HARPSWELL — Robert Elliott, 92, better known as the “Bob” half of the legendary comedy team Bob and Ray, died Feb. 2, at his home in Cundy’s Harbor.
He was born in Boston, where he started his career at WHDH radio in the ’40s. In Boston, Elliott and his comic partner, Ray Goulding first developed their own brand of comedy, which included an ensemble of lovable, off-beat characters, such as Wally Ballou, Tex Blaisdell, Mary Backstage and the McBeeBee twins. Their career took them to New York and a move from radio to television to film.
Besides a career that spanned more than five decades, Elliott was an accomplished painter, writer, carpenter, crossword and Sudoku master and a World War II veteran. In 1992, Elliott was awarded an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.
The Elliotts raised their family of five on the Upper East Side of Manhattan before moving to Maine to live in a house Elliott built. Elliott was known as a wonderful father and grandfather, as well as a Renaissance man who was always busy with some project or another.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lee, who died in 2012.
Besides his five children, Elliott is survived by 11 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. His gentle sense of humor, compassion and love will be sorely missed.
In accordance with his wishes, services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 or the Cundy’s Harbor Fire Department, c/o Burr Taylor, 45 Taylor Rd. Harpswell, ME 04079.