Robert (Bob) T. Whipp, 84 years old, passed away due to complications of pneumonia and COVID 19, on May 6, 2020, enveloped by the warm love and prayers of his wife and family, and under the compassionate care of the kind staff at Berkshire Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, RI.
Bob was the loving husband of Barbara T. (Falvey) Whipp to whom he was married for 61 years. Born in Fall River, to the late John and Abigail (Britland) Whipp, he was the youngest of ten.
Bob lived in Fall River and summered for many years in Little Compton, Rhode Island where he would often be seen taking fish orders before he hiked along the rocks toward his favorite fishing spot with poles and buckets in hand. Usually, he would return hours later with empty buckets and stories to tell (What his family all knew though, was that he didn't have the heart to keep the fish).
Bob's kindness made him a natural nurturer of animals. He fed and often cared for birds, squirrels and any other animal that happened upon his porch. He did most everything with his pooch in tow.
He excelled at any sport he attempted. He was an avid golfer and treasured his time on the links with his sons. Besides golf, Bob loved horseshoe pitching and was a member of the Loon Pond Horseshoe Club in Lakeville, MA for many years. During his time with the club, he was honored with many awards.
Among the many things Bob loved to do in his spare time, he was also a gardener. He enjoyed sharing what he grew with family and friends but he especially liked watching his grandchildren sneak a tomato or a few extra strawberries. He loved nothing more than surprising his loving wife, whom he adored, with a beautiful vase filled with gorgeous blooms from his prized flower garden.
Bob and Barbara tried to make every holiday or family gathering memorable, but everyone knows their favorite holiday was Christmas. Their grandchildren will always hold in their hearts Papa's Grand Christmas Trees, the bigger the better! Their Christmas trees were embellished with so many delicate ornaments that Bob and his daughters had collected and treasured over the years. At every family gathering Bob would pull out his guitar and harmonica. He was a natural when it came to music. He could sing, as well as play guitar, piano, and harmonica. A Whipp family event would not be complete without a performance from Bob.
Bob was a professional house-painter by trade and there was no one better. Bob's true calling, though, was to make everyone that was blessed to be part of his life a happier person. Bob was always kind and knew how to make a person smile and feel valued.
What Bob loved most of all though, was his family. They were his Sunshine! Bob was welcomed into heaven by his son John, his daughter Helen and his beloved daughter Kathleen (Katie). In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his daughter Nancy and husband Ronald of Pawtucket, his son Patrick and wife Kathleen of Fall River, his son Michael and wife Kara also of Fall River and his son Robert (Ned) and wife Kerri of Swansea; his brother Joseph and wife Evelyn of Fall River as well as his sister-in-law Annette, wife of his late brother Charles Whipp of Swansea; many beautiful grandchildren and even great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late John, Edward, Thomas, and George Whipp, Anna Ward, Elizabeth Paquette, and Mary Gibbons.
Bob was a kind, gentle, loving, and understanding man that never judged. He loved his wife, family and friends and showed compassion to all he met. Finally, if he were to read any of this, he would say, "Who is all this about? Me? No...!" and cap it off with a smile.
Due to current circumstances caused by COVID 19, Bob's Catholic Mass and burial will be private.
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