Robert Boivin

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Dr. Robert Boivin, 91, of Belleville, IL, born February 20, 1929, in Sanford, ME, died Monday, October 12, 2020, at home peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Dr. Boivin was an anesthesiologist at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, from 1969 until 1994.  He loved Notre Dame football, Creighton Basketball, and grew up following the Boston Red Sox. Ted Williams was his favorite player.  Once moving to St. Louis, he became a Cardinals fan. Robert was a devoted family man, and a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church since 1969.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Robertine “Bobbie”, nee Cyr, Boivin, who died March 29, 2018; his parents, Aurelian and Rose, nee Richier, Boivin; two brothers, Aurele (Rita) Boivin and Maurice Boivin; and a sister, Lucille Kelley; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Francis Xavier and Cecile, nee Tardif, Cyr; and two sisters-in-law, Lorraine (Michael) Staunton and Donaldine (Tully) Bowman.

Surviving are his children, Marc (Juanita) Boivin, James (Cindy) Boivin, Denise Heilig, and Greg (DeAnn) Boivin;
his cherished grandchildren, Josh Boivin, Megan Boivin, Jenna Boivin, Justin Heilig, Sarah Heilig, Jessica Heilig, Matthew Boivin, Bradley Boivin, Nick Boivin, Danielle Boivin, Melissa (Matt) Schmitt and their children, Mabry and Ian, and Brianne (Chris) Jakes and their children, Carter, Emerson and Callan; seven sisters-in-law, Judy (Bud) Herberlee, Rachael Cyr, Jeanine Cyr, Marjorie (Fredd) Isaksen, Patsy (Wayne) Devine, Marilyn (Ken) Wyman, and Anne Boivin; four brothers-in-law, Roger (Geralda) Cyr, Jim (Betty) Cyr,  Gerard “Babe” (Joyce) Cyr, and Raymond Kelley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities or to Feed the Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.

Entombment with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Mausoleum.


9 Comments on Robert Boivin

Rebecca lovell said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2020 at 1:57 PM

To James and all the boivin family I extend my deepest sympathy your dad was always a pleasure to work for such a good ,man so kind

  • Swanseee
  • Illinoisto
Betty Massey said : Guest Report Oct 23, 2020 at 10:45 PM

Dr. Robert Boivin was such a pleasure to work with. He always had time for his patients and co-workers. To his family I send my sincere sympathy, My thoughts and prayers have been with you. May you feel comfort with so many wonderful memories. With love and friendship.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Andrew and Virginia Gregowicz said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2020 at 6:59 PM

We are unable to attend services because of family circumstances. Our sympathy and prayers on your loss. He was one of the most amiable , pleasent and caring person we have ever known professionally and socially. He enjoyed life and passed that joy to those about him. He and Bobbie will be doing some happy trekking in heaven. It was a privilege to have known both of them. Andrew and Virginia Gregowicz

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pat Harris Thomas said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 11:53 PM

Boivin family, Many years have passed since I worked with Dr Boivin at St Elizabeth’s Hospital. As a nurse in the ICU, I was always amazed at his calm and kind demeanor during some intense situations that arose. I was honored to work beside him. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Marjorie and Fredd Isaksen said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 3:18 PM

What a beautiful picture of my bro! A gem that is rarely duplicated. Thank you for loving me unconditionally for 66 years. YOU will never be replaced nor forgotten. Rest In Peace with your special Bobby, my special Bob.

  • Oyster Bay
  • NY
Pearl Spies said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 3:12 PM

Marc, James, Denise, and Greg My deepest sympathy. We were neighbors for many years and watched you all grow up. Your father and mother were kind and caring people. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Carole K. Smith said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 12:58 PM

We remember Dr. Robert Boivin was a Good man. In this era of hyperbole that is not a term to be taken lightly, He was a good son, good husband, good father and grandfather; good boss, good example. He knew what he wanted in life and worked hard to get it. He also knew how to have fun. He was a good friend and we miss his good advice. Much love and sympathy to all who knew and loved him. Goodness knows he is welcome in heaven! Carole K. Smith Peggy Smith Brem

  • Tehachapi
  • CA
Carlos Hernandez said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2020 at 9:38 AM

Our love and condolences go out to the entire Boivin family. We join you in grief and prayer. Dr. Boivin will remain perpetually in our memories as a positive and happy man; his smile was genuine and his eyes were unmistakable in expressing his heartfelt love and compassion. We count ourselves privileged and fortunate to have known him; we will miss his presence; we will cherish our memory of him. Carlos Hernandez Joan Phillips-Hernandez

  • Miami
  • Fl
NanceSutton said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2020 at 11:15 AM

so sorry for the lost of your father.

  • stouis
  • mo

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