ROBERT W. “BOB” LINEHAN

January 28, 2024

ROBERT W. “BOB” LINEHAN
U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

Korean War

Robert W. Linehan – of Woburn Sunday, January 28th at the age of eighty-nine. Beloved husband of the late Carole E. (Gaffney) Linehan. Cherished father of Robert W. Linehan Jr of Wilmington, Karen Linehan of Woburn, the late J. Michael Linehan, his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Lauren Archambault, her husband Robert “Archie” of Lowell, Patricia McLaughlin, her husband “Mic” of Woburn, Stephen Linehan, his wife Michele of Bellingham and the late Cheryl Ann Linehan. Dear brother of the late Michael J. “Peppy” and Thomas Linehan. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Brian, Shawn, Heather, Jonathan, Bobby, Patrick, Chad, Averi, Allison, Cade and Justin. Adored great-grandfather of five. Robert is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, February 5th 1o A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Sunday February 4th, 2 – 5 P.M., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

Robert W. “Bob”  Linehan, retired Woburn Police Officer, passed away at his home, Sunday evening, with his family by his side.  The beloved husband of Carole (Gaffney) Linehan, he was eighty-nine years of age.

Born in Woburn, Bob was the son of the late Michael J. and Catherine (Lynch) Linehan. One of three boys, Bob was raised in the South End of Woburn, and educated in the Woburn Public Schools, graduating with the Class of 1952.  

During his “growing up” years Bob worked as a Lifeguard, at what was then, Foley Beach, which was located at the south end of Horn Pond!  Many, many Woburnites spent some wonderful summer times there, having family events, learning how to swim, and a wonderful meeting place during the summer months!

When the Immaculate Conception Church organized the Queensmen Drum and Bugle Corps., Bob and his friends were first to sign up, Bob on the drums!  This group went on to many local, state and New England competitions, and won an exemplary amount of awards, titles, and conferences.  The band would also play in many parades (Woburn Halloween Parade)and at half time for many of the high school and college football games.

Upon graduation from high school Bob enrolled in Northeastern University where he attended for a brief time having participated in the track and cross country teams.  In 1953, Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country, stationed at the base on the 38thParellel, which separated North and South Korea.

While home on leave, he was out with friends and was introduced to Carole Gaffney.  They had their first dance!  Bob returned to Louisiana, to finish his tour of duty all the while corresponding with Carole.  In May of 1959, they married!  They brought seven children into the world, sadly losing their third child, Cheryl Ann, at five months, to serious heart issues. 

Bob took up photography as a hobby, which turned into a full-time position at the Woburn Daily Times. In January 1968 Bob was appointed Reserve Police Officer and in July of that same year, he became a full time officer.  Bob served the city of the Woburn for over thirty years, with great pride and dedicaton, retiring,December 1992.

During this time, Bob had returned to Northeastern University, where he first started right after high school, continuing on, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1980.

Bob was an active member of the Woburn Police Dept., having served as President of the Police Union, and during that time a police softball league was established where Bob was the pitcher for a good number of years! They were quite successful.

The Linehan’s purchased a mobile home on Lake Winnisquam in NH, where all the family would join.  Swimming, boating, water skiing, cookouts, and also a place where they all made lots of new friends.

His family was his world.  Participating in all their activities, comings and goings, they were very active throughout the years.  Once they grew, Carole and Bob were on the road!  Their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary was spent in Ireland, and in later years they visited France, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, to name a few.  

Throughout the years Bob was very active in quite a few local groups and organizations.  Bob was a life time member of the Woburn Elks, a past Exalted Ruler (he also had the privilege of installing his son Mike in 2000-2001), member of the Moose Family, and he thoroughly enjoyed playing golf here at the Woburn Country Club and surrounding courses with friends, sons, and later his grandsons joined them, he loved it!

Bob’s life was full.  Right up until last week he had been out and about visiting with friends.  Bob so loved all of his family and as he would often tell them, he was so very proud of all.

Beloved husband of the late Carole E. (Gaffney) Linehan. Cherished father of Robert W. Linehan Jr of Wilmington, Karen Linehan of Woburn, the late J. Michael Linehan, his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Lauren Archambault, her husband Robert “Archie” of Lowell, Patricia McLaughlin, her husband “Mic” of Woburn, Stephen Linehan, his wife Michele of Bellingham and the late Cheryl Ann Linehan. Dear brother of the late Michael J. “Peppy” and Thomas Linehan. Cherished grandfather of Michael, Brian, Shawn, Heather, Jonathan, Bobby, Patrick, Chad, Averi, Allison, Cade and Justin. Adored great-grandfather of five. Robert is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, February 5th 1o A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Sunday February 4th, 2 – 5 P.M., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

 

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, February 5th 1o A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Sunday February 4th, 2-5 P.M in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

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  1. Mary Terese Carey

    Dear Carol, Read the Notice on Cantillon Page. I am so sorry, a neighbor from so many years ago. Mary Carey. My Bob passed at the height of Covid. It is not easy, but having 5 kids, spouses n 9 grandkids n 3 Greatgrand kids. I keep busy. I live in Salem for over 20 years. Mary n George are local, Kevin Florida, Steve Georgia n Jay New York.

  2. Lois Jacqueline Friedrich

    Karen, you are in my heart and in my prayers. So sorry for your loss. All God’s blessings to you and your family.

  3. Charles Culhane

    Linehan family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never forgotten they live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  4. Margaret Valentine

    Condolences to all the Linehan’s. What a life well lived service, family & friends.
    Rick & Margaret Valentine

  5. John Arthur Buckley

    There are no words to describe the wonder and privilege of having Pa and his family be a huge part of my life. The world has lost a real beaut. He was love incarnate.

  6. Myron and Peggy Masotta

    Karen and family,
    I am very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend to me and my family while growing up. Thank you Bob for being such a great friend and officer to the city of Woburn.

  7. The Linehan families, Very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I knew him for many years and always enjoyed seeing him at the Moose. My condolences to you all, Bob Connolly Jr.

  8. Patricia Andersen

    Karen & Family
    I am so sorry for your loss of your Dad your in my thoughts & prayers at this difficult time
    My Deepest Sympathy
    Patricia Andersen

  9. Jerry and Lois Surette

    Karen and family, May he rest in peace with your Mom , Michael and Cheryl Ann. Our Love, Lois and Jerry Surette and family

  10. Margarette Masotta

    To all the linehan children of Bob Linehan . He was a great human being when he was a police officer and a parent. He not only took care of his family but also gave much needed advice to many other residents by listening and keeping private their problems. Be proud that he was your dad. My prayers are with you. love margarette masotta

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