Robert H. MacArthur "Bob"

  • Born: May 27, 1947
  • Died: December 15, 2020
  • Location: Londonderry, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Hanover Street

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104

info@phaneuf.net
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family


Robert H. MacArthur, 73, of Londonderry, passed away at home on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, after a long heroic battle with cancer. The world is better because Bob was in our lives. He was born to the late Arthur G. MacArthur and Eve (Noyes) MacArthur on May 27, 1947 in Manchester, NH. He graduated in the Class of 1965 from Manchester Memorial High School. He proudly served our country in the Army, working as an Executive Chef. After his honorable discharge, his career began as a breakfast cook; then he worked at several high-volume restaurants and resorts and eventually established Castle Caterers which he managed for 42 years, to become one of the largest in New Hampshire. He was a living example of how being honest, generous, "up-side-right", and hard working leads to a rich and meaningful life. Bob was a positive, witty, soft-spoken man who thrived on American history; he was a Rotarian for 25 years, a prolific Red Cross blood donor, and a self-taught electrician, plumber, builder, and craftsman. Bob spent as much time as possible fishing in the Pittsburg, NH area with his close friends. Fishing was a source of peace and pleasure for him, especially when spent with his lifelong friend, Sal Coco. Bob accomplished his bucket list, checking off things others only dream of, including traveling to over 40 countries with his beloved wife, Myrna, skydiving, piloting planes, whitewater rafting the Penobscot 28 times, ballroom dancing, and catching a striped marlin.

Bob leaves behind his wife, Myrna (Thomas) MacArthur of Londonderry, NH, his siblings, Donna Anagnos of Londonderry, NH and Albert MacArthur and his wife Rita of Manchester, NH, his children David MacArthur of Marlborough, MA and Daniel MacArthur of Concord, NH and their mother, Martha MacArthur of Manchester, NH, Nicole (Gregorio) LaMothe of Randolph, VT, and Ben Gregorio of Rochester, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He relished being a Papa to his 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Bob believed in the quote by Hunter S. Thompson: "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!".

Everyone has a Bob story, and we'd love to hear them all. Share your memories, pictures of Bob, or send condolences to his family on his online tribute at www.phaneuf.net/obituaries. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the NH Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03301 or https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/funding/donate.html or to a charity of choice.

Services: All are welcome to a graveside service that will take place on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at approximately 10:45AM at the New St. Joseph Cemetery, 65-97 Old Bedford Rd. in Bedford, NH. Strict social distancing and masks required. Prior to the graveside service, a private family and close friends only memorial service will take place. Those unable to attend in person can view the service online via live stream at www.phaneuf.net/streaming. Please email the family at bobfuneralnh@gmail.com to retrieve the streaming password and time of service. A Celebration of Bob's life is planned for the summer of 2021, with food, as Bob felt no get-together was complete without good food.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Myrna and family, Donna and Albert,

My sincere condolences to you and your families for your loss. Although it has been many years since I have seen you, I can still remember Bob's great smile and spirit. I can surely see that he has had a full and rewarding life. May you be comforted by the many wonderful memories that you shared together.

Posted by Michael MacArthur - Peterborough, NH - Family   February 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to seeing Bob for his scans at PMC. I loved hearing about his latest adventure or the future trip that he was looking forward to. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by CAROLYN MYERS - Londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   January 02, 2021

So sorry for your loss Myrna. I know I haven't been there as much since my wife's passing. Take time for yourself to grieve for your loss and take care of yourself.

Posted by Don Tishler - Londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   December 26, 2020

We had a beautiful day for his burial.

Posted by Nicole LaMothe - Randolph, VT - Daughter   December 26, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the MacArthur family. May great memories keep him in your hearts and minds.
Cousin Eddie and Cathie Tierney

Posted by Edward Tierney - Allenstown, NH - Family   December 26, 2020

So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was always the first person I saw when going into Londonderry Animal Clinic. Sending my condolences to Myrna and his family.

Posted by James Butierez    December 26, 2020

Bob and Myrna made a fabulous team at the animal clinic. Bob's presence and soft , solid demeanor was always comforting whether all was going well or not so well with our fur babies. You will surely be missed Bob. Myrna, may the Lord comfort you and give you strength , please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa Graham

Posted by Lisa Graham - Friend   December 24, 2020

Our deepest condolences for your loss. Such a gentle and kind soul.

Posted by Janice Zwart - Londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   December 23, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of Bob's passing. Husband always remembered a pet the family had.
It has been a story told so often my children feel they know the pet. But Bob will be missed. Our deepest regret for the family's loss. He will be remembered in our prayers

Posted by Linda Tierney - Candia, NH - Family   December 23, 2020

Bob (or his real name, Papa) has been my second “Dad” and a truly GOOD part of my world for almost 40 years.

