Robert L. Reisner III
Robert Reisner was a proverbial
There was nothing the single,
29-year-old school bus driver liked more than coming home from work to the
apartment in Coventry he shared with his mother. He cooked tacos for dinner,
played video games and watched the New England Patriots and Boston Bruins on
TV. He even liked to read the newspaper aloud to his dog, Aggie.
Well, there was one thing he
liked as much. Going to heavy metal concerts, especially those big-hair bands
of the '80s, the ones that keep reuniting and rocking year after year. His
fondness for these bands of his youth often took him to The Station.
"He would go by himself. As
soon as heard about a show, he would go buy a ticket," his younger brother,
Ralph, recalled yesterday as family members gathered at his apartment on
Providence Street, in West Warwick, just a couple of miles from the
Not that Robert wouldn't try to
recruit family members to go with him to the concerts. He asked several of
them to see Great White on the last night of his life. None could go. A couple
of years ago, he treated his brothers and their spouses to tickets for a
farewell KISS concert in Providence.
That was Robert, always doing
nice things for others, his family says. He would go one, two, sometimes three
times a day to buy iced coffee at Dunkin' Donuts, and he would always bring
some back for everyone else.
"He was very caring. He cared
for everybody," said his mother, Judy O'Brien, who shared her apartment on
Main Street with her oldest son. She is divorced from his father, Robert
Reisner, of New York.
The family has endured some
difficult times, O'Brien says. As a single mother, she had to raise her three
boys without much money. Then there was Robert's health. He suffered from
extreme bouts of fatigue and fever. By the time he was 11, he was diagnosed
with rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes he had to use a wheelchair.
"I used to have to carry him,"
Robert grew up in Scituate, but
stopped going to school in the 11th grade. He delivered pizza for several
different West Bay businesses, including Domino's, and had been promoted to
some managerial positions. His mother says he always liked driving because it
was easier on his bad leg than jobs that required standing.
A couple of months ago, he
began driving school buses for Laidlaw in East Providence.
"The kids loved him. He worked
so hard for it," O'Brien says. "It's what he really liked."
That and the rock bands
pictured in the posters adorning the walls of their apartment. They hang near
the pull-out sofa where he slept.
Funeral arrangements are
-- Journal staff writer
Born in Providence, a son of
Judy (Heeks) O'Brien of West Warwick and Robert L. Reisner II of New York
state, he had lived in West Warwick for most of his life. He moved to Coventry
two years ago.
Mr. Reisner had been working as
a bus driver for Laidlaw Bus Co. of West Warwick.
He had earned his high school
equivalency degree and was a graduate of New England Tractor Trailer Training,
Besides his parents, he leaves
two brothers, Ralph Reisner of West Warwick and Corey Reisner of Providence;
his maternal grandparents, Nancy (Hopkins) Quental of Warwick and Ralph Heeks
of West Warwick; and several aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.
Burial occured at Greenwood
Cemetery, West Warwick.
source Providence Journal