ROCKPORT — Robert M. Jones, Sr., (Bob), 89, passed away peacefully at the Sussman House in Rockport, December 28, 2020.
Born in Union, February 1, 1931, he was the only child of Miles L. and Lois Hay Jones. Bob grew up in Union and attended local schools before joining his father in the logging industry. It was said he could load a train car with pulp wood faster than anyone in his day!
Bob married Lucille Quin on April 20, 1951. He was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a tank driver. He was later transferred to Fort George G. Meade in Maryland where Lucille was able to join him. They made life long friends during that time. The couple returned home in 1955 and he was honorably discharged in 1961.
Lucille and Bob made their home in Rockport and raised their two children, son Robert, Jr. (Bobby) and daughter, Barbara. Their family home was a warm and comforting gathering place for all, and many happy memories were shared over the years. Bob loved family camping trips, snowmobiling, and working in the woods gathering firewood while his children built forts. A favorite family ritual included a ride into the woods to gather fir boughs to bank their home every fall. As his family grew, he happily welcomed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving grandfather, never too busy to help out with their projects and was always happy to offer rides in his golf cart around his home.
Bob worked several years at the Camden Tannery, before joining his good friend, Jack McCormick’s business, as a heavy equipment operator. In his later years, he worked as the greenskeeper at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport. He had a lifelong love of the woods and the land surrounding his home. He loved a manicured lawn and enjoyed their beautiful flower gardens. Bob and Lucille had many well-loved and devoted pets over the years. His little dog “Angel” was especially devoted and was even able to spend time with him at the Sussman House during his final days.
Bob has now passed on to join his late son, Bobby, his late parents, and all the family and friends who sadly left this world before him.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lucille; his daughter, Barbara Peabody and her husband Tim; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Jones; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as his extended family and many friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A graveside service and family gathering will take place in the spring at Rockville Cemetery, and will be announced at a later date.
To share a memory or condolence with the Jones family, please visit their Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.