Robert (Bob) A. Kahelin, 87, of Osterville, MA and Fort Myers, FL passed away peacefully on April 20, 2019 in Fort Myers after a life well lived.
Bob grew up in Centerville and was the son of Aate and Annie Kahelin. He loved all sports and in fact met his beloved Georgia through sports at Barnstable High School. He excelled in baseball and immediately after graduating high school in 1949, Bob married Georgia and headed out to play baseball within the Washington Senators system. When a shoulder injury shorten his baseball career, Bob and Georgia returned to Cape Cod where Bob started his own successful home building company, which later expanded into a nationwide manufacturing business, Plastronics.
Bob stayed active in the sports world where he sponsored and coached a Babe Ruth team. Bob often took his family on vacations that centered on outdoor recreational and educational activities. In later years, Bob and Georgia loved to take trips were they would explore parts of America and other countries, often driving thousands of miles just to see a unique site that they could post in their travel album. One of those trips literally saw Bob travel 4,227 miles, crossing 14 states in eleven days, seeing the sights along the way, in his quest to see the world’s biggest pistachio nut, located in Alamogordo, NM.
Bob had many friends, as his dry sense of humor endeared him to all he met. It was Bob’s commitment and loyalty to friendship that made an association with Bob everlasting, as he was generous and truly cared for everyone that touched his life. At times Bob was a man of few words, but when he did speak, those words spoke volumes.
Creative hobbies were Bob’s simple pleasure in life ranging from wood working, growing vegetables, jewelry making and cooking, where he was the master of everything potato. And of course, when there was a New England sports team playing, especially the Celtics, Bob was always there to cheer them on.
Bob is survived by his son Rob and his wife Donna Kahelin (Osterville, MA) and their daughter Rachael (Alexandria, VA); son Peter and his wife Jill Kahelin (Fort Myers, FL); sisters-in-law Pat Kalas and Peg Kalas; along with several nieces and a nephew. Bob’s only sibling Helen, who was married to the late Frank Gilchrist, passed away in October 2018. Bob will be buried at a private service in Osterville.