, Elizabeth Hawkins of OH, and the late John, Gloria, Joseph, Ralph, Arthur, Donald, Sandy, Geraldine, Richard, and David. He was the caring grandfather of Danielle Cusato, Michael Cusato, Katie Knipper, Tom Nawn, Drew Nawn, Tim Peters, Stephanie Peters, Zach Peters, Danny Peters, Michael Sampson, Kasey Rich, and Alyssa Rich. He was the great-grandfather of Hunter Sampson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Bob’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, September 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Friday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 10 a.m.

Interment in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield.

For directions, online tribute or to share a memory, visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.