North Adams — Robert Henry Delisle, 88, of North Adams, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home. He was born in North Adams to the late Henry and Viola (Belleau) Delisle.
Mr. Delisle attended the former Notre Dame School and graduated from Drury High School in 1943. He also attended the University of Cincinnati. He was a decorated veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations with the U.S. Army. He was employed for 40 years as a senior designer and draftsman for the transformer division of the General Electric Company in Pittsfield and was granted a patent for the design of an insulating bushing.
He was a communicant of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a former communicant of Holy Family Church in North Adams. He was a skilled craftsman and was meticulous in the maintenance of his home, yard and garden. Mr. Delisle was an avid golfer and a former member of the Retired Men’s Bowling League.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Tanner) Delisle, whom he married August 13, 1955, in Notre Dame Church in North Adams. He is also survived by his three children, Dr. Jeffrey Delisle and his companion, Julie Zelman of DeFreestville, N.Y.; Lisa Flynn and her husband Dennis Flynn of Beverly, and Laurie Calabrese and her husband Frank Calabrese of Glenville, N.Y.; as well as his nine grandchildren, Thomas Flynn, Robert Flynn, Megan Flynn, Dewey Delisle, Phoebe Delisle, Derek Delisle, Olesya Delisle, Mallory Delisle and Benjamin Calabrese. He is survived by four brothers, Richard Delisle, James Delisle, John Delisle and Edward Delisle, all of North Adams. He was predeceased by a brother Michael Delisle who died in infancy. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown, Mass. Burial with military honors will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling Hours are Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to St. Patrick’s food pantry. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com