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Robert McAllister (1923 - 2014)

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Robert (Bob) L. McAllister

Salisbury-Robert L. McAllister, 90, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully, at his home, on Sunday, July 6th, 2014. Bob was born in Salisbury; he was the youngest son of the late Joseph James McAllister and Ida May Ruark McAllister, both of Salisbury. Bob attended the Phillips Country School and graduated from Wicomico High School before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. During WWII, he was a B-25 pilot and instructor. He was preparing for the invasion of Japan, when the war came to an end. Bob was honorably discharged in 1946. After the war, he returned to Salisbury with his new wife, Mary Jane Showers, and began a 12 year career with Shore Distributors. Following his employment with Shore Distributors, Bob worked for Chesapeake Utilities and remained there until his retirement in 1993. Historically, Bob was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Salisbury, Elks Lodge #817, American Legion, Post 64 and American Legion, Post 10, Wenatchee, WA. Bob's main hobby was socializing. He loved children and always had a little treat for a joyful face. His smile and character will be remembered by all he touched. Later in life, Bob became a member of the Clan McAlister of America and graciously participated in the Family Tree, McAlister DNA project. The results of the test, connected him and his family, with new cousins through out the country and enabled genealogical findings which trace his ancestry to Patrick McCollister of Dorchester County. Patrick immigrated to Maryland, from Scotland, in c.1680, as an indentured servant to Col. David Browne of Somerset County. Bob's DNA contribution will continue to connect his family and future McAllisters to new family cousins world-wide. He is survived by his son, Michael L. (Salisbury), daughter, M. Anne Fitzgerald (Ketchikan, AK), grandchildren, Colin M. and his wife, Stephanie (Salisbury), Kevin C. and his wife, Melissa (West Palm Beach, FL), Emily Fitzgerald, (Seattle, WA) and Conor Fitzgerald, (Ketchikan, AK), g-grandchildren, Ava, (West Palm Beach, FL), Eliza and Oliver, both of Salisbury. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death, by his wife, Mary Jane Showers, and his two older brothers, Joseph Russell McAllister and Col. Walter L. McAllister, USAF (Ret.). The family would like to especially thank, care giver Natalie Crouse and the extraordinary nurses, aids and volunteers from Coastal Hospice who provided outstanding care and guidance, during the last 6 months of Bob's life.

Poem, in his memory, by daughter, Anne Fitzgerald:

Rock of Ages:

Old Man-

sitting in a chair,-

rocking back-

not a care.-

Eyes remembering-

tightly closed,-

rehashing memories,-

nobody knows.-

Rockin' babies-

maybe me,-

or swinging again-

from that old tree.-

The short term-

long faded-

replaced by wrinkles and grey,-

stories of mules-

toiling back in the day,-

and friends-

he once knew,-

now long gone away.-

My dog will lay with him-

cause I think she knows-

there's a time soon coming-

when his eyes permanently close.-

Then I'll be rocking-

in my own chair,-

on the grass,-

as the Sergeant plays Taps -

a great one has passed.-

A private service will be held at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, in Hurlock, MD this week. Contributions may be made, in his memory, to Coastal Hospice, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, MD, 21802.

Published in The Daily Times on July 9, 2014
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