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October 15, 2023
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It is with deep sorrow and much love and prayers that we mourn the passing of Robert Murray Thames. He passed away Sunday, October 15th, 2023, at age 81, peacefully in his home.
Robert Murray Thames “Bobby” was born on January 31st, 1942, in Boston, MA, to the late Margaret Thames of Cambridge, MA, originally from Sumter, SC. He was the eldest of four children. He spent his entire life in Cambridge, attending Houghton Elementary School and later Rindge Technical High School. His grandfather, Murray Thames, established the first Black-owned shoe cobbler, Western Ave Shoe Repair, in Cambridge. As he honed his skills working alongside his grandfather as a shoe cobbler, he earned the endearing nickname Cobbler "Cob." He was a well-known and loved member of the Cambridge community, particularly "The Coast," known for his kindness, laid-back demeanor, and being a gentleman.
Bobby followed the Nation of Islam and practiced Muslim traditions. He was committed to maintaining physical fitness by mastering skills in Martial arts through intense training. He achieved the rank of brown belt, a testament to his dedication and discipline. Additionally, he enjoyed taking long walks that stretched for hours, not only to stay fit but also to explore and uncover new sights and experiences.
In the early 80's, Bobby married Nina DaMaia and became the father of three children. Later in life, he was blessed with eleven grandchildren and gifted to have his second granddaughter born on his birthday, celebrating together each year. As the beloved family patriarch, he cherished every moment spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, and other loved ones. His legacy of love and connection will endure for generations.
He was committed to serving the community through working in Dietary at the Cambridge Hospital, providing exceptional service until retirement. He discovered a new passion for photography, capturing precious moments with family, friends, and the community he loved.
Bobby leaves to cherish his memory, siblings: Edward Griffin, the late Edith Sue Thames and Luqman Abdu Ahmad. Children: Santiago Cook, the late Juanita Cook and Domingo Cook. Grandchildren: Javon & wife Decia Augustave, Samisa Brioso, Dougie Brioso, C. Christian Brown. Alexandra McLaughlin, Roman Porter, William Porter, Amaia Cook, Ava Cook, Autumn Cook, Emiliano Cook. Nephews: Terrance Thames, Nigel Thames, Tiquan Thames, the late Aaron Thames and Anthony Simmons. Nieces: Christine “Robin “Thames, Cora Thames, Tanya Thames, Shahidah Ahmad, Shadah Thames, Azianna Simmons, and many more family and friends.