Robert's Story

AUGUSTA - Robert D. Whytock, husband to Jane W. Whytock, father of Robert C. Whytock, grandfather to Holly and Elizabeth Whytock, passed away suddenly, unexpectedly, and peacefully Sunday morning March 15th, 2015, in the loving presence of his son and wife in Portland, Maine.

Mr. Whytock was born to James and Annie (Brown) Whytock on May 28th, 1931, and was the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters, all who have predeceased him.

The son of a talented brick mason and his wife who emigrated from Scotland, Bob was a graduate of Mexico High School, class of 1948; University of Maine at Orono, class of 1952; and received a Master's Degree in Education in 1954. While at UMO Bob was a standout football tight end holding many football records for decades. UMO is where he met Jane Wheeler, and they were married on June 12th, 1954, in her hometown of Presque Isle. After graduation he was drafted into the army and served two years in Arkansas. Bob and Jane returned to Maine where he taught math and coached football at Williams High School in Oakland. Bob accepted a teaching and head football coaching position at Cony High School in Augusta in 1958 where he taught science and coached 1958-1963, becoming Assistant Principal in 1963, a position he held through 1976 when he became Principal at Cony High School until his retirement in 1984. After retirement, he held a variety of positions at the University of Maine in Augusta, Spurwink, and Belfast High School.

During his graduate studies Bob served as assistant coach and started scouting football for UMO, which he did for many years. Bob started refereeing high school basketball in 1952, becoming an accomplished and respected official often sharing the court with Al Card and many others until becoming the Class A basketball tournament director in Augusta in 1974. When the Cumberland County Civic Center opened in 1977 he became Class A tournament director in Portland and continued as Classes B, C and D director in Augusta. He served in these positions until 2004 and was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame this year. Bob also enjoyed playing golf, and was a member and served as an officer and President of the Augusta Country Club.

Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane Wheeler Whytock; his son, Robert Clifford Whytock of Freeport; two granddaughters, Holly Anne and Elizabeth Kate of Canton, CT, and many nieces and nephews.

Public calling hours will be Saturday, March 21 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, One Church St., Augusta, ME 04330. The immediate family will celebrate Bob's life in a private service afterwards. Interment will take place in warmer weather at the Maine Veteran's Cemetery, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to either:


322 Eighth Avenue 7th Fl

New York, NY 10001 or


778 Main Street

So. Portland, ME 04106

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