Robert Joseph McIlwain
Robert Joseph McIlwain
  • April 21, 1933 - December 26, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Robert J. McIlwain, of Raleigh, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 26, 2017. Bob was born on April 21, 1933 in Philadelphia to the late Robert and Louise McIlwain. Bob was a proud veteran, having served on active duty with the US Air Force, stationed in Germany 1953 through 1956, and then in the reserves until being honorably discharged at year-end 1960. The acquisition of J Wiss & Sons Scissor Company by Cooper Tools brought Bob and Helen, his wife of 58 years, to Raleigh in 1981, where Bob embarked on a long, successful career in sales.

Bob is survived by son Michael McIlwain (Ann) of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter Kathleen McIlwain of San Francisco, CA, son Robert McIlwain (Elizabeth) of Wake Forest, NC, as well as granddaughters Kathryn Lewis (Drew) of Fort Wayne, IN and Michelle McIlwain of Wake Forest, NC, and grandson Steven McIlwain of Indianapolis, IN. He is also survived by sister Louise Green of Philadelphia, PA and brother George McIlwain of Wildwood Crest, NJ. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife.

Services will be held Friday, January 5th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St Raphael's Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609. There will be a visitation prior starting at 10:15 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bob's memory to any charitable veterans' organization, Transitions Lifecare, Shriners Hospital for Children, or The Salvation Army.