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Robert Louis Coates

June 25, 1959 ~ April 1, 2017 (age 57)



Robert Louis Coates


Litchfield – Rob passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

He was born in Waterville on June 25, 1959 the loving son of Nancy K. Bernhardt and Robert L. Coates, Sr.

Rob graduated from Cony High School Class of 1977.  He was currently employed by E.S. Boulos Company as a Project Manager, overseeing substation projects throughout New England.

Rob was a loving husband, father and grandfather whose face lit up like the sun whenever his family gathered.  He was happiest in the company of the little ones, teaching them, learning with them and having fun together.

He was a dreamer, a doer, a visionary and an inventor.  Although he earned his living as a project manager, Rob was truly a Jack of all Trades, with the drive, vision, ideas and ideals to master them all in time.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, sailing and skiing.   He was a rescue diver, an actor and even a tobogganner!  He did and experienced more in his 57 years than most do in much longer lifetimes. He often quoted the Proverb, “A man who has friends must show himself friendly,” and he lived by that.  He made friends wherever he went.

Rob was active in Community Theater being involved with Monmouth Community Players, ACAT Theater in Waterville, Gaslight Theater in Hallowell and Johnson Hall in Gardiner.

Rob also did a brief foray into politics by running for State Senate in 2000.

He was predeceased by his father and is survived by his mother, Nancy K. Winslow of Crystal River, Florida, his wife Meredith (Mindy) of Litchfield; Three daughters and their husbands, Jessica and Thomas Sholly of Lebanon, Conn., Rachel and Casey Cavanna of Quaker Hill, Conn., and Heather and Charles McAuley of Littleton Mass; five grandchildren, Amelia  and James McAuley, Willow and Meadow Cavanna and Ito Rose Sholly, Sisters Jaye Coates of Florida, Carol and Kirk Markee of New Hampshire, nephew Michael Markee, his wife Heather and great nephew Garret of Lebanon Maine and former wife Deirdre (Dee) Perry of Litchfield.

A service will take place Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. from Staples Funeral Home, Gardiner.

There will be a gathering after the service at the Gardiner Sportsman’s Club in Gardiner.

A committal service will take place later in the spring.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the following:

Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine

3121 Hotel Road

Auburn, ME 04210

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine, Inc.

431 Campground 

Livermore Falls, ME 04254

Charitable donations may be made to:

Good Shepard Food Bank
Auburn, Maine ,

Child Evangelism Fellowship of Maine, Inc.
431 Campground, Livermore Falls ME 04254

 Service Information

April 15, 2017

11:00 AM
Staples Funeral Home
53 Brunswick Ave.
P.O.Box 598
Gardiner, ME 04345

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