Robert E. ‘Bob’ Treacy

April 18, 2018

Robert E. ‘Bob’ Treacy
U.S. Veteran

Army

WWII

of Hawaii, formerly of Woburn, Wednesday, April 18th at ninety-two years of age. Beloved husband of Ann T. (McHugh) Treacy. Devoted father of Robert E. Treacy, Jr., his wife Barbara of Peabody, John V. Treacy, his wife Adrienne of Olympia, WA, Janet M. MacDonald, her husband Kevin of Woburn, and the late Ann Marie Silverstein, her surviving husband Steven of Ipswich. Dear brother of Thomas Treacy, his wife Lois of Peabody, and the late Leo, James and Richard Treacy and step-brother of Barbara O’Leary and the late Irene, Thomas, Polly, John, Jean and David Kinton and the late Samuel and Donald Kenton. Very special Grandpa to Erin Solovey, her husband Edward of Brookline, Rebecca Romani, her husband Michael of Beverly, Denise Treacy, her companion Paul Weidel of Brighton, Treacy Silbaugh, her husband Owen of Wakefield, Stephanie and Heather Silverstein of Honolulu, HI, Brian Silverstein of Jamaica Plain, and Great-Grandpa to Jaclyn, Kailah, Lia, Mira, Sophia, Hudson, Owen and Brendan. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. A Funeral will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 23rd at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church,38 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 22nd from 2-6 p.m.  For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Robert E. Treacy, age 92, of Woburn and Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on April 18, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Ann T. (McHugh) Treacy for 68 years.

Bob was born December 1, 1925 to Gertrude and James Francis Treacy. He grew up in Winchester, where he was a halfback for the Winchester Sachems for three seasons, including a championship season. He remained an avid sports fan for the rest of his life. His favorite team was the New England Patriots and he would never miss the weekly games. He graduated from Winchester High School, Class of 1943. He enlisted in the United States Army the same year. He served in the Pacific Theater, at Luzon in the Philippines in the 743rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946.

Bob studied accounting under the GI Bill at Bentley, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1950, and then had a 35-year career at New England Telephone where he served in various management roles until he retired at age 59. After the war, he met the love of his life, Ann “Nancy”, through his brother Jim, who was dating Mim Sullivan, a friend of Nancy’s. They were married in 1949 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Winchester and began a beautiful life together, in which they were rarely seen apart. They both loved to dance and spent many evenings dancing at various venues in the Woburn area.

They started their family in 1952, while living in Medford, and moved to Woburn in 1955, where they raised their four children. Although Bob was dedicated to his job, his family always came first. He had a strong work ethic but was always home for family dinner by 6 p.m. He enjoyed being a part of his children’s activities whether it was helping with homework, attending Cub Scout activities, dance recitals, and the many other activities in which the children were involved. Each year they spent their summers at White Horse Beach. Bob would commute to Boston every day from the beach so that he could spend time with his family. In addition to spending time on the beach with his family, he was also found doing projects on the cottage or gardening. 

Bob was a man of great faith. He was a member of St. Barbara’s Parish, where he was a lector and volunteered in other capacities. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus. In Hawaii, he was a member of Sts. Peter and Pauls Parish, where he attended the daily and weekly mass. In his retirement years he continued to enjoy his summertime at White Horse Beach with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Each night at dinner he sat at the head of a table of four to twenty family members, often with an overflow “kids table” in the kitchen. The family would share stories and reminisce, and his loud laughter would fill the room. Bob had a great sense of humor and often told jokes with family and friends. He had a way of making everyone smile and laugh with his quiet humor and loud laughter. Bob and Nancy spent most of the year in Honolulu. In the evenings, they enjoyed connecting with friends and dancing to live music at various spots in the Honolulu area. Their favorite spot was the Honolulu Elks Lodge No. 616, where Bob was a 25-year member. He loved music and sang for many years in a barbershop quartet. He enjoyed playing golf with family and friends. He was also active with a charitable organization called the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. 

He was the loving father of Robert E. Treacy Jr., wife Barbara of Peabody; John V. Treacy, wife Adrienne Asher of Olympia, Washington; and Janet M. Macdonald, her husband Kevin of Woburn; and his late daughter Ann Marie Silverstein, her surviving husband Steven of Ipswich. Dear brother of Thomas Treacy, his wife Lois of Peabody, and the late Leo, James and Richard Treacy, and step-brother of Barbara O’Leary and the late Irene, Thomas, Polly, John, Jean and David Kinton and the late Samuel and Donald Kenton. Very special Grandpa to Erin Solovey, her husband Edward of Brookline; Rebecca Romani, her husband Michael of Beverly; Denise Treacy, her companion Paul Weidel of Brighton; Treacy Silbaugh, her husband Owen of Wakefield; Stephanie Silverstein and Heather Silverstein of Honolulu, Hawaii; Brian Silverstein of Jamaica Plain; and Great-Grandpa to Jaclyn, Kailah, Lia, Mira, Sophia, Hudson, Owen and Brendan. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 23 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 38 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the funeral home on Sunday, April 22 from 2-6 p.m. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

A Funeral will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, April 23rd at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church,38 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Funeral Home on Sunday, April 22nd from 2-6 p.m.  For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. John & Phyllis Williams

    Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We were closer to the Kinton-Kenton side of the family, but were well acquainted with the Treacy side as well. We used to see Bob and Nancy at their summer place in Manomet and I knew Nancy’s brother, Jim, through the Telco.

    Bob was a friendly guy and I don’t ever remember remembering him without a smile. Our best to the family and wish them the best for the future.

  2. Augie an Bobbe Fernandez

    We will miss his smile and laughter. We treasure the memory of Bob and Nancy on the dance floor at the Honolulu Elks Lodge 616.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with all of us in Hawaii.
    Aloha pumehana, Augie Rey and Bobbe Joy

  3. My condolences to Mrs. Treacy and the entire Treacy family.
    May your memories sustain you during your grief and bring a smile to your faces when he comes to mind.

  4. Dear John and family,

    Thinking of you all at this sad time. I hope special memories of your father as well as the love and support of family and friends comfort you all.

  5. Maureen & Jerry Torres

    Though words seem so inadequate, may this heartfelt message of sympathy bring you some small comfort in the days to come. Thinking of the family, with deep sadness, for the loss of such a great man.

  6. Elizabeth (Betty) Treacy

    Uncle Bob’s laughter was like no other. He will be sorely missed by many.

  7. Mitch Silverstein

    I was greatly saddened by the news of Bob’s passing and send my heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

  8. michael J Ryan

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Everything remains as it was.
    The old life that we lived so fondly together
    is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no sorrow in your tone.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that
    we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word
    that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because
    I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near, just around the corner.
    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting,
    when we meet again.

  9. Patricia Tierney

    Dear Janet,
    My sympathy on the loss of your Dear Dad. May the memories of his wonderful life comfort you.
    Patti

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