Robert P. Merlino

Date of Passing:

December 3, 2017

Merlino, Robert P., 86, of Blanding Avenue, died peacefully on December 3, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Anna J. (Arrigo) Merlino.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Charles and Maryjane (Pagliuso) Merlino, he lived in Barrington for 42 years.

Mr. Merlino was the owner and operator of Merlino & Son Tile Co. for 40 years before retiring in 1996.

Robert was a communicant of St. Luke Church. He was past President of the Edgewood Hockey Association. He enjoyed hunting, boating and fishing and was a devoted New England Patriots fan.

Mr. Merlino was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Roger Williams College.

Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by two sons, Paul R. Merlino and his wife Anne of Barrington and Joseph S. Merlino and his wife Gena of Barrington; a daughter, Joanna R. Vallante and her husband Stephen of Coventry and six grandchildren, Matthew and Gianna Vallante, Ashley, Emma and Robert Merlino and Paul Merlino Jr. He was the brother of the late Frank and John Merlino.

His funeral will be held on Thursday December 7, 2017 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Wednesday 4-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Robert’s memory to St. Luke Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, RI, 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Anna my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I truly enjoyed Bob’s company and was so very sad to hear of his passing.

  2. Thinking of you Joanna and your family my heart is with you all.

  3. Sending Paul Merlino and family lots of love. May your good memories carry you through this difficult time.

    With love,
    Jordan and Hilary Gosetti from Champion Motorsports

  4. So very to hear of your loss. I first knew Bob at Roger Williams. I also knew his brother John. My wife and I used to go out with John and Eva for many years till John passed away.

  5. We are thinking of you and sending sincere sympathy during this difficult time. Bless you all.
    Tim & Lauren Boehmer

  6. Anna,I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear Bob. I will keep you and your entire family in my prayers. Tom Wards wife.

  7. Joanna, Steve and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. May you find peace, comfort and strength with your family and friends. Laurie and Jeff

  8. Joanne and family I am so sorry to hear the loss of your dad. Sending love and prayers , ❤️? TJ

  9. Joanna,Steve and family..We are very sorry for your loss..We send our deepest condolences and love to you and your family…Dennis and Amanda Verduchi

  10. My Condolences to Your Family

  11. Most sincere condolences to Mrs. Merlino, her family and the Vallente’s. Your husband/father/grandpa was a lovely man and we enjoyed socializing with him. Love and prayers, Jackie and Carissa Lucia

  12. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time of sadness. Deepest Sympathy.

  13. We are very sorry to hear of your families loss.

  14. I will forever be grateful for all those Sunday’s spent with Uncle Bob, Auntie Anna, Paul, Joanna, & Joe taking the
    Merlin-O to Prudence Island & around the Bay. We swam, caught clams, ran from those weird horseshoe crabs, ate & played all day. Those were great summer days.

  15. Sending you love and condolences in your time of loss.
    RIP to your Dad, Robert Merlino.

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