OBITUARY

Robert L. Willard Sr.

April 11, 1959August 10, 2019
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Robert L. Willard, Sr. “Bob”, 60, a resident of Keene, NH passed away at his home on Saturday, August 10, 2019.

He was born April 11, 1959 in Norwich, CT., the son of Arthur and Antoinette (Marcinak) Willard. He was a 1978 graduate of Wyman Memorial High School.

Growing up his family operated a flower farm and he grew up with a keen appreciation for flowers. His family was also very close and he enjoyed spending time with them.

For many years Bob worked for Timken in Keene. He also worked for the Keene Sentinel part-time. He had a very strong work ethic, which he passed along to his sons. He was also a member of the Lebanon, CT Fire Department and also a company out of Michigan.

Bob loved being in the outdoors; hiking, fishing and simply enjoying the beauty of nature. He also enjoyed woodworking and was an excellent craftsman, creating clocks, flower boxes and magazine racks.

On May 22, 1982 he married the love of his life, Dianne Warner. He was a devoted husband and loving Dad.

Bob also enjoyed the quiet solitude of simply being at home, reading a good book, working on a puzzle or watching his favorite episode of Star Trek. He was also an avid animal lover and enjoyed sharing his home with many pets throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne; his sons, Robert L. Willard, II, Aaron J. Willard and Matthew E. Willard; his mother, Antoinette “Toni” Willard; his sisters, Charlene Fuller and her husband Adam and Theresa Norton and her husband William and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH from 1 to 3pm.

Bob had his share of struggles in life. One of these was his diagnosis with Parkinson’s. He was always hopeful for what research might come along and was always supportive of organizations that provide funding. With this in mind, Bob’s family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, New Hampshire Chapter, PO Box 183, Londonderry, NH 03053.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Audrey Halcott

August 14, 2019

I grew up with Bob and went to school with him Lyman Memorial High Lebanon Ct. class of 1978. He was best man for my 1st wedding.I was lucky to attend his wedding in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral of the pines. Bob was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. He will be remembered as a kind and caring person. My condolences go out to his family. Rest in Peace my friend. Sincerely, Audrey Halcott

stacy geno

August 13, 2019

Bob,
The Keene Sentinel family is sad to hear of your passing. You were the joy of the "dock". There wasn't a day or night that went by that you didn't have a smile and quick with a joke. We all are going to miss you. We hope that you are Flying High and Catching Fish. We miss you already dear friend.
Love, The Keene Sentinel Family

Dennis Fisher

August 13, 2019

Weekends won't be the same without you being able to take part in them. Rest in peace my friend, Dennis

Kathy Fisher

August 12, 2019

Bob I miss you,
You have been there for my ups and my downs.
I will miss you coming over every Sunday to hang out,have beer and snacks,watch television,have supper and play cards.
Who will be my companion go see a star wars movies now?
My Sundays are going to be empty without you in them.
RIP my friend
Until we meet again
Don't cause to much trouble up there or they might throw you out!!

Sarah O'Neal

August 12, 2019

Bob I will miss you and your jokes and smile,fly high my friend,catch lots of fish

Stacy Geno

August 12, 2019

Bob Willard, I am going to miss you. You always had a joke or a smiling face for us to see. Whether it was winter, spring, summer or fall I always saw you with a smile. Fly high and keep smiling

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