Posted on Monday, 15th May 2017 | Gloucester
Robert G. McKay, 73, of Gloucester, husband of Nancy (Natti) McKay, passed away in the Beverly Hospital after a brief illness, on Thursday evening, May 11, 2017. Bob was born in Gloucester, Mass., on October 30, 1943, the son of the late William F. and Alli (Savioja) McKay. All throughout his life Bob was a hard worker. He worked at the Building Center for 20 years, delivered oil, was a landscaper and retired from Gove Lumber in 2009. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and friend. One of his fun interests was to check out the flyers from all the grocery stores — Market Basket, Shaw’s and Stop and Shop — and then shop for the best bargains in each. Needless to say he was the food shopper for the family. Bob was a sports enthusiast, with the Red Sox being at the top of his list and NY Giants football not far behind. He enjoyed watching reruns of Gunsmoke as well as all Westerns. Just a few years ago, Bob could be seen running everywhere and even ran the Cape Ann Road Race for the first time when he was 50 years old. Later he and Nancy enjoyed their time together walking all over Lanesville, sometimes three miles a day. Nancy and Bob loved traveling and went across the country five times, stopping at many National Parks. Bob especially liked the Grand Tetons and Mesa Verde. He cherished the times spent with his grandchildren, playing games and just having fun. Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy; his two sons, Ted McKay and his wife, Fay of Elk Grove, Calif., Scott McKay and his wife, Michelle, of Sandwich, Mass.; four grandchildren, Mia and May McKay and Caitlin and Luke McKay; a sister-in-law, Selma Patrick and her husband, Whittier of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, John, William and Russell McKay; and his very close sister, who called Bob her "baby brother," Jeanette Joseph and her husband, John; and his brother-in-law, David Natti. There are no visiting hours. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Lanesville. Family and friends are cordially invited. His burial will be in Seaside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.