R.I.P. Bob Weigold

I learned this morning that Bob died earlier this month.  He and I used to fish together separately on the Lake, every Spring and again in the Fall.  He used to drive around the lake in his souped up golf cart, with ATV tires.  He loved it up here, at Loon Lake.

From the June 30, 2018 Adirondack Daily Enterprise:

Robert M. “Bob” Weigold, 81, formerly of Loon Lake, passed away after a brief illness on June 13, 2018, at MidState Medical Center in Meriden, Connecticut, with his family and friends by his side.

Bob was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 26, 1937, and was the son of the late Louis and Rosina Mitchell Weigold. Growing up in New Haven, Bob graduated from Hillhouse High School before honorably enlisting in the U.S. Army National Guard.

He was the beloved husband of Maureen Shaw Weigold, and along with his wife, Bob is survived by his daughter Barbara Campbell and her husband G.T. of Massachusetts; sons Alan Weigold of Utah, Robert Weigold of New Hampshire and Matthew Weigold of Meriden; grandchildren Elizabeth Ann Kaminski, Aspen Weigold and George Campbell; great-grandson Walter Kaminski; two nieces and one nephew. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Brian Shaw (Eleanor) of Hamden and Hal Shaw (Lorraine) of Florida, and very good friends Dexter Crowley (Ann) and Al Volpe (Marge). Bob was predeceased by his sister Lucy Gale and a nephew.

Bob owned several service stations in New Haven, Connecticut, and was later a partner in Eagles Brothers/Tire Country in North Haven, Connecticut. He enjoyed working on cars and was a lifelong mechanic, working on any engine he could find. Bob’s motto was, “If man made it, I can fix it.”

It was a lifelong dream of Bob’s to own land in the Adirondacks, and in 1981, he bought land in Loon Lake, where he built a home during the legendary ice storm of 1998. Before the house was built, Bob and his family would spend time on the land in a trailer with no running water or electricity. Bob’s children remember fondly their “camping days” of bathing in Loon Lake and being surrounded by woods. In May 2002, after the house was completed, Bob and Maureen moved to Loon Lake full time. Bob worked for a contractor in the Adirondacks and also as a fill-in person in the shipping and receiving department at Trudeau Institute, where Maureen worked as the institute’s administrative assistant. Bob could often be found “holding court” during lunch in Trudeau’s dining room.

He cherished his years spent in Loon Lake, fishing for bass, cruising around on a snowmobile, acting as a guide to the best fishing spots or taking walks with his beloved dog Guinness, who is buried on the property there. Whether sitting on a church pew or a boat seat, looking through a stained glass window or a sunset, Bob knew God. He was a member of the Alliance Church in Saranac Lake and the New Life Church in Walliford, Connecticut.

Bob and Maureen moved to Natick, Massachusetts, in 2012 after the birth of their grandson George and most recently were residents of Meriden, Connecticut. A funeral service was held on June 21 at New Life Church in Wallingford, but a celebration of Bob’s life is being planned for later this year in the Adirondacks, to be held at the discretion of the family. Those wishing to remember Bob are asked to consider donating to MidState Medical Center Pavilion B, 435 Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

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