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Robert P. Moynagh, 79

Sturbridge - Robert P. Moynagh, 79, of Podunk Road, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 8th, in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, surrounded by his loving family.

He leaves his beloved wife of 52 years, Judith M. (Henault) Moynagh; his two sons, Robert J. Moynagh of Sturbridge and Timothy J. Moynagh and his longtime companion Kristin Caporale of Oxford; his two daughters, Maureen E. Kenneway and her husband John of Sturbridge, and Kathleen M. Moynagh and her spouse Rebecca Ashe of Sturbridge; his daughter-in-law, Renée L. Moynagh of Southbridge; his sister, Jane Padro, and her husband Juan, of Charlton; his 11 grandchildren, Sean and Matthew Moynagh, Jayson, Nicholas, Meaghan, Aidan and Brenna Kenneway, Dominic and Finnegan Moynagh, Lauren and Jacob Caporale; his longtime best friend, Elena Bresnahan; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, John J. Murphy and by two sisters, Mary Moynagh and Ann Ford. He was born in Worcester, the son of Robert J. and Mary Ellen (Donohue) Moynagh. He graduated from Saint John's High School on Temple Street in 1957. He was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree from Assumption College. He was an active member of St. Anne-St. Patrick's Parish, also serving as a lecturer. He also frequently attended Mass at St. John's Church on Temple St. in Worcester.

Bob served at Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury for 34 years, from 1967-2001, starting as an English teacher, and later as a legendary Dean of Students from 1975-2001. He also owned and operated Moynagh's Tavern in Worcester, a business his father started in 1935, reported to be the oldest continually licensed bar in Worcester, that will continue to be run by the family. It was here that he was known for his appreciation of the working men and women of the community, and his kindness to friends and strangers alike. In Bob's retirement he managed his family's tree farm in Sturbridge, enjoying his time in the forest, and operating any one of the tractors in his collection. His stewardship of the land was recognized in 2007 when he received the distinction of the Massachusetts Forestry Association's "Tree Farmer of the Year" award. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, traveling to Ireland five times, and becoming a dual citizen of Ireland and the US. Bob was an extremely generous man to anyone he encountered, especially with his patrons, the St. John's Parish food pantry in Worcester, and with the Special Olympics of MA. In 2010, Moynagh's Tavern was inducted into the Massachusetts Special Olympics Hall of Fame, for their generous and enthusiastic support and involvement in the annual Polar Plunge event.

In recent years Bob was a most dedicated and attentive caregiver to his wife, Judith. He was very appreciative of Migdalia and Stephanie, and the many other kind and compassionate people who helped him care for Judy.

The Moynagh Family would like to thank Dr. Scott, and the many kind, compassionate and dedicated nurses and other caregivers who treated him in the Critical Care Unit at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Bob was truly an amazing man. A devoted, deeply spiritual Catholic, intensely supportive and loving family man, dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. He was a true Catholic gentleman, tough but fair, kind and caring, thoughtful and giving, strong and compassionate. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and we will miss him immensely, but his legacy will live on through all those who knew him. May he now rest in the peace of his loving God.

Calling hours for Bob will be held on Monday, August 13th, from 4:00 to 8:00pm in the Saint John's High School Gymnasium, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury. His funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 14th, at 10:00am at the St. Anne's Church Pavilion, 16 Church St., Sturbridge. Burial will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery, Sturbridge.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the , 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to St. John's Food for the Poor, 20 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604.

The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2018
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