BELFAST and CARIBOU – Robert E. "Bob" Bishop, 94, passed away Jan. 18, 2012, with his daughters at his side, after a brief illness. Bob was born Oct. 7, 1917, in Caribou, the son of Walter Freeman and Mina Lillian (Roberts) Bishop.
Bob has been a lifelong resident of Caribou until the early 1980s when he moved to Belfast. He received an associate degree in agriculture from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1939. A veteran of World War II, he served three years, two of which were in the European Theatre. During this time he was awarded a citation for acts of Merit in France, Belgium and Holland. He was an American Legion member for more than 60 years, a lifetime member, and also a charter member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bob was also a member of Young Farmer Association, Caribou Historical Society and a former key member of the Lions Club. He was also a member of the Rotary, Belfast. During the 1960s Bob was an elected member of the city representative government in Caribou for three years. He served three years on the board of assessors and two terms on the board of trustees at Nylander Museum. He was also a member of the board of trustees at the Universalist Church, Caribou. From 1946 to 1956, Bob was a potato farmer and shipper in Washburn and Caribou. After building his potato business, he was a proprietor of Red Brick Motel until retirement in 1976. Bob always enjoyed growing big vegetable gardens in the summer and proudly shared his crop. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Bob is survived by his two daughters, Nancy B. Tracy of Brewer and Carol B. Spinney and her husband, Gary, of Rockport; grandchildren, Kristi Todd and her husband, Jared, of Rockport and Jenifer Mason and her husband, Levi, of Waldoboro; stepgranddaughter, Karen Dow and husband, Joshua, of Falmouth; three great-grandsons, Alexander and Dominic Todd of Rockport and Zachary Mason of Waldoboro; nephew, David Reed and wife, Julie, of Holden; niece, Paula Leavitt of Shapleigh; second wife, Dorothy (Dow) Bishop of Attleboro, Mass.; and stepchildren, Ann Larson and husband, Glen, of Norton, Mass., Barb Pelkey and husband, Steve, of Westbrook, Cheryl Lunn and husband, Michael, of Florida and Wesley Philbrook of Massachusetts. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Mina (Roberts) Bishop; his brother, William Bishop and wife, Orize; his sister, Annetta (Bishop) Reed and husband, Stanley; his loving wife, Dorothea I. Wilbur Bishop; his granddaughter, Shelli Jean Lombard; and his son-in-law, Eugene C. Tracy.
Relatives and friends are welcome to visit 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, with Pastor Alan Shumway, pastor of First Baptist Church, Belfast, officiating. An interment service will be held in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery, Caribou. Online condolences may be offered to the family at