Nahant — Robert Waldron Roland, 79, the husband of Pamela (O’Neil) Roland, died peacefully on Saturday morning, August 17, 2013, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Bob was born in Newton, and was the son of the late Clyde W. and Helen Barbara (Bryant) Barrows. He was raised in Nahant, and graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1952.
Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Special Services in Europe. Following his discharge, Bob earned his Bachelors of Arts from UMass Amherst in physical education, continuing his education at Boston University, earning his master’s in English and physical education.
Bob was a physical education teacher at Marblehead High School for over 30 years. He was the school's hockey coach from 1962 to the mid-1990s, and led them to the state finals at the Boston Garden in 1964, 1980 and 1985. He also was a hockey coach for Lynn English High School in the 1990s. More recently, he was a driver for the North Shore Shuttle.
Bob was a former member of the North Shore Baseball Umpires Association, former president of the Massachusetts Hockey Association, and a former Boston Globe Hockey Coach of the Year. He was also inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame and the Friends of Marblehead Hockey Hall of Fame.
Bob lived life to the fullest, and touched many lives through his teaching and coaching career. He was an avid Red Sox fan. But most importantly, he loved all his children dearly.
Surviving him in addition to his wife are eight children, Amanda Roland, Richard Roland, Kelly Roland and Vanessa White all of Marblehead, Janice Lamir of Nahant, Kerri Wear and her husband, Tim, of Somerville, Lindsey Roland of New Castle, Maine, Roberta Moore of New Hampshire; two brothers, Richard Roland and his wife, Cathy, of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Allen L. Roland of Sonoma, Calif.; three sisters, Edith Roland of Nahant, Susan Cusic of Rochester, Mass., and Martha Peach of Marblehead; and a large extended family. He was also predeceased by his beloved son, Mark Steven Roland.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service will be held at the Nahant Village Church, 27 Cliff Street, Nahant, on Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem, on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association of Massachusetts, 72 Concord St., C3, Boston, MA 02118. To sign the guest book, or for additional information, please call 978 744 0497, or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.