Bob was born in Lowell, MA, on June 8, 1940; he was the dear son of the late Robert E., Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen. Bob was raised in Tewksbury in his earlier years before moving to Wilmington as a young man. Bob was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1957.
Following graduation, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and began active duty on December 12, 1957. Bob served overseas during the Vietnam War and was assigned to the USAO Trois Fontaines Ammunition Depot; following early release from his overseas duty, Bob was honorably discharged on November 28, 1960, returning home to his family in Wilmington.
Bob married the ‘love of his life” Dorothy St. Hilaire in September 1961 and the couple settled in Woburn. Bob and Dorothy shared more than 52 years together, raised a beautiful family, worked hard, and had a lot of fun together.
Prior to retiring, Bob worked for the town of Wilmington in the tree department for over 40 years. Bob had a great work ethic; he worked six days a week but always kept Sunday’s for family. Bob loved his family unconditionally and looked forward to spending time with them.
In his spare time, Bob loved to go deer hunting, fishing, camping, riding his snow mobile, and horseback riding which he enjoyed doing with his daughters and granddaughters. Bob was definitely an “out doors man” and quite a traveler. Following his retirement, Bob became an avid golfer and a “snow bird”; spending his winters on the Palm Coast of Florida.
Bob will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and his ability to “tease” others and get away with it; if you were the recipient of Bob’s teasing then you knew he liked you. Bob was also very caring and generous of his time helping others; everyone knew they could count on Bob.
Bob was a devoted family man and a true friend to many; he will be sorely missed by all.
Bob was the beloved husband of Dorothy (St. Hilaire) Allen of Woburn, loving father of Scott M. Allen of Virginia, Kim (Allen) Nye and her husband Timothy of Billerica and Lorrie (Allen) Flaherty and her husband Daniel of Wilmington, “Papa Bob” of Jennifer, Benjamin and Adam Nye and Danielle Flaherty, son of the late Robert, Sr. and Helen (Johnson) Allen, dear brother of Virginia Allen of Florida, the late Helen Drover, Thomas Allen and Jackie Allen, brother-in-law of Mary Ann Giordani and Paul St. Hilaire, Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, April 17th at 12:30 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 16th from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial donations in Robert’s name can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.