Robert E.L. West, 86, died Monday, August 6, 2018, in the afternoon at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Mass. He was the husband of the late Mary (Mitchell) West.
Born in St. Mary’s on Nov. 17, 1931, he was the son of the late Howard and Foye (Dotson) West. He was raised and educated in W.Va. and graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1953.
Following his time in the service, he was employed by New England Telephone for nearly 30 years.
A longtime Westwood, Mass. resident where he was a member of Saint Denis Church, Bob resided in Topsfield for several years following the death of his late wife and recently made his home at Colonial Gardens in Beverly.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and had been active for many years in the Coast Guard Reserves. He was an avid train enthusiast and loved dogs.
He leaves a son, Greg West and his wife Melissa, of Danvers; his grandchildren, Katelyn Breen and her husband Andrew, Timothy Bopp and his wife Michelle, Michael Devlin, and Maggie Devlin; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Lilly, and Aubrey; and his loving partner, Ethel M. Farmer.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Lee Bopp, and his brother, George West.
Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service that will be held in New Westwood Cemetery, High St., Westwood, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 11.
In lieu of flowers, Donation may be made to the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, 47 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320-8111. Please note for the Class of ’53 Endowment.