Robert H. Powers

December 25, 2020

Robert H. Powers
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War

Robert H. Powers – of Lynn, December 25th, at ninety years of age.   Beloved husband of the late Helen I. (Reynolds) Powers.  Cherished father of Brian A. Powers and his wife Katherine Riggs of San Francisco, CA; Father Thomas J. Powers of St. Barbara and St. Anthony parishes in Woburn Ma (formerly of Lynnfield MA); Mary J. Powers and her partner Mary Campagnolo of Lynn, MA; Ann M. Powers Gallagher and her husband Richard P. Gallagher, Jr. of Reading, MA, Treasured grandfather of Natalia Powers Riggs, Aidan Powers Riggs, Caleb Gallagher and Catherine Gallagher. Beloved brother of David and Joan Powers of Peabody and uncle to many nieces and nephews in the Powers, Reynolds and Brownhill families.  Pre deceased by his siblings Elizabeth Brownhill; Joseph Powers, James Powers and Richard Powers.  Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will be having a remembrance celebrating his life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Powers family, please visit, Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Powers to the Charity of your choice.

Robert H. Powers – of Lynn, surrounded by his children,  peacefully passed away on Christmas Day 2020 at the age of ninety.

Born in 1930, Bob was the 4th son of the late Joseph and Sarah (Egan) Powers.  He was a longtime resident of Lynn and a proud graduate of its public schools.  A member of the Lynn English High School Class of 1947, he was a talented scholar and gifted athlete.  In 2015 Bob was inducted into the LEHS Bulldog’s Hall of Fame.

First in his family to pursue higher education, Bob attended Salem State College, graduating in 1951.  He began his career in the Lynn Public Schools in elementary education, a deliberate career choice unusual for a man in those days.  His career was interrupted by the Korean War draft, and he was accepted with a commission into Officer Candidate School for the US Navy.  Choosing to marry the woman he loved instead, he resigned the commission, and completed his service teaching Naval History in Bainbridge, Md., returning with his young wife to Lynn to start his career and family. 

He had met the love of his life, Helen Reynolds, a recent nursing graduate, through a Breed Elementary school colleague, and they married in 1952. Working full-time with a new family, with some high school coaching gigs on the side, Bob earned his master’s in education at Boston College, becoming a devoted Eagles fan in the process.  He won his first principalship at the O’Keefe School, followed by service across the city at Brickett School, and then at his beloved Callahan School, which he led from 1966 through 1992.  He had become a specialist in Adult Education and spent many years teaching adult English learners in the evening school program.

Bob was an unfailingly kind and compassionate man blessed with classic Irish wit, mixed with more than a touch of blarney.  Affectionately known as “The Mayor” by his family, Bob could strike up a conversation with anyone, young or old, and walk away with a new best friend.  No one enjoyed a bowl of ice-cream, crossword puzzle or home-cooked meal more than Bob. Always gracious, at the end of every meal, be it a lobster, a burger, or ‘shrimp as big as your fist’, Bob would proclaim that as being “the best meal ever”.

Sports remained a mainstay throughout Bob’s life. His pickup basketball games continued well into his adult years. Bob was a devoted Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics fan, but college sports were his true love, most especially his Boston College Eagles.

Family was the centerpiece of Bob’s life. He was the proud father of Brian of San Francisco, Rev. Thomas Powers of Woburn (formerly of Lynnfield), Mary of Lynn, and Ann Powers Gallagher of Reading.  His greatest loves were his four grandchildren, Natalia Powers-Riggs, Aidan Powers-Riggs, Caleb Gallagher and Catherine Gallagher. Loving father-in-law to Richard Gallagher Jr, Katherine Riggs and Mary Campagnolo. He leaves behind his youngest brother David L. Powers of Peabody and his sisters in law, Susanne Reynolds of Peabody, Marjorie Reynolds of Salem and Joan Powers of Peabody.  He will be sorely missed by his many nieces and nephews and the countless friends fortunate to have spent time in his presence. Rest in peace Dad.

Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will be having a remembrance celebrating his life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Powers family, please visit,


Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will be having a remembrance celebrating his life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Powers family, please visit, Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Mr. Powers to the Charity of your choice.


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  1. Brian, Tom, Mary and Ann, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have so many great memories of playing football in the street with Bob. He was always so positive and complimentary that all of us kids walked away feeling better about ourselves. There were several good men in our Winnepurkit circle…Bob was most certainly one of them.

  2. So Sorry to hear of your Dad’s Passing I remember him so well as a child. My Mom always spoke so highly of him and her best friend your Mom. Your family is in our prayers.

  3. My deepest sympathy to Ann, Mary and Fr. Tom and all the Powers family-Bob Powers will always be in my heart. He was my principal at Callahan School. He always supported me 100% -he was not only our well loved leader but a friend-he always took the time to listen to our concerns and consider our thoughts and suggestions. He will be missed greatly as a leader, mentor and friend! May the time come, for all of us, when the sadness will be replaced by wonderful memories and the knowledge that our lives were enriched by having known him. He now joins his beautiful wife, Helen. RIP, Bob…love, Sharon Wahn

  4. My deepest sympathies to the Powers family. I was in the upper grades as a student at the Brickett School in Lynn when Mr. Powers was the principal and although it was a very long time ago, he had a lasting impact on me and I’m sure so many other students. I remember him as kind hearted and engaging and I think of him now as a great role model and educator. RIP Mr. Powers…

  5. Christine Gesek Michelini

    I was sorry to read of your dad’s passing. He was always such a funny and nice man. I will be sure to tell my mom (Mary Gesek) who misses her friend Helen every day. God Bless your family.

