Robert Nichols Mackey, of Bridgewater, MA, passed away on August 22, 2020 at the age of 71. He was the son of the late Frances Jean Nichols Mackey and William T. Mackey, of Brooklyn, NY.
Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He was a graduate of Nazareth High School and a very proud graduate of Providence College, class of 1970. He earned a Master's Degree in History from Brooklyn College. While at Providence College, he was part of the Army ROTC and later was an officer in the 2nd Infantry, United States Army.
Bob began his teaching career at St. Vincent Ferrer School and later as a history teacher at St. Edmund High School, Brooklyn, NY. He has remained in contact with many of his students over all these years. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Theresa Suchan, at a family party in NJ. They married on Oct. 21, 1978. Then, having changed his career, they settled in Brockton, MA and later in Bridgewater, MA where Bob became a salesman in the business forms industry for over 25 years. He was a true salesman. He knew everyone’s name and was candidly comfortable talking with friends and strangers alike. He was lovingly nicknamed "The Mayor" and "Father Bob" by his family and friends.
Later, after retirement, he brought those skills to ARC of South Shore, a non profit group whose mission is to empower families and disabled individuals of all ages with opportunities to reach their fullest potential. He truly loved these five years of his life as he found them overwhelmingly gratifying. He was very proud of this work.
Bob was a lifelong basketball enthusiast and was a die hard Providence College Friars fan. He loved watching them on TV, attending games with his family, and keeping in touch with his fellow alumni. He tried to never miss a home game even as his health declined. He loved spending time with his family and being with his grandchildren. Bob was funny and loved chatting with everyone.
Bob is predeceased, October 27, 2018, by his beloved wife Terri whom he supported unfailingly during her battle with leukemia. They were a loving couple who always enjoyed visiting family and friends in New Jersey, New York and Virginia. Falmouth, MA was a favorite vacation spot. They were active parishioners at St. Basil Chapel in Bridgewater, MA and were an integral part of the church community.
Bob's family would like to acknowledge the excellent, loving care he received from Old Colony Hospice, MA these past months.
Bob was the loving husband of the late Theresa M. Mackey (nee Suchan). He is survived by his son David F. Mackey and his wife Denise of South Walpole, MA; his son Daniel W. Mackey, Alexandria, VA; his grandchildren Chiara, Courtney and Nathan Mackey; sisters Jean M. McPadden of Brooklyn, NY; Ann M. Donohue and her husband Philllip of Brooklyn, NY; Doris M. Giusti and her husband Angelo of Holmdel, NJ, sister-in-law Elizabeth Mackey Blick, PA. He is pre-deceased by his brother William T. Mackey and brother-in-law Brian J. McPadden. He is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
All are cordially invitesd to a visitation period on Friday Aug. 28 from 4-8pm at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St. Bridgewater. Bob's Funeral Mass at St. Basil Chapel will be held privately due to covid restrictions.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Thomas Aquinas Church-St. Basil Chapel, 103 Center St., Bridgewater, MA 02324