OBITUARY

Robert Carey Kingsland

March 29, 1947June 22, 2012

Robert Carey Kingsland, 65, passed away in the early hours of June 22, 2012 at his Scituate home. The son of his dear parents Lawrence Kingsland and Margaret Fitz, Bob grew up in Cohasset after a formative childhood in Naples, Italy, and Karachi, Pakistan. At Cohasset High School, he starred in musical productions and endeared himself to many with his deeply inquisitive and magnetic personality. A record-setting pole vaulter on the Track & Field team at Brown University, Bob paused his studies to participate in the peace movement of the late ‘60s. He graduated with the class of 1970, concentrating in anthropology and studio art. After research as an underwater archaeologist in Guatemala, he co-founded the company U.S. Bells, through which he created innovative kinetic metal sculptures, mobiles, and bells influenced by Alexander Calder and the natural world. Bob also spent nearly 15 years in the commercial swordfishing industry as a harpooner and spotter pilot off George’s Bank, earning an instrument rating and 3200 airborne hours. In the last seventeen years of his life, Bob, a world-class welder, was a senior experimental machinist at the Boston University Scientific Instruments Facility, where he also pioneered its renowned Student Training Center. As director, he ensured his students’ safety and fostered their intellectual curiosity, and they honored him by establishing an award in his name. Bob inspired many with his dream of building a 50’ L, 14’ W steel sailboat, a functional work of art which he named Restless and launched in Scituate Harbor in June 2007 after thirty years of creation (www.sv-restless.com). Friends and family will never forget his joy finally sailing this floating sculpture. He was a voracious reader and a brilliant, adventurous, witty, and compassionate man. In others’ words—a legend. His commitment to his family, loyal friendship, and student mentorship were as meaningful to him as his art.

Always a trailblazer, Bob was unmatched in his passion and determination. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer on his 64th birthday last March, and was exceptionally brave and courageous in the face of the disease which took the life he loved so much. He is already deeply missed by his immediate family, with whom he shared a rare and special bond: Sandy, wife of twenty-eight years; daughters Haley (25, of San Francisco) and Brooke (23, of Boston); as well as his feisty parrot Hondo and faithful poodle Jasper. Bob also leaves behind his four fond siblings: Margaret, Larry, Richard, and Holly. Innumerable close friends and colleagues, in-laws, and other relatives will remember Bob’s insatiable zest for life, as will the communities of the BU Physics Department, Satuit Boat Club, and Scituate First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, where a celebration of Bob’s life will take place on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 3 PM. Reception to follow at the Lightkeeper’s House, 15 Lighthouse Lane, Cohasset. Both The Scituate Library Foundation (85 Branch Street, Scituate, MA, 02066), and the New England Wildlife Center (NEWC, 500 Columbian Street, South Weymouth, MA, 02190) are accepting donations in Bob’s memory. We love you, Bob.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, July 11, 2012
  • Reception Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Robert Carey Kingsland

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Emily Katz Williamson

July 15, 2013

Dear Sandy,

My apologies for this belated message, as I only today learned of your tragic loss. While I never had the opportunity to meet Bob, I will always remember how fondly you spoke of him and the courage with which you handled his horrendous diagnosis and illness.

I wish you and your family all the very best through the healing process. While it has been awhile, you remain in my thoughts and always will.

Love,
Emily

Stephen Morrison

July 17, 2012

Dear Sandy,Brooke and Haley,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and will be with you and the days and months ahead.

Life is about great memories in life. You three ladies are all set with all of the memories you shared during Bob's service. Days ahead will be tough but with his fine memories, you will be able to smile :) .

Bob was and will always be a major inspiration in my life. OX

Stephen and Theresa and Family OXOXOX

Sharon O'Connell

July 13, 2012

Sandy, So sorry to hear such sad news. Hugs to you. You and your family are in my prayers.

Robert O'Hayre

July 12, 2012

"There is a level that certain people with great strength of character and dignity will rise to when the events of the time call for it.There are times that call for an unconditional love and support that not everybody can measure up to, but Bob Kingsland could, and he did. In the darkest time of my life, he held me up when I could not hold myself up, and he helped me to fulfill tasks that I would not have been able to do by myself. That was the kind of man Bob Kingsland was."

Smooth sailing and a fair wind, Bob.

Shannon Murray

July 11, 2012

Haley & Brooke,
We have never actually met.I have met your dad, and I have been friends with your mom for four decades. Our family has received wonderful pictures and letters offering a glimpse into your family story with an extraordinary father at the helm. Our sincere thoughts and prayers to all of you.
And Dear Sandy,
We are so impressed by all that Bob has accomplished and feel blessed to have followed your family story from afar.We think that Bob smiled a lot in his lifetime,wherever his eyes came to rest.
Love,
Shannon, Dave, Patrick, and Seamus
Colorado

Brad White

July 11, 2012

Dear Kingsland Family,
While I did not know Bob for very long, I was inspired by his proud craftsmanship, love for the ocean and family. Not only a nice man, good citizen and well loved friend, a person who achieved much and taught others to dream and reach for the stars. Not many like Bob on our earth. May he rest in peace and God Speed Bob.

Nate and Vicki

July 10, 2012

Dear Sandi, Haley and Brooke,

The times we spent together were too few, but always involved the ocean, good stories and many smiles. His ship was a dream realized, and his dreams still live in each of you. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

Nate and Vicki

Lyn Congdon-Previte

July 10, 2012

To Bobby's Family,
Warm heart, bright mind, made such a difference in the world for so many of us.
Fun, loving and nspirational- one heck of a handsome of a man.
You will be so missed...what is the sense of all this...

Umberto Fazio

July 10, 2012

I worked with Bob for over 15 years and I can say that he was one that always calmed me down. His famous words to me were always, "Don't worry, you worry to much". He drilled that into my head, making me feel so relaxed and confident that things will work out in the end. He was always there for me when I needed help and I for him. I will miss him being in his corner shop helping the students at BU. Bob, you have taught me a lot in life and work, had some great laughs, and I loved sharing stories with you. I will forever miss you and when ever I hear the question asked jokingly towards me, "How many times do I have to tell you" I will always think of you. Love you buddy.

July 10, 2012

He made us smile and laugh and we're so sad to see him go. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong.

Love, Martha and Kent