Robert Bob L. Catell

February 9, 1924January 19, 2013

Robert L. Catell, 88

Yarmouth – Robert L. Catell, 88, of Yarmouth died Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Falmouth. Bob was born in Bangor February 9, 1924 to Charles V. and Frances Blake (Leonard) Catell. Bob graduated from Bangor High School and attended the University of Maine in Orono. After the war broke out, Bob tried to enlist but was initially declared 4F and moved to New York City, where his father lived, getting a job as an electrical contractor. After having a freak accident in which an electrical shock caused him to be thrown 25 feet across a room, Bob learned that that the arrhythmia that had initially kept him out of the military was cured. He returned to Maine, enrolled at Maine Maritime Academy, graduated and served the rest of the war in the Merchant Marine. Bob credited his experience at MMA with providing the foundation for his success in life.

On June 18, 1945, Bob married his junior high school sweetheart, Cynthia Rich, and for 63 years this couple enjoyed a wonderful life filled with love, lasting friendships, job satisfaction and community involvement.

Bob began his career at New England Telephone climbing poles and splicing cables. As a result of his self-disciple and dedication to exemplary work Bob was promoted every year and half ending up as a lobbyist for AT&T working primarily at the state house in Augusta. Bob’s ability to listen, his easy way of communicating and respectful manner allowed him to present information in a logical way, providing insights and leading to rational decisions. His leadership was clearly demonstrated, when in the 1950s, he promoted 15 women to management positions.

Bob was President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, a Director of the New England Council for Economic Development, a Mason, a Lion, and a Rotarian. He also enjoyed regularly serving chowder at the South Freeport Congregational Church.

Bob was a man possessed with a natural curiosity of life and an openness and acceptance of all people. He was known to always do what was right. He was both a man’s man and a woman’s gentleman. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, doing fine woodworking and boating. His daughter and grandchildren have very fond memories of weekend breakfasts where an always cheerful Bob would serve up eggs, bacon, sausage and just about any variety of pancakes.

As Alzheimer’s began to take its toll on this remarkable man he was able to hang on to his great smile to the end – the kind of smile that spoke of loving acceptance and was a reflection of his soul. As conventional words began to escape him - he took on the words and gestures of the poets in describing life around him. He will be so greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his daughter Anne Catell and her husband George Samuels of Portsmouth, NH; his four grandchildren: Benjamin Pecora, Ki Pecora, Robert Pecora, and Adrienne Catell; and his brother Stanley Catell and his wife Elsie and their children Brian, Jimmy, Scott and Mark Catell. He was predeceased by his wife Cynthia who died January 17, 2010.

There will be a time of gathering and celebration of Bob’s life with family and friends on Thursday March 21, 2013 from 12 noon to 3 PM at Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Road, Falmouth.

Please visit to view a video collage of Bob’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Richard Mann

February 6, 2013

Hello - I'm sorry about your father. I believe he was a friend of my parents, William and Ellen Mann, and if I remember correctly, your parents and my parents were two of three (?) couples who owned a handsome wooden sailboat named the Gitana. Does that ring a bell?
At any rate, my condolences.
Richard Mann,

Lucie Cartaya

February 4, 2013

Dear Anne...

You, more than anyone, know the power of photographs and this gallery of images is so telling of the life your dear father enjoyed. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into what being his loving and loved daughter was like.


Diane Bessey

January 30, 2013

Dear Anne, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He sounds like a wonderful man who was loved by many, and he raised a very caring and talented daughter. Rest in the peace of knowing you gave him the love, respect and quality of life he so deserved for his life of kindness. Take care!

January 29, 2013

Bob Catell was the best friend and pal I ever had, a wonderful neighbor, always happy in love with life and his loving wife Cinthia. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy. Larry George

Joe & Lois Knapp

January 29, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Carolyn Mebert

January 29, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a wonderful person. We hope good memories keep him alive in your heart and comfort you.
All our best,
Carolyn and Arnie

January 28, 2013

Bob was my underclass section leader at MMA. In later years we were both members of the Portland Marine Society. Bob was a good friend and a true gentleman.
Monty Small - Stonington and Portland

Anita Baker Clark

January 27, 2013

Annie, So sorry to hear about your dad's passing (always Mr. Catell to me) isn't it amazing all the wonderful memories that come rushing in!! Both of your parents were so special to me growing up...they really showed all of us what love and caring for each other is all about...Hugs to you and your family...with love and sympathy,

Linda Redshaw-Emery

January 27, 2013

Hello Anne: Well, the memories of your dad and mom will always be in my mind while we went to school together. They were such good friends of my parents and the Bowlers. We called them the Bayview/Spring street gang. I will surely miss your dad. Anne and family, my thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. Linda Redshaw Emery

Kitsy Vroman

January 27, 2013

Anne and family,
Having known your father, he was a true joy! He and my Dad, Barry Vroman, shared a special friendship for many years. Rest assured, they are all up there having a party! May they rest in peace and the thoughts and memories we have shall always stay with us.
Take care.