FREEPORT — Robert A. “Popeye” Whitmore, 93, died Sept. 13 in his sleep. He was born in Claremont, N.H., on Nov. 30, 1918, the son of Ernest and Luella (Stowell) Whitmore.
He was very fond of taking long trips, particularly on holiday weekends, visiting with family and old friends along the way, until his health deteriorated to the point that riding was too tiring and uncomfortable.
During World War II, he owned a small trucking company until the industry declined. After the war, he came to Maine and found his calling in the construction industry. He worked in that field for 50 years and inspired his son to follow in those footsteps for 45 years. He retired from Blue Rock Industries at the ripe age of 75, declaring in the end, “It wasn’t my idea to retire.”
He was very proud of his work, his accomplishments, the great people he worked with, and of the customer base that he helped to build and retain. He was very proud of the inscribed watch he received for 20 years of service.
He was a congregant of Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth and a proud member of the Brunswick Maine Lodge of Elks.
Whitmore was predeceased by wives Phyllis and Yvonne; his parents; a brother, William; his sister, Lois; his daughters Penelope and Nedra; and his son, Daryl.
He is survived by his son, Dale and his wife, Diane, of Freeport; his daughters Noreen McQueeney, of Brunswick, Joanne Gillies, of Portland, and Sandra Astley and her husband, Don, of Putney, Vt.; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The entire family extends a heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Community Health and Nursing Services Hospice for their tremendous help, care, and encouragement.
A funeral was held Sept. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yarmouth followed with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, also in Yarmouth.