Bob Tappan – in memory

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of longtime Auction volunteer Bob Tappan, who passed away on Fri, 3/27, at the age of 92.

His daughter, Olivia, is a former ’GBHer, and both Bob and his wife were original Auction volunteers in the 1960s.

Bob continued his work with the Auction past his 90th birthday. “Bob would show up at the right time, get the job done quickly and quietly, and never expected any recognition,” says former Auction manager Edye Baker. “He was a unique fellow, and never failed to help out where he was needed. Truly, he was the grand old man of the Auction.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Tappan family at 76 Laurel Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

From The Boston Globe4/5/2009

Robert Avaline “Tap” Tappan, 91, of Chestnut Hill, on March 27, 2009.

Devoted husband of the late Anne Stickney Tappan; loving father of Olivia Tappan of Waltham, Robert Tappan of Manchester, NH, and Anne Tappan of Cambridge; proud Grandfather of Joshua Tappan of Manchester, NH.

Tap was born in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. He was a graduate of the Belmont Hill School, a lifetime member of The Country Club, The Boston Garden Club and enthusiastic WGBH Auction Volunteer for over 30 years.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He had the love of his family and many friends. He is deeply missed. Please join us for a Memorial service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 23rd at the Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill. Burial will be held privately at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the Belmont Hill School, 350 Prospect St., Belmont, MA 02478 or to the charity of your choice. J.S. Waterman & Sons & Waring Wellesley 781-235-4110

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