Robert C. McKinney

September 21, 2007

Robert C. McKinney

ROBERT C. McKINNEY – of Windham, NH, formerly of Woburn and Arlington, September 21st. Beloved husband of Evelyn P. (Miller) McKinney. Devoted father of Karl and his wife Florence of Lexington, Neil and his wife DaMaris of Tewksbury, Dale and his wife Rebequa of Manchester, NH, Glen and his wife Denise of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Cara Bounds and her husband Joseph of Londonderry, NH. Also survived by 11 grandchildren: Michelle, Evan, Gayle, James, Justin, Ian, Robby and Paul McKinney, Mariel DelToro, and Megan and Erin Bounds. and a great-grandson, Connor McKinney. A funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, September 25th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington. Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Derry-Salem Homehealth Hospice. 1 Commons Drive, # 31, Londonderry, NH 03053.

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OBITUARY:

Robert C. “Bob” McKinney, a former resident of Woburn and Arlington who had made his home in New Hampshire in recent years, passed away in Derry, New Hampshire on Friday, September 21st. The beloved husband of Evelyn P. (Miller) McKinney for the past fifty-six years, he was eighty years of age.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Wendell and Vera (MacGregor) McKinney. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School. He lived with his family in Woburn from 1954 to 1986, then in Arlington for fifteen years, and most recently in Windham, New Hampshire.

Mr. McKinney was a mechanical engineer who worked for C.E. Maguire in Waltham and later operated his own business, R.C. McKinney Associates of Woburn, for many years until his retirement fifteen years ago. Over the course of his career he worked on the design of the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and various airports in the New England area, as well as numerous other projects. He was a member of several professional organizations.

Bob’s passion was covered bridges, and he traveled throughout the United States and Canada to photograph them. A longtime member of the Covered Bridge Society, he had a large collection of covered bridge photos, including many that are no longer in existence. He was also an avid cribbage player, and participated in tournaments throughout the United States.

Surviving along with his wife Evelyn are four sons: Karl and his wife Florence of Lexington, Neil and his wife DaMaris of Tewksbury, Dale and his wife Rebequa of Manchester, NH, and Glen and his wife Denise of Myrtle Beach, SC, and a daughter, Cara Bounds and her husband Joseph of Londonderry, NH. He was also the loving grandfather of Michelle, Evan, Gayle, James, Justin, Ian, Robby and Paul McKinney, Mariel DelToro, and Megan and Erin Bounds, and great-grandfather of Connor McKinney.

The funeral service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, September 25th at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington.

Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Derry-Salem Homehealth Hospice. 1 Commons Drive, # 31, Londonderry, NH 03053.

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  1. Muriel Starr and daughter Jaynie Starr,

    Muriel is Bob’s first cousin, daughter of Jennie McKinney of Summerhill, New Brunswick. Jennie was Wendell’s older sister.
    Muriel, now almost 91, has fond memories of all her McKinney relatives and her trips to the Boston area to visit with Wendell, Vera and Robert.

    We last saw Robert at the 1999 McKinney family reunion in Queenstown , New Brunswick where we met some of our American Cousins. Muriel’s granddaughter–my daughter Rebecca, took the official group photos.

    Our sincere condolences to family and friends,

    Muriel and Jaynie Starr of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

  2. i couldn’t have asked for a better dad, he was always there when i neded him…we love you and will miss you.
    dale & rebequa

  3. A man I always looked up too. Grampie taught me to play cribbage about three years ago, and when I went down to Florida to visit him or when he came to Myrtle Beach we always played. I remember the last game I played with him, he won, but it was a very close game. Grampie’s in a better place and is no longer suffering. I will miss Grampie a lot. Rest in peace

    Paul McKinney

    10/4/07

  4. As I am writing this, I have realized that I have been searching for days for some profound piece of wisdom. Some quote, some poem, something to share that would express how I feel about my grandfather, but I just couldn’t find the words. And, I have realized, that it hasn’t been because I have nothing to say, but rather because I have too much…

    There is no question that my grandfather was a quiet man, and I didn’t spend as much time with him as I should have, but I believe that the best way to describe him is that he held true to the idea that “Well done is better than well said.” (Benjamin Franklin)

    He may have not said much, but he did a lot in a world where “men expect too much and do too little.” (Allen Tate)

    And he will be missed.
    -Evan

  5. Except for the real little ones and our mother he wasn’t into hugs and such.
    He was strong in many ways but when needed he did have a tender touch,
    And when I would go to see him unless prodded he wouldn’t have much to say.
    It wasn’t that he couldn’t have a discussion it was just not his way.
    It didn’t matter who you were or what you might do he was always nice,
    And he wouldn’t offer unless you asked for his advice.
    There were many sides of him that some people never got to see,
    And growing up there were those times that we just couldn’t agree,
    But he was always there whenever I needed a helping hand,
    Or when life became too complicated to understand.
    We both seemed to talk around things not finding the words to say,
    I wish we had had a little more time to talk even though it wasn’t his way.
    and even when he was ill and moving for him became so hard,
    He said he would feel a little better with the board and the cards.
    We would play cribbage for hours and hours sometimes never seeming to end,
    Now I realize that I have lost more than a dad, I have lost one of my best friends
    N

