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Robert E. Paulding

Obituary for Robert E. Paulding

September 25, 1936 - December 24, 2017
Rockland, Massachusetts | Age 81


Robert (Bob) E. Paulding, 81, of Rockland died December 24th after a brief illness in St. Petersburg, Florida. A lifelong resident of Rockland, Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Kathleen (Burke) Paulding and their children Robin Paulding McGowan and her Husband Charles McGowan of St. Petersburg Florida, William C. Paulding and his partner Edward MacDonald of Boylston MA, Edward Paulding of Whitman and Kathleen Paulding of Marshfield and his beloved lab Hector.

Early in his career as a mechanic, Bob worked for his father at Paulding Pontiac. When the dealership closed, he opened his own repair shop and many broke college students and families experiencing hard times could count upon his soft heart to keep their cars running. One customer even managed to pay him with a puppy before he moved on to lengthy career at the MBTA.

Bob was the son of Clifford A. Paulding, Auriale (Joubert) Paulding, and brother to Clifford (Sonny) Paulding, Betty (Paulding) Buckley, Joan (Paulding) Coulstring and Nancy (Paulding) Tucker.

A devoted father Bob loved to spend time with lifelong friends and family at Saquish Beach. In his younger years he was a skilled skier who conquered "the wall" at Wildcat with bear trap bindings. He was often found painting and repairing the Pipe Dream, a 60' wood cabin cruiser and when weather and work schedules permitted even had the opportunity to captain it out of Scituate Harbor. Bob was an artist at heart and discovered wood carving as a hobby. He loved to travel with his wife on road trips but only if it was to spend time with family as that was always the most important thing to him.

He loved the town of Rockland and was devoted to its improvement and its children. He was an elected member of the Rockland Planning Board, volunteered on Operation Goblin, the Rockland Centennial Committee, coached youth hockey and worked on countless other committees. He was also an active member of the Gurnet Saquish Board of Directors and participated in such activities as grass planting parties and the Gatewatch.

The family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate Bob's life on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union Street, Rockland, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM in The Holy Family Church in Rockland on Monday, January 8, 2017. Donations in Mr. Paulding's name may be made to The Rockland Citizen's Scholarship Fund, RCSF- Robert Paulding, Mountain One Bank 279 Union St. Rockland MA 02370. A burial will be held at a later date.

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135 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
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