September 11, 1933November 10, 2014
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Robert Frederick Trocchi of Hudson formerly of Sudbury, Nov. 10, 2014. Beloved husband of Virginia M. (Benson) Trocchi. Loving father of Lynne (Trocchi) Sullivan of Hudson, Robert Trocchi of Danvers, Nancy (Trocchi) Belanger of Ayer and William Trocchi of Atlanta. Brother of the late Doris (Trocchi) Marsh, the late Albert Trocchi, Josephine (Trocchi) Picone, and Alice (Trocchi) Wentworth. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Visitation at the Duckett Funeral Home, 656 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Robert's memory may be made to the Mass General Cancer Center Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114. Interment will be at Wadsworth Cemetary, Sudbury.

Bob was slightly younger than the members of Tom Brokaw's 'Greatest Generation', the Americans who grew up in the Great Depression and flourished during World War II and its aftermath. But his story mirrored what the American dream meant to many of his contemporaries. He came from little, worked hard for his education, built a successful career that carried him to five continents and was able to offer opportunities to his children that he never had.

Bob grew up the grandson of Italian immigrants in a humble home in Bridgewater, Mass. His father opened a gas station when Bob was two years old, and by age 10 Bob was spending many of his off-school hours pumping gas, checking oil, and changing tires. Friendly Service Station became a community landmark, and Bob learned how to grow a business from a man with a seventh-grade education. He saw how hard work and ethical decision-making could create a thriving business that started at a time when automobiles were fairly scarce.

At the insistence of his mother Rose, who reached the 10th grade, Bob put himself through UMass by working and earning some scholarship money. He graduated in 1955 with an Electrical Engineering degree, returning to Bridgewater most weekends during his four years in Amherst to work at the family gas station. After spending one year taking Masters classes and teaching at UMass, Bob entered the Northeastern Masters program that eventually led to his first job at Honeywell, a fledgling company in the emerging computer industry.

Bob stayed with Honeywell until 1972, when he was hired away by Digital to be a marketing manager in the Education sector. One of his major accomplishments during his 22 years at Digital was initiating Digital's entry into China, where an office was opened and scores of universities were exposed to Digital's products. He also initiated a grant program in the U.S. that implemented computer networking on 12 college campuses. His business travels took him to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Iran, Brazil and several other countries.

In the final phase of his career, Bob was the Chief Operating Officer at Webmate, an internet startup company that focused on intranets and content management systems. It was an exciting, fast-paced and fascinating way to wrap up a career that started when a single computer filled an entire room and ended with people with no HTML knowledge updating websites.

In 1956, Bob met the woman he would be married to for 56 years. They were engaged on July 4, 1957 and married nine months later. The couple lived in Westwood, Mass., before moving to Philadelphia for two years starting in 1959. They returned to Norwood, Mass., for eight years before a three-year move to Edina, Minn. In 1972, they bought a house in Sudbury, Mass., where they stayed for 35 years before moving to Hudson in 2007.

Their devotion to each other knew no bounds. Through births, deaths, wedding, funerals, celebrations and disappointments, Bob and Ginny's bond was unbreakable. They shared a faith and belief in each other few couples do and one always had the other's best interests at the forefront of every decision.

Bob saw all four of his children graduate from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and go on to earn four-year college degrees before getting married and starting families of their own. He experienced the wonder of 11 grandchildren, born between 1992 and 2004. They have been a window to a new generation engrossed in hashtags, hand-held devices and social media, which are the futuristic results of his 40-year involvement with computers.

During his retirement, Bob was eager to give back in whatever ways he could. He was extremely involved with volunteer work centered around seniors and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church. He drove seniors to doctor appointments, delivered communion as a Eucharistic minister to home-bound seniors as well as the Wingate nursing home and Orchard Hill assisted living facility in Sudbury. At various times during his membership at Our Lady of Fatima, he taught religious education, was a member of the church's music group and was a lector.

In his final year, his energy was focused on beating back cancer any way he could, displaying a determination that was not uncommon throughout his life. He outlived his initial prognosis by several months and amazed his doctors with a fighting spirit that was evident to the end.

His legacy is one of family, hard work, service, faith and dedication. Hundreds of people were positively influenced by a man who seized opportunities he created and experienced a life filled with untold and unforeseen rewards.

"I realize that if everyone in the world could read this, I believe I would be the envy of not tens of millions of people, but surely hundreds of millions of people," Bob wrote as he reflected on his life upon his 70th birthday in 2003. "I can only hope and pray that I have sufficient humility to appreciate it."


  • Visitation Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 14, 2014
  • Burial Friday, November 14, 2014


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Pat Molloy

November 24, 2014

He was just a wonderful man. I had the pleasure of working with him at DEC. I am sure your hearts are breaking. Please know that thoughts of Bob still bring a smile and fond memories to me, and I am sure to all who knew him.

Jack OConnell

November 20, 2014

I am greatly saddened to learn of Bob's passing while at the same time cheered up by the happy memories I have whenever I think of Bob. It is amazing the similarities we shared throughout the years...

Bob and I were roomates for several years while majoring in E.E at UMass, Amherst.I am happy to say I achieved my best grades while rooming with Bob. My father also ran a gas station business when I was a kid.

We both worked for Honeywell on the H-800 computer system, although in completely different departments and physical locat ions.
I joined DEC about 10 years before Bob and our paths would cross infrequently but always with happy memories.

I cans still hear that infectious laugh and see that beautiful twinkle in his eyes. There's no question about it, people always felt good when Bob was around! It was, indeed, a privilage to have known him.
My deepest condolences to Ginnie and all of Bob's beautiful family.

Rest in peace, my friend.....

Dorene Calmus

November 17, 2014

Dear Lynne and family, What a beautiful tribute to a great man!!! His spirit will live on in his children and grandchildren. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with you during this time of loss. My deepest sympathy....

Tom Colatosti

November 17, 2014

I am sorry to have just learned of Bob's passing and thus was not able to extend my condolences more personally.
I worked closely with Bob at DEC in the Education Product Line Group in the 1970's..
Bob was a wonderful man, always gracious, positive, extending himself to help others and always smiling. He was a great guy and very professional and highly competent. I will miss him.
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences and sympathies for your loss of this wonderful colleague and family man.

November 15, 2014

Barbara and I wish the whole family our sincere condolences. He was a great guy - always smiling, always laughing.

Arnie and Barbara Pulver

November 15, 2014

I managed the PDP-8/PDP-12 software group and Bob ran the Educational Marketing group He and his whole team was GREAT to work with. My condolences to his family and everyone who knew him!!

Bob Brownson

November 15, 2014

I am thankful for the many great memories of working with Bob at Digital. He always had a ready smile and a "can do" attitude. My condolences to the Trocchi Family.

Jack Mileski

November 14, 2014

I knew Bob from my early years at DEC.

What a wonderful person he was! Always very friendly and a pleasure to be with.

I do remember that, on a trip to Europe and on our return, I was giving Bob a ride home on a very cold winter day with snow on the ground. As we left the airport, I had a flat tire. Bob laughed but helped me change the tire and we got home safely.

I saw him at several DecConnection events - the last one inthe "Mill".

The lst time I saw him was at St. Bridget's Church in Maynard after a Mass. Was the same old friendly person with a great smile.

A beloved individual.

Jack Mileski

Ken Richardson

November 14, 2014

Sincerest condolences to the Trocchi family.

Ray and Kathy Wolinski

November 13, 2014

To the Trocchi family Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrrow