Robert F. Killey
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Plaistow, NH - Robert Franklin Killey, age 91, of Plaistow, N.H., passed peacefully on Saturday evening, November 2, 2019, in the comfort of his home and in the loving presence of his daughter. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 62 years, Ruth Audrey (Lawrence) Killey, who passed on February 3, 2012.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., on August 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Shirley W. and Lucy I. (Fuller) Killey and was a graduate of Haverhill High School. He furthered his education by graduating from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education.

Robert enlisted in the United States Navy shortly after graduating from high school, serving from April 26, 1946, until his honorable discharge on February 19, 1948.

Bob, as he was known by many, was an exceptionally gifted musician and member of the Boston Musicians' Union. As a professional musician, he was known throughout the greater Boston area as a freelance pianist. Throughout his entire life, music was his driving force.

For many years Bob owned the Haverhill Music Centre on Washington Street in Haverhill serving area musicians with lessons, instruments, sheet music, etc. You name it, Bob had it; if he didn't have it, he would get it.

In the spare time that he did have, Bob was an avid stamp collector and reader, as well as a member of the Gideon Masonic Lodge No. 84, F. & A.M. of Kingston, N.H.

He has left behind countless memories of a life filled with love. passion and gusto, that will always be treasured by his daughter, Patricia A. Killey; his son, William B. Killey and wife Debra; his three grandchildren, Tara Killey, Julia Horaj and husband Michael, and Suzanne Killey and husband Joshua Sobozenski; his two great-grandsons, Maximilian Paulino and Michael Paulino; one great-great-grandson, along with several nieces and nephews, extended family and dear, dear friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also predeceased by a son, James L. "Ahboo" Killey.


Funeral services will be held Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 3 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Plaistow, N.H. A graveside service will beheld Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Plaistow Cemetery on Elm Street in Plaistow, where the officers and members of Gideon Lodge No. 84, F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic Services as requested by Bob. Donations in memory of Robert Killey can be made to the Music Fund of the First Baptist Church, 122 Main Street, Plaistow, NH 03865, or to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
Published on November 7, 2019

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Sherry Barson
Nov 12, 2019
A most lovely man. For many years, even long after I left Haverhill, I would purchase sheet music from Haverhill Music Center. Mr. Killey was always warm, welcoming and helpful. A true gentleman; so sorry for your loss.
Kathleen Higgins, Haverhill & Tucson Az
Nov 06, 2019
What a lovely, talented gentleman and veteran! A favorite of mine with a delightful sense of humor! I enjoyed our annual visits tremendously! My condolences to his family.
Tom White
Nov 06, 2019
My sincere condolences to the Killey family. If I might add, he was a gifted teacher also. After coming off a bad stint with another teacher, I went to Bob, at the suggestion of my classical piano teacher, and what a great move that was for me. He had me playing "pop" in no time and also got me a part time job with a local dance school Great personality and infinite patience.
You will be sorely missed.