Bob was born, raised and educated in Washington, Pennsylvania before enlisting in the United States Navy on March 22, 1948. Bob served overseas for more than two years before reenlisting during the Korean War. He served on the U. S. S. Elokomin and the U.S.S. J.P. Jones and earned several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, European Occupational Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Bob was honorably discharged from the Navy after almost ten years of faithful service and returned home to his family.
While still on active duty, Bob was on furlough in Boston when met the “love of his life” Joyce Todd and the couple married on June 28, 1956. When Bob was shipped out, Joyce established their first home in Boston in where they started their family. In 1965 the couple moved their family to Wilmington and Bob soon became actively involved in his new Community.
Bob was quite a “pillar of the Community” he volunteered his time and talents unselfishly and tirelessly throughout the years. He was actively involved with the Fourth of July Committee for many years, he was monumental in raising money to build the Regional Health Center in Wilmington, he was part of the Wilmington 200th Anniversary Committee, he was a Past Commander for the American Legion and was often seen around town fixing everyone’s television sets due to his vast knowledge of electronics at the time. Bob was the equipment manager for Wilmington Little League and coached countless seasons of Little League Baseball and took many kids “under his wing” with his kind and caring ways.
Bob worked hard to provide for his family; prior to retiring he was employed as an electronics engineer for the Sander Company. Bob’s unending work ethic and knowledge for his field along with his friendly personality made him quite a favorite amongst his co-workers who became his friends. Bob was never one to sit still, so following his retirement from Sanders he took a job as an Usher and Greeter at the Showcase Cinema in Woburn.
Bob’s unconditional love and support for his family was evident in everything he did. Bob was a devoted and faithful husband to his wife of 64 years, a wonderful father, son, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there to support his children and grandchildren in their many activities; he was always their biggest fan. Bob and Joyce opened their home to their children’s friends throughout the years; everyone was welcomed and made to feel loved. He was fondly known as “the adopted Dad to many kids”.
Bob will be remembered for his many talents; his love of music and playing the clarinet, his devotion to his family, friends and Country and for his infectious smile that lit up a room. Bob went out of his way to do for others; he was a great mentor and inspiration to many. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Bob will always be known for his “Family First” attitude and for not say goodbyes but rather he would say “see you later alligator” and he would received the answer “after a while crocodile” from his children and grandchildren.
Bob was the beloved husband of Joyce A. (Todd) Brown, devoted father of Peter Brown and girlfriend Debra MacKinnon, Aaron Brown and wife Carole, Barbette Brown-Valente and husband Phillip Valente and Amy Whalen and husband John all of Wilmington. He was the loving “Grampy” of Joseph, Tabitha, Alelia, Aaron, Alexa and “GiGi Bob” to his Great-Grandchildren Joe, Dominic, Sophia, Jordyn, Jacolby, Gianna, Angelo, Mia, Savannah and Jimmy. Cherished son of the late Eunice McGriff of Washington, PA and Ernest Conner of Pittsburgh, PA, he was the brother of Dolores Slater, the late Ernest Conner, Jr., the late Gene Conner, the late Joanne Ray, Diane Tuner all of Pittsburgh, PA, Patricia Wilds of Maryland and Geraldine King of Chicago.
Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Bob’s Life on Saturday, August 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.
For those unable to attend the services they may watch via Zoom
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In lieu of flowers, Joyce Brown kindly requests any donations be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1 Bridge Lane, Wilmington, MA 01887 or http://www.jw.org
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
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