Northborough – Robert Stowe Whitney, 71, of Northborough died peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at his home, surrounded by family. He is the son of the late Curtis Stowe and Martha (Partch) Whitney and the husband of Kristen Joan (Ahern) Whitney.
Bob was raised in Marlborough, where he was a decorated athlete in baseball and football. His passion for sports led him to New Mexico to play college baseball, spending his summers as a pitcher for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Returning to his hometown after college, he met the love of his life, Kristen, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. For Bob, family was his top priority.
He is survived by his wife, Kristen Whitney, his daughter, Sarah Whitney and her husband Brian Poudrier of Whitinsville, his daughter Blair Whitney of Shrewsbury, his son Joseph Whitney and his wife Brittney and his granddaughter Nora of Boston. He is also survived by his brothers William Whitney and his wife Kathy of Marlborough, James Whitney and his wife Jo-Anne of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Thomas Whitney and his wife Julie OF Earleton, FL. He also leaves behind a large extended family of nieces, nephews and in-laws, with whom he celebrated many special occasions and holidays.
Bob was a career salesman for Hills Home Market, where he treated his customers like family for over 40 years. When not working, Bob could be found either cooking a meal for loved ones, tending to his large vegetable garden, or cheering on a Boston sports team. He was a warm, gentle man with a welcoming presence that put everyone around him at ease. People from every facet of his life, including friends, colleagues, and his healthcare team will remember him for his unwavering kindness and respect. He will be greatly missed.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough, MA 01752. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough, MA.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Robert Whitney to support cancer research and patient care at:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168
Boston, MA 02284 or