Robert P. Engelmann

January 12, 1929June 4, 2020

On June 4, 2020, at the age of 91, Robert Paul Engelmann passed away in the comfort of his home in East Orleans, Massachusetts. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1929, he was the youngest child of the late Charles John Engelmann and Charlotte Engelmann née Greenwald. He was preceded in death by his siblings Charles, George, and Madeline. Bob retired from the US Air Force as a Technical Sergeant after serving 20 years, including time during the Korean War, where he was a machinist.

Shortly after his retirement from the Air Force, he moved to East Orleans and was self-employed as a builder for many years in the area. He built his home alongside his wife Claudia in 1986. During this time, he could often be found drinking coffee with the guys at Nonnie’s in Orleans.

In addition to spending time with his beloved family and friends, he enjoyed travelling with his wife. They visited Bellows Air Force base in Waimanalo, Hawaii every winter for 25 years. They also made numerous trips to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where Bob enjoyed learning about his German heritage, as well as visiting the casino and indulging his well-known sweet tooth.

Bob never had a bad thing to say about anyone and could always be counted on to entertain his loved ones with affectionate teasing, little known facts or one of his many great stories. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Claudia, his four children, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many other dear relatives and friends.

A committal service with Military funeral honors will be held at Bourne National Cemetery on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:15am.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


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Gloria Goodrich

June 9, 2020

It is with great sadness I learned that Bobby passed away. I've known Bobby for over 40 years. A nicer man you'll never find. I knew when I visited them that he was the one for her. He worshiped Claudia as she did him. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Edward Maas

June 8, 2020

We met Bob and Claudia in 1985 and have been blessed to be their neighbors for many years. Bob was an amazing man and we loved him. Bob helped with our house and his advice when we bought the Orleans Inn. His knowledge and care for others was ever present.

william overton

June 6, 2020

Rest in Peace Bob!