Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Robert Blackwell

October 19, 1936May 13, 2017

PORTLAND Robert Leon Blackwell, 80, of Portland passed away peacefully at Gosnell on May 13, 2017.

Robert was a well-educated man. Not only did he win many spelling bees as a teenager but he also excelled in his pursuit of higher education. Robert attended Bates College where he received a Liberal Arts degree and Rutgers where he earned his Masters in Library Science. This fueled a passionate 42 year career as a Librarian in Newark New Jersey and also led to many years of volunteer work at the Portland Public Library.

When Robert wasn’t nosing around in any of the many books he had access to, you could often times find him playing an active role within the Clark Memorial Methodist Church either as a member of the choir or the treasurer.

Robert is survived by his brother, Peter Blackwell, of South Portland Maine.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th from 10-11 followed by a service at 11 at Jones, Rich & Barnes 199 Woodford Street Portland Maine. Burial at Pine Grove will immediately follow the service.

Arrangements under the direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, Portland, ME.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • Burial

    Thursday, May 18, 2017


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George Hawley

June 8, 2017

Bob was the backbone of our statewide New Jersey reference services. His knowledge of Newark was encyclopedic and unfailing even after 11 years of retirement. Bob stayed calm, cheerful and supportive even when the work pace was hectic. He would gladly research and proofread for others without seeking recognition for himself.
(Statement of the supervisor of Newark Public Library's New Jersey Information Center.)

May 19, 2017

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a lovely man. No one at the Newark Public Library ever had a bad word to say about him. My condolences to his family.
Joanne Tricarico
Elizabeth, NJ

Aron and Cindy Storck

May 18, 2017

Peter- So sad to read of Robert's passing. Brothers are special people in one's life and we share your loss. So glad my dad and I got to connect with you both 2 years ago. May he rest in peace with the Lord.

May 18, 2017


I remember meeting you and Robert when I was a teenager and remember your dad, Leon and mother Barbara. My Dad, Warren Blackwell was your first cousin. I'm thinking of you today and was sorry to hear the news about Robert.

Ruth Blackwell Horwitch

Candace Henriksson

May 18, 2017

Dear Peter,
May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. For the past seven years, I volunteered with Bob at the Portland Public Library. He was more than a colleague. He became a good and kind friend. I will miss him, and will try to always remember the good times that we shared working together.

Ms. L.

May 17, 2017

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was an excellent librarian, truly an asset to the Newark Public Library.

Condolences to family and friends.

Ann Miele

May 17, 2017

A wonderful, wonderful man. So many happy memories from our days at the Newark Public Library.
Ann Miele Caldwell, N.J.

Mark Usinger

May 17, 2017

My deepest sympathies from a fellow Rutgers College graduate.
Mark Usinger RC'77

Tom A.

May 17, 2017

Bob was such a nice man. He visited the Newark Public Library twice a year, and was always warm and gracious. I will miss him.


May 17, 2017

To the Robert Leon Blackwell family I'm sorry for the loss of your love one, may the loving support of your family and friends and prayers sustain you through this very difficult time.Read Matt.11:28-30


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