BERLIN - Robert C. "Bob" Mack, 78, a longtime resident of Waterbury and more recently of Berlin, passed away at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington Sunday morning, March 2, 2014.
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Born in Burlington April 13, 1935, he was the son of the late James A. and Isabelle (Smith) Mack.
On Nov. 7, 1959, he married the former Elaine St. Onge in Waterbury.
Bob was a 1953 graduate of Richmond High School and went on to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War with the 82nd Airborne, and was discharged at the rank of sergeant first class in 1959.
Returning to Vermont, Bob worked for Lane Construction building Interstate 89 and then went on to be employed as an insurance salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in the greater central Vermont area. In 1966, Bob was offered a position at IBM in Essex, where he worked until his retirement in 1985.
In 1960, Bob was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and despite this progressive disease he not only lived with its effects for 54 years but led a full and active life that included hunting, boating and fishing on Lake Champlain, and enjoying his camps at Lake Iroquois and Camels Hump.
In his earlier years, he was remembered as an excellent baseball player, both in high school and in the service.
His memberships included the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post 59 in Waterbury, the Montpelier Elks Club, the NRA, St. Andrew Catholic Church and more recently St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre.
He is fondly remembered for the love he felt and the joy he experienced in spending time with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elaine Mack, of the Mayo Nursing Home, Northfield; their sons, Todd J. Mack and his wife, Heather, of Hyde Park, Chris C. Mack and his wife, Brenda, of Waitsfield; three grandchildren, Anna Mack, Laura Mack Dewey and her husband, Chris, and Joey Mack; three sisters, Martha Lewis and her husband, Paul, of Waterbury, Frances Brown and her husband, Gilbert, of Melbourne, Fla., Marilyn Wallace and her husband, George, of Covington, Ga.; three brothers, James A. Mack Jr. and his wife, Katherine, of Essex Center, Wayne Mack and his wife, Marilyn, of Richmond, Michael Mack and his wife, Linda, of Richmond; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Later burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Duxbury. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Published in Times Argus on Mar. 5, 2014