Robert “Bob” E. Linton of Dracut, MA


5881-lintonRobert E. Linton, 71, of Dracut passed peacefully from this life into the next on  Friday September 23, 2016 at the Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to Carol (Alley) Linton and they enjoyed 39 wonderful years together.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late W. Everett and Natalie Linton. Robert graduated from Billerica High School with the class of 1963.

Bob worked as a mechanic for National Grid Gas in Lowell for 33 years before retiring in 2012.

He was an active member of Lowell First Church of the Nazarene, serving as head usher. He was also involved in teaching Caravan and organizing the annual Pine Car Derby for many years. To many children of the church, he was known as the “Candyman”, his pockets full of Swedish fish. In his early years he enjoyed participating in softball and bowling leagues. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed outdoor activities, such as gardening and adventuring with his granddaughters.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kristi and Christopher Knepp of Dracut, MA; his son, Timothy Linton of Braintree, MA; his mother in-law, Marguerite Alley of Dracut, MA; five sisters, Phyllis McArdle of Mesa, AZ Arlene Putnam of Brookfield, NH, Patricia MacFadgen and her husband Robert of Mesa, AZ, Eleanor DeBow of Brookfield, NH and Charlene Babbitt of Billerica, MA; two brothers in-law, Eric Magnuson of Harvard, MA and Charles Alley and his wife Judith of Milford, MA; his three beloved grandchildren, Kelsey, Ashley and Sydney Knepp, who affectionately called him “Blah”; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Linda Magnuson who passed away April 2014.

Bob was a friend to many and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., N. CHELMSFORD, MA 01863. Funeral Services Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Lowell First Church of the Nazarene 1195 Varnum Ave. Lowell, MA. Burial in Oakland Cemetery, Dracut, MA.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lowell First Church of the Nazarene. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


September 27, 2016
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


September 28, 2016
10:00 AM
Lowell First Church of the Nazarene
  1. Frank and Hazel (Sharpe) Locke says:

    Bob was a vibrant part of cottage life for all of us at Five House Beach, Nova Scotia, for so many years. It was sheer delight to reunite with him and his family three years ago here in our home in Brookfield, NS, where my husband was pleased to meet these special people, then to picnic together at the memory-filled beach. Carol and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers truly are with you at this time.

    Frank and Hazel (Sharpe) Locke

  2. Rick Kinney says:

    My Deepest Sympathy To The Linton Family. I Worked With Bob at Hallisy Chevrolet & NGrid. One The Most Likeable People You Could Ever Meet. RIP Bob Linton

  3. Jim Lund says:

    Over the years, I had met Bob on a few occasions. I wish that I had known him better. I did know from others how good and kind he was and how very much he was admired and loved. My sincerest condolences to you Carol and the entire family in your time of loss, and may God give you peace and comfort as you, in coming days and years, cherish fond memories.

  4. Jerry and Cindy Buckley says:

    So sad to hear of Bob’s passing, though from what I was aware of he did his best but went through difficult times. He was loved by many including Cindy and I. Blessings to you Carol and all your love ones. One day we will meet him in the beautiful place The Lord has for all who love Him. He was a great man of God and full of Love for All.

  5. Chris C says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time.

  6. Ed and Rose Lorrey says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with the Linton Family. We know that Robert’s service will be a celebration of his life and we wouldn’t miss it

  7. Mary and Gary Cliborn says:

    Robert, our lives have brought us close for a time or two, then apart again, but through it all we have been friends first, and cousins, second. I remember the years when our kids were in Dracut High Band together, and the times we met with our mothers, at your Mom’s house. Through it all I have loved you, and can honestly say you were there for me when my times were tough. We both were fortunate in our choice of spouses, and our faith in God and our Savior, Jesus. May you rest in peace, my friend, and Robert, and know that even though I live far away, you and Carol are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Butch and Peggy Kierstead says:

    Sincere sympathy to all. May God give you many happy memories of Bob to help you through this difficult time.

  9. James Dean says:

    With our deepest sympathy to his family, God Bless and keep you in our prayers. James Dean and family

  10. Kevin and Cathie Coffey says:

    A kind and gracious man, Bob left a sweet mark on our lives, including our grandson. We are grateful to have known him and his wonderful family.

  11. Darlene Benton says:

    Thinking of your family Carol in the days to come.
    Saying goodbye to a loved one is hard, but we all know where Rob, Blah is.
    My Memories of Bob are to many to put here but I will say that he was a Kind, Loving, caring human being who always had a smile on his face.
    God has an Angle in Heaven and he is with his Sister Linda .
    Love and Prayers to you all . Your Dad, Blah is suffering no more.

  12. Ron Sturtevant says:

    RIP Bob . It was a pleasure to know you ,work with you and hunt together .

    Ron Sturtevant

  13. Arlene Putnam says:

    I loved you beyond words. I will always miss you. You will be in my heart forever. Sister, Arlene

  14. Jim and Margaret Waterman says:

    Bob was the best husband, father, “Blah” – and a wonderful friend to us for many years. We will never forget his kindness to our boys as he played Santa for them, his being a great hunting buddy with Jim, or what a super, caring Caravan guide he was for many years. He always had a smile on his face, a great story to tell, and a helping hand for everyone he met. Above all , he was a Christian gentleman who lived out his faith in word and deed. He will be missed by us and all who knew him. Sending our deepest condolences to Carol and the entire family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Love you!

  15. Rob Fringer says:

    Bob was a good man who loved God and loved people. It was great to serve along side him for my time at Lowell First Church of the Nazarene. My prayers are with the family this day and with his church family. Rest in the arms of Christ good and faithful servant.

  16. Phyllis McArdle says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with you all…
    Kristi, You did a job keeping everyone informed..
    I know it was hard…But your faith will see you
    through the hard times…Look forward to seeing
    everyone again…
    Love to all Phyllis

  17. Angie McMaster says:

    I love your family and my heart breaks for you. God has taken away the pain that your Dad, Husband, Blah felt through his body and God will be with you to help soothe the pain from your hearts. Trust in Him to hold you in the palm of His hand. Much love and prayers for you all.

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