Robert Joseph McNish

January 2, 1932June 16, 2021

COLUMBIA Robert Joseph “Bob” McNish, husband of Eleanor Spruill McNish, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021, of Alzheimer’s and other complications, at Still Hopes. A memorial service will be held at St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church, Kinley Road, Irmo at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2021. Burial will be at a later date in the family plot in Tennessee. Born January 2, 1932, he was the youngest of five children, a son of Mack Leonard and Minerva Howard McNish, in Jefferson City, TN. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, South Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following service in Korea, he was assigned to the Air Force Operational Testing Center at Eglin AFB, in Florida. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1958. He worked for Molded Products Co., Moulded Fiber Glass Co., Koppers Co., and Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co., in Bristol, VA, Shakespeare Co. in Newberry, SC and Columbia, SC and PPG Industries, Inc., in Columbia, SC, and Pittsburgh, PA. He retired in 1997 from the fiberglass industry after 39.5 years. He was instrumental in the early development, production, sales and marketing of fiberglass radomes, pultrusion products and light poles. He was associated professionally with the Society of Plastic Engineers, American Society of Testing and Materials, NEMA Committee for Distribution and Transmission Hardware, International Illuminating Society, ASTM Committee for Highway Materials and the Society of Plastics Industry. Following retirement, he was a van driver for the Senior Program at Irmo Chapin Recreation Center, Seven Oaks Park in Irmo, SC. In 2008, he was awarded Irmo Chapin Recreation Center’s Community Spirit Award. He was also a volunteer for Adopt-A-Highway Program and Meals-on-Wheels. He worked part-time for Irmo Auto Supply. He was a member of St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church, Irmo, SC. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his son, Robert Joseph McNish, Jr.; his daughter, Leslie McNish (Kim); his grandson, Jared Mathia and his sister, Katy Miller; stepdaughter, Norie Smith; stepson, Stewart Smith (Lorraine); stepson, Edmund Smith (Stephanie); sisters-in-law, Louisa Mack Riddick (Dan), Marion Spruill; brothers-in-law, James Spruill (Sarah) and W. Duvall Spruill (Jody, deceased); five stepgrandchildren, Alex (Hannah), Daniel (Sarah), Caroline and Rebecca Smith; and his Godson, Foster Smith. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Eula and Polly; and a brother, Mack McNish, Jr. The family wants to thank the staff at Still Hopes for their excellent care. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church, and at the home after the service, where lunch will be served. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pets, Inc., 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169, the first home of his beloved cat Diablo, or to a charity of one’s choice. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


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Larry & Barbara Partrich

June 18, 2021

We send our condolences to Bob’s family. The happy memories of our children growing up in the Seven Oaks community, attending Seven Oaks Elementary, Irmo Middle & Irmo HS, are precious. Bob was the most interesting individual I’ve had the privilege of knowing. This is an understatement. Bob’s personality is reflected in Joe who, for several years, was one of my “other sons”. As you miss him, think of the marvelous memories this renaissance man left you. Sending love from the Partrich’s.
(Barbara Partrich)