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Robert Clayton Preble

May 11, 1933 - December 1, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date December 7, 2019

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Robert Clayton Preble of Quincy died December 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He is the son of the late Charles Edward Preble and Jeanette Elsie Arneson.

At the outset of the Korean Conflict, Bob joined the United States Air Force and served in the Azores Islands with the Air Police. He was proud of his military service and would often be seen wearing his Veterans hat. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Andrews Society of Massachusetts and, along with his wife Bobby, was involved in Cub Scouts Pack 36 for many years as his sons went through the program. In the 1960’s, feeling that no incumbent should ever run unopposed for any office, Bob entered the race for Mayor in the City of Quincy. Although he was not successful, which he often said he was happy about, he did raise awareness of the need for people to get involved in their communities.

Predeceased by his loving wife Barbara Ann Johnston, and his brothers Charles E and Ronald O., Robert is the loving father of Robert C. (Rusty) and wife Naomi, Scott D. and wife Stacey, Mark A. and wife Teri, and Rev. Peter M. and wife Nicky all of Weymouth; devoted grandfather of Kate, Alex, Justine, Jacob, Julia, and a granddaughter on the way. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Sullivan of Abington and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate his life at the Dennis Sweeny Funeral Home from 4:00 to 8:00PM on Friday, December 6th 74 Elm Street, Quincy. A funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home chapel at 10:00AM on Saturday, December 7th. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made in his name to: Puppies Behind Bars 263 West 38th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018 or at

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