To me he was a always a voice of ‘common sense positivity,’ intelligence, cheerfulness, and above all FAMILY.

He was all about others.

He was always both materially and emotionally generous. And always there for us — with a happy greeting, listening to us, and with an interesting story of his own to tell.

He really did win in life. He traveled the entire world, with his very best friend, fully embracing life. He had earned that great life through so many years of hard, hard work. And through a life of being there for others.

Toward the end, it seemed like God just couldn’t say no to Papa, as he prayed so many times for just one more adventure with Myrna, just one more holiday with all of us.

But now Papa has been called up. His soul must have absolutely had to go. To a new and no doubt wondrous life.

To an even bigger life.

He went over ahead of us, maybe to help set up the party. We’re crying real tears, because now we have to keep going without him.

But we know that he is watching us. That he’s feeling good again.

And most especially, that nothing is over.

We’ll see him soon enough, and he’ll show us around and tell us all about his newest adventures.

The best is still yet to come for Dad, for Myrna, and for all of us who love and miss him.

Posted by Sheila MacArthur - Ashland, MA - family   December 23, 2020

My deepest sincere condolences on the loss of your precious friend and husband. You have your own special Angel to watch over you.

Posted by Lillian Tanguay - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 23, 2020

My sincere sympathy to the entire MacArthur family. I had the pleasure to work for Bob many years at Castle Caterers. He was a very quiet caring individual. There is one more bright star shining down on us.
Rest in peace, Bob.

Posted by Denise Duchesne - Manchester, NH - Friend   December 23, 2020

Sincere sympathy to the entire family.
Karen Boone

Posted by Karen Boone - Londonderry, NH   December 23, 2020

Myrna, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I will miss seeing his smile and hearing about all the wonderful trips you have been on when I bring my dog Natasha in. My heart aches for you. Let your wonderful memories keep you strong during this difficult time and in the future!! ❤

Posted by Debra Jesionowski    December 23, 2020

My condolences to the family

Posted by Arthur Tanguay - Bristol, NH - Family Friend   December 22, 2020

Our hearts are saddened for your families loss. We loved seeing Bob at the front desk when we brought our dog Dude to the clinic. We have been there for 13 years. Always felt like family to us. Rest In Peace, Bob. Give Dude a hug for us. ❤

Posted by Jannette Mullen - Londonderry, NH - Family Friend   December 22, 2020

I first met Bob when I started Molloy Sound and Video and he was working at the Wayfarer. He always knew the true meaning of the hospitality business. It was a pleasure to have made his acquaintance and worked with him as we would meet on events over the years. Our condolences to the entire family. May he Rest In Peace . Lorene Cartier Molloy Memorial Class of 65 and Bob Molloy

Posted by Bob Molloy - Manchester, NH - Acquaintance   December 22, 2020

My Sympathy to Bob's entire family. He will be missed but not forgotten. Bob was generous to his Great "Aunt Dot" and I have not forgotten - she had one less worry about food when Bob was catering - she knew it would be good. Take care and I will "see" you online at the service. Cousin Cindy

Posted by Cindy Noyes O'Neil - BEDFORD, NH - Family   December 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Myrna. Sending you and your family hugs, love and prayers

Posted by Diane Vallance - Londonderry, NH - Acquaintance   December 22, 2020

We are so sorry, Myrna. Bob was such a great guy. He took over the front desk like an old hand and sure could handle those big critters. We loved to hear his stories about your trips and where you were going next. He will be sorely missed. We love you. Cathy & Bruce Comes

Posted by Cathy Comes - Londonderry, NH - Friend   December 22, 2020

Sorry for your lost I worked for Bob at the 88 and then again at Castle Catering he was an awesome person to work for.

Posted by Connie Plourde - Manchester, NH - coworker   December 22, 2020

Very sorry about Bob. Went to school with Bob, 7 and 8 grade and high school. Worked at one Rest. where he also worked. Bob was calm, and quiet and he used to hang out with us.

Posted by Rich Tsantoulis - Auburn, NH - Classmate   December 22, 2020

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Myrna I'm so sorry for your loss. Bob was one of those that are hard to find. The love that you both shared for each other was phenomenal. I know I'll miss the bantering between Bob and I. He's pain free and watching over you.

Posted by Jennie Paulette - Merrimack, NH - Acquaintance   December 21, 2020


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Sal & Bob
We had a beautiful day for his burial.