Robert B. Willoughby, 83, of Southborough and formerly of Martha’s Vineyard, died on Monday, December 19, 2011 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He was the husband of Carmella (Cellucci) Willoughby for the past 63 years.
Mr. Willoughby was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard and a WWII Army veteran. After his tour of duty he left Martha’s Vineyard to find work. He worked as a painter for the former Bay State Abrasives in Westborough for 22 years.
Bob was an avid fisherman and would often be found on Memorial Wharf in Edgartown teaching people the skills of fishing and how to be a good warden of the sea. He is one of the longest participants of the annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped bass and Bluefish Derby. He also enjoyed bowling and horseshoes.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Robert B. Willoughby Jr. of Pennsylvania, Michael Willoughby and his fiancée, Karen Carver, of Southborough, Doreen W. Patulak of Auburn, Kevin Willoughby of Martha’s Vineyard, Edward Willoughby and his wife, Debi, of Uxbridge; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son Richard Willoughby, who died in 1985.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 7 pm at the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.
A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 10 am at St. Matthew Church, Highland St., Southborough. Burial will follow in the Southborough Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to the Southborough Ambulance Fund, 21 Main St., Southborough.
To send the family words of condolences go to www.morrisfuneralparlor.com.