  6. A standing ovation for a life that was so full of goodness and one that was led with true Christian values. I never heard Dad say anything negative about anyone. The memories will be engraved on the tablets of love. The times we spent in Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with him will be treasured forever. He was always up for a game of cribbage sometimes playing for hours on end. If there wasn’t cribbage in Heaven before, you gotta believe that there is now! God opened up the gates of Heaven that day and let him come home. I know he is at peace now.

    John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you.

    Dad will surely be missed.

    Love,

    Glen & Dee Dee

  7. Neil & Family
    My sincere regrets for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family, if you need anything let me know.

    Eddie

  8. Neil,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I pray for you and your family at this very difficult time. I recently lost my mom and the pain is still very fresh. Take care, we’ll see you around.

    Sincerely…Chris (Earl) Campbell

  9. September 24, 2007
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
    Tim and Donna Gregson (Warwick, RI)

  10. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
    Lyssa & Paul Ebert (Myrtle Beach)

  11. Grammy,
    I’m really sad to hear what happened, and I’m sorry I was not able to make it down for the wake and the funeral. I hope you are doing okay, and please take care of yourself.

    James

  12. Neil,

    So sorry to hear about your father. From our past discussions I knew you were concerned with his situation. I hope your mother is holding up the best as is possible. It has to be horribly difficult after so long together.

    Hang in there and talk to you soon,
    Andy

  13. Neil

    Wanted to quickly pass on my condolences with regards to your father. Please know my thoughts and prayers
    are with you and your family.

    Mike

  14. Neil,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I pray for you and your family at this very difficult time. I recently lost my mom and the pain is still very fresh. Take care, we’ll see you around.

    Sincerely…Chris (Earl) Campbell

  15. Many words to speak about a great man that we call Pop,
    he never told us no,
    And his love will never stop.
    I have known him all my life, he’ll be forever in my soul
    but every time I saw him I never thought he’d go.
    So many happy times, and so many possum grins,
    So much he will be missed from all his family and friends.
    He loved ‘most everyone that’s here, and some he never met,
    a man of love and kindness, I know we won’t forget.
    We all loved him dear, with just a bushel and a peck,
    and never could we leave without a hug around the neck.
    Maybe he is listening to what I have to say.
    I’m sure he will be there every night when I lay to pray.
    Now that it is over,
    he has flown to up above,
    I know that he will be happy,
    with the fulfillment of Gods love.
    We let you go,
    in any way that we can,
    but please know that you will be missed,
    because you were and always will be a very special man… (edited from a poem by Mynda Residori).
    I love you Grampie

  16. Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Song: Simple Man

    Mama told me when I was young
    Come sit beside me, my only son
    And listen closely to what I say.
    And if you do this
    It will help you some sunny day.
    Take your time… Don’t live too fast,
    Troubles will come and they will pass.
    Go find a woman and you’ll find love,
    And don’t forget son,
    There is someone up above.

    And be a simple kind of man.
    Be something you love and understand.
    Be a simple kind of man.
    Won’t you do this for me son,
    If you can?

    Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
    All that you need is in your soul,
    And you can do this if you try.
    All that I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.

    Boy, don’t you worry… you’ll find yourself.
    Follow you heart and nothing else.
    And you can do this if you try.
    All I want for you my son,
    Is to be satisfied.

    He was a smple man who find himself in many different avenues of life. he may have been quiet but he gave love back in his own way.
    he will be remembered and missed.

  17. Bob was a loving, kind, and generous father and grandfather. He will also always be thought of as a friend. He will be truly missed.
    Love,
    Flo and Michelle

  18. Karl & family,So sorry for your loss…I pray that you can find some comfort in knowing that the love he brought to you all, throughout his life,will be forever BLESSED.-LOVE & PRAYERS & GOD’s BLESSINGS to ALL. -Janet Perillo.

  19. Ev, Kara and family and all your brothers
    You are in our thoughts and prayers, Bob will be missed…we will remember the fun days we had in FL. May God be with all of you. Love

  20. When the idea of a perfect father was Ward Cleaver. He had to work at it, His family always came first, he was a great provider, we never had to worry about where our next meal would come from. In later years I learned he was a person of fierce loyalty and integrity. He loved his grandchildren and I felt a sense of pride when he got to see his great grand child this summer. I never told him I admired his work ethic. I should have. He will be missed……Karl

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