Robert “Bob” Woodside, loving family man, passed away Wednesday March 3, 2015, at age 77 in Beverly, MA, surrounded by his family.
Born in East Boston on November 6, 1937, Bob was the son of Albert and Beatrice (Penney) Woodside and the brother of Judy Woodside Colbert of Redding, CA. He married the love of his life Kay Overlan on August 29, 1959. Most recently residing in Middleton, they raised their 4 daughters in North Reading: Robyn (Phil) King of Ipswich, Cheryl (Gran) Roe of Melbourne, FL, Kim (Joel) Kantola of Andover and Jennifer (Tom) Niewiera of Stratham, NH.
Bob graduated from Boston College High School and Massachusetts Maritime Academy and was a nuclear engineer and engineering manager at Stone & Webster in Boston, MA. He loved sailing and had been a Commodore at the Quannapowitt Yacht Club in Wakefield. An avid Boston sports fan, Bob could be found watching games from his favorite recliner. He was a handyman and gardener who shared his skills and bounty with family and friends.
A kind, gentle man, Bob's greatest joy was his family, to whom he dedicated himself. Extended family events were the happiest occasions, connecting with everyone from “the elders” to great-nieces and nephews. “Uncle Bob” was loved by all.
Besides his wife, sister and daughters, Bob is survived by eight grandchildren: Philip King of Ipswich, Sam King of Rowley, Kayla Kantola of Los Angeles, CA, Emma Kantola of Andover, Annie and Mollie Roe of Melbourne, FL and Tommy and Drew Niewiera of Stratham, NH. He will also be greatly missed by his sister- and brother-in-laws and all his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held in late Spring, details to come. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org), a favorite charity.
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