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Robert Bradford Entwistle Sr., 85, husband of Marilyn “Woodsie” Entwistle, died peacefully at home on November 17, 2017.
Born to Jack Entwistle and Mary Margaret (Lyons) Entwistle, Bob graduated from Beverly High in 1950, where he was voted “Class Wit” and his future wife “Class Artist.” He also graduated from Cushing Academy and Middlebury College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Japan. After his service, Bob was reintroduced to Woodsie, whom he nicknamed "the queen" and who became the love of his life.
Bob made a career in publishing in Massachusetts. After moving to Maine in 1989, he continued working into his 70s. His hobbies included technology, flying (he got his pilot’s license in his 50s), tennis, golf and skiing. He especially enjoyed teaching people with disabilities to ski at Shawnee Peak.
Bob’s wife, six children and 13 grandchildren formed the center of his life. On winter weekends, the family’s trademark orange Volkswagen bus was loaded with Fern the dog, kids, and assorted friends to head to camp at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. Days began with Bob’s famous pancakes to fortify everyone for the first chair and ended with the Entwistles trying to be last off the mountain.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, Bob always maintaining a positive attitude. Woodsie served as Bob's sole caregiver for 13 years, ensuring he had a high quality of life every single day. Bob was well loved by "the queen," and he knew it.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn “Woodsie” (Woods) Entwistle; his six children and their spouses: Martha and Jim MacKay of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Mike Entwistle of Salt Lake City, Utah, Suzie Entwistle of Portland, Maine, Bert Entwistle and Cathy McCarron of Reading, Mass., Amy and Shawn Hunter of Yarmouth, ME; and Sarah and Jeff Adams of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; 13 grandchildren, Laura, Robert, Ruby, Abbi, Sam, Jack, Molly, Tommy, Charlie, Will, Annie, Elizabeth and Christopher. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara White of Ipswich, MA; cousin, Claire Lyons of Enfield, NH; Doug Brockelbank of Ipswich, and Rosie O’Grady of Salt Lake City, UT. He was predeceased by his brother, Jackie Entwistle.
Friends are invited to a celebration of Bob’s life on Sat., Nov. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Saltwater Grille, South Portland, Maine.
Published on  November 23, 2017
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