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Robert L. Turnblom

February 12, 1930 — July 28, 2023


Robert Louis Turnblom , age 93, of Bristol, RI, formerly of Rehoboth, MA passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday, July 28, 2023, at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI. He was the husband of the late Anita M. (LeFave) Turnblom.

Born in Manchester, NH. Raised in Warwick, RI. He was predeceased by his parents Gustaf F. and Gertrude L. (Sherman) Turnblom and his brother Herbert F. and Barbara (Hayward) Turnblom of Detroit, MI.

Robert (Bob) graduated from the Nelson W. Aldrich High School in Lakewood, RI where he participated in football, gym exhibition, and basketball.

Robert served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He attended Bryant College.

He met the love of his life at a Rhodes on the Pawtuxet dance.  They were married in 1959 and soon moved to Rehoboth, MA where they raised three daughters.

Robert worked for over 40 years as an electronics technician at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC) in Newport, RI before retiring in 1995.  He was recognized with a Career Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy for serving the Government of the United States.

He enjoyed photography, visiting casinos, computers, fishing in his younger years, golfing, bowling, and cruises with his wife and dear friends.

Mr. Turnblom is survived by his three daughters, Lynn (Bill) Gamble of Brackney, PA, Laurie (Mark) Guzman of Taunton, and Lisa (Scott) Wentworth of Rehoboth; seven grandchildren, Carolyn Gamble, Jillian Gamble, James Gamble, Mark A. (Christine) Guzman, Jr., Theresa (Mike) Rizzo, Brian Wentworth, and Holly Wentworth; and three great grandchildren, Angel Rizzo, Paul Rizzo, and Clara Rizzo.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to visit with Robert’s family on Friday , August 25, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Sowiecki-Snyder Home for Funerals, 69 West Britannia Street, Taunton. A funeral service will be held on Saturday , August 26, 2023, at 10:00 am, in the chapel of the Rhode Island Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI, followed by military honors. Interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, 359 Daggett Avenue, Pawtucket. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, August 25, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Sowiecki-Snyder Home for Funerals & Cremation Services

69 West Britannia Street, Taunton, MA 02780

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Funeral Service

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Rhode Island Veterans Home

480 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

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