Robert James's Story
Robert J. Driscoll, 85, of North Andover, formerly of Andover, died October 17, 2017.
Born January 2, 1932, in Stoneham, a son of the late Catherine (Harris) Driscoll and the late Francis J. Driscoll, he was raised in Malden. He graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Malden High School with the Class of 1949. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1953. Bob served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Germany in 1954 and 1955.
While at UMass he met his first wife, Barbara A. (Ashe) Driscoll. They were married in 1953. Barbara died in 1999. They were married for 45 wonderful years. He is survived by his son, Robert J. Driscoll Jr. and his wife, Roberta of Pennsylvania; his daughter, Mary K. Beninati and her husband, Gregory of New Hampshire; his grandchildren, Robert J. Driscoll III and his wife, Katie, Jeffrey Driscoll and his wife, Victoria, Amanda McEwen and her husband, Robert, Alexandra Driscoll and Steven Beninati; and his great-grandchildren, Adelaide, Gwendolyn, Charles, Henry and George.
Bob married Patricia A. (Williams) (Driscoll) Driscoll in the year 2000. Patricia died in 2015. They were married for 15 wonderful years. Bob is survived by step-children, Ann Marie Driscoll and her partner, Thomas Laudani, Alison Kent and her husband, William, Mary Walmsley and her husband, Robert, Margaret Parks and her husband, William, Paul Driscoll and his wife, Carolyn, and Kevin Driscoll and his partner, Jennifer Dees; step-grandchildren, Anthony, Patricia, William Jr., Victoria, Patrick, Elizabeth, Faith, Katherine, Olivia, Matthew, Daniel and Emma; and three step-great-grandchildren, Kae, Evan and Sean.
Bob is survived by his sister, Edna Leathers, and his brother, Francis Driscoll and his wife, Rena. He was brother of the late William L. and Leonard H. Driscoll. Bob is survived by several nieces and nephews, and his dear friend, Jane Teichert.
In 1957, Bob started his career at Raytheon Company in Andover, Mass. He spent the majority of the next 35 years at Raytheon in various aspects of Information Systems Design and Processing, starting as a computer programmer and ending as IPS Department Manager.
Bob loved sports, especially baseball. He played baseball for UMass Amherst all four years; he was a playing manager of his team in Germany; he coached for Andover Little League; and continued playing softball in both Lawrence and Andover leagues until age 55. He also enjoyed running, he would go running for exercise in the sixties, long before it was in vogue. He ran many 5K to 10-mile races, the last one at age 70. For 12 years he walked the 20-mile "Walk for Hunger" in Boston on the first weekend in May.
Bob was active in the Andover and North Andover communities. He was on the Board of Directors of the North Andover Council on Aging for 10 years, he volunteered with Neighbors in Need and Maria's House. He was a Eucharistic Minister and an Usher at St. Augustine's Church in Andover and was a 50 Year Member of St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Augustine's Church.
The family would like to thank all of the marvelous caregivers at Prescott House in North Andover, HealthSouth New England Hospital in Woburn, Lahey Hospital in Burlington and High Pointe House in Haverhill.
A funeral Mass will be offered Monday, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael Church. Burial will follow in St. Augustine's Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., at Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third St., North Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex St., Andover, MA 01810.
Published on  October 20, 2017