Auburn : Robert J. “Bob” Reynolds, 58, of Auburn died October 28,
2010, following an illness, at his home surrounded by his devoted daughters Margo and Bridget, sister Joanne, brother Tom and in-laws Frankie and John Ford.
Bob leaves his beloved wife Beth Reynolds, daughters Margo Clark and her husband Brian of Dudley, Bridget Reynolds of Auburn, brother Thomas A. Reynolds of Worcester, sister Joanne M. Reynolds of Placentia, California and his mother Violet (Lorusso) Reynolds, 91, from Worcester.
Along with his immediate family, he leaves numerous nieces and nephews: Cara and Morgan Maguire, John and Joseph Ford, Jennifer Breslin, Erin McCann, Lisa Whelan, Amy Maki, Anthony and Kevin Markvenas, Courtney Pulie, Ashley, Brendan and Shane Hogan, and Patrick and Elizabeth Nigro, devoted in-laws and personal friends too numerous to mention.
Bob was born and raised in Worcester. He was the son of the late Robert W. Reynolds and Violet (Lorusso) Reynolds. He graduated from the original South High School in Worcester in 1970. After high school, he worked for a short time at the Worcester Wire Company before enlisting in the military. Bob served honorably with the United States Marine Corps, during the Vietnam war, a service he was very proud to acknowledge.
Bob retired in April, 2010 as a Lieutenant from the Worcester Fire Department where he served for 24 years. He also served as a volunteer call firefighter and Lieutenant with the Auburn Fire Department for 20 years. His devotion to his career and the people of his community will long be remembered. Bob was most proud of his service to his community as a public servant in his capacity to protect and serve. He also commanded the admiration and respect of all his brother firefighters.
Along with his family, friends and career, Bob was a long time active participant in the Auburn-Webster Elks and an honored member of the Democratic National Committee. He was also an active member of the St. Joseph’s Parish in Auburn and was a passionate supporter of the Jimmy Fund, the United States Olympic Committee and the Vietnam Veterans Association. He was always willing to give without expecting anything in return.
Well-known for his 4th of July parties at his pool in the backyard, his undaunting positive spirit, and his Irish talent for telling stories, Bob had a favorite motto which he liked to quote:
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather skidding in sideways, cigar in one hand, Guinness in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, ”Woo Hoo, What a ride!”
In life, cancer could not take away his faith, shatter his hopes, lessen his love for his family and friends or destroy his friendships. Cancer never conquered his spirit or his amazing sense of humor. And lastly, cancer could never take away his eternal life. The light of his life will always shine brightly, preserved in the warm memories of all those whose lives he touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours for Bob on Monday, November 1st from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home on 91 Central St. in Auburn. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd at St. Joseph’s Church in Auburn, at 10 AM. and the graveside service at St. John’s Cemetery immediately following. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Worcester Firefighters Scholarship Fund
c/o Local 1009, 34 Glennie Street, Worcester,MA.01605

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