Robert McAllister Obituary, Death – Robert McAllister left his family and the culinary world. Bob was reared by his father, John Cassidy, after his mother, MaryAnn Cassidy (née Loverdi), gave birth to him on December 14, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1973, he earned his diploma from Saint John Neumann High School. After graduating with honors from culinary school, he quickly gained a reputation as a top chef in the area, particularly for his crab cakes and Italian specialties.
Diners from New York City would make the trek to the Dimmick Inn in Mildford, Pennsylvania because of the reputation Bob had built for himself as a cook there. Bob was a fantastic cook, but he also loved spending time with his family in the outdoors, whether it was hunting in the mountains or crabbing off the piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. Bob became a grandfather to Scarlet Anne McAllister in September of 2021. As she entered his life, she did it with love, joy, light, and a constant source of laughter.
Within a year, in September of 2022, Bob was told he had stage four metastatic lung cancer. He was afraid of what might happen, yet he fought bravely anyhow. His cancer was unfortunately too aggressive, and his fight was brave but brief. In his dying days, Bob spent time with loved ones and dined on some of his favorite dishes, including kielbasa and sauerkraut, golumpkis, tomato pie from Varallo’s, cannolis from Termini’s, and chocolate ice cream. Bob’s mom and dad, MaryAnn and John, passed away before he was born.
Bob’s family includes his three adult children, Cassidy, Daniel, and Dennis; his sister, MaryAnn Cassidy Frist; his brothers, Joseph, James (Jimmy), and Michael Cassidy; and other aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. His granddaughter, Scarlet Anne McAllister, also survives him. Even when not in chef garb, Bob was usually seen donning a flannel and jeans. On January 3, 2023, from 10 AM to 1 PM, we will be holding a memorial service at the Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church Parish Hall, located at 916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.