Robert “Bob” W. Hakala, 82, a long-time resident of Marlborough and formerly of Troy died on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Pine Heights in Brattleboro. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.
Bob was born the son of the late Lillian (Hill) and Arvo Hakala on October 6, 1936 in Troy. He was educated locally and graduated from Troy High School class of 1955.
On October 24, 1959 he exchanged vows with Judith A. Harding at the Congregational Church in Amherst. They were married with family and friends in attendance. Sadly, Judith passed on February 20, 2008 after forty-eight years of marriage.
Bob worked at the Roy Brothers Company for several years as a furnace technician. Prior, he had worked at Bill’s Oil and Dugan’s Oil in similar roles.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, gardening, working on his farm, snowmobiling, listening to polka music, NASCAR, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and cooking. His biggest enjoyment came from time spent with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bob was an incredible son, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Family meant everything to him.
Mr. Hakala is survived by his two children; Debra A. Glen of Pinellas Park, FL. and Lisa E. Hakala Posco and her husband Mark of Old Orchard Beach, ME. Seven wonderful grandchildren; Holly Stark and her husband Eric, Stephanie Glen, Matthew Glen, Zakary Belletete and his wife Meghan, Lacey Belletete, Heather Belletete, and her partner Brendan and Dillon Belletete and his fiancé Britney. Three amazing great-grandchildren; Brooke Rambeau, Josephine Hart, and Elliott Belletete. In addition, he leaves; his neighbors, Mike, and Michele who were like children to him and Judith, cousins, extended family and friends. Bob is pre-deceased by his sister Charlene Munson.
In keeping with Bob’s wishes, all services will be private. He will be buried in the family lot at Meetinghouse Cemetery in Marlborough this spring. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com