MOUNT DESERT – Dr. Robert “Bob” Louis Massucco Sr., DDS, 77, died peacefully on Jan. 21, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Westfield, Mass., the son of Louis J. and Roberta M. (Ring) Massucco.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, class of 1958, and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, he served as an Oral Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in Stephenville, Newfoundland.
In the early 1970s he moved his family from Aspen, Colo., to Maine, where he set up his family practice. Dr. Massucco, affectionately known to all as “Dr. Bob” was the dentist for Mount Desert (Somesville, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Manset, Bass Harbor) for more than 30 years, and is responsible for the smiles of an entire generation of the residents. A trip to the dentist always came with stories of his boys or latest adventures and usually ended with photos of blueberries and a hug.
An avid outdoorsman and passionate sportsman, Dr. Bob was regularly seen running or skiing along the roads, paths, and trails of Acadia National Park all times of the year. An avid canoer, he raced or paddled in the best of Maine’s whitewater rivers. In the winter, Dr. Bob selflessly donated thousands of hours volunteering to bring cross country skiing to the dozens of miles of carriage roads throughout the Park and was recognized and loved as a Friend of Acadia. He pioneered the use of snowmobiles to place tracks for thousands of skiers of all levels to use and enjoy. Many winter weekends, he could be found with his family and friends on the slopes of Squaw Mountain, at Moosehead Lake.
Shortly after moving to Maine, Dr. Bob fulfilled one of his childhood dreams and purchased a blueberry farm in Downeast Maine. The farm became known to all as Dr. Bob’s Blueberries. His sweet and tangy low bush wild blueberries graced many tables in the form of muffins, pies, and jams.
Despite his passion for his work and extra activities, Dr. Bob never missed the opportunity to be “lead cheerleader” for his boys sporting activities. Beginning at little league games, continuing on through High School soccer and basketball, Dr. Bob could be seen (and heard!) supporting his son’s teams both Home and Away.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary “Mimi” (LaTaif) Massucco; two sons, Robert “Bart” L. Massucco Jr., DVM and wife, Marrisa, of Franklin, Mass., and George Andrew Massucco and fiancée, Michelle Ramos, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; six grandchildren, Liam, Bronte, Lennox, Jian, Josean and Mariana; a brother, Richard J. Massucco of East Otis, Mass.; and sister-in-law, Suzanne Powers of New Milford, Conn.
Friends are invited to call 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. A private interment will be held in the spring at Brookside Cemetery, Mount Desert. Those who desire may make contributions in Bob’s memory to Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.