Robert William Soukup, 73, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Cates House, Hospice of Marion County in Ocala, Florida on January 31, 2021.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts on January 20,1948; Bob was the son of Robert S. and Alyce (Desmond) Soukup. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1965 and went on to attend Boston College where he received his BA in business administration in 1969. Bob also held an MBA from New Hampshire College.
Bob retired from Meggitt, USA in 2013 as an SVP of Administration and Treasurer. Prior to his role at Meggitt, Bob was a Program Finance Manager with Norden and a Field Program Administration manager with GTE. His career started in 1969 at Sanders in Nashua NH where he began many lifelong friendships.
Bob was an avid photographer and traveler. He often had his camera by his side waiting to capture special moments for friends, children and grandchildren. In his early career, he enjoyed traveling throughout the Midwest working in areas of Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and New Mexico. It was during this time that he developed a passion for our county’s national Parks. Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed driving across the USA and Canada visiting his favorites spots like Crazy Horse Memorial. He frequently attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and always came home with a new favorite artist or song. He also traveled with his wife Debi throughout Europe on river cruises and cherished his time on Safari in Africa.
While in New Hampshire, Bob loved cross-country skiing in the woods of Franconia Notch, rafting down the White Mountain rivers, and kayaking in the oceans and lakes of both coasts. Bob had a passion for making others feel festive and special. He often surprised others with thoughtful gestures and made decorating for holidays (especially Halloween) a large priority for the neighborhood kids. Bob was a coach of both Little League Baseball and Girls Softball teams. He poured himself into teaching his teams to improve as ‘humans” as well as players. Bob enjoyed hiking trails and creating memories with his kids and grandkids. If you were a friend of Bob you needed to be prepared for unexpected visits which he would later dub “Soukup” field trips. Bob loved music. A true New Englander, Bob made sure those he loved dined on “real lobster rolls,” authentic Whoopee Pies, and Kelly’s roast beef sandwiches.
Bob was a “Presidents Circle Member” of The Baseball Hall of Fame and a passionate collector. He enjoyed trips to Cooperstown during the annual HOF Induction ceremonies. He was a New England sports fan which meant Red Sox, Celtics and Patriot games were always on TV or radio.
Bob was constantly involved in projects for his community to help make things better. Bob supported friends whenever they needed it. He never looked for recognition for whatever he did.
Bob is survived by his wife, Debi and his two children: Kristin Ndiaye and her husband Momar, and Jason Soukup and his wife, Kari. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Aneesa Ndiaye, Jayla Ndiaye, Lawson Soukup, and Vida Vasquez and his brother, John Soukup and his wife, Kathy.
A private family event will happen during the summer of 2021 in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your own choosing