Robert E. Senecal

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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.

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12 Responses to Robert E. Senecal

  1. Sally and Dick Stone says:

    Dear Sue, Rob, Tim, Mike and Steve (Ducky) to us. We are so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away.

    Dick and I and your parents had so good times together. We met at the ice rink when your Dad was Jim’s hockey coach.
    Enjoyed our Friday nights out and playing cards and cribbage at one of our houses.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love, Sally and Dick

  2. Sally Stone says:

    Dear Sue, Rob, Tim, Mike and Steve (Ducky) to us. We are so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away.
    We had so many good times with your parents. Our Friday nights for dinner then cards or cribbage at one of our houses.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love, Sally and Dick

  3. Cheryl Grant says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time.

  4. Jean Axline says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. Bob and Paula were my neighbors for many years in Northborough and our children were friends. May Bob rest in peace.

  5. Susan Senecal says:

    Thank you, they loved those Friday night’s and playing cards, and all your other adventurers.
    The Senecal Family

  6. Susan Senecal says:

    Thank you,
    The Sencal Family

  7. Susan Senecal says:

    Thank you Cheryl,
    The Senecal Family

  8. Ted & Helen Hatch says:

    Mike , Kim and Family,
    We extend our deepest sympathy to you all during your loss and hope that you can somehow allow all the happy and fun times overshadow the hurt in your heart you are experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Bob rest in eternal peace.
    Ted & Helen Hatch

  9. Mike, Duck and the Senecal families.
    We are so sorry to hear about Mr Senecal’s passing. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    With love and comfort,
    Kyle and Tricia Jacobson

  10. Lisa Pagano says:

    Dear Sue, Rob, Tim, Mike and Steve,

    Doug told me last night that your Dad had passed away. I am so sorry for you all. It’s so difficult, but I hope you are finding some comfort from each other and all who knew and loved your Dad. Sincerely, Lisa Pagano

  11. Eric Longfellow says:

    Dear Seencal Family,
    We are praying for and thinking of the whole family. We wish comfort and peace for you as you mourn, but also for the good memories of Bob to always be with you.
    God Bless, Eric and Marina Longfellow

  12. Berg Family says:

    To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you be comforted by the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3) that one day, “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29) May these promises from God’s word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

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