Bob Ravenstein of Chelmsford, MA

1944 - 2021

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Bobby Joe Ravenstein, 77, of Chelmsford, MA died Monday, November 29, 2021 at Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington, MA from complications due to Covid-19. He was married to the late Maria (Molina) Ravenstein, who died on November 27, 2021, also of complications due to Covid-19—two hearts, one soul.

Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1944, he was the son of the late Nyal Ravenstein and Ruby (Schlimme) Ravenstein. He graduated from Central High School in Cape Girardeau, MO, with the class of 1962. Then he graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He owned and operated Bomara Associates of Chelmsford, MA for 40 years—a technology firm he started in 1981. He was an active member of WB1GOF, the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, and a lifetime member of the ARRL. Bob was also a member of the First Parish Unitarian Universal Church of Chelmsford, MA.

His FCC Extra Ham Radio callsign was W1FDR, He was an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed skiing, radio fox hunting and golfing.

He is survived by his son Eric David Ravenstein (KD9EQY) and partner Nadine Plessow of Chicago, IL, and daughter Yalin Lisa Ravenstein Murdock and husband John Edgar Murdock  IV–“Sean”–of Darien, CT, and their three grandchildren Jack Murdock, Patrick Murdock, Emilia Murdock… and his beloved cat Winston.

3 Condolences for Bob Ravenstein of Chelmsford, MA

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    Rob Putala


    I knew Bob from Part meetings and field day. He was one of the bright personalities that brought us together. I will always remember his unique fox hunting equipment!

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    John Seney


    I love and admire Bob and Maria for lives lived so incredibly well. Each other, children, grand children the
    pride of their lives. Business success, travel, and so many good friends. Our most common ground was
    amateur radio and computing and so many laughs – in person and on the air. Bob was my favorite contact.
    We went to the Dayton Hamvention, explored TCP/IP on packet radio, software defined radios (SDR), FM
    repeaters, and were mainstay members of the Friendly Amateur Radio Technical Society (FARTS) luncheons.
    Bob kept us well fortified with pizza (pepperoni and black olives was Bob’s “go to” favorite) at a great
    place near Bob’s office. Bob was gifted with high creativity and could make jokes that had all of us laughing
    out loud. What a pleasure – what a friend! Thank you! God Bless You Both – RIP.

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    Paul Donaldson


    Brother Bob, RIP. Thanks for memories.

    73, de Paul, W1AE

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