Robert “Bob” Woodbury Cline, 92: king of the road

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Robert “Bob” Woodbury Cline, 92, of Cape Elizabeth and formerly of Yarmouth, died at home on Aug. 6.

He was born in Yarmouth on April 10, 1920, a son of Annie W. (Fitts) and Chalmer E. Cline. He was educated in Yarmouth schools, graduated from North Yarmouth Academy and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member and former commander of American Legion Post 91 in Yarmouth.

Cline was a professional driver for more than 35 years, working with Portland Coach and Greater Portland Transportation, which became Greater Portland METRO.

Driving was in Cline’s blood. His wife, Ruth, and he made three cross-country trips to Alaska, which they greatly enjoyed. It was not uncommon for both of them to take off in their camper to go strawberry-picking in Florida or to visit Georgia for peaches, which they canned in the camper before returning to Maine.

Cline enjoyed gardening vegetables and fruit. He also enjoyed woodworking, crafting oak furniture and garden ornaments from recycled wood. Cline had a very generous spirit and readily gave of his talent and time to those in need. He could repair just about anything, and enjoyed yard sales and the art of the deal.

Cline is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ruth Cline, of Cape Elizabeth; his son, David S. Cline, of Yarmouth; his daughter, Theresa K. Cline, of Yarmouth; his six stepchildren, Peter H. Cash, of Alabama, Norman A. Cash, of Gorham, Linda C. LaBerge, of Cape Elizabeth, John P. Cash, of Augusta, Andrew J. Cash, of New Gloucester and Susan E. Giles, of South Portland; his brother, Richard Cline, of Yarmouth; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. 

Cline was predeceased by his first wife, Kathryn (Frost) Cline, in 1974; his son, Robert “Bobby” W. Cline II in 1977; and three sisters, Shirley C. Millett, Mildred C. Frost and Esther C. Dearborn.

A private graveside service with military honors was held on Aug. 9 in Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth, with the Rev. John McCall officiating. Please visit to share your condolences, memories and tributes with Cline’s family. For those who wish, donations may be made in Cline’s memory to a charity of your choice.