Eleanor Canavan Bober

1931 ∼ 2020

Eleanor Canavan Bober

                  CHATHAM – Eleanor Louise Marie (Canavan) Bober, 89, of Chatham and formerly of Worcester, beloved wife of the late Herbert John Bober for 53 years, died at her home November 4 with her devoted family.

               Born in Winthrop, Ellie was the daughter of the late Ellen V. (Mahoney) and John A. Canavan. She was proud to note that she was endowed with a fighting spirit, having lived so long despite weighing a mere three pounds when she was born. Also, Ellie was delighted to have been raised by the sea in Winthrop. It was her fervent wish to die in her home by the ocean in Chatham, and so she did.

                  Ellie graduated from Winthrop High School and then Emmanuel College in Boston, from which she received a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she worked as an executive assistant at Shawmut Bank in Boston. Ellie and Herb were married in 1953 and made their first home in Winthrop. They moved away from Massachusetts only for a brief time when he took a job in Philadelphia. But she yearned to return north, and they soon did, raising their five children in Worcester. There she was active in the Children’s Fund Players, a community-theatre troupe of women who performed musical-comedy shows for the benefit of Our Lady of Mercy School. When her children were older, Ellie returned to the work force as an administrative assistant at WAARC, now known as the Seven Hills Foundation, and later for Robert Fine Associates. She also was a real estate agent for Pine Acres Realty in Chatham.

                  Ellie was a long-time communicant at Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham, and for years was a member of Eastward Ho! Country Club. She also was an avid furniture refinisher, knitter, and expert Nantucket-basket weaver. She made dozens of baskets for family and friends, culminating in the creation of baby bassinets and a cradle for her grandchildren, all of which remain cherished heirlooms. Among the great joys of her life were black licorice, chocolate (milk), swimming off the dock in Crows Pond, and her beloved cat Weezie.

                  Ellie is survived by her children and their spouses, Drs. Kathleen Bober-Sorcinelli and Richard Sorcinelli of Orange, CT; Karyn Kuhn and Mark Fletcher of Osterville; Paul and Nancy G. Bober of Mashpee; Ellen and Sean Moynihan of Norfolk; and Matthew and Nancy D. Bober of Chatham. She also was the proud, loving grandmother of eleven grandchildren: Elisabeth LeSieur (Christopher), Andrea Sorcinelli (Colin), Matthew Sorcinelli (Danielle), Hayden Kuhn (Amber), Gabriel Kuhn, Nicholas Fletcher, Christian Bober, Daniel Bober, Lindsey Moynihan, Nicholas Bober, and Evan Bober. Her great-grandchildren – Harlow and Tate LeSieur and Madaline Sorcinelli – gave her particular joy in her later years. She also leaves behind dear Arabella and Jonah, many beloved nieces and nephews, and her loving sister-in-law Anita Bober of Sandwich. She was pre-deceased by Herb, who died in 2007; her son-in-law Tad Kuhn; her brother John A. Canavan Jr.; sisters-in-law Marguerite Canavan and Violet Bober; and brothers-in-law Robert, G. Warren, and Donald Bober.

                  Those who knew and loved Ellie will remember her as a woman with a special talent for making – and maintaining – strong friendships that flourished for decades. She also was a woman of devout faith and great compassion. But mostly, she will be remembered for her delightfully naughty sense of humor and that impish laugh with a mischievous glint in her eyes .

A private graveside service will be held in Union Cemetery.

                  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 11435 Cronhill Drive, Owings Mills, Maryland, 21117.

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Eleanor Canavan Bober

1931 ∼ 2020

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