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NEWBURYPORT, MA - Robert Augustine Kealey, 88, a longtime resident of Newburyport, Mass., passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018, at home.
Bob was born on November 5, 1929, in Amesbury, to Augustine and Ernestine (Joudrey) Kealey. He graduated from Amesbury High School in 1947. He obtained an engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. Bob had a long, successful career as an engineer, retiring from Raytheon after more than 25 years. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, stationed in Germany, and photographed his travels throughout Europe with his treasured Leica.
His wife of 63 years, Eileen Mary (Wall) Kealey predeceased him last year. They loved traveling together throughout the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed staying in bed and breakfasts. They especially enjoyed their family summer vacations on the lakes of Maine.
He enjoyed family dinners, visits from his grandchildren, working in his yard and taking long drives throughout New England. He loved his many dogs, particularly Suki, and most recently, Holley and Caesar.
Bob is survived by his seven children, Michael, and his wife Debbie, of Salisbury, Kathleen of Sudbury, Brian, and his wife, Amy, of Salisbury, Deborah, and her husband, Charles Papalia, of North Andover, Richard, of Newburyport, Christopher, and his wife, Pamela, of Newburyport, and Deanna, and her husband, Jason Abram, of Seabrook, N.H.; and 11 grandchildren, including Michael Kealey Jr., and Adrianna Yingling, Chloe and Keenan Kealey, Regina Mary and John Paul Papalia, Sean, Jackson, Brendan, Charlotte Kealey, and Marissa Abram. He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Abigail Yingling.
Visitation will be held at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950 on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport, with burial immediately following at St. Mary's Cemetery in Newburyport.
For directions, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 18, 2018
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