Robert E. McAvoy ’50 died on August 1, 2015, in Newton, Massachusetts.
(The following appeared in The Boston Globe on August 3, 2015)
McAvoy, Robert Earl 86, of Wellesley Hills, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 1, 2015 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Son of the late Earl and Ruth McAvoy and sister Ruth Bennett. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Patricia and son Michael. He is survived by his children Deborah Wirth, her husband Ralph of Louisville, KY; Shawn McAvoy, his wife Teresa of Naperville, IL; Betsy Manning, her husband Steve of Madison, CT; Susan Hugenberger, her husband Dana of Wayland, MA and his nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bob was born in Portland, ME. He attended Thorton Academy in Saco, ME and graduated Bowdoin College, where he was named to the Little All-American football team. Later he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. Bob’s career started at S.D. Warren Company mill in Westbrook, ME. He later transferred to sales in Chicago and resided in Winnetka, IL. He became District Sales Manager in New York City, residing in Riverside, CT. He then became Manager of S.D. Warren’s Commercial Printing Papers in Boston. Bob was made President of S.D. Warren Company, Executive Vice President of Scott Paper and a member of the Scott Paper Company Board of Directors until his retirement. He was an active member of Wellesley Country Club for many years. At Wellesley, he was an avid golfer, tennis player, as well as held positions on several club committees. Bob was a member of the Bay State Senior Golf Assoc., New England Senior Golf Assoc., and was on the course rating team for the Massachusetts Golf Assoc. He loved reading, enjoyed skiing, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a generous contributor to various charitable organizations. Bob will be remembered most of all as a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there for anyone with his love and support. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St. (Rt.16), WELLESLEY, Friday August 7, at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Paul Church, Wellesley at 10am. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours on Thursday from 4-7pm. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley.