December 1, 2023

Farewell Santa Bob

Robert Murphy passes away during holiday season he loved


The owners and entire staff of the Reporter NewsMag are saddened by the recent loss of Santa Bob during this holiday season. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. The Reporter enjoyed the pleasure of capturing Santa Bob with our camera as he made often visits throughout East Providence. We know that he visited children who believed in him across the world, but he loved East Providence the most.

The Murphy family posted this announcement upon Santa Bob's passing: "It is with great sadness that God has taken another Angel, Robert Murphy, Santa Bob to Heaven. Our hearts are so broken and just no words can describe the sadness that we feel. We lost a wonderful kind hearted, and most importantly a loving man. He was a devoted Husband, Father, Papa, and Friend. He gave so much love and dedication to being Santa. Please keep him and our family in your prayers. We will post on his page when arrangements have been made."

The spirit of giving and of putting smiles on faces of children of all ages, will live on for many, thanks to Santa Bob. Rest in Peace, Robert (Santa Bob) Murphy as we share some of our prior photos with Santa Bob as Christmas approaches.

(most photos by Bob Rodericks)

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