HAMPDEN – Robert L. Leighton, 78, passed away unexpectedly March 30, 2012, at his home. Robert was born June 23, 1933, in Milbridge, son of the late Jasper and Hazel (Bell) Leighton.
Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years before marrying Nancy Foster in 1956 and moving to Hampden, where they raised their five children. He worked his entire career at N.H. Bragg and Sons, Bangor. Bob had a passion for baseball which led him to coach Little League in Hampden for several years, however, his most precious accomplishments were his family. He could often be found cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events or keeping his friends and neighbors up to date on what was going on in the Leighton family. Bob will be remembered as the ultimate homer and a loving father, grandfather and friend to many.
Surviving Bob are his loving children and their respective spouses, Kim and Jon Farley, Robert and Colleen Leighton, Barbie and Ken Beal, Lisa and Layne Alley, and Brent and Mary Leighton; 12 grandchildren, Oriana and Evan Farley, Meaghan and Morgen Leighton, Jillian Ingerson and spouse, Lance, Nick Beal, Kayla and James Alley, Brent and Kyle Leighton, Jessica Chenette and spouse, Tom; a sister, Elena Leighton; brother, Philip Leighton; a sister-in-law, Alice Stanley; as well as several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend, Mary Farley. Robert was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, in 2009; his brother, Don; and sister, Marie.
Family and friends are invited to visit 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Interment will be later in the spring at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Hampden-Newburgh Little League, care of Pete Huston, 93 Monroe Road, Hampden, ME 04444. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared though