RINDGE - Robert John Cleland, died suddenly on Oct. 18, 2013, in Rindge. Formerly of Cambridge, Mass., beloved brother of David Cleland and his wife, Carole, Carolyn Simmons and her husband Kenneth. "Uncle Bobby" to his nieces and nephews, David, Mark, Kenny, Stacey, Lesley, Christine and their wives, husbands and his great nieces and nephews, Jack, Nina, Richard, Olivia, Jessie and Connor. He was the dedicated son of the late Robert and Jessie Cleland. Bob graduated from Cambridge High and Latin and Boston University. After College he enlisted in the Army
serving in the 2nd Battalion Group, 3rd Infantry Division in Germany. On his return Bob pursued his lifetime dream of teaching and taught for 32 years in the Waltham School system. While Bob was the studious one in the family he was also dedicated to nurturing others. He became involved in the scouting program at the age of 14 and served in many capacities including Scout Leader and Camp Director at Camp Quinapoxet in Rindge, and continued serving in the scouting program for over 60 years.
He moved permanently to his beloved New Hampshire in 1975 where he worked for the Town of Rindge serving on the Conservation Commission, the Oversight Committee, the Building Committee and served as President of the Rindge Historical Society for many years. Bob's passions were his "land" and his "gardens" and OH how beautiful they both were!!! Bob's life was a beacon to many and can be summed up with the words "Well done Bobby. Enter ye now into the kingdom of God" - you will be missed!!!
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 6 Payson Hill Road (Rindge Center), Rindge, NH 03461 on Nov. 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Rindge Historical Society, 24 School St.,Rindge, NH 03461. Arrangements by Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Home, 292 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02474.