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Robert William Whiting
  • July 24, 1950
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  • August 25, 2022

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Robert William Whiting of Weaverville, NC and The Villages, FL passed away at home on August 25, 2022.  He was born in Ilion, NY to Stanley and Dorothy Nelson Whiting on July 24,1950.  He was a Pentucket Regional High School (W. Newbury, MA) 1968 graduate and a 1972 graduate of Plymouth State College in NH.  He served in the Army Security Agency from 1972-1975.  He was stationed in Misawa Air Base in Japan with his wife, after which he received a degree in business from Salem State College (MA).  He recently retired from a 43 year career of marketing steel products, working for Cape Ann Forge (MA), RI Forging Steel, Erie Forge and Steel (PA) and finally Steel Marketing and Management which he co-owned.  He loved his work so much that he said he felt like he never worked a day in his life.

 

Bob was a lover of life, fun to be around, and never met a stranger. A true social butterfly.  He enjoyed hearing people’s stories and took a genuine interest in his family’s and friends’ lives.  He was well-loved as a coach for kids of all ages, especially baseball, but also soccer and basketball.  He had a passion for doing house and yard projects and often helped out family and friends.  He and his wife enjoyed cycling, camping on the Toe River, music, pickleball, travelling, and entertaining.

 

Bob was most proud of his family and their love for each other. Every year a high priority for him was planning a beach vacation for the family.  Walking his daughter down the aisle five years ago, listening to sons Aaron and Nate play/sing music, especially their originals, helping Shawn on projects, and enjoying his grands were important moments in his life.  He took a special interest in his son Nathan’s barbecue business Iron and Oak.

 

Bob (AKA Whitey) is survived by his wife of 49 years Marcia Clough Whiting, sons Shawn (Kelly) of Saxonburg, PA, Nathan of Ashville, NC, and  Aaron of Moab, UT, daughter Randi Lee Skiba (Tyler) of Pittsburgh, PA,  three adorable granddaughters Gemma Jo, Ella Ann, and Denali, his 95 year old mother Dorothy Whiting of Merrimac, MA, sisters Connie Haberkern, Deb Jones, Sue Whiting,  and countless other family members.  He is preceded in death by his father, Stanley Whiting.

 

There are 3 celebrations of life planned (and one TBA later in FL):

Sept. 12th  4:00-7:00   Open House at Riverside Rhapsody Brewery, 995 Riverside Dr. Woodfin, NC 28804

Bring Bob stories, chairs, musical instruments.

Sept. 14th   5:00-8:00  Potluck dinner at St. Francis Parish Center, 8880 Main St, McKean, PA 16426

Bring a potluck dish (serving 8-10), Bob stories,

Sept. 18th   12:00-3:00  Celebration of Life at Newburyport Elks Function Hall, 25 Low St. Newburyport, MA 01950

Ceremony beginning at noon.  Bring Bob stories.

 

In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to one of the following charities:

American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 / website cancer.org / (800) 227-2345

Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675 / website woundedwarriorproject.org

(877) 832-6997

UNICEF (Ukraine children) 125 Maiden Ln. NY, NY 10038 (write Ukraine children in memory of Robert Whiting on

the check / (800) 367-5437


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  1. Daniel J McLaughlin says:
    19 Sep 2022
    A few people asked me about the readings I did yesterday at Bob's Celebration of Life, some were touched by their words and some couldn't hear them. So I decided to post links for the two poems and perhaps an occasional reading will bring back a fond memory of the day we celebrated Bob's life. It was a pleasure meeting so many of Bob's friends and family, some for the first time and some in many years. I know Bob will always be in our memories and his 'Dash' will be told and retold by us all. Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke and The Dash Between | by Ron Tranmer

    I'm afraid the links can't be posted on this site (or maybe I can't post them) but you can high light them and do a search and it will take you there.

  2. Sandy Turner says:
    09 Sep 2022
    I only knew Bob for a few years but immediately enjoyed his humor and attitude on life. He was a an extraordinary athlete that would do several sports in one day, and after a busy day he rightly enjoyed his Gin and tonics! His laughter was infectious and his story telling was always interesting. RIP my friend!

  3. Dan McLaughlin says:
    09 Sep 2022
    66 years ago our paths crossed walking to our first day of elementary school. A lot of years, so many memories, I've lost another brother. To Marcia and all of Bob's family, my deepest sympathy and to all of us who knew him and loved him, he will always be remembered.

  4. Sandy Turner says:
    08 Sep 2022
    I only knew Bob a few years in The Villages, but it didn’t take long for me to enjoy his company. He was a multi-sport guy that enjoyed the camaraderie and the competition. Most important Bob loved his family and their kids.

  5. Jeff Burgess says:
    08 Sep 2022
    Bob was a gem. I worked with him for years in the steel industry. Always positive and would greet me with, "Jeffrey, my friend." He was a great person and the world would be a better place with more like him! Rest in peace, my friend.

