SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 17, 2013

Robert 'Bongo' Marshall Jr., 62


SALEM — Mr. Robert “Bongo” Marshall Jr., 62, of Salem, died on September 14, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, with his family by his side.

Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Robert M. Marshall Sr. and Sylvia J. (Prescod) (Marshall) Burroughs.

Raised and educated in Salem, he was a graduate of Salem High School.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Bobby had been employed with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent for over 31 years, until his retirement in 2008.

Bongo had many interests and friends. He truly enjoyed spending time deep sea fishing, kiting and cooking. He had a deep passion for music especially R&B, and will be remembered for his warm and kind personality. Always willing to help a friend in need, Bongo’s famous saying was always, “It is what it is.” His smile would light up a room and he will forever be remembered for his large ear-to-ear grin that would turn anyone’s day around. He was a great friend, brother and uncle, who will be deeply missed.

Bongo is survived by his brothers, David “Bingo” Marshall and his wife, Beth, of Salem, and Paul S. Marshall and his wife, June, of Salem; his sister, Brenda Marshall and her fiancé, Manny DeMera of New York, N.Y.; his three nieces, Vanessa, Megan and Brooke Marshall, all of Salem; and his dear, beloved longtime companion, Marie McKinnon of Salem; and many extended relatives and dear friends who will miss him deeply.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., at Salem Common, Salem, on Thursday, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Bongo’s memory to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.