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Robert "Bob" E. Kingman

Date of Death: April 14, 2019

Date of Birth: May 30, 1950

Biography:

TOPSHAM - Robert “Bob” Edwin Kingman, of Topsham, ME, was born May 30, 1950 and left this world on April 14, 2019. Having fought lymphoma in 1998, it returned in 2015, along with a diagnosis of bile-duct cancer in 2018. Bob is survived by his brothers Joseph and William Kingman; wife Judith Watters; children Edwin and Meagan Kingman; and step-children Amy Barber, and Samuel and Claire Jamison.

Raised in Wayzata, MN, his parents Joseph R. and Gwen H. Kingman shaped his life path in many ways - through their care for others as educators, and through their love of the outdoors, especially skiing and golf. Bob attended The Blake School from primary through high school; earned a BA at Amherst College, a JD at the University of Maine Law School, and a M.Ed. from Antioch University. He found his true vocational calling as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Over the years, children, teens and adults found an unwavering advocate, guide and supporter in him. In turn, Bob was enriched by those who honored him with their trust.

Bob made friends everywhere he went. His gentle nature, intelligence and zany humor drew people to him, and the energy they returned was his life source. There was never a party with friends or family he didn't want to attend. He loved being active and outdoors; was a talented photographer; and filled his life with a wide-range of music.

Bob’s greatest joy in life came from his relationship with his children, Eddie and Meagan. He was exceedingly proud of them and enjoyed being a part of everything they did. For the last 15 years, Bob found the love of his life in his wife Judi. They enjoyed traveling, skiing and sailing together, and the company of their family and friends.

Bob was so grateful to the many healthcare providers whose interventions gave him extra time.  His family sends their sincerest thanks to his healthcare teams, friends, and family that supported them throughout the past four years. As Bob stated in his "legacy video," produced through the Dempsey Center, there was never a time when he didn't feel fully alive.  What a gift to live like Bob.

A service celebrating Bob's life will be held at 11 AM, Friday, May 3rd at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St, Bath, ME, with a reception following. Donations may be made in honor of Bob to Maine Adaptive Sports, 8 Sundance Ln, Newry, ME 04261 or at maineadaptive.org/donate.

 

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