Robert John Cleland

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RINDGE - Robert John Cleland, died suddenly on Oct. 18 in Rindge. He was formerly of Cambridge, Mass.

He is survived by his beloved brother David Cleland and wife Carole; his siter Carolyn Simmons and her husband Kenneth. Known as "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!!!

Visiting hours will be held at the Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Home, 292 Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass., on Tuesday Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Rindge Historical Society, 24 School St., Rindge, NH 03461. A memorial service is also being planned for a later date in Rindge.

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Rogers and Hutchins Funeral Home
292 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Oct. 22, 2013
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