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Mitchell, Jr., Robert Marshall 76, of Harvard, MA, died Sat., Aug. 30th at Martha's Vineyard Hospital due to a heart attack. Born June 1st, 1938 in Boston to Robert and Janet Sawyer Mitchell, he was raised in Wellesley and graduated from (coed) Wellesley High after attending Fessenden and Belmont Hill. From a young age, "Mitch" embodied the entrepreneurial spirit, working as a Fuller Brush salesman and starting up car simonizing and "Hole in One" club businesses as well as the dear-to-his-heart M&M Landscaping Company. He earned his college degree from nearby Babson College where he garnered the college's distinguished "Business Initiative" Award and was instrumental in the founding of the Men's Hockey program. Several of his friendships with his Delta Sigma Pi fraternity brothers would last a lifetime. Upon graduation he joined the B.F. Goodrich Company as a salesman covering the New England region. He would later join the Hope Company and go on to a lifetime career in industrial sales and distribution, culminating with his founding of Omni Services Inc. in Worcester in 1976. As Founder and CEO for nearly 40 yrs., his company thrives to this day and, aside from his family, Omni Services remained his one true love...his baby. Mitch will be remembered for his profound belief in (the good of) people. This belief, combined with his natural optimism and strong "can do" attitude were at the heart of his personal and business success and help explain both his exceptional personal generosity, as well as his penchant for taking risk. In his approach to life, Mitch was an honorary member of the "Go Big or Go Home" club. Half-measures were decidedly not his style. His belief in the power of technology was yet another testimony to his progressive nature, a man who was always looking forward to see "Opportunity" - never backward, and never with regret. He liked gardening and reading on his Kindle. He was a diehard supporter of his New England sports teams. As a talented golfer, he enjoyed many of his favorite days on the fairways of Oak Hill, The International and Kittansett. He loved to travel albeit to a certain standard. Introduced at an early age to Bermuda, he maintained his affection for the island throughout his life. His other island love was Martha's Vineyard, and between these two special places, he created a lifetime of unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories for his family and dear friends. Everyone who knew Mitch well will remember fondly the twinkle in his eyes, his impish grin and his unique local accent that even his dear Siri wrestled to comprehend. Robert Marshall Mitchell Jr. will be missed, deeply, by many. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susan; his younger brother, Chris and wife Susan; and his two beloved daughters, Karen Brandvold and Sandy Sloan, their husbands, Paal and Scott and his four grandchildren, Connor, Amalie, Liam and Victoria (and his granddog daughter, Zoey). A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept 7th at 2pm at The International Golf Club in Bolton, MA. Please omit flowers. Instead, those who wish may make memorial gifts to Babson College Men's Hockey Team, c/o Babson College, P.O. Box 57310, 231 Forest St., Babson Park, MA 02457 and/or the NE Chapter, 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 3, 2014
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