Robert E. Jennings, Sr.

January 4th, 2018

Robert E. Jennings, Sr., “Bob”, age 80, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 1, 2018, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA.

Robert was born on January 8, 1937, in Cambridge, MA; he was the dear son of the late Martin and Margaret (McNamara) Jennings. Bob was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of Cathedral High School.

Following High School, Bob, went on to continue his education at Bentley School for Accounting and Finance, which is now Bentley University in Waltham, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting.

In 1959, Bob, enlisted in the U. S. Army; following active duty, he served in the Army Reserves for several years.

Bob married “his sweetheart” Florence Phipps in September of 1959; the family moved to Wilmington in 1963 where they raised their four children. Bob was a very devoted and loving husband father and a wonderful “Bapa” of his grandchildren Aurora, Robert, and Ryan.

Prior to retiring, Bob, worked for many years at the Gorton’s of Gloucester; Bob had a great work ethic and a wonderful personality to deal with his clients as well as his co-workers. At the time of his retirement, Bob, worked as Office Services Manager.

Bob also spent a great deal of time involved in his community; he was a member of the Wilmington Jay Cee’s Club, he served on the Wilmington Board of Appeals, and was active in the Wilmington Spotlighters Theatre Group where he once had the lead role in the play “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. He also volunteered for many years for the Boston Walk for Hunger.

Bob had a passion for helping others, he was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 29 years and he along with a few friends started a local AA group. Bob was a big presence with an endearing personality; he spent countless hours sponsoring and counseling others in need. Bob had a great deal of patience and understanding which was instrumental in calming others and helping them through some of the toughest times in their lives.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who was always willing to help anyone. He was kind, caring, and giving. A devoted family man; Bob, loved the time he spent at family gatherings, holidays, and special occasions and he was also adored by his many loving nieces and nephews. Bob had a huge heart and he will forever be loved and missed by all.

Bob was the beloved husband of Florence V. (Phipps) Jennings, devoted father of Mary K. Jennings of South Hadley, MA, Robert E. Jennings, Jr. & his wife Patricia of Andover, MA, Julie M. McKenna & her husband Shawn of Bradford, MA, and Susan E. Jennings of Milford, MA. Loving “Bapa” of Aurora G. Corey and her husband Tsubasa, Robert E. Jennings III, and Ryan T. Jennings, dear brother of Elizabeth Murphy of Winter Park, FL, Margaret Quigley of Weymouth, MA, the late William Jennings and Mary Jane Jennings. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 5th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children- Boston, Attn: Development Office, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert E. Jennings, Sr.”

  1. Peggie Quigley says:

    I love you, brother Bob, and will miss you so much. I am so glad I got to sit next to you this past Thanksgiving and talk. Nothing will be the same without you.

  2. Don Roberts says:

    Bob you were a great friend who will be dearly missed. I will never forget you taking the time to mow my side yard this fall in spite of your respiratory illness.
    Belated thanks for sharing yourself and your wonderful family.

  3. Donald Kastner says:

    A loss of a Father is never easy. A Father is a person who provides support and direction when we seem there is none. I pray that the Lord will provide comfort and peace during this time. And, that the memories of him will provide a time of joy of all the things you shared with him. My condolences to you and your family.

  4. Jeannie MacKinnon Lane says:

    I am all grown up but he is always ‘Mr Jennings’ to me and he will be remembered fondly! With all this winter weather, I can not help but think of all the times the neighorhood kids would be sledding on the Jennings’ front yard! We were always welcome and Mr Jennings was always there to keep an eye on us! To Auntie Flossie, Mary, Bobby, Julie and Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Lv Jeannie

  5. Carol and Norm Coombs says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  6. Bob Zwahlen says:

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the Jennings family.

  7. Bob Schaffner says:

    Our deepest sympathy, prayers for all. Many memories of playing cards on Friday night, good friends and many laughs. God bless, Bob & Dottie

  8. barbara Buck/Elaine Bertwell says:

    so sorry to hear the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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