Robert M. Childs, 78, husband of Evelyn M. (Muller) Childs of
100 Colonial Drive, Ipswich, died Tuesday May 13, 2008 in the
Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers, following his long
Born in Flushing, NY November 20, 1929, son of the late Edward
B. and Mary (Malcolm-Smith) Childs, he was raised in Teaneck, NJ
where he was a graduate of public schools.
As a teenager he and his family summered on Plum Island.
Following high school he joined the Army and served two
enlistments as a Military Policeman with the Occupational Forces
in Germany. Following his honorable discharge he returned to New
Jersey, for the next thirteen years he served as a police
officer with the Teaneck, NJ Police Department. He retired in
1964 due to in injury in the line of duty.
Married in 1972, the Childs’ made their home on Essex Road,
Ipswich where they lived until their 1993 move to Colonial
Drive. For six years he worked at the Parker River Marina in
Newbury. He was the first year round ranger at the Crane Beach
Reservation, retiring in 2002 following twenty-four years of
He enjoyed attending NASCAR races in New Hampshire and the
Poconos. He was also an avid Ipswich High School football fan.
Mr. Childs was a lifetime member of the Rowley VFW Post #5707
and a lifetime member of Ipswich AMVETS Post #201.
In addition to his wife of thirty-six years he is survived by
four sons, Robert Childs of NJ, James Childs of FL, Scott
MacDiarmid of Newburyport and Michael MacDiarmid of GA; three
daughters, Heidi Bluteau and Constance Homcy both of NJ and
Laura MacDiarmid of MD; seven grandchildren, and a sister, Mary
Flaherty of Ipswich.
Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. Family and friends are
respectfully welcomed. All other services will be private.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the
North Shore, 10 Elm St., Danvers, MA 01923.