Robert J. Leger
June 8, 1947 – January 7, 2020
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.
- Visiting Hours Thursday, January 16, 2020
Robert J. Leger
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
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!
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!
January 15, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Bob's family.
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
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.
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
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 .
January 12, 2020
Bobby was a kind sweet man with a beautiful smile and soul! An awesome musician who put is all into his music. I always enjoyed watching him play. He will be missed by all. RIP Bobby ledger!! You are now with the angels.
January 12, 2020
I met Bobby in the early seventies. Dick Hudson told me they were forming an band and asked me to manage it. Bobby, Dick Hudson, Johnny Vas and Greg Welch were in the band and they called it "Hot to Trot". They spent about six months practicing before they even played out. All dedicated and excellent musicians. Bobby was the most prolific songwriter of the group, and boy did he write some great songs, a skill that never left him. My favorites by him at the time were Children of the Universe and Tropical Island. A great example of the wide spectrum of his talent, from a stirring hard rock anthem to a lighthearted catchy Caribbean style tune.
I saw Bobby several times throughout the years, and in the last couple of years ran into him a few times at an open mike in Newburyport were we both played and he joined me in a few songs.
You will be very much missed Bobby. Not only for your great performing and songwriting skills, but also for the positive attitude and love you gave to your friends and fans.
January 11, 2020
Having known Bob for many years and shared the stage with him
In the 11 th hour Band as well as the Workers in the 80’s I always enjoyed getting the call that he had put something together,sometimes just a trio.He was an excellent singer with an encyclopedic knowledge of rhythm and blues,rock and roll and the blues.A true troubadour he busked the Metro in Paris in the late
Sixties and had great stories to share.His enthusiasm for performing was contagious and he will be sorely missed by the musical community
January 10, 2020
There was a first wave of rock and roll bands in the Lynn area
like The Emeralds, Continentals, Electras, and from Swampscott
Johnny (Hayden) and The Spinners, The Untouchables, and more.
That was from 1959 through the early '60s. After that came pre-
and post-Beatle years and the second wave, of which Bob was a
huge part. Many of us continued on to be pros and some did not. But Bobby Leger never gave up. He gave his heart and soul to Rock
And Roll and was rocking until the end. I knew Bob for well over 55
years, played with him many times, and shared many a story.
When someone like Bobby passes on, people feel it because he
gave you his best every time. We all have our ups and downs and
so did Bob. But he will be sorely missed by the North Shore music
community, one and all. Rest easy, my friend ~ Larry Power
January 10, 2020
Always fun playing with the man, just turn and name a song he would play it,in the ledger way. His heart always in the right place ,MUSIC. Time to take a break, between sets.play on ledge man
January 9, 2020
I’ve known Bobby for well over forty years just hanging out in Lynn at his home on Nahant st , down the beach , at clubs watching him play and finally playing in a band with him called “Rockit” where we opened for ZZ Top and others throughout the two year stint. He was a blast to be around played great guitar and wore that leather fringed jacket and other fringed outfits. I can see it saw clearly like it was yesterday. His smile, energy, sense of humor was fantastic!!!! Having a hard time these past few days believing it’s really final. Bobby you will be missed and thought of often by everyone who knew you.
A class act you were my friend as everyone knows.
Love you man and will miss you.
Can I imagine how helpless we are
Alone together sleeping alone together weeping
So lost are we to the stars.