LEE Robert E. of North Reading formerly of Beverly and South Boston, July 8, 2015. Loving husband and best friend of Irene (Currier). Devoted father of Thomas Lee of North Haven, CT and Michael Lee of Easthampton. Loving uncle of Claire and William McNally of Marshfield, Janet and Daniel Moore of Hilton Head, SC, Joseph Lee of Wareham and the late Robert Lee. Beloved great uncle of Jennifer and Christopher Hastedt of TX, Brian and Kate Moore of VA, Jody and Eric Rockwood of CT, Erin McNally of MA, Matthew McNally of OR, Robert Lee of NY and Kristen Lee of MA. Cherished great great uncle to Makayla, Eliza, and Wyatt. Loving son of the late Martin and Josephine (Dunn) Lee. Dear brother of the late Joseph and Mary Lee, brother-in-law of the late Claire (Laubenstein) Lee. Dear cousin of Nancy Broderick, Howard and Jean Sisson, George Sullivan and Louise and John Novicki. Robert was an avid sailor with a passion for the sea, having served in the United States Coast Guard from 1947-1953. A Quartermaster second class, he served aboard four ships. His first ship was the Wachusett in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska from 1947-1949. His second ship was a buoy tender out of New York, the Mariposa, from 1949-1950. He then served on the Spencer until early 1953 before serving on a final ship, the Firebush which was another buoy tender. The Wachusett and the Spencer were both seagoing ships and did a lot of patrols in the Pacific and Atlantic. Up until just last year, Robert had been employed at the Marriott Hotel in Peabody, where he worked as a Human Resource Specialist and also took care of payroll. He was well respected there, and loved by all who worked there and will be dearly missed. Robert will always be remembered by his generosity, love for others, his laughter and his compassion for animals. It was in 1983, the day he moved to Beverly, when he discovered a white stray cat on the steps of his new home. After realizing she was homeless, Robert eventually adopted her and named her "Snowball", and so she would spend the rest of her natural life in the warm loving atmosphere of his home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, BEVERLY on Saturday August 8, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. There will be a private committal at sea ceremony off the coast of Beverly at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Bob can be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 552 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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Campbell Funeral Home
525 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Published in Boston Herald on Aug. 6, 2015