Cushing — Robert “Bob” Montgomery, 79, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Sept. 14, after a very courageous three-year battle with multiple cancers.
He was the husband of Tessie Miller Peters Montgomery.
Born in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., he was the son of George and Dorothy (McDermott ) Montgomery, and moved to Cushing with his family at a very young age where he has continued to make his home. Bob attended the local school and graduated from Thomaston High School’s Class of 1952.
In earlier years, he worked as a truck driver at several jobs in the area. For more than 35 years, he drove a pulp truck for Lawrence Brooks Forest Products in Thomaston retiring in 1996. He truly loved being a truck driver and had delivered to most all of the paper mills throughout the state during the years.
Bob enjoyed many things throughout his life. For the past 12 years, he made extreme life changes that enabled him to fully appreciate more and experience new things in life especially with his wife and family. More than anything, he loved to ride and didn’t care where he was going, as long as he was in the passenger seat, many of which he enjoyed in the company of his step-daughter, Kelley and his two dogs Mitchell and Dusty. He liked to spend time with his grandchildren and took several trips with them when they were younger.
A very proud Mason, Bob had been a member of the Orient Masonic Lodge 15 in Thomaston for many years. He was also a member of the Owls Head Transportation Museum and would often take his 1930 Ford Model A which he restored to the museum shows and would drove it in the Thomaston 4th of July Parade. For several years, he enjoyed being asked to give children rides in his Ford at the Lura Libby School Fall Carnival. His Ford Model A was his pride and joy.
Predeceased by his parents; half siblings, Roderick Montgomery, George Montgomery, Dot Montgomery Hoatling; and a grandson, Roland Peters Jr. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Tessie Montgomery; his step-children whom he thought of as his own, Roland Peters of Waterville; Marlene Peters Libby and her husband Bruce of Appleton; Kelley Peters of Rockland; and Gary Peters of Cushing; his grandchildren Daniel Libby of Appleton, Meggan and Tyler Peters of Damariscotta, Kelley-Anne Peters Davis of Tenants Harbor, and Colleen Peters Fontaine of Waterville; a sister Rosalie Matson of Cushing; a brother Maynard Montgomery and companion Gerry Hutcheson of Rockport; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two daughters, Linda Liscombe and her husband, Tim; Diane Bouchard; a stepdaughter, Deborah Arni.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Jackie Sanborn of Kno-Wal-In Hospice for her special care, continuous support, and help during this difficult time, and to Miles of Hope for their service to and to the physicians and caregivers at the Harold Alfond Cancer Center.
Friends and relatives are invited to a remembrance gathering Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. and a masonic service at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 201 Main St., Thomaston. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Pine Grove Cemetery in Appleton.
In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in Robert’s memory to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841 or to Miles of Hope, 21 Limerock St., Rockland, ME 04841. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Montgomery family by visiting their book of memories at longfuneralhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.