Robert W. Till

16 juin 193327 août 2020

MARBLEHEAD - Robert Wellington Till, age 87, died of cancer on August 27, 2020 at home in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years Lillian (Gillis) Till of Marblehead, his daughter Brenda (Till) Dumais and husband David Dumais of Marblehead and their three children Derek, Ryan and Mandy Dumais; his daughter Susan Till and husband Gilbert Brennan and their son Teddy Brennan of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; and his sister Marilyn (Till) Campbell of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He is predeceased by his father Raymond Coombs Till and mother Ann (Laskey) Till both of Marblehead and sisters Virginia (Till) Torney of Owl’s Head, Maine and Elizabeth (Till) Earl of Spruce Head, Maine. Bob was born on June 16, 1933 in Marblehead at the old Mary Alley Hospital. A standout baseball player and avid football enthusiast, Bob graduated from Marblehead High School in 1951 and attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont graduating in 1955. He then served in the U.S. Army armored division in Europe. Bob joined the Perini Construction Company in Chicago, Illinois returning to Marblehead and continuing his career as a comptroller working on large regional projects including the Prudential Building and Sumner Tunnel in Boston, MA. He was a loving family man devoting himself to his children and grandchildren’s many activities. A true “Marbleheader”, Bob was dedicated to the town he loved and shared his time with many organizations. As an elected Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Bob oversaw the creation of the Green Street soccer field and skating rink as well as the first town soccer field at the High School. He also spearheaded preservation of the Town Wharf providing a quiet place to sit and observe the harbor activities. A true sports enthusiast, Bob was active with both the Marblehead Boosters and Magicians Gridiron clubs supporting youth sports. His passion for football was most evident in his 50+ year commitment to working the sideline chains for the High School football program. You could find Bob at home games up until this past season at age 86. In recognition of his extraordinary effort, the Marblehead Athletic Department awarded Bob with an honorary “Chain Gang” award for his lifetime dedication to the kids of Marblehead. In addition to Bob’s volunteerism in support of youth sports, he served on the Board of Investment for the Marblehead Bank and was an active member of the Elks and Masons. Bob and Lillian were active members of the Rockland, Maine Golf Club for more than twenty-five years and spent many a summer day at the Swampscott Beach Club. Bob was never far from the sea and enjoyed vacationing in Sanibel Island, Florida; Spruce Head, Maine; and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Whether walking along the sand or around downtown Marblehead, Bob remained very active right up to his last days. Neighbors cherished their chats across the wall and bounty from the Watson Street garden of which he took great pride and care. His family and friends will always remember his cheerful smile, quick wit, humor, generosity of time and care to many. Marblehead Forever! The family would like to thank Care Dimensions and NeighborGood Care for their compassion. Funeral services will be private, and a celebration of life will take place at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Magicians Gridiron Club at P.O. Box 505, Marblehead, MA 01945.


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Robert W. Till

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Patricia Green

octobre 8, 2020

Through 1983,, I worked under Bob as his Cost Accountant. I am so sad to learn of his passing. He is certainly one of my fondest memories of my time spent at Perini Corporation. I know he was a devoted husband and father and he will be greatly missed.🙏

Beth Terry

septembre 17, 2020

Bob Till was such a warm and generous man, full of humor. I loved the way he greeted everyone -- so full of smiles and always a funny comment. Even though I had not seen him in a long time, I bet he had not changed in all these years. I will always see him walking on the Sanibel beach collecting shells. The best of men. Love to all the Tills!

Nancy Glover

septembre 7, 2020

Bob was the best neighbor anyone has ever had! He was the unofficial president of the Watson St Garden Club. Helping everyone to grow the finest flowers. We tended the “community garden” which was formerly a patch of weeds together. Bob was friendly to everyone, inviting his neighbors and friends to walk down and enjoy the high school football games. His large garden was the pride of the neighborhood! His smile and stories of Marblehead history kept us all entertained and educated about our town. He will be sorely missed by all.

Perry Pratt

septembre 1, 2020

We moved across the street from Blanch Grey’s funeral home in 1976. There was this guy who shoveled the snow and in the spring mowed the lawn. That guy was Bob Till. We rented three parking spaces and a garage from Blanch. So I would see Bob on frequent occasions and often we chatted, mostly about the neighbors. Bob always had a smile, the odd curse and never a bad word about any one. He was a good and cherished friend. I will miss him.

Mike Morris

août 31, 2020

To the extended Till family,
To call Mr Till a good guy would be a true injustice. He was a great guy, he loved his sports and loved his town. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Mike Morris

Tom Driscoll

août 31, 2020

I did not know Bob well, but worked along side of him at the Thanksgiving game for five or so years as part of the Swampscott "Chain Gang. "

At those games we worked a mixed crew to keep things honest...lol!

He was a gentleman and we enjoyed updating one another about the year that had passed. No one loved his town more than Bob!


Tom Driscoll

Tony Pratt

août 31, 2020

I live right across from 45 Pleasant street and would frequently see Bob, always in shorts, not matter the season, tending to the property. Bob always had a minute to shoot the breeze and catch up on our neighborhood comings and goings.

My family recently joined The Beach Club, and last summer Bob would show up like clockwork at noon since it was "all out". He'd have his sunglasses and baseball hat on and would enjoy a dip in the pool on a hot summer day. A few minutes before "all in" was called, and the chaos of all the kids swimming would begin, Bob would dry off and be on his merry way! We'll miss him!

Sherry Maspons

août 29, 2020

Bob was such an inspiration, so kind and compassionate. Such a caring, loving neighbor. I miss you my friend.

Edward H. Cowden

août 29, 2020

We wish to pay our respects and condolences to Lil
and family for the loss of Bob. He was such a nice person
and very thoughtful to everyone. I served with Bob
for Twenty years at the Marblehead Bank and he was
such a knowledgeable man and very helpful to the bank
and a wonderful promoter of Marblehead and so
knowledgeable of the Town's history and he just made
everyone feel welcome. We will miss him and we will
pray for his family, God Bless Them.
The Cowden Family

Jean Glennon

août 29, 2020

I will miss your wit and wisdom in our chats by your beautiful garden, also your spot-on weather forecasts. The best neighbor ever!