  6. Patricia Mallett

    Bob was a friendly, and kind man. His outgoing, genuine manner made him a leader in the Lynn Public Schools, and I was fortunate to know him. Please, accept my sincerest condolences. Patricia Mallett

  7. Kimberly (Sawin Staples

    To the Powers Family,
    My condolences to each of you during this difficult time .Bob was a true “gentle” man In every sense of the word .I knew Bob as a young girl and then I had the pleasure of working under him at the Callahan School for many years.He was someone I admired most not only as an educator but as a person who loved life.Bob Powers was truly one of the finest.Keeping you all in my heart.May your legacy live on through all those lives you touched.

  8. Brian, Tommy, Mary, and Ann,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your Dad, his charm and intelligence, and his intense love for and pride in his family. I remember him encouraging Helen’s Cub Scout Den Meetings, picking us up at Communion Breakfast at the Hibernians, and running carpools to the Prep. He was an awesome Dad and he leaves a legacy of love.

  9. He was a great principle! So sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. My deepest condolences to family and friends

  10. George and Elaine Powers

    Brian, Tom, Mary, Ann

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Bob. He knew everyone and always had a story at the ready. Our deepest condolences to you and your families. Rest In Peace Bob and May the road rise up to meet you

  11. On behalf of the John Champoux branch of the family, please accept my deepest condolences. I spoke at length with Bob at my mother’s wake a few years back, and was reminded of and delighted by his wit, warmth and kindness. He and Helen were a great support to my parents, particularly my dad, and both Helen and Bob played a significant role in my going to St. John’s Prep, which literally changed my life and made many good things possible and real for me. He was a good man, and may he rest in peace.

  12. Michelle Peterson

    My deepest condolences to the Powers family. I was a student of Callahan in the 1970’s and some of my most cherished memories are because of Mr. Powers and atmosphere of family and community that he created for all of us at the school. He was such a special caring person to so many and did so much for not only the Callahan children but for our families. One of my favorite memories will always be the lunchtime softball games.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Michelle Morelli-Peterson

  13. Mr. Powers you were the best principal young kids could ask for, so respected and loved. You will definitely be missed, RIP. Former Callahan student (very former ?)

  14. R.I.P. Mr. Powers.
    You will and always will be in my Heart.
    I will never for get you best Princable ever. Kind Hearted and understanding.
    Always listened to what I had to say and you was always concerned for everyone’s well being to get through school and go further in their future..
    You are the best.
    Heaven has gained a loving ,caring ,big hearted Gentleman.
    You will be their # 1 Leader of Angels.
    Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family and Friends.
    You will be missed by so many who love you .
    One thing I know is you will be in everyones heart here on Earth and the Angels will welcome you with open arms .
    Say Hi to My mom I am sure you will have a great laugh with her.
    We all will see you on the other side flying high.
    Love Charmaine

  15. Bob was the principal at the Callahan school where my teaching career began. He was the kindest, most intelligent and decent person and I always felt so fortunate to have worked with him . He was a caring boss, and he was also a special friend to my family. May his family and friends find solace in their wonderful memories together and may Bob rest in eternal peace.

  16. Bob’s passing has left a tremendous void in my life. He was my mentor, my colleague, and most importantly, my friend. He will be sorely missed and will never be replaced. Love you Bob, and may you rest in peace for eternity with your beloved Helen.

  17. Bernadette Lenihan Stamm

    My deepest sympathy is sent to the Powers family. We have lost a cherished and well respected member of the Callahan Faculty. He passed on his love and joy of teaching to so many. Bob will be in our hearts forever.

  18. John and Maureen Gaudet

    Our sincere condolences to the entire Powers family on the loss of your wonderful father, Bob. Maureen and I will never forget the kindness Bob showed to us during his career as principal at Callahan School, and as a true friend for many years.

    Maureen and Jack Gaudet

  19. Bob was a family friend and colleague of many years. On behalf of the Warry family I extend condolences. He was a funny, lovely man. Glad he will join Helen, also a great lady.

  20. Jane Lyness Wall

    Bob, as was Helen, were steadfast in their loyalty to God, Country, Family and friends.
    Good people….

  21. Dear Mary:
    Thinking of you at this very difficult time. I know he must have been a wonderful man. With sympathy and love,
    Lita Zuchero

  22. Fr. Powers and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Father. Sending prayers…

  23. Katie & Jim Wynne

    Mary, Sending our deepest condolences, virtual hugs, positive healing energy and prayers to you and family. Xo Katie& Jim

  24. Brian, Tom, Mary and Ann,
    Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Bob, our good friend and neighbor for so many years. Sarah and Ralph and Helen and Bob are finally together again.
    Our love and prayers to your family.
    Nancy & Jamie Cronin

  25. Francis and Carol Champoux

    To Brian, Tom, Ann, and Mary, We are so very sad to read that your Dad has passed away. We will always cherish the memories we have of all the wonderful times we spent with your whole family. Let us all take solace that Bob is now at rest and with all the Angels and Saints in Heaven.
    With our Deepest Sympathy and love,
    Fran and Carol.

  26. Fr. Powers, We are sending our prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    – Helene Schecowicz & Janet O’Connor –

  27. Louise (Jezierski) and I have been dear friends of Brian since our graduate school days, and the few times we met Bob he was incredibly friendly, open and jovial. Brian always had fun and endearing anecdotes to tell about his father. We send our family’s condolences to all of Brian’s siblings.

  28. Father Powers, Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your family – Dave and Kathy Richburg

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