In memoriam: Robert “Bob” McGilvray

Published On: January 9, 2024Categories: ATA News, News

Robert “Bob” McGilvray, Jr., of Hull, passed away at the age of 68 on Christmas Day 2023, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Marie-Pierre (Renard) McGilvray for 37 years, devoted father to Charlie Driggs of Hingham, Jim Driggs of Jamaica Plain, and Caroline (McGilvray) Fetigan of North Yarmouth, ME, best father-in-law to Julie, Jen, and Jason. Best son-in-law to Andree (Gummy) and Jean (Bonpapa) Renard. Adoring grandfather of Carter, Anna, Adelyn, Robin, and Meredith. He also leaves behind his dear siblings Bette McGilvray of Marco Island, FL; Kathy McGilvray Baltz of North Conway, NH; Jay McGilvray of Kingston, MA; Margie Galleher of Bethesda, MD; Patty McCarty of Plymouth, MA, and Richard McGilvray of Lackawanna, NY, and their spouses, as well as his many nieces and nephews.

His career began in the marine industry in the 1980s, and eventually he became the General Manager of the U.S. office and distribution center of a European industrial fabrics manufacturer, Serge Ferrari USA, in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area. He greatly enjoyed his professional life, which involved a great number of varied industries, far and wide travel opportunities, and his favorite, remaining heavily connected to the marine and boating world. He was a member of the Marine Fabricators Association and Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI/ATA), among others.

He was an adventurer in the truest sense of the word and had many hobbies. He loved skiing, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, traveling, kayaking, fly fishing, camping, reading science or nautical fiction, dancing at parties, and most importantly sailing his boat “Amasele” all around the Bahamas, South Florida, and the New England Coast. He was a member of the Hull Yacht Club, Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club, and enjoyed PHRF Wednesday night racing as well as many coastal regattas throughout the years. He will be remembered for his curious mind, zest for life, sense of humor, and warm smile.

A private family memorial at Hull Village Cemetery is planned for January 13th, 2024, and a Celebration of Life at the Hull Yacht Club for family and friends will follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.