HOPE — Robert “Bob” Appleby, age 88, passed away peacefully at the Homestead in Owls Head, Maine on March 29, 2021.

He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on April 12, 1932, one of two children, to Harold and Elizabeth Appleby. The family moved to his father’s home state of Maine in 1943 and lived in North Yarmouth until 1951. Bob attended North Yarmouth Academy and, after graduation, attended the University of Maine at Orono. After earning a chemistry degree, he went to work for the Dupont Company in Parlin, New Jersey as a research chemist. It was during this time that he met his future wife. They were married in 1959 at the First Baptist Church in Metuchen, New Jersey. After working at Dupont for 29 years, he took an early retirement to become a math and science teacher in two different private schools, one in New Jersey and one in Maine. He then worked for SAD 28 in Camden as well as at Camden High School for a number of years. He had a lasting love for his students, the staff, and the teaching experience.

Bob had many interests and hobbies. He was a history buff and was a member of the Hope Historical Society. He was their webmaster for many years. At one time he was a beekeeper. He, along with his son, Scott, built a television from scratch, which, to his wife’s amazement, actually worked. He was also an avid reader.

He always set goals for himself to exercise and stay healthy. One time he rode his bike from New Jersey to Maine. Every day that he was able, he would go for a walk or hike.

Bob enjoyed attending West Rockport Baptist Church with his wife, Carole, for more than twenty years.

He was married to Carole, the love of his life, for 61 years. He is survived by his wife, Carole, of Hope, Maine, and his son, Scott, of West Virginia. He also leaves behind a sister, Dorothy Kingsbury of Florida, Dorothy’s daughter Beth, and her two children Amy and Jason, and Dorothy’s son Mark and his children Ethan and Zack.

A burial service for Bob will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Hope Grove Cemetery, with Dr. David English officiating.