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Robert F. Arnold

April 2, 1949 ~ March 21, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Robert Arnold Obituary

Robert F. Arnold, late of Brockton, Massachusetts, passed away on March 21, 2024, at the age of 74 in his home with his wife and daughter by his side. Bob fought his battle with cancer with courage and grace for 10 years. Bob, Bobby, or Bubba (as he was variously and affectionately known) was born in Boston on April 2, 1949, to Robert F. Arnold, Sr. and Ruth E. (Reagan) Arnold, and raised in South Boston (when Southie was Southie).

At the age of 17, Bobby enlisted in the Marines following in the footsteps of his father. He completed boot camp at Parris Island, then served two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his service in Vietnam, he became a Squad Leader at the age of 18 and was subsequently promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and served in the National Guard for approximately ten years thereafter. After his Honorable Discharge he went on to earn his associate degree from Newbury College. He was employed for over 40 years at United Liquors and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union Local 25, retiring in 2015 after his cancer diagnosis.

Bobby recently celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary with the love of his life, his wife Candy. Bob and Candy made a home and raised their beloved children, Jennifer and Christopher in Brockton. Bobby enjoyed traveling with his family to Gilford, New Hampshire, as often as possible to spend weekends with his in-laws, He enjoyed spending time with Candy, his kids, and his grandchildren, as well as his large extended family. He looked forward to Sundays watching football with his siblings. Bob and Candy fancied being daily regulars at Sunnyside Café in W. Bridgewater. A frequent patron of George’s Cafe in Brockton with his buddies, he earned the moniker “Mr. Keno” for obvious reasons. Bob enjoyed fine scotch and a good cigar (searching in vain for that good five-cent cigar), and he spent an unhealthy amount of time trying to outsmart the squirrels in his yard, with limited success. Bob was an avid reader, as well as an enthusiastic debater with whomever might have had the audacity to disagree with him and often walked away after having solved all the world’s problems. Bobby’s sense of humor and laughter were infectious, being quick with a one-liner. Well known for being an honest man, Bobby was honorable and a straight-shooter.

He is survived by his wife Candy, his daughter Jennifer Wauhob and her husband Daniel of Bridgewater, his granddaughter Rachael Wauhob of Sandston, Virginia, his grandson James Wauhob of Bridgewater, his sister Ruth Kemp and her husband Brian of Florida, his brother Stephen and his wife, Catherine, of Wareham, and his sister Lorrie Anglin and her husband, Joseph, of Stoughton. He is also survived by his Bufe in-laws, Robert Bufe and his wife Kathy, of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Carol (Bufe) Willis and her husband, Kevin, of Stoneham, and Harold Bufe and his wife Nancy, of Dracut. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruth, his son, Christopher, his brother John, and his parents-in-law, Harold and Yvonne “Kay” Bufe.

The family sends heartfelt thank you to Old Colony Hospice for their compassionate and professional care.

Family and friends are welcome to calling hours Tuesday, March 26th from 2-4 p.m. with a 4 p.m. service at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 N. Main St., Brockton. Private committal. 

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Calling Hours
Tuesday
March 26, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Waitt Funeral Home
850 North Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301

Funeral Service
Tuesday
March 26, 2024

4:00 PM
Waitt Funeral Home
850 North Main St.
Brockton, MA 02301

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