March 14, 2017


Robert F. Sommer, MD


Robert Frank Sommer, MD passed away peacefully at his home in Hingham MA on March 14, 2017, 82. He was surrounded by his family during his final weeks of battling pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marie (Disco) Sommer, three daughters and their husbands. Susan Sommer and Richard Smith of Hingham, Dianne Sommer and Gerard Spiniello of Canton, Cheryl Sommer O’Brien and James O’Brien of Marshfield. He leaves his beloved seven grandchildren, Brian Sommer Smith, Rebecca Sommer Smith of Hingham, Cameron Michael O’Brien, Jessica Sommer O’Brien of Marshfield; Samson Spiniello, Rome Spiniello and Ava Spiniello of Canton. He is also survived by his sister, Sr. Elizabeth Sommer of New Rochelle, NY; his sister-in-law Barbara Dewey Sommer of Delmar, NY; his brother-in-law Nelson and his wife Carolyn Disco of Merrimack NH. He was predeceased by his brother John F. Sommer, DDS, (February 2016) and brother-in-law and his wife, George and Maureen Disco of Amherst NH. Bob also leaves eleven nieces and nephews. 
Bob, born June 8, 1934, son of John Frank Sommer, DDS, and Rose Auert of the Bronx and Saugerties NY. He attended the University of Notre Dame and Syracuse University. He was a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine where he met and then married his wife Marie who graduated BU School of Nursing. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center in 1965, then served as Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Rucker Alabama, and then with the 67th Evac. Hospital in Vietnam. Upon discharge, Bob and his family came to Hingham where they have lived for 50 years. Bob enjoyed 33 years of his professional career as a partner at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell where he was dedicated to caring for his patients. He was also a member of the Mass. Medical Society and on the staff of South Shore Hospital.
His life was full of many interests: boat building, tractor restoration, machinist, construction, wood working, astronomy and landscaping. He was an avid reader, had a zest for scientific knowledge all his life. A lover of music, he enjoyed the many musical talents of his children and grandchildren. He and his wife traveled extensively, one highlight being a trip to China attending a conference with a group from the Mass. Medical Society in Beijing 1993.
His vibrant life will be celebrated in a funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at The Church of the Resurrection, 1057 Main Street, Hingham, MA.
Visiting hours are Monday, March 20, 2017, 4 – 8 pm, Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street (off Central St.) Hingham. 
Burial in St. Paul’s Cemetery
Special thanks to the South Shore Hospice team for their compassionate care: Cindy Getman, BSN., Dr. James Everett and Dr. David Halle. Beth Israel Deaconess – Dr. Jeffrey Popma and the cardiac team, Mount Auburn Hospital Oncology team and Dr. Anthony Abner.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Sommer’s memory may be made to Hospice of the South Shore at or PXE International at