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Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home

157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA

OBITUARY

Robert J. Leger

June 8, 1947January 7, 2020
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Mr. Robert “Bobby” J. Leger, 72, of Lynn passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020, peacefully in his sleep. He was the Cherished father of Sebastian Leger.

Bobby was born on June 8, 1947 in Lynn. He was the son of the late Ernest and Edna (Hersey) Leger. He grew up in Swampscott and settled in Lynn. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Lynn with the Class of 1966. After graduation, he attended Berkley College of Music in Boston.

Bobby had a passion for music that began during his high school years. Everywhere he went a guitar was within arm’s reach. He began his musical journey when he won the Battle of the Bands while playing with Richie’s Renegades, with whom he produced and recorded a 45 record.

Bobby moved out west to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, CA, to be with other musicians and kindred spirits in the late 60s. While out in San Francisco he would meet his wife Cybele, and opened for artists such as Boz Skaggs and Taj Mahal.

After a few years, Bobby moved back east and formed the band “Hot to Trot.” Bobby was a member of many bands and loved to play various venues around the North Shore. Among his favorites were the Blue Note and Celley’s in Lynn, the Pig’s Eye in Salem, the Grog in Newburyport, and Café Avelino in Swampscott. He wrote, produced, and recorded his own music. His latest CD was entitled “Imaginary Dreams.” He also jammed with well-known musicians such as Sib Hashian of Boston, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Hank Ballard, and Henny Youngman.

Bob began working for his father at the North Shore News Co. Following that he worked for many years as a correctional officer in both Salem and Middleton, where he enjoyed participating in the honor guard and marching in holiday parades. He also worked at Lynn and Salem District Courts in maintenance before retiring.

In addition to his son Sebastian, Bobby is survived his sister Jeanne Leger; his brothers Richard and Ernie Leger; his former wife Cybele Leger; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Ernest and Edna (Hersey) Leger and his brother Michael Leger.

His visiting hours will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Interment will be held at a later date. Directly after the visitation on Thursday evening, a Celebration of Life Blues Jam will be held at Capone’s Restaurant in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bobby’s name to Music Drives US, 111 Morse Street, Norwood, MA 02060, or www.musicdrivesus.org.

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  • Visiting Hours Thursday, January 16, 2020

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John Inza

January 23, 2020

Bob and I became friends on Facebook and shared a love for music. I became interested in Bob because I knew he had a long and varied experience and, given that I was only a few years younger, thought we could be pals. I first chatted with him on Messenger and we decided to meet at his home and play some music together. He quickly realized that I could sing and play and we became friends. Over the following year, 2018 into 2019, we had several music jams and he made the trip up to Salem NH several times where we played with a drummer and bass player as well. We had some great fun and he taught me several songs that I still play today! I will always remember Bob and his kind way. He was such a great guy and an amazing talent on guitar. Heaven has just gained a GREAT musical addition!! God speed Robert... I will never forget you. R.I.P.
John S. Inza

Steve Mazzotta

January 18, 2020

It was always a treat to watch Bobby play at the Blue note Sunday night Jam in Lynn , he was a true talent & at Christmas time his version of the little drummer boy could not be beat !!!, I got to sing with him on a couple of occasions & it was always magic he had a style all his own. He was a gentleman rocker & will be missed on the Lynn Music scene . RockIP Bobby , Steve

Chris Stovall Brown

January 17, 2020

Shared many a stage with Bobby over the 30+ years I knew him. Believe I met him in the mid 80's at the 1369 Jazz Club in Cambridge. I was the house guitarist for the blues shows there and remember Bobby being in the house band for a minute! He was an "always on" performer giving 100% of himself no matter what was going on with him. I'll miss playing with you Bobby!

Joey Pafumi

January 16, 2020

Playing at Celley's in Lynn, every Sunday night for many years & Capone's every Thursday for many years, I got the chance to play with Bobby many times and photographed him playing with many musicians over the years many times! I was always amazed as to how many songs he knew.He did them his way,and many times better than the originals.When ever I would post a photo of us he would have a very funny genius commit which he would sometimes post under my comment. I will miss him always, he was one of the greatest musicians I have met. Every time I played with him it was always amazing!

Dennis Charrette

January 15, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Bob's family.
R.I.Peace*

Jill Suzanne Leger

January 15, 2020

I am one of the many nieces and nephews and while we lived very far apart we chatted online. I will always remember Uncle Bobby as my “coolest” uncle when I was young. Now I remember him as an incredibly wise, tender hearted talented musician. Rest In Peace sweet, thoughtful Uncle Bobby. Xo

Butch Black

January 14, 2020

I knew Bobby for many years and I can not remember anyone ever having a bad thing to say about him, a testament to his integrity and reputation He was universally liked and loved, and I'm glad that I had the chance to know him and occasionally share a stage with him.

Amy Nachbar

January 14, 2020

Robert Leger was a fine man, a true gentleman who always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say about everyone. He loved playing his guitar and would light up a room when he played.
I covered the music scene in Boston for many many years and have Bobby featured on several pages in the book that I put together back in 2016. He was so thrilled.
I would keep in touch with him every few weeks if I didn't see him out and about.
He was always the first to arrive at my house parties where I would have a jam going in my family room. And he was the last to leave every time!
I will miss his smiling face. May he rest in peace. RIP Robert Leger

JIM WILLARD

January 13, 2020

"Will You Miss Me When I Go?" Yes we do Bobby! I grew up with Bob and saw & heard him play in most of the bands he played with, as well as his solo career. Now this Kat lived to play and played to live, and I believe this is what kept him alive, especially in his later years, and I guess this can be true for most of us these days. Hopefully we'll all get together to Jam with him again, where ever we end up. I just hope it's not in a place that's too HOT! Rest In Peace my old friend.

Elaine Fedas (Moody)

January 13, 2020

My sincere condolences to Bobby's family.
I worked at North Shore News back in the early 70's and this is where our paths crossed . I remember him as a very cool and funny guy and we would always say hello. I didn't realize he was on his way to becoming quite the musician that he was . I imagine our paths must of crossed years later as a bunch of us followed the Last Call for Blues Band out of The Swizzle in Lynn. The good old days ! May he RIP .

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