, Salem, MA

August 6, 2013

Robert F. Lightbown, 85

Peabody, MA — Robert F. Lightbown, 85, of West Peabody, died Saturday at his residence after a short illness. He was the husband of Frances (Shaw) Lightbown, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. He was born in Winthrop, Mass., on December 25, 1927 and was the son of the late Frederick and Dorothy (Samuels) Lightbown. He was raised in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1946.

He entered the U.S. Army, and stationed in Korea prior to his discharge in 1947. He then enrolled at the Feener Technical School in Boston, receiving his associate degree in 1949.

Bob joined the General Electric Co. at the River Works plant, Lynn, starting as a draftsman and worked there for 38 years, and retiring as a manager in 1987. For the past 20 years, he and his wife wintered in Zepher Hills, Fla., where he served on the board of directors at their condominium association. He enjoyed being active outdoors, and for many years went camping throughout New England with his family. He enjoyed both sailing his boat in the summer, and ice boating in the winter at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. He had been an avid golfer, playing with his fellow GE associates at The Meadows golf course in Topsfield. He also belonged to the GE Bowling league, and had been a member of the ELFUN Society of General Electric. Robert had been a member of the Jordan Lodge of Masons A.F. & A.M. of Peabody for 53 years.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; his four sons, Alan and his wife, Christine Lightbown of Georgetown, Mass., Barry and his wife, Donna Lightbown of Bartlett, N.H., Steven Lightbown of Middleton, and Brian and his wife, Mary Lightbown of Peabody; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. His funeral service will be held there on Friday, August 9, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ralph Wetherington of the West Congregational Church, Peabody, officiating. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions, or to sign the guest book, please visit