Robert A. Call, 88, died April 8, 2010, at his home in Spruce Head Island, surrounded by his wife and family.

Born Sept. 9, 1921, in Milo, he was the first of four children of Dewey and Lillian Bell Call. Bob grew up in Rockland and graduated from Rockland High School.

He joined the Army Signal Corp during the World War II and was stationed in Alaska for part of his tour before leaving the army in 1945. Bob married Barbara Batchelder of Thomaston in 1943 and they later returned to Rockland to raise their family. He joined his father Dewey and brother Charles to form the construction company, D.R Call and Sons. They later went on to build commercial and residential structures throughout the Midcoast. During this time they founded the retail lumber and hardware store located at the corner of Broadway and Maverick streets. Bob retired in 1985. Bob’s wife, Barbara, passed away in 1988. In 2003, he married Geraldine Danforth of Monmouth.

Bob enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his homes in Saint Petersburg, Fla., and Spruce Head Island. He enjoyed boating in Penobscot Bay, and snowmobiling around the Alford Lake area. He traveled to visit his children and family throughout the states and in Europe. Bob was an avid cribbage player, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening and cooking.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine; his sons, Jon Call of Santorini, Greece and Jerry Call of South Thomaston; his daughter, Lucinda Gelinas and her husband, Ronald, of Farmington; four grandchildren, Adam Call, Susannah Jenks, Heather Angelopoulos and Brianna Gelinas; five great-grandchildren, Luke, Stavros, Alexander, Hannah and Henry; his sister, Ruth Farrell and her husband, Foster and Jeannie Bennett and her husband, Roy; several nieces and nephews and their families; a stepdaughter, Sharon Grant and her husband, Ronald, of Greene; a stepson, Wesley Danforth Jr. of Buckfield; four step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. A reception will follow at the funeral home’s 104 Limerock facility.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to South Thomaston Ambulance, P.O. Box 147, South Thomaston, ME 04858; or the Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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