MEREDITH - Bob Morton, 66, of Meredith, passed away very unexpectedly early Friday morning, Feb. 17, at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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He was a loving husband, father, Papa and friend. He lived life to the fullest on his terms. He greatly enjoyed the simple pleasures in life: A cigar from Happy Jacks in Laconia, a glass of Sailor Jerry Rum, and a beach chair on the shore with members of his family or a friend.
Bob was born in East Boston, Mass. He was a graduate of East Boston High School and was a full resident of Meredith for the last 25 years.
Bob was employed at State Street Bank in Boston until his move with his wife to Meredith, where he was employed at Hawkensen Equipment in sales, where he loved to talk to his customers. In his free time he enjoyed sharpening chains and maintaining lawns. He had a tremendous love for the ocean. He so loved Key West, Fla., and Wells Beach in Maine. Bob would grab a newspaper, eat a Condgon's donut and sit for hours listening to the sounds of the ocean. Bob perfected the perfect spot, hidden beneath a sand dune dubbed "Our Sea Grass," where he would find shelter from the wind. He particularly loved the smell of the sea. Each trip was ended at his favorite restaurant The Steak House.
Bob was married to his wife, Elinor "Jean" Morton, for 47 years. He left behind countless friends who loved him very much. All who new Bob called him "Papa." Bob was very generous and loved to help people. He spent his free time assisting friends and family, taking them to doctor's appointments and lending a free hand in any capacity needed. He cherished the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Morton, of Meredith, and their four children: Robert "Bob" Morton Jr. and wife, Diane, of North Reading, Mass., Walter L. Morton of Meredith, Deana Cahoon and husband, Donald, of Laconia, and Justin Morton and wife, Melissa, of Wolfeboro; and his beloved six grandchildren.
There will be no viewing hours, but a private family celebration of life will be held on Drakes Island in Wells, Maine, this spring.
Published in Citizen on Feb. 21, 2012