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Robert Alfred Cayo Sr. 1932-2024

In loving memory of our dear father, Robert Alfred Cayo Sr.

With heavy hearts, we share the news of the passing of our beloved father, Robert Alfred Cayo Sr., age 91. He left this world on July 4th, 2024, to be with our God and Savior in heaven. Robert was born on July 24th, 1932, to Ralph and Hazel Ryder (Burnash/Cayo) in Loudville, Massachusetts, where he was raised.

Robert is survived by his two sons and their wives, four daughters, one son-in-law, a sibling, and numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom loved him tremendously. He is preceded in death by his eight siblings, his wife for 25 years and mother of his six children, Marjorie Irene Cayo (Hook), his parents, and his cherished Scottish terrier "Dutchess."

Robert was independent and active; he lived his life with incredible bravery and love. He had a fondness for connecting with people, sharing laughter, and telling jokes (mainly his own). Bringing joy to others, cherishing time with family, watching sports (New England teams), old movies and TV shows, and dining out at his favorite restaurant, the Blue Bonnet Diner in Northampton, all meant the world to him.

Country music held a special place in his heart, and he enjoyed playing the harmonica and guitar with his two sons and grandson. He also adored tending to his flowers, especially his record-breaking Sunflowers, feeding the birds, and creating his signature dishes such as baked beans, homemade soups, and "secret" spaghetti sauce.

Robert served his country with great pride during the Korean War (Pork Chop Hill) and was recognized for his valor, receiving various ribbons and medals, including 2 purple hearts. He had a compassionate soul, supporting various charities and offering help to those in need. Additionally, he was a devoted member of The Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and VFW, in which he was very proud of.

Our gentle and loving father will forever remain in the hearts of his family, friends, and loved ones. His legacy of kindness, courage, and love will be cherished always. Rest in Peace Dad. You were and will always be an incredible man, father, Pepe, and our forever hero.

Family and Friends are invited to Boucher – O’Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St. Easthampton for 9AM Friday July 12, 2024 with a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church at 10AM. Burial will follow with Military Honors at Brookside Cemetery.

In memory of Robert, donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Florence, Mass.

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