Robert Nardone "Nal"

April 1, 1942 ~ August 29, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Bob "Nal" Nardone died on August 29, 2023 at his home on Revere Beach. He was 81. A beloved father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, friend, teacher, coach, and teammate, Bob is survived by his children, Laurie Nardone of Beverly, and Paul and Laura Nardone of Lynnfield, as well as Laurie and Paul's mother, Carol Nardone (Freitas). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Max, Casey, Oz, Hope, and Nicholas, his sister, Elaine Elliott, and his cousin, Frank Lillo, as well as dear nephews, grand nephews and countless friends. He graduated from Revere High School, Huntington Prep, and Northeastern University, before earning both his Master's Degree and CAGS from UMass, Boston. He worked for many years as a physical education teacher at Revere High before becoming the truant officer / attendance director for the city schools. Throughout his life, he found great pleasure and touched many lives playing and coaching both football and basketball. In 2015 his Huntington Prep basketball team was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2022, Bob and his 1963 football teammates were inducted into the Northeastern Hall of Fame in recognition of their undefeated season. In recent years, Bob's passion for sports, especially when his grandchildren were playing, was rivaled only by his enthusiasm for family, friends, and food. Whether he was being introduced to Peruvian cuisine at 80, enjoying a Sunday gravy, or having morning coffee with his friends, Bob loved gathering with people over a good meal. Bob hated the cold and lived in Naples, Florida for many years where he played golf, developed lifelong friendships, and held court from a few favorite barstools (with a vodka and diet coke). He never ended a phone call with "goodbye." He loved the horses (and Saratoga in August) and roulette ("great odds at 35:1"). Generous by nature, he always had a few bills tucked in his hand for the grandkids, the waiter, or the person holding the sign. He did not suffer fools gladly. An intrepid storyteller, Bob will be remembered for both his sense of humor and his willingness to try just about anything once. His motto, carpe diem, was a great match for this insatiable curiosity – making him an engaging conversationalist as well as a pro at Jeopardy. Bob could command an audience wherever he went, and so we ask friends and family to join us in celebrating his life at Oye's Restaurant (26 Walkers Brook Dr, Reading) on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you play the numbers and donate winnings to The Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida. Lucky numbers: 4, 1, 42, 17, 6, 30, 20.

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