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Obituary: Robert E. Linton, 71

Sep 30, 2016 06:16AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Robert Linton Obituary

DRACUT -- Robert E. Linton, 71, of Dracut, passed peacefully from this life into the next on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to Carol (Alley) Linton and they enjoyed 39 wonderful years together.

Born in Lowell, he was the son of the late W. Everett and Natalie Linton. Robert graduated from Billerica High School with the class of 1963.

Bob worked as a mechanic for National Grid Gas in Lowell for 33 years before retiring in 2012.

He was an active member of Lowell First Church of the Nazarene, serving as head usher. He was also involved in teaching Caravan and organizing the annual Pine Car Derby for many years. To many children of the church, he was known as the "Candyman", his pockets full of Swedish fish. In his early years he enjoyed participating in softball and bowling leagues. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed outdoor activities, such as gardening and adventuring with his granddaughters.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kristi and Christopher Knepp of Dracut, MA; his son, Timothy Linton of Braintree, MA; his mother in-law, Marguerite Alley of Dracut, MA; five sisters, Phyllis McArdle of Mesa, AZ Arlene Putnam of Brookfield, NH, Patricia MacFadgen and her husband, Robert of Mesa, AZ, Eleanor DeBow of Brookfield, NH and Charlene Babbitt of Billerica, MA; two brothers-in-law, Eric Magnuson of Harvard, MA and Charles Alley and his wife, Judith of Milford, MA; his three beloved grandchildren, Kelsey, Ashley and Sydney Knepp, who affectionately called him "Blah"; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Linda Magnuson who passed away April 2014.

Bob was a friend to many and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., N. CHELMSFORD, MA 01863. Funeral Services Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Lowell First Church of the Nazarene, 1195 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA. Burial in Oakland Cemetery, Dracut, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lowell First Church of the Nazarene. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at
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