Robert A. Mackin

Oct 5, 1927 - Feb 27, 2017

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Millinocket - Robert A. Mackin, 89, died peacefully from complications of Lewy Body Dementia on February 27, 2017, surrounded by his family and wonderful caregivers at Katahdin Health Care. He was born October 5, 1927, in Millinocket, the son of Bernard and Phyllis (Bamford) Mackin. Bob graduated from Stearns High School, class of 1945. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, during World War II. When he returned to Maine, he attended Husson College and then married the love of his life, Mae Hallett. They settled in Millinocket and had 55 happy years together until her passing in November, 2010.
He worked for Great Northern Paper Company from 1948 -1984. After retiring, he and Mae travelled to Florida in the winter and spent summers at their camp on Deep Cove. Bob and Mae took great pride in their camp and created many happy memories there. Bob kept meticulous handwritten notes of each day's progress while it was being built and all the receipts down to the very last nail. The cove was filled with their close friends who gathered every Friday night to play cards. They loved their long daily walks on the camp road or in town.
Bobbie, as his grandchildren affectionately referred to him, was a wonderful Grampie and did anything his grandchildren wanted. They recall how he would rake the beach at the lake to make it perfect and paddle them to the "big rock" in the cove so they could stand on it, much to Grammie Mae's dismay. Whether playing baseball outside, setting up a bowling alley in their hallway or getting his hair "done" and being incredible silly, Bobbie was always a willing playmate.
Bob is survived by his four loving daughters, Susan Mackin Dolan and her husband Charles; Cathy McNally and her husband Jeff; Kelly Plourde and her husband Jim; and Nancy Mackin and partner Rob Rideout; his grandchildren Ashley Shamos and her husband Andy, Steven Preble and his partner Melissa, Jordan Burleigh and his partner Julie, Alex Dolan and Grace Sullivan. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Ruby and Celia Shamos and Annibel McVey. He was Uncle Bobbie to many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Edna Mae Hallett and sisters Pauline (John) Sheedy and Dorothy (Richard) Spearrin.
Visiting hours will be on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, from 12-2 p.m. with a service immediately following at Lamson Funeral Home. A burial and celebration of life is planned for the spring.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com
Donations can be made to : Katahdin Heath Care Memory and Music program or the Maine Chapter Alzheimer's Assoc. www.alz.org/maine/in_my_community_donate.asp
Published on  March 1, 2017
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