Robert D. Woodside

Died: 2015-03-03
Resided in: Middleton, Formerly N. Reading
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Viewing date: 2015-03-04
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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 (, a favorite charity. Online Condolences Below:

Bob was such a nice man and a great neighbor. I will miss seeing him puttering around . My condolences to Kay and his family. Maureen Murphy
I am so sorry for your loss. Tonia Barry
Mr. Woodside was like a 2nd father to our family. The memories of growing up on Oak Knoll as neighbors are priceless and continued on in Middleton. He was truly part of our extended family and we will truly miss him! Our love to all! The Poe family
Condolences to Kay and family. This was very sad news to hear. Cousin Lynda and family
Kay I am so sorry to hear about Bob, and you and your children are in my prayers. I am in Fla. but hope to see you when I get home. Huggs Cousin Joyce
Bob, was a brother-in-law and friend. His presence @ our family gatherings will be sorely missed. Bob was a quiet reserved man who would sit and observe everything going on with a smile on his face. He as we all did loved to watch JoAnne and Dino's grand kids play around and be silly. Bob was always the 1st one at the sweets table he loved his goodies. Even though he was a quiet observer when he would leave he with a Big smile on his face would say ,( I had a wonderful time) We certainly will miss this special man at our gatherings. However ,his presence and great memories will always be with us in spirit. May you rest in PEACE Bob. Till we meet again. Carolyn& Sonny
Bob was a sailing buddy to my dad and drove him to the QYC near the end of his life. Bob had a great personality and I so enjoyed seeing he and Kay at family events. Sail away Mr. will missed.
Sorry for your loss Cousin BOB was a member of a strong family from his Parents to Grand Parents , Uncles & Aunts Cousins. I remember sitting for him so his MOM and DAD (my Aunt& Uncle) could enjoy a nite out. He will be sadly missed in the family. Alfred H Hopp (Hoppe)
So sad to hear,thinking of you all and the summer I spent with the Woodside family. Jackie Rodrigues

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