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Robert L. Sweeney

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Robert "Bob" Leroy Sweeney, of Cohasset, passed peacefully at home on Feb. 26. Bob was born at the Ripley Road Hospital in Cohasset on Dec. 19, 1933. He was the son of Capt. Edward J. Sweeney Sr. (USN Capt.) and Dorothy Hillman Sweeney. He was predeceased by his only brother Edward J. Sweeney Jr. (USN Lt.) Bob, known also as Leroy when he graduated from Cohasset High School in 1952. He was awarded the Gold Key for Painting the same year. He served four years in the U.S. Navy on the USS Saipan during his entire tour. While on tour, he served a year in Japan supporting the Korean conflict and also was instrumental in the evacuation of French troops from Vietnam. After leaving the Navy in 1956, he attended the School of Practical Arts in Boston and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He worked at Olin Mathieson in New York before returning to Boston in 1966, where he worked at Raytheon in Burlington as a graphic designer. He was active as a painter, bird carver and bird house maker, both while working and in retirement. He leaves three sons, Shawn M. of Scituate, Torin G. of Marshfield and Kirk A. and daughter in-law Debbie Kane Sweeney of Hanover. He was a loving Pop-pop to Kelcie of Braintree, Celia of Scituate, Olivia and Daniel of Abington and Luke and Cole of Hanover. He leaves Marilyn Gill, former wife and caretaker. A celebration of life will take place at the Light Keepers House on Government Island in Cohasset, Saturday, March 15, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Donations may be made to the .

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 8, 2014
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