We lost a member of our Melrose family yesterday. I sent this message out this morning to all our staff:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you Facilities Division Foreman Bob Maiella passed away on Sunday. Bob was only 46 years old but had worked for our City of Melrose for over 27 years.
Bob started his career as a custodian at the Melrose Public Library upon graduation from Melrose High School, but he soon moved to his true love, the Melrose Public Schools. Many Directors came and went, but Bob was the “go to” guy through it all, with a deep knowledge of our buildings and love for our schools and community. He was loyal, incredibly hardworking, passionate, smart, and an honest, upstanding friend to all in his life. He worked Saturday with the same commitment he brought to every day on the job.
This is truly a very tragic loss for his family and the City of Melrose. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
City flags will fly at half staff this week in honor of this dedicated employee.
We will pass on information about the arrangements when they are known.