Robert B. Carkin of Dedham, MA


5934-carkinRobert B. Carkin, 78, of Dedham, MA died Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Born in Lowell, and raised in Chelmsford, the son of the late Howard and Gladys (Hoey) Carkin of Chelmsford. Robert was lifelong partner of the late Owen Haynes.

He graduated from Chelmsford High School with the class of 1956.  He was the first in his family to attend college and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston College. He proudly served with the U.S. Army Reserves. Robert retired in 1998 from the Vinfen Corporation of Cambridge where he was the Chief Financial Officer. He had previously worked at Data Architects of Waltham and the W. R. Grace Company of Cambridge. Robert enjoyed traveling, listening to and collecting music. He enjoyed a wide variety of music from classical to Elvis Presley to Enya. Cycling and walking were favorite outdoor activities. Robert was a proud longtime resident of Dedham, MA and has spent the last 20 years wintering in Southwest Florida.

He is survived by his sister, Ruth Carkin Whitney of Windham, NH and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Wesley Carkin of Manchester, VT, Howard Carkin of Rutland, VT and Judith Carkin Provencher of Chelmsford, MA.

Visiting hours Mon. at 11 AM to 11:45 A.M. Funeral Service Mon. at 12 Noon at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Robert Owen Scholarship c/o Chelmsford High School Alumni Association, 200 Richardson Rd, North Chelmsford, MA 01863.  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME  978-251-4041.


November 28, 2016
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Dolan Funeral Home


November 28, 2016
12 Noon
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Sandra Bowles Leland says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. I don’t know if you remember me from Highland Union Methodist Church, but I remember him coming at the holiday season with you and your family. Just wanted you to know my thoughts are with you at this time.

  2. Joyce and Carlo Civita says:

    Dear Ruth and Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to us for many, many years. We enjoyed our summer meetings in our backyard with all of us….Robert, Owen, and of course, “Polo”.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family during this difficult time.

    With our sincere sympathy,
    Carlo and Joyce Civita
    “Ames Street neighbors”

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