Obituary: Robert Cipriani, Graphic Designer

Photo from George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
Photo from George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
Obituary from George F. Doherty Funeral Homes:

Robert Cipriani, 75, of Wellesley, died Jan. 17, 2014 after a battle with ALS.

He was the husband of Kathleen Greer.

Bob was raised in Mansfield, 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 L’Attitude Gallery of Boston. His website at www.robertcipriani.com 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.

He is survived by his children, Timothy Cipriani and his wife Holly and Karen Cipriani Skiba and her husband Robert Skiba; his step-son John Napoleone and his wife Carey; his six grandchildren, Jack Napoleone, Michael Napoleone, Ben Skiba, Maxwell Skiba, Amelia Skiba and Spencer Cipriani; his former wife, Lita Cipriani Boyle; his two nieces, Sara and Sophia Penchansky; his two grandnephews, Luke and Sam Williams; his brother, John Cipriani; and his many friends and extended family.

Arrangements are made by George F. Doherty and Sons Funeral Home of Wellesley. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bob’s life Jan. 26, 2014, 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church, 11 Washington St., Sherborn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made “in memory of Bob Cipriani” to the Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish, P.O. Box 158, Sherborn, MA 01770 or the Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.


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