Born in Fall River, he was a son of the late Arthur and Florida (Gamelin) Riopel.
He was the loving husband of Linda (Costa) Jackson of Bristol.
Bob was employed as a machinist for UVEC in Smithfield before retiring in 1999. He was an avid fly-fisherman and was skilled at making his own flies.
Besides his wife, he leaves a son, Robert A. Riopel Jr of Waterville, Maine; a step-son, Ryan Jackson of Bristol; siblings Vivien and her husband Frank Gomes of East Providence, Norman Riopel of Compton, Maine, Lorraine Viveiros of Fall River, Mass., and Richard Riopel of Florida; a grandson, Michael J Riopel II; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he retained close relationships.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. – noon at Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a brief service at noon.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Save the Bay, 100 Save The Bay Dr, Cranston, RI 02905.