2016-03-04 / Obituaries

Robert McCullough

Robert I. McCullough, P.E., 74 years, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at Huntington Common in Kennebunk.

Born in Leverett, Massachusetts, to Christine (Woodward) and Samuel I. Mc- Cullough on Aug. 2, 1941, Bob had a very successful and full life. Bob leaves his wife, Phyllis (Tyler) McCullough; his son, James McCullough and family; his daughter, Laura McCullough and family; his sister, Kate (McCullough) Moruzzi and her family; his late sister, Emily (McCullough) Field’s husband, John, and their family and a step-daughter, Bethany, and her family.

Bob graduated Amherst Regional High School in 1959, where he excelled in baseball, was a member of student council and president of his senior class. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from UConn in 1963. While at UConn, Bob was a member of ROTC and achieved membership into several honorary engineering societies. In 1964, he then completed his M.S. in construction engineering at the University of Michigan. Bob entered into the Air Force as captain. While in the Air Force, he worked as an aerospace facilities engineer in California with NASA. He became a registered professional engineer (P.E.) and continued this certificate in several states until his retirement in 2007.

Having worked summers at Daniel O’Connell’s Sons during college, Bob returned to work there in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1968 as field engineer. Bob was promoted several times while at Daniel O’Connell’s Sons and his last promotion was to president of the construction company in 1993. As a member of this team with offices in Holyoke, Boston and Hartford, Bob worked on many projects throughout New England and New York – starting with Boyden Gym at UMass and Amherst College dormitories to the Boston Ballet facility and Rowes Wharf in Boston.

He worked with architects such as I.M. Pei; he worked with Frank Gerry on the Fine Arts Center at Bard College in New York. After 35 years with Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Bob worked his last few professional years at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, as manager of capital projects. Along his journey, Bob truly admired his mentors, such as Ted Zavorski and Bob Mahar, and, in return, he was admired by those he mentored.

Bob loved sports and the outdoors. Along with 11 others in 1986, he participated in an Outward Bound Program (Montana) – again, demonstrating his ability to meet a challenge. He was an avid runner who completed many marathons including the Boston, Maine and the New York City Marathons. He enjoyed playing golf, especially in his early years with his father and uncles and later with his wife Phyllis. Spending summers at their home on the shore of Spofford Lake, New Hampshire, completed his lifelong participation and enthusiasm in fishing and boating. Bob was a loyal Boston Red Sox follower.

Bob and Phyllis retired to Kennebunk, Maine, in 2007 where they had purchased a home in 2003. They travelled frequently – probably Bob’s favorite trip was to Alaska. Right after retirement, they went to Toronto to be with friends in early 2008, went to Arizona to visit family – these being their last trips together. Bob was diagnosed with dementia in late 2008 and entered Huntington Common in October 2012 where he spent his last years.

Bob will be buried with a graveside military service in Leverett, Massachusetts. Plans are still tentative at this time. The Bibber Funeral Home website will post these soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Bob’s name to: Habitat for Humanity York County, Veterans Build Kennebunkport, PO Box 267, Kennebunk, ME 04043 and/or remembrances may be expressed by reading to a resident at your local assisted living facility.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Bob’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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