A long-time North End activist who championed public safety and rallied for neighborhood youths died while on vacation in Cancun, his sister and friends confirmed Tuesday.
The death was reported on a neighborhood blog, NorthEndWaterfront.com, and those who know DeCristoforo are reeling from the news.
“If you were a neighborhood guy, you knew Bobby D.,’’ said Stephen Passacantilli, who heads the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council.
Debra DeCristoforo said her brother went to the same hotel in Cancun every year for about two decades. “He went the same week in the same hotel,’’ she said. “Sometimes he goes with people, but this time he went alone.’’
DeCristoforo was a pioneering member of the North End Waterfront Council. He chaired the group’s public safety committee and led the local fight against drugs in the North End and Charlestown.
Debra DeCristoforo said her brother, who was single, was a ticket taker for the Boston Red Sox for more than 40 years and worked for 10 years as an usher and ticket taker at the TD Garden. A funeral Mass will be said Monday in Charlestown, she said.
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