Robert G. Bodwell
Robert G. Bodwell, 80, of Ipswich, passed away at home on November 26,
2022 after courageously battling pancreatic cancer. Bob was born on
November 15, 1942 in Newburyport to William H. Bodwell and Alberta E.
Bob worked in the food industry as a salesman and in national accounts in
food distribution, working at the Lutz Company, Knott Sheenan, Food
Service Sales, Monarch Foods and Sysco Company until his retirement in
2007. In retirement he worked for Westminster Oyster Crackers.
He then started working as a carpenter with Bill Clapp
Construction, which was his true passion, working until his cancer
diagnosis. Working with his hands, creating and doing projects for family
and friends, was a hobby that Bob excelled at and truly enjoyed.
Bob loved being outdoors. Hiking, skiing, biking and kayaking were only a
few of the activities that he loved to participate in with family and
friends. For five years Bob took on the challenge of biking in the PanMass
Challenge, raising money for cancer research. His dedication to this cause
was inspiring. Bob was an
avid water skier and slalom skiied well into his 70s. He took pride in
teaching each of his granddaughters how to water ski on Moose Pond in
Bob and his wife Sheila were married for fifty-six years. In their early
dating years, they spent their summers working and having fun at Crane
Beach. They were avid boaters
and spent many summer days with family and friends on the beaches of Plum
Island and Crane Beach. In
later years, one could often see them walking around Ipswich or through
Appleton Farms and Bradley Palmer Park. Bob and Sheila’s mutual passion
for travel took them to Europe, Canada, Alaska and to their favorite
destinations, our country’s National Parks.
They often traveled with friends, as they enjoyed the company of
others on their adventures.
Bob is survived by his wife Sheila Bodwell, his brother William Bodwell,
his children Mark Bodwell and wife Heather of Lakeville, and Amanda Norton
and husband Jon of Ayer, and his most cherished seven granddaughters,
Madeline (Norton) Sowinski, Maggie Bodwell, Erin Norton, Anna Norton,
Elizabeth Bodwell, Emily Bodwell and Leah Norton, and many nieces and
nephews. Bob and Sheila have
fond memories of a trip to Disney World with the seven granddaughters, to
celebrate Bob’s 70th birthday. After that trip, the granddaughters were
referred to as “The 7 Dwarfs”. Bob and Sheila’s dedication to their
children and grandchildren was the most important part of their lives.
Endless hours were spent attending all their granddaughters sporting
events and countless nights having sleepovers. Bob was a kind, hardworking
man who loved his family and friends above all else. He was humble and
caring and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at the
Ascension Memorial Church
County Street, Ipswich on Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 am. All relatives
and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial
contribution to the
Massachusetts General Hospital
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