Robert (Bob) P. McCormick

April 6, 1949 - July 16, 2019

Service Date: July 26, 2019

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon Street, in Sanford, Maine. Committal prayers and burial will be Saturday, July 27th at 9:00 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.

Robert (Bob) P. McCormick, 70, a longtime resident of Sanford, died on July 16th, 2019 in Tantallon, Nova Scotia. After mowing the lawn and weeding for a dear friend, the final moments of Bob’s life were spent beside his wife Lily, lying in tall grass in the shade of a birch tree.

Bob was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a loving family. He grew up in Milford, Connecticut as one of four children who remained close no matter their geographic distance. After living out his adolescent years as a child of the ’60s, Bob laid down roots in Newburyport, Massachusetts in the 1970s and became a mason and chimney sweep running his own business for many years.  In the 1990s, he moved to Acton, Maine and finally settled down in Sanford with his beloved wife Lily (Jill) E. McCormick. In Sanford, he ran a building and grounds maintenance company and worked in the facilities department of the Wells Elementary School.

Throughout his life, Bob was a jack-of-all trades who had an endless list of projects, which were his passion. His caring disposition was what family and friends most enjoyed about him. His children were often working by his side, learning the many life lessons he provided with an open heart. A dedicated member of the community, Bob counseled many with unparalleled compassion and respect. Bob never judged a person, he never assumed to know another’s burden but instead always tried to be understanding and help if possible.

He is survived by his loving wife Lily (Jill) E. McCormick, his children Seamus McCormick, Patrick McCormick, Conor McCormick, Noah McCormick, Forreste McCormick, Gabriel Balkus, Derek Bourque, Bradley Darby, and Dusty; his Grandchildren, Emerson, Hunter, Adeline, Kayla, Liam, Lakyn, and Mason.

His sudden passing has left sadness in many hearts. Musicians have dedicated songs to his life, family members have gathered to laugh, and an outpouring of love has been felt from the community he surrounded himself with for so many years. For a man that loved so many people in his life, no greater testament of his greatness could be found than in the fact that his wife sewed the quilt that now rests with him and his children hand-built his casket out of the very tools and wood he would often say was “For a project I am going to need someday.”

A Funeral Service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon Rd. in Sanford. Committal prayers and burial will be on Saturday, July 27th. at 9:00 a.m. at Oakdale Cemetery in Sanford.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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