WHITING – Robert Ray Cale Jr., 56, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012. He was born May 15, 1956, in Machias, son of the late Robert R. Cale Sr. and the late Janice (Colbeth) Cale.
Robert was a loving and giving husband, father, brother, son-in-law, uncle, brother-in-law, grandfather and friend. He was a hardworking, self-employed contractor who took great pride in his work. As a young teen, when predeceased by his father, he began digging clams to help support the family. He was also predeceased by his mother. He was a member of Centre Street Church, United Church of Christ; past master of Harwood Lodge No. 91; past patron of Machias Chapter No. 83, Order of the Eastern Star; member of Royal Arch Chapter No. 16 and Anah Temple Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Terry and Josh and Ivan; one son, David; daughter, Bobbie-Jo and her husband, Kevin Ashley, who gave "grandpa" two beloved granddaughters, Caroline Rae and Paige Elizabeth; two sisters, Sharon, and Linda and "Bud"; brother, Dennis; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dot Mae and Dwight Whitney Sr.; four brothers-in-law, Dwight and partner, Peter, Philip, Patrick and wife, Janis, and John and wife, Joyce; an aunt, Flo Bishop; several very special nieces, nephews and cousins, and many friends. "Bobby" met his beloved wife, Elaine, later in life, and together with youngest daughter Bobbie-Jo, they enjoyed life at their home which he built on Gardner Lake. He loved family gatherings and was often the first to arrive and last to leave.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Centre Street Church, U.C.C., with the Rev. David Norling officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Washington County Children’s Program, P.O. Box 311, Machias, ME 04654; Centre Street Church, P.O. Box 265, Machias, ME 04654 or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the Cale family by visiting their book of memories at