Robert “Bob” Tadgell

January 5th, 2019

Robert E. “Bob” Tadgell, 89 of Wilmington passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Jan. 4, 2019.

Bob proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and retired after 46 years of dedicated service at State Street Bank.

On and off the clock, Bob, worked tirelessly to make the world a better place, from the tiniest bumper on a cabinet door to a plan more elaborate than one could ever fully understand. He was always ready with a kind, encouraging word and the proper tool and wisdom to fix any situation. He was never attention-seeking but was always present and eager to serve. He was frequently seen around town during his tenure on the Wilmington School Committee, the Boy Scouts of America, the Masons, Retired Men’s Club, the Quannapowitt Ham Radio Club (W1 PIN) or behind the grill at the Kiwanis Chicken BBQ.

He rarely sat still, so when not involved with the community he could be found tinkering at home, “macgyvering” a brilliant fix at his place in Holderness, NH or at the helm of his boat “Excalibur” on Squam Lake. Do not be fooled though, he was not all caution and business, he knew how to have fun and find joy in his tasks. He had a one-of-a-kind half-smile that meant he was up to some sort of mischief. For example, while simultaneously maintaining a wide berth from shallow coves (the caution), he’d flash that impish grin and punch “Excalibur” full-throttle into a wake to “rock the boat”, just a little. Or sometimes he’d switch up his signature bowl of cereal at bedtime to a raucous bowl of ice cream, shhhhh don’t tell Helen! Where he would really let his hair down though was at weddings, birthdays or any gathering where a dance floor was found. He could not resist, any willing dance partner, none at all, or not surprisingly leading the Conga line through the crowd. Many will send wishes for rest and peace but for Bob it is better to wish he dance on forever.

He was the beloved husband to Helen (Benner) Tadgell, devoted father of Heather T. Rollo & her partner Bruce Rossi of Medford, and Robert E. Tadgell Jr. & his partner Richard E. Pumfrey of Atkinson, NH. Loving “Grampy” of Lindsay Anderson & her husband Cameron, of Vermontville, NY, and Allison McCarthy & her husband Christopher, of Middleboro. Cherished son of the late Alfred and Grace (Dow) Tadgell, dear brother of the late Ruth, Alfred, Henry and Richard Tadgell. Bob is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Many of the aforementioned survivors share his love of life, office supplies, and ice cream and will surely carry on his legacy.

At Bob’s request, his services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children-Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert “Bob” Tadgell”

  1. Frank West says:

    Helen. I a sorry sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed greatly by everyone who ever met him. His Kiwanis family will never be the same without him. If you need anything please do not hesitate to call.

    Karen West and Family

  2. Stephen Connor says:

    I knew Bob through Kiwanis and I admired his dedication and ideas for the club. He will surely be missed. Condolences to you and your family.
    Steve Connor and family

  3. Judith Robertson says:

    My condolences to the Tadgell Family. I worked with Bob for ten years at State Street Bank. He was a very kind man and a true gentleman. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Judith Robertson

  4. jack whitehouse says:

    I worked with Bob for 34 years at State Street. Bob was always a true friend and was respected by everyone he worked with. He will be truly missed.

  5. Vince Pallazola says:

    When I began working at State Street in 1968, Bob was one of my first managers. He was a kind man who always had a smile and kind words for everyone.
    I worked with Bob for over 30 years and know that he will be missed by all who knew him.

  6. Laura Howe says:

    Allison- Sending many hugs and lots of love to you, Christopher and your family. This is a sweet tribute to a very loved man. My prayers are with you all in the days to come. ??

  7. Edward Deveau says:

    Always knew Bob as a quiet man, but with that wry, half smile of his, I somehow knew there was a lot more to the man. Know I know I was right. It was an honor and pleasure to have known and worked with Bob during my years with him at State Street.

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