Robert N. Toppa
Robert N. Toppa 71, of Cranston, Rhode Island passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday June 14, 2017. He was the husband of 44 years to Joanne (Forte) Toppa and a retired truck driver and computer engineer extraordinaire. Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Dorothy (Devlin) Toppa. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughters Chrystal Laurent and husband Charles of East Greenwich, and Amanda Bombardier and her husband Jay Jr. of Cranston, grandchildren Ashley, Maxwell and Rachel Laurent of East Greenwich and Nicholas, Matthew and Dillon Bombardier of Cranston, siblings William, Rita Claire, Nicholas and Stephen Toppa, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and the occasional friendly lost soul. He was also the brother of the late Rachel Medeiros. As a native of Middletown, Rhode Island, he was a graduate of Middletown High School,(member of the football team and a friend to anyone that needed one) He attend classes at Johnson and Wales and later received an Associate Degree from CCRI. He enjoyed racing cars and photography as a young man. He loved fishing and sailing, he raced on the “Moonshadow” out of Jamestown and crewed on the sloop “Providence” and “The Robert Howard”. He had a distinguished career as a long-haul trucker working for United Van Lines and MayFlower Van Lines. He entered contests and won awards for his excellent professional driving skills. After retiring he continued to live a life of service to others and doing what he loved, like spending time with his large family, camping and fishing with his kids and grandkids. He was also a Boy Scout and committee member of Girl Scout Troop 28 in Cranston. He was a special man with the ability to see the best in every person or situation. One of his favorite replies when people asked how he was “Could always be worse”. A Memorial Service will be held in Woodridge Congregational Church 546 Budlong Road Cranston, RI at 11:00am Wednesday June 21, 2017. A collation will follow in the church hall. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to Boy Scout Troop 66 of Garden City Cranston or Girl Scout Troop 28 of Cranston care of Joanne Toppa 136 Wayland Avenue Cranston, RI 02920.
Anne Toppa Splett - 06/16/2017
Bob was, by far, one of the most kind, caring, and loving men I've ever had the privilege of knowing. I feel so sad over his passing. I will cherish the memories of him.
Robert"BeeWee"Wilson - 06/16/2017
Your Dad/Husband/Brother had the wackiest sense of humor I've ever witness!I'll never forget the time I asked him"Where's Ma"?He replied",beats me?She ALWAYS beats me!"Or the hot summer night that he stood under Stephen's livingroom window whispering Dot.Com,,Dot.Com until Steve and I were paranoid enough and finally went outside!So many,many,fond memories! Godspeed Sweet Prince!!!
Jim & Kathy Medeiros - 06/16/2017
It was special seeing Bob at our 50th High School Reunion, always with a big smile, hearty laugh, and good words. It was always his personality and what made him a special person. Our thoughts and prayers to his family.
Sandy Tessier - 06/16/2017
I can't imagine what it is like to lose one's life partner. I am so sorry for this loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
David Forte 6/16/17 - 06/16/2017
Its hard to believe that it's been over 44 years since Bob became part of our family.
He was always a true man of grace, honer and respect.
He will be surly missed.
RIP my Brother
Barbara Dion - 06/17/2017
Bob was such a wonderful man. Although I moved out of the area so many years ago, I will always have
fond memories of hanging out with my cousins when we were kids. When social media came around, I was able to reconnect with Bob and the entire family. I could see that nothing had changed, the closeness is beautiful. He will be truly missed! Thoughts and prayers go out to you all, RIP Bob.
Heather Sweet - 06/17/2017
Bob had the ability to always put a smile on my face ( even in the middle of July in Arizona in sweltering heat while helping Pat Izzi move). My prayers to all. May his memories continue to bring smiles to our faces.
Keisha Grimes Toppa - 06/17/2017
I had the privilege of meeting Unlcle Bob for the first time a few years ago. He treated me as though he had known me for years. All of the wonderful stories being shared by family and friends matches my impression of him. Such a great, kind and loving man. Thank you, Uncle Bob, for giving me that moment. Rest In Peace big angel. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Alicia Forte - 06/17/2017
My thoughts & prayers are with you all. He was a wonderful guy. May you remember all the happy moments going forward. Love, Alicia Forte xo
Charlotte Markey - 06/18/2017
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Linda & Bob Whiteside - 06/18/2017
Bob was one of the nicest people I knew, always so pleasant and kind every time we would see him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne and family. God Bless.
Ed &I have Janet Skahill - 06/18/2017
Janet and I offer our prayers to Joanne and family.
I have known Bob for 54 years, so it was a great shock to learn of his passing. I will treasure that friendship forever.
Pam Hyland - 06/19/2017
Joanne, my heart goes out to you. Please know that your Girl Scout family cares about you very much...
Tanya Murphy - 06/20/2017
Joanne I am so very sorry. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Lynne Sullivan - 06/20/2017
Joanne, Amanda, Jay, Chrystal and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your Bob's passing. We have both endured the loss of a parent and want you to know that we are always available if you need a shoulder to cry on or a friendly ear to share a a fun, loving story. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. With love and friendship, Lynne and Lou (Lynne Sullivan and Lou Beneduce, Woodridge)
Sara Carnevale Fearon - 06/20/2017
Dear Mrs. Tools and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am working tomorrow and won't be able to make it to the service - but you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane - 06/22/2017
My sincere sympathy, Joanne, to you and your family on your loss.
Ana - 06/28/2017
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.