Robert L. “Bob” Whitcomb, 75, of Ware, died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center following a brief illness with cancer.
He leaves his beloved wife of 19 years, Suzanne M. (Ando) Whitcomb, sister, Suellen Stott and her husband Thomas of New Braintree, sisters-in-law, Cheryl Dupre of Murrells Inlet, SC and Laurie Ando of Leominster. He was predeceased by his sister and brother, and brother-in-law, Richard Dupre of Murrells Inlet, SC. He was born in Ware, son of the late Everett and Bertha (Lyman) Whitcomb and lived here most of his adult life.
At age 20, Mr. Whitcomb was inducted into the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Among other medals, he was awarded the Purple Heart for having been wounded in combat. He was very proud of his country and his service. He remained active in the former VFW Post 2577 and the American Legion Post 123 of Ware. Serving as Commander and Post Historian respectively.
Robert worked at Kanzaki Specialty Papers for 42 years, 7 months and 1 day. His words.
He was a kind, loving and helpful to all. He loved his German Shepherd Dogs, Levi and Lacey. Bob loved to travel to vacation destinations that included beaches and casinos. He enjoyed Texas Hold ‘Em and Scat card games. He was an avid sports fan of NASCAR, football and baseball.
Due to Covid capacity restrictions, a private, by invitation only Funeral Service with Military Honors, will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam where he will be laid to rest. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Build Program, 268 Cold Spring Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089 or at www.habitatspringfield.org
Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity, Veterans Build Program
268 Cold Spring Avenue, West Springfield MA 01089