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Obituary: Robert Cipriani

Published in The Boston Globe, January 19, 2014

CIPRIANI, Robert Of Wellesley, MA , died on January 17, 2014 at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with ALS.

He was beloved husband of Kathleen Greer, father of Timothy Cipriani and his wife Holly, and Karen Cipriani Skiba and her husband, Robert Skiba and stepfather of John Napoleone and his wife Carey. He leaves six grandchildren, Jack Napoleone, Michael Napoleone, Ben Skiba, Maxwell Skiba, Amelia Skiba, and Spencer Cipriani and is survived by a large extended family including his former wife, Lita Cipriani Boyle, two nieces, Sara and Sophia Penchansky, and two grandnephews, Luke and Sam Williams, his brother, John Cipriani and many dear friends and extended family in Mansfield.

Bob was raised in Mansfield, MA where he was the son of Augusto Cipriani and Helen Capek Cipriani. He was the oldest of 29 first cousins and the first in his family to go to college. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design where he studied to be a graphic designer. Over a long career as an art director and creative director, he won over 800 local and national awards for his design and corporate identity programs. He worked at Gunn Associates before starting Cipriani Advertising and Cipriani Kremer Design, which was later acquired by Arnold Worldwide. After retiring from Arnold, Bob began a second successful career in fine art painting where he earned number of awards in shows. His work is currently displayed in the J. Todd Gallery of Wellesley and Chatham, and LAttitude Gallery of Boston. His website at shows a vast range of his painting and corporate identity programs.

Bob had a unique way of viewing the world and inspired many with his creativity. He was a fan of Frank Sinatra and was frequently quoting the Godfather. He taught those around him to color outside of the lines, and push the limits of their thinking.

Arrangements are made by George F. Doherty and Sons Funeral Home of WELLESLEY. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bobs life on January 26, 2014, 3:00p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church, 11 Washington Street, Sherborn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made “in memory of Bob Cipriani” to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574. For online guestbook, George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781 235 4100. See more at: