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 Robert Arthur “Bob” Mills, Sr

Robert Arthur “Bob” Mills, Sr

Birth
Seward, Dorchester County, Maryland, USA
Death 4 Jan 1966 (aged 61)
Roland Park, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section St. Nicholas, lot 510
Memorial ID 49446327 · View Source
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Bob Mills was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1904 - the youngest son of John Russell and Mary J. Slacum Mills. Their mutual friends George Yox and Ann Wist introduced Bob to his future wife Marge McCart of Baltimore City in 1932. At 28, Bob Mills was a tall man with sandy blonde hair and green eyes and a comic sense of humor. He had moved to Baltimore from the hamlet of Seward (along the tidal marsh, mixed woodlands, and fur farms of the Blackwater River and near the birthplace of Underground Railroad organizer Harriet Tubman) in Dorchester County (12 miles south of Cambridge. He came from a large family of five sisters (Mary Edith Keyes, Sadie M. Stevenson Twigg, Estella Olivia Wiley, Mildred L. Pritchett, and Elsie Mary Insley)and one brother (John Naamon Mills). Margie wasn't very impressed with Bob for the first six months. But after dating for three and a half years they were married in May 1935 when Margie was 25 years old. Since Bob was not a Roman Catholic, they were married in the rectory of the Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church. Friends George and Ann were their witnesses and were also married a few years later.

Their first house - a rowhome at 4800 Park Heights Avenue near the Pimlico racetrack in West Baltimore. The Mills rented the upstairs of the six-room house to an older single woman. Bob was working for United Railway as a streetcar conductor.

After a few years they sold this house and bought a larger house at 1207 W. Northern Parkway between the neighborhoods of Roland Park and Mt. Washington in Northwest Baltimore. Bob and Margie rented out the second and third floors of the seventeen-room house to other tenants. Their house was adjacent to property on the corner of Falls Road and Northern Parkway that was used as a garden nursery. Their only child Bobby, Jr. was born three weeks premature on May 27, 1939.

In 1964, Bob Mills, Sr. began going out in the evenings and not telling Margie where he was going. She assumed he was going out for a beer at a local bar. But when this continued every other night for weeks she became very worried. ("Mills, where have you been?") Finally he told her that he had been meeting with Father Martin Flahaven at St. Ambrose Church and had converted to Catholicism. Margie was very surprised. Six months later he was hospitalized at Maryland General for three weeks due to angina caused by heart disease. He was forced to retire early from being a streetcar driver with the United Railway and received a pension. But he ignored his doctor's warnings and on New Year's Eve he was put in the hospital again and had a fatal heart attack on January 4, 1966 and died at the age of 61. He was buried at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Baltimore.


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  • Created by: Bill Horten
  • Added: 8 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49446327
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Arthur “Bob” Mills, Sr (8 Apr 1904–4 Jan 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49446327, citing Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Bill Horten (contributor 47074755) .