CAMDEN – Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Robert John Rooks, passed away July 8, 2010, after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Bob Rooks was born June 27, 1941, in Milwaukee. Bob was the finest, kindest, most honorable and gentle man imaginable, and will be greatly missed by friends and family. At West Allis High School, Bob was an All-State three-sport athlete. He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Bob married his college sweetheart, Karin Martinson, in 1963, and raised two children, Jennifer and Robert Jr., in Dunwoody, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. As a young man, Bob flew B-52′s in the Strategic Air Command. He joined Delta Air Lines Inc., in 1969. During his 32-year career, he piloted almost every aircraft in Delta’s fleet. His favorite destinations were Mumbai, India, and Paris. Bob and Karin fell in love with the Maine coast and moved permanently to Camden in 1988. Bob’s happiest moments were either at the helm of his sailboat, Shepherd, cavorting with his Labrador retrievers, playing golf at Megunticook Golf Club or simply spending time with family and friends. Throughout his life, Bob always had passions: photography, running, woodworking, sailing, golf, and Mexican and Thai foods. In recent years, he and Karin enjoyed traveling in the West and wintering in Arizona. He adored his grandchildren and loved to be with them, teaching them golf, taking them on overnight sailing trips and giving them rides on his scooter. Bob treasured his friendships, often leaving the house to run a “quick” errand, only to return several hours later, after running in to numerous friends along the way. Bob served as commodore of Camden Yacht Club, and was vice president of Megunticook Golf Club. As an old friend said, “Bob lived his life the way a man should.” He is survived by his wife, Karin; his children, Jennifer Rooks and her husband, Mike Moran, and their children, Sam and Julia, and Robert J. Rooks Jr. and his wife, Trish, and their son, Henry; a brother, Richard and his family. A celebration of his life will be held 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden. Memorial donations may be made to Shields Mission Fund, First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843 or Camden Yacht Club, Youth Sailing Fund, P.O. Box 204, Camden, ME 04843. Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.
ROBERT J. ROOKS
Posted July 16, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.