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Robert Lamar Carpenter, 86, of Warminster, PA, died on November 8, 2023. He was born in Millville, NJ on December 13, 1936, to Walter and Janice Baker Carpenter. As a young boy, “little Bobby” could either be found down the back hill of his house, sitting on the digger or in the local train yard sitting in the steam engine cab along with the crew.
Bob graduated from Millville High School and received Health and Physical Education from Glassboro College before going to work for the Millville YMCA as a Program Director from 1966 to 1973. Bob and family moved to Pennsylvania when he was named Associate Executive Director of the Hatboro YMCA for one year and then Executive Director until he retired in 1991 after a 25-year career in the YMCA. During his YMCA career, Bob mentored many youth and young adults some of whom followed in his footsteps becoming Executive Directors of local YMCAs. Though retired, Bob could not sit still long and opted to go back to work. He served as the Resident Services Director for ACTS, Inc. for six years. Following ACTS, Bob became a member of the Bucks County Court Tip Staff serving first The Honorable R. Barry McAndrews and then The Honorable C. Theodore Fritsch, Jr. for whom he worked until his 2nd retirement after 20 years with the Bucks County Courts. He loved working with the Court Staff and especially his fellow Tip Staff.
Bob served in the US Army, 3rd Armored Division for 2 years and Army Reserves for 5 years obtaining the rank of Sergeant E5.
Bob met the love of his life, Lynn in 1958 at the Millville YMCA. Excited to start their new lives together, the two were married September 9, 1961, in Millville. Bob and Lynn started their family in October 1962 upon the birth of Robert W. Carpenter, followed by Suzanne I. Carpenter in 1966 and Melanie L. Carpenter in 1971. Their children meant the world to him. Though Bob loved being a father, his favorite role was that of a grandparent. He treasured time with his grandkids and loved more than anything being a pop pop and an “old” pop pop.
Bob was an active member of Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church in Hatboro, PA serving as Finance Chair and many terms as Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Bob also sang with the Adult Choir for 30+ years.
Bob was a member of the Masonic Order of Free & Accepted Masons of NJ for 35+ years. He served as an Officer and Past President of the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce for two years and as member of the Board of Directors for 16 years. He was a member of the Willow Grove and Warminster Chambers of Commerce and served as Vice President of the Hatboro Rotary Club and member for 16 years.
Bob loved sports, especially watching the Phillies, or spending weekends watching Penn State and the Eagles. His absolute favorite pizza was Manco & Manco’s Pizza in Ocean City, NJ. He loved marching band festivals and served as the “Voice of the William Tennent Marching Band” for 17 years. Bob also loved a good Dixieland Band and for years volunteered at Drum & Bugle Corp competitions in Allentown, PA. When his years volunteering ended, he continued attending DCI competitions every summer with his children and grandchildren. The summer of 2018 was a highlight as he watched his grandson, Weston, march with The Cadets2 from Allentown, PA.
Bob also had an incredible love of trains. In the basement of their home, Bob always had a ping pong table size Lionel Train display providing entertainment to his children and grandchildren for hours. His children have memories of spending Saturdays at local train stations just watching the trains come in and out of the station. His children also have memories of “chasing” emergency vehicles no matter where or what time of the night. A peculiar fascination Bob and Lynn shared.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved granddaughter Alexia Drew and his parents, Walter and Janice Carpenter. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Lynn Carpenter; son, Robert W. Carpenter (Cherie), daughter, Suzanne I. Carpenter (Wendy), daughter, Melanie L. Carpenter; grandchildren, Tanya Backlund (Andrew), Timothy McGregor (Alicia), Ryan McGregor (Jade), Weston Carpenter, Kyla Carpenter, Christopher Gutierrez; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh McGregor, Kellan Backlund, Kenzie Backlund, Lilah McGregor, Jett McGregor; Sister and Brother-in-Law, Iris and Jack Carr; Nephew, Jack Carr (Ashley); Niece, Alyse Conover (Ernie); two great nieces, one great nephew; and two great, great nephews.
The Memorial Service for Bob scheduled for November 27th has been postponed, Please keep checking back for a rescheduled date and time.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society Here.