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Robert E. Tainsh

Robert E. Tainsh, Sr., 87, resident of North Smithfield, passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at his home with his family by his side. Born in Dracut, MA, he was a son of the late John G. and Helen E. (Sweeney) Tainsh, Sr.

Robert was an Army World War II Veteran who served with the Burma Road Engineers as a diesel mechanic. He had the distinction of being the first driver on the China Burma Road while overseas serving his country. When Robert returned from overseas, he was employed as a tugboat captain. For the next 42 years, he worked for the Lang Brothers Truck Company as a truck driver before retiring in 1989. He was a member of the New England Teamsters Trucking Industry and a member of Teamsters Local 251 Retirees Chapter. He was a former Fourth Degree Knight with the Pascoag, Rhode Island Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his 3 children, Jacquelyn Potter, RN and her husband Gary of North Smithfield, RI, Gail Cuddy, RN and her husband Mac of Warwick, RI and Dr. Robert E. Tainsh, Jr. of Winter Park, FL. In addition, he is survived by 8 grandchildren, Megan Tucker, Nathan Potter, and Trey Cuddy of RI and Robert, Laurel, Erica, Kelsey, and Valerie Tainsh of Winter Park, FL. Robert leaves behind 1 great granddaughter, Grace C. Potter. He is survived by 2 sisters Catherine Melton and her husband Harry of Warwick, RI and Marilyn Rose of Smithfield, RI.

Robert was preceded in death by his first wife Rita (Farrell) Aubin and his wife of 39 years, Stella (Pulnik) Tainsh. He is also preceded in death by a brother John Tainsh, Jr. and sisters Helen Tainsh, Doris Nichols and Anne Charlonne.

His funeral will be held Friday at 9AM from the Keene-Brown Funeral Home 445 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, RI with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM at St. Johnís Church in Slatersville. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 6-8PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robertís memory may be made to the American Heart Association, One State Street, Suite 200, Providence, RI 02908.

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Jacquelyn Potter June 05 2012 Dad, I miss you so much already.I'll always remember our special time together and our long talks. You always have a smile on your face and a positive attitude. I'll miss your great stories. Yes, I do know how much you love me and I'll always be your "Dolly". Rest in peace Daddy, you're in my prayers. Love, Jacquelyn Anne

maureen Wowk June 05 2012 Very sorry for your loss, Bob and Stella were wonderful neighbors. We will miss seeing him and talking to him very much! God Bless Bob!
Love, Steve and Moe

Megan Tucker June 05 2012 I miss you Grandpa. I'm so glad that we got to spend so much time together over the past few years. One of my favorite memories will always be cooking Christmas dinner and bringing it to your house...what a wonderful and special day we had! I know my Dad was your favorite cook...but I hope I came in a close second. I'll miss your smile, your great stories and that witty sense of humor! We'll take good care of your Dolly, but try to look in on her from time to time. She sure is going to miss you. I love you Grandpa. Rest in peace. Love, your Dolly Jr., Megan

Gary Potter June 06 2012 Grandpa, I will always remember your great sense of humor. Who else would say that the GMC logo on your truck meant "Gary My Cook". I'm happy you always enjoyed my cooking. Will think of you every time I make chowder. It was an honor that you always called me your son. It meant alot to me. Thank you for Jacquelyn (your Dolly). She lights up my life as she did yours. You are a special man and will be greatly missed. Love, your son (in-law) Gary

Love Elizabeth Lewis June 06 2012 Jackie, Gail and Bob---I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. He lived a full life, and loved you dearly.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you,during this painful time.

Nathan Potter June 06 2012 Grandpa, thank you for everything you've done for me over the years. I will miss so many things about you, especially your humor and stories. It means more than you know to me that Gracie was able to know her great grandfather. Love you, Pal!

Alice Levesque Burton June 07 2012 Jackie, Gail and Bob. I will always remember your dad as being such a fun-loving person. He touched many lives. I am so sorry for your loss.

Catherine Jackson and Family June 09 2012 Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. The neighborhood will not be the same.


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