In memory of
Rob Saunders
Rob Saunders, age 69, died in Hopkinton on April 27th 2020 from complications related to Covid-19 and Parkinsons disease. Rob was born on August 28, 1950, in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Lakeside School and went on to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in 1973. He spent his junior year abroad in Italy, where he fell in love with the country and pledged to return. Rob discovered music at a very young age and from that time on, it played a leading role in his life. He was an exceptionally gifted musician and could play a variety of instruments, but he went on to become a master of the guitar. In his 20s, he did return to Italy, where he lived for seven years. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Rosary College at Villa Schifanoia in Florence while supporting himself as a musician and busking his way around Europe during vacations. He discovered a love for bluegrass, was a member of the Angel Band, and released a record called All The Good Times. He developed a passion for Italian culture, became a master of slow eating and learned Italian, which he spoke for the rest of his life at every opportunity. Rob was a talented artist as well as musician, and decided to pursue graphic design and illustration as a career. Upon returning to the United States in 1980, he settled in Brookline, MA. He started his own business as an illustrator and went on to do work for popular magazines and newspapers over the next twenty-five years. He married Maureen Giovannini and had one daughter, Olivia. Rob was a founding member of bands such as The Half Tones, Harmony Gritz, and Sinti Rhythm. He was often considered the life of the party and played with friends any chance he could get, especially getting into the music of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. He continued playing music and learned to play the bass ukulele when the guitar became too difficult. His first grandchild was born in 2015, his second in 2017, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with them. He is survived by his daughter Olivia (Ryan) Peters of Natick, and his grandchildren, Adrienne and Vincent; his sister Susan Blackman, of Portland Oregon; nephews Eli (Haley) Blackman of Portland, and Amos (Shannon) Blackman of Seattle, and niece Adriane Blackman of Portland, along with several great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place over the summer. Donations in Robs memory may be made to the Brookline Music School. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .
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In memory of
Rob Saunders
Rob Saunders, age 69, died in Hopkinton on April 27th 2020 from complications related to Covid-19 and Parkinsons disease. Rob was born on August 28, 1950, in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Lakeside School and went on to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in 1973. He spent his junior year abroad in Italy, where he fell in love with the country and pledged to return. Rob discovered music at a very young age and from that time on, it played a leading role in his life. He was an exceptionally gifted musician and could play a variety of instruments, but he went on to become a master of the guitar. In his 20s, he did return to Italy, where he lived for seven years. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Rosary College at Villa Schifanoia in Florence while supporting himself as a musician and busking his way around Europe during vacations. He discovered a love for bluegrass, was a member of the Angel Band, and released a record called All The Good Times. He developed a passion for Italian culture, became a master of slow eating and learned Italian, which he spoke for the rest of his life at every opportunity. Rob was a talented artist as well as musician, and decided to pursue graphic design and illustration as a career. Upon returning to the United States in 1980, he settled in Brookline, MA. He started his own business as an illustrator and went on to do work for popular magazines and newspapers over the next twenty-five years. He married Maureen Giovannini and had one daughter, Olivia. Rob was a founding member of bands such as The Half Tones, Harmony Gritz, and Sinti Rhythm. He was often considered the life of the party and played with friends any chance he could get, especially getting into the music of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. He continued playing music and learned to play the bass ukulele when the guitar became too difficult. His first grandchild was born in 2015, his second in 2017, and he greatly enjoyed spending time with them. He is survived by his daughter Olivia (Ryan) Peters of Natick, and his grandchildren, Adrienne and Vincent; his sister Susan Blackman, of Portland Oregon; nephews Eli (Haley) Blackman of Portland, and Amos (Shannon) Blackman of Seattle, and niece Adriane Blackman of Portland, along with several great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place over the summer. Donations in Robs memory may be made to the Brookline Music School. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com .
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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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