Robert E. Claflin, Jr.

March 7, 2007

Robert E. Claflin, Jr.
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ROBERT E. CLAFLIN, JR. – in Woburn, March 7th. Beloved husband of Nancy (Youngclaus) Mace Claflin and the late Carol A. Claflin. Devoted father of Mary Conway and her husband David of Lakeland, FL, Deborah Quinn and her husband Robert, Robert Claflin III and his wife Dorothy, Terry DeAngelis, William Claflin and his wife Karen, and Douglas Claflin and his wife Meghan, all of Woburn. Dear stepfather of Susan Hazel and her husband Scott and Paul Mace and his wife Diane, all of Billerica, Thomas Mace and his wife Jody of Tewksbury, and the late James Mace III. Loving brother of Marie Gordon and her husband David of Wells, ME. Also survived by 27 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 10th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main Street, Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.View Online Memorial

OBITUARY:

Robert E. “Bob” Claflin, Jr., a resident of Woburn for most of his life, passed away after a short illness at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington on Wednesday, March 7th, surrounded by his family. The beloved husband of Nancy (Youngclaus) Mace Claflin for more than eight years, he was seventy-four. Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Carol A. Claflin, who died in 1991.

Born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Elsie M. (Bartlett) Claflin. He moved to Woburn with his family as a youngster and attended Woburn schools. A 1950 graduate of Woburn High School, he was a captain of the high school football team as a senior.

Following graduation, Bob served in the US Army during the Korean War. Bob worked as a truck driver for many years for Jaquith and Company and later for Wilmington Corporation. Following his retirement, he enjoyed working as a courier for Northern Bank and Trust Company for several years.

Bob was a great family man whose children and grandchildren were his life. He attended all of their sporting events, dance recitals and performances over the years and could always be found behind the scenes helping out, though he never took credit for any of his contributions. Known for his wonderful sense of humor, he had the unique ability of making each and every person he spoke to feel special.

He also enjoyed following the Woburn Tanners, and all the Boston area sports teams. Bob could often be found working on projects around the house or in his yard, and spent countless hours assisting family members with theirs. He and his wife Nancy enjoyed spending time in Marco Island, Florida each winter for the past eight years.

In addition to his first wife Carol, he was preceded in death by a stepson, James Mace III.

Surviving along with his wife Nancy are six children: Mary Conway and her husband David of Lakeland, Florida, Deborah Quinn and her husband Robert, Robert Claflin III and his wife Dorothy, Terry DeAngelis, William Claflin and his wife Karen, and Douglas Claflin and his wife Meghan, all of Woburn, three stepchildren: Susan Hazel and her husband Scott and Paul Mace and his wife Diane, all of Billerica, Thomas Mace and his wife Jody of Tewksbury, and his sister, Marie Gordon and her husband David of Wells, Maine. Also surviving are 27 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, March 10th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N. Main Street, Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760.

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  1. Bette Sumner Byrnes
    Dear Nancy:

    Bob weas a first class gentleman and a terrific classmate, he will be sorely missed. You have my heartfelt sympathy at this time.

    Most Sincerely,
    Bette Sumner Byrnes

  2. will miss our classmate and co-worker. bob was an insperation to all of us playing football with broken wrist in a cast. the heavy work at jaquith never seemed to slow bob down. remembering stoping by his home early in first marrige wife was out bob was busy polishing furniture. saturday afternoons at jaquith’s garage changing oil in our cars, working on them polishing them. many more happy days spent after i left jaquith but rode in trucks to deliver grain and pick up lime for the tanneries.
    very sorry i’ll miss saying goodby at funeral home and church but my prayers for bob and his family are there.
    bob davis

  3. Robert E. Clafkin, Jr.
    Our love,thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy, and all of Bob’s family. We are so very sorry we are not able to be with you at this time.

    A donation will be made in Bob’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

  4. Nancy and Family

    We are very sorry to hear about Bob. He was a wonderful and kind man. He always had such a warm smile on his face when he walked into a room. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and the family.

    Sincerely
    Jeff and Michelle Snider

  5. Doug, Meg, Nancy and the Claflin Family:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Bob will be truly missed. We have you all in our prayers.

    Love,

    Debbie, Mike, Hillary, Ambry, & Emily Lane

  6. WE WISH TO EXTEND TO YOU ALL OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. BOB WAS NOT ONLY A WONDERFUL LOVING HUSBAND, DAD, GRANDAD AND GREAT GRANDAD, BUT A TRUE FRIEND TO ALL WHO KNEW HIM. WE LOVED HIM, AS FAMILY. FROM A CARING HEART TO A KIND WORD HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR EVERYONE! HE IS THE MOONBEAM IN A MIDNIGHT SKY AND A GLORIOUS RAINBOW AFTER THE STORM. HE IS THE MORNING DEW AND FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW. HE IS THE BUTTERFLY FLYING OVERHEAD, AND HE IS THE SMILE ON A STRANGERS FACE AND A GENTLE TOUCH WITH A WARM EMBRACE. HE IS THE WIND IN THE TREES. WE WILL ALWAYS FEEL HIS ESSENCE ENCIRCLE US WITH MANY WARM MEMORIES!
    FONDLY,
    BOB AND JANET MCGOWAN, SR.

  7. Dear Karen, Bill & family,

    Dana and I were so sorry to learn about Mr. Claflin. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Love,
    Jeanne & Dana Mogauro

  8. Doug & Meg,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

    From what I’ve heard, he was a wonderful man.

    Take care & see you soon…

    Sue

  9. Nancy,
    Nick and I are so sorry for your loss. I did not know Bob very well, but I know that he was such a rock for you during your early years. May God bless him and that love and beautiful memories outlast the pain of grief. I am wishing you comfort, and hope in this time of sadness. If there is anything we can do for you please let me know.

    Diane and Nick Curreri

  10. We are so sorry to hear about your loss, he was truly a nice man and will be really missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Bob and Pat McGowan and Family

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