Robert E. Knapp

  • Born: May 20, 1930
  • Died: October 6, 2020
  • Location: Concord, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family


On October 6th Robert Eugene Knapp, formerly of Weare, NH passed away at the age of 90. Bob was born on May 20th, 1930 and lived in Putnam, CT, Kenmore, NY, and Newton, MA prior to settling in NH. He studied at Northeastern University before joining the Army where he attended the Army Language School and served in the Korean War as a Russian Language Specialist. After returning from his post, he spent a memorable season skiing in Oregon and then earned a BS in civil engineering at UNH and an MBA at Babson College. Bob held many jobs: as a young boy he delivered groceries to apartments and picked beans, as a teen he built greenhouses, in college he drove tow trucks and ice cream trucks. He was working as a civil engineer when he met his wife, Colette Daraignez Taylor. His new family, including Colette's three young children, settled in Epsom, NH. While raising his family in NH, Bob worked for the NH Highway Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the NH Hospital Association, and finished his career as an administrator at Concord Hospital.

For 50 years Robert and his wife Colette lived in Weare, NH where he enjoyed organic gardening and cutting, splitting, and stacking wood. He raised his seven children in Weare and was involved in their academic and sporting events. Bob and Colette moved to Havenwood Heritage Heights in 2017. A quiet man, Bob pursued a deeper understanding of his faith and spent his last years caring for his wife, Colette, who resides at Havenwood.

Bob was preceded in death by his brother Theodore Knapp, sister Phyllis Orcutt, stepdaughter Lorraine Simpson, and her daughter, Becky Fifield. Bob is survived by his wife Colette and their children, Robert Taylor, Suzanne Taylor, Christine Knapp, Tracy Misiaszek, Marilyn Knapp, and Jennifer Lanciault. He is fondly remembered by his sister, Mildred McMullin, his nieces and nephews, and his grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date. Bob was a great supporter of New Hampshire Public Radio and if you would like to support this organization in his memory donations can be made online at: www.nhpr.org or by mail: NHPR, 2 Pillsbury St, 6th flr, Concord, NH 03301. Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to www.phaneuf.net.


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To Colette and family I send my deepest condolences. I remember Colette from back in Epsom helping in Girl Scouts with my mom (Margot) and in Weare.

Posted by Kim Bryan - Warner Robins, GA - Friend   November 11, 2020

Colette and family; The kids and myself have a heavy heart with Bob's passing. Oldest daughter Kim Taft and two brothers, Patrick and Kerry send our deepest sympathy to you all. We also met the family way back in Epsom via Scouting, and had the opportunity to work with Colette at the Church in Weare. Wow ! 45 years ago or there abouts. I hope some one might send Collette's address to me as I would like to say "hello". Margot Taft Johnston PO 71 Goffstown, NH 03045. To all of you, God bless and keep the memories alive.

Posted by Margot Taft Johnston - New Boston, NH - Friend   November 10, 2020

Colette and family, I am so sorry for your loss! I remember spending time at your home in Epsom with my classmate, Lorraine. I thought about Lorraine over the years and my searching came up empty. I am sorry to see I will never get the opportunity to catch up on her life. Sending prayers to your family.

Posted by Anita Fife Baker - Warner Robins, GA - Friend   October 28, 2020

Thank you, Dad, for being such a wonderful and caring influence in my life. I miss you very much, but remembering all of our talks and your constand encouragement to do what I wanted makes me feel grateful for having you for so many years. You always reminded me to do what I thought was best and to follow my bliss. May we be happy as we remember you.

Posted by Marilyn Knapp - Henniker, NH - Daughter   October 27, 2020

Miss you, Bob, terribly. Love you forever, Colette.

Posted by Colette Knapp - Concord, NH - Spouse   October 27, 2020


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Miss you, Bob, terribly. Love you forever, Colette.
Thank you, Dad, for being such a wonderful and caring influence in my life. I miss you very much, but remembering all of our talks and your constand encouragement to do what I wanted makes me feel grateful for having you for so many years. You always reminded me to do what I thought was best and to follow my bliss. May we be happy as we remember you.