Robert G. Newton, 83, of Old Wendell Road passed away Wednesday (10/6/2021) at Buckley Health Care Center in Greenfield.
He was born June 25, 1938 in Greenfield, the son of Alvin and Margaret (Dalton) Newton.
He attended Montague schools and graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1956, where he was captain of the football team and class president.
He married the former Sheila Crocker in 1956 and started a family.
Bob was a talented union electrician, and worked on many large area projects including schools and colleges in western Mass. Later in his career, he worked for the Erving Paper Company prior to an early retirement in 1991. Bob was an electrical code instructor and electrical inspector for many years, as well as a longtime Montague town meeting member.
He was a school committee member, a building committee member for the TFHS building project in the 1970’s, and a GCC trustee.
Bob enjoyed carpentry and woodworking, and renovated his young family’s home in Millers Falls, as well as assisting his children in the building or renovating of their homes.
He enjoyed writing poetry, some very poignant, as well humorous limericks. In retirement, he became an awesome baker, delivering sweet treats to happy recipients all around town.
Besides his wife Sheila, he leaves his children; Martha Balazs, and husband Stephen, of Northfield, Robert Newton, and wife Tina, also of Northfield, and Thomas Newton, and wife Sue Ironstone of Worthington. He also leaves grandchildren; Noah Balazs, and wife Rebecca, of Cairo, Egypt, Emma Balazs, of Brunswick, Maine, and Max Newton, also of Northfield. Finally, he leaves great-granddaughters; Wilhemina and Laurel Balazs.
Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother Richard Newton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation,
P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
Finally, the family would like to sincerely thank the staff of the Buckley Nursing Home and New England Hospice for their care and many kindnesses.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.konstanskifuneralhome.com
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