LEWISTON — Robert “Bob” D. Brackett of Monmouth died peacefully at the Russell Park Nursing home in Lewiston on Friday, March 24.

He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Farmington, the son of Robert N. Brackett and Agnes (Masterman) Brackett. Bob graduated from Jay High School. He was known for his extremely strong work ethic, starting his first job at 8 years old and even after he retired never sitting still for long. Bob worked in the forest industry for most of his life. In addition, he owned and operated a sawmill in Leeds for several years.

Bob understood the value of schooling and encouraged his family to focus on getting an education so they could have opportunities that he didn’t have. Bob lived for many years with his loving companion, Lydia. Upon retiring, Bob and Lydia began traveling regularly. During this time, Bob enjoyed visiting every U.S. state and especially enjoyed Alaska, to which he made several trips, making countless friends.

Bob had a gift for easily engaging everyone he came in contact with in a friendly conversation that ended with smiles and laughter. He was known as a great storyteller. Those who were fortunate enough to spend time with him were regularly treated to one of his extremely sharp and witty stories. Bob considered himself blessed and enjoyed the little things in life. Bob had a great love of family and friends. There was nothing better for him than when his extended family was together, especially for seafood feasts, including family shrimp feeds. Bob was the oldest of seven children.

Bob is survived by his five children, his son, David P. Brackett, and wife, Jo, of Leeds; his daughters Beth Zarecki and her husband, John, of California, Judy Smith and her husband, William, of Philadelphia, Pa., Shelby Scully and her husband, William, of West Hartford, Conn.; his stepdaughter, Mary Iris, and her husband, Anthony, of Cape Elizabeth; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; along with his two remaining brothers, Richard “Dick” Brackett of Auburn and Clifford Brackett of Florida.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Agnes; his sister; Harriett Mayo; and three brothers; Russell, Arthur and Malcolm. 

Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

Robert “Bob” D. Brackett

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