  6. Jeff Burgess says:
    08 Sep 2022
    Bob was a true gem. I worked with him in The Industry for years. He always greeted me with, "Jeffrey, my friend." He was a friend and a great person!

  7. Sharon McNeill says:
    06 Sep 2022
    Going to miss you Bobby. The first person I met in the villages. Always smiling and never complaining. No more pain. Saving this tee shirt my Pickleball buddy until we can play again banger! We will always ring the bell in your honor. Nurse Sharon

  8. 6ZTJ lit a candle:
    06 Sep 2022
    Lit since September 6, 2022 at 9:40:32 PM

  9. Sharon McNeill says:
    06 Sep 2022
    My Pickleball buddy in the villages. The first person I met there always smiling. ❤️ My heart hurts but i know you are no longer in pain. He could say Sharon a mile away and i knew it was him. Never complaining but optimistic no matter what. Will keep our tee shirt until i can play with you again banging across the net. Nurse Sharon

  10. Barry Lavay says:
    06 Sep 2022
    Bob Whiting
    I first met Bob as a freshman at Plymouth State University. Bob was a sophomore, and he took me under his wing since he was a year ahead of me in school. He really helped me with school as we both had the same major, physical education. He encouraged me to pledge Lambda Chi and he was one of the 5 members that started the fraternity. In those days I was struck by the fact that Bob was not only a good person that would help anyone, but also very mature and goal orientated. I also admired Bob and Marsha’s relationship which was very loving and strong. Bob you will be missed by your family and all the friends you made over the many years! Much Love to Marcia and her family Barry Lavay

  11. Ken & Carolyn Melanson says:
    05 Sep 2022
    Bob was such a wonderful neighbor to our daughter, Sara. He spent so much time helping her and trimming all those apple trees. We shared so many laughs trimming those trees in spite of all the hard work. Bob loved his craft beer and will miss running into him at Blue Mountain Pizza in Weaverville. He was such a caring and giving man; he will be missed. We were sorry to see him sell the home next to Sara and missed seeing him every time we visited. Our condolences to Marcia and all the family....

  12. Ken & Carolyn Melanson says:
    05 Sep 2022
    Bob was such a terrific guy. He looked after our daughter, Sara, on Highland St. for years. We cut so many apple trees with this man and laughed the entire time in spite of all the hard work. He gave his heart & soul to everyone he met. He loved his craft beer and pizza. Loved running into him at Blue Mountain Pizza in Weaverville. We were sorry to see him leave and not be Sara's neighbor; he was such a kind mind. He will be missed....our condolence to Marcia and his family.

  13. Ron Gardrel says:
    05 Sep 2022
    Memories of Bob, from elementary school through high school will live with me forever. I'll never forget a group of us filling his parent's bathtub with sap one winter until we had enough to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!! My condolences to Marcia and family. Bobby.... I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be your friend and my life is better for that. RIP, my friend.

  14. Cindy Trickett says:
    05 Sep 2022
    Bob was such a special fun loving guy! Growing up next store to him he was like a brother to me! We had great times with friends in our back yard! Bob always brought a smile to your face and had you laughing! Our deepest sympathy to all of the family!

  15. Michael Flynn says:
    04 Sep 2022
    Bob, I have so many happy memories of you in my life.
    Rest In Peace.

  16. Michael Flynn says:
    04 Sep 2022
    Bob, I have Some great memories of you in school and remember some good times. May you R.I.P.

  17. Sharon Benjamin says:
    03 Sep 2022
    BOB WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST..GONE WAY TOO SOON,DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ALL HIS LOVED ONES,RIP

  18. David LeBlanc says:
    03 Sep 2022
    So sorry for your loss. Bob was one of my favorite people when we did business together. Always with a cheerful smile and a laugh I will always remember. God truly blessed me letting me know him.

  19. LlHS96 says:
    03 Sep 2022
    Many memories: gatherings in Amesbury, Stoneham n Lincoln, R. I. Camping at Hermit Island n R.I coast. Though time n location separated us, you both were always in our thoughts and most recently in our prayers. His laugh and smile were infectious. He’s smiling down on all of us now. Till we meet again, God Bless you Bob and your family.

  20. John Nagy says:
    02 Sep 2022
    Rest in Eternal Peace Brother, see you on the other side..

  21. Anthony says:
    02 Sep 2022
    Recall him hassling us a teenagers about our half truths about what we had been up to or where we were going. He was always two steps ahead of us. Also, he never let me live down the time a pop up missed my glove and pounded me in the head. He was a great coach and neighbor. Glad to know him. RIP.

  22. Marilyn Dutton says:
    02 Sep 2022
    RIP my friend and classmate, I will miss your smile and your friendly chats.

  23. Pete Grandmaison says:
    02 Sep 2022
    We had some great times both on and off the field Bobby. Will never forget out CAL League Championship baseball team ( Pentucket Sachems ). Best second baseman I ever played with. Touch all the bases in Heaven Bobby and Rest in Heavenly Peace !!!!!

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