Robert Charles Dartnell, 81, of Clarks Summit, died Saturday, April 20, at his home with his family by his side. His wife of 51 years is the former Patricia Barry.
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Born in the County of Sussex, England, he was the son of late Frederick and Eva Pretoria Dartnell. After his education, apprenticeships and national service in the Royal Air Force, he married Patricia in 1961 in the county of Essex, England. They immigrated to Canada in 1965 where daughter, Kimberly, was born and shortly thereafter to Rochester, N.Y., where his son, Peter, was born. Bob and Pat became United States citizens in 1985.
Bob was an aerospace engineer and worked for various companies throughout Canada and the United States, including Canadian Aviation in Montreal, Canada; Bausch and Lomb in Rochester, N.Y.; Singer Librascope in Washington, D.C., and Glendale, Calif.; Areojet in Azusa, Calif.; Spar Aerospace in Toronto, Canada; and finally retiring in 1998 from Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, Pa. He was a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and became a 50-year member in 2010.
Above all, Bob loved spending time with his family and traveling with his wife. Before his illness, Bob enjoyed working on his homes and gardens. During his youth, he played soccer and became a soccer coach in California where he once took his teenage team to the Southern California finals.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kim Boyce and her husband, Steve, and Steve's son, Jacob, in Dickson City; a son, Peter and his wife, Cheri, California; two grandchildren, Tyler and Kayllee, also of California; and a sister-in-law, Jackie Dartnell, in England.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald F. Dartnell, Essex, England.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. James Kenning of Bryn Mawr Hospital for giving Bob an extra seven years of life, to Traditional Home Health and Hospice for their care and comfort in our time of need, to Allied Services Wellness Center where Bob spent many hours, and to our caring friends and neighbors.
The funeral service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the American Brain Tumor Society, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60631 or to the
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lawrence E. young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411. To sign the online guestbook go to www.lawrenceey oungfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 22, 2013