Robert E. Senecal, 79, of Deer Isle, Maine (formerly of Northborough Massachusetts) passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle, surrounded by his family and caring staff. Robert was born on April 27, 1938 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He retired to Deer Isle with his wife in 2007, where they have held residence since 1967, and had a great love for this Island and the community.
Robert is predeceased by the love of his life, Paula Dain (McGuire) Senecal. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary Theresa and his older brother Alfred C. Senecal. He is survived by his sisters Dorothy Keanry and Marie Senecal both of Shrewsbury Massachusetts. He leaves his daughter Susan H. Senecal of Stonington, ME; his sons: Robert E. Senecal II and his wife Gail of Deer Isle, ME, Timothy P. Senecal and his wife Kathleen of Barre, MA, Michael J. Senecal and his partner Kim Ranieri of Deer Isle, ME and Steven A. Senecal and his wife Lori of Lakewood, CO. Robert is also survived by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren: Robert E. Senecal III of CA, Stephanie Senecal and her partner Brian Laprade and their sons Cameron, Colton and Brode of MA, Jennifer Senecal of NV, Michael Senecal of MA, Benjamin Senecal of MA, Samantha Senecal of ME, Jacob Starkey, his wife Jenna and their daughter Macey-Dain of ME, Jessica Russell and her husband Parker of ME, Christopher Senecal of CO, and Courtney Senecal and her daughter Addilyn Lymburner of ME. Along with his family, Robert was loved by many close friends including: Robert and Tammy Gleeson of MA, Lori Boyce and Stu Varisco of ME and Jackie Gott of ME. Robert and his wife Paula previously rescued a cat, Jynx, who will miss Robert greatly.
Robert graduated St. Peter’s High School in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1956 where he played football and baseball and captained the very first hockey team. He continued onto college at St. Michael’s College (class of 1960) in Winooski, Vermont. While attending college, Robert participated in ROTC and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Robert met his wife while serving in the United States Air Force at Loring Air Force Base in Caribou, ME. He served as a First Lieutenant and to this day, was a very proud veteran. Robert was an electrical manager, starting at his father’s business (AC Senecal Electric in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts) and finishing his career at Perini Corp. in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Robert was one of the original founders of the Northborough Youth Hockey Program. He coached and officiated youth hockey and baseball for 20+ years. Robert had a deep love for all sports and was an avid New England sports fan. He spent much of his time at his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and attending dance recitals. He loved to play cribbage with his children and grandchildren. Robert welcomed everyone with open arms and loved to tell stories of his life to all that he knew. Most of all, he loved to tell others how proud he was of his children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to Memorial Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 358, Deer Isle, Maine 04627; Island Nursing Home 587 North Deer Isle Road, Deer Isle, ME; or Ark Animal Shelter P.O. Box 276 Cherryfield, ME.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 13th at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Granite Street, Stonington, ME with a Celebration of Life to follow at 12 noon at Stonecutters Kitchen, 5 Atlantic Ave., Stonington, Maine. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Inc., 215 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.