Robert Francis Marie, 83, died peacefully in his Oak Bluffs home on Jan. 4, 2018. Known as Bob, he was the son of Frank W. and Anna K. (Donahue) Marie, born and raised in Lynn along with his sisters Dorothy, Irene, and Frances.
After attending Lynn public schools and the Newman Preparatory School, Bob earned his mechanical engineering degree at Northeastern University in Boston. He took graduate studies in electrical engineering at the Lowell Institute at MIT and nuclear engineering at the University of Lowell. His career-long affiliation with New England Electric System companies began while he was attending Northeastern. His initial employment was at the Salem Harbor power plant. In the 1960s, Bob moved to Yankee Atomic Electric Co., and worked at nuclear power plants throughout New England until retiring in 1992.
Bob and his family lived in Northborough for 25 years. He was active in that community for several years, coaching youth baseball, hockey, and bowling. After retiring, his passion for fishing was a factor in the decision to move to Martha’s Vineyard, where he and Lois have lived for 20 years. His favorite days on the Vineyard were when his children and grandchildren were visiting. And over the years he spent countless hours and days pursuing the next big bonito, albacore, or other fine specimen.
Bob leaves his wife Lois (Flanagan) Marie, daughters Beth and her husband David Cocola, and Christine and her husband Paul Molloy; son Robert and his wife Kelly Marie. He also leaves six grandchildren, Ryan and Travis Marie, Morgan and Dylan Molloy, Emily Cocola, Rachel (Cocola) and her husband Tyler Tupper, and his great-grandson, Clay Tupper. He is survived by his sisters Dorothy (Marie) Macdonald and Frances (Marie) Laubner, his brother-in-law and good friend Thomas Howard, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Irene (Marie) Howard.
An April memorial service will be held in Lynn, where Bob will be laid to rest at Saint Mary Cemetery. Suggested for those who want to donate in memory of Robert: Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or online at hospiceofmv.org.