Robert Clarke Newell Jr., who for nearly five decades owned and operated Sagamore Tree & Landscape Service, Inc., has died. Mr. Newell of Sagamore Beach died July 19 at the age of 72.
The son of Robert Clarke Newell and Barbara Johnson Newell, he had spent his early childhood in Uxbridge prior to his parents, former summer residents, settling the year around in Sagamore Beach in 1962.
A graduate of Bourne High School, Mr. Newell furthered his education by earning business degrees from Johnson & Wales and New Hampshire College.
He was a veteran of the US Army and had been stationed in Alaska on duty as an atomic demolitionist.
Mr. Newell founded Sagamore Tree & Landscape Service in 1970 and ran the business for the rest of his life; many of his customers called him Hurricane Bob.
During a period of drought the Upper Cape was experiencing in July 1999, Mr. Newell was interviewed for a story found in the Enterprise archives. He said that he had been keeping busy despite the drought, but added that business could be affected if it were to continue all summer.
In addition to his responsibilities as a business owner, he held memberships in the DeWitt Clinton Lodge, Cawnacome Sunshine Lodge, Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts Scottish Rite, Aleppo Shriners, Sandwich Chapter No. 221 Order of Eastern Star, American Legion, Sandwich-Bourne Lions Club, and BNI.
He had served as a past president of the Monument Beach Sportsmen’s Club and as a board member and officer of the Sagamore Cemetery Association.
He leaves his wife, Susan E. Newell; two children, Robert J. Newell and Sarah E. Silva; two grandchildren, Jacob C. Silva and Emma E. Silva; two siblings, Sue Newell Reilly and James Preston Newell; and extended family.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 23, from 4 to 8 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.
A funeral service will be Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30 AM at Swift Memorial United Methodist Church in Sagamore Beach, followed by a committal service at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.