Robert E. "Bob" Mack, age 79, a 20-year resident of
Annapolis, MD and previously of Upper Marlboro, MD
from 1972-94, died on Wednesday, October 1, 2014,
at Brightview Assisted Living Facility in Edgewater, MD
following a brief illness.
Born on May 26, 1935 in Washington, D.C., Bob
attended Anacostia High School 1954, where he
was an active member in the Civil Air Patrol.
After graduating from Anacostia in 1954 he then joined
the Air Force, where he served on active duty for two
years, then in the Air National Guard until 1956, when
he was called back to active duty during the Korean
War. After completing his service to our country, Bob
joined the Prince George's County Fire Department as
a volunteer, and later became a paid member, reaching
the level of Sergeant. He also served as an EMT.
Among the many fire stations where he worked, he
served most of his time at the Brandywine and Baden
Fire Departments. He also was a valued member of the
P.G. County Fire Department's training academy in
Cheltenham, MD. After retiring from the fire department
in 1986, Bob re-joined the P.G. County Government,
working for the Department of Environmental
Resources for another 10 years until his retirement.
Prior to becoming ill, Bob and his wife, JoAnn, enjoyed
cruising their power boat around the various waterways
of the Chesapeake.
During the 1980's, he helped campaign for various politicians in Prince Georges
He coached girls' softball, his daughter's volleyball team and assisted with his son's
He served for several years as the EMT for the Frederick Douglass High School
varsity football games, where his children attended High School.
He was on the Board at Heritage Harbor, where he and his wife lived for 12 years
and he headed up the Heritage Harbor Dance Club for several years. Bob also
volunteered at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He had his hands in many more
community projects as well.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, of 49 years, JoAnn Echard Mack, in June of
Bob leaves behind two children, Rick Mack and his wife, Kym of Chesapeake
Beach, MD and Meg McAbee and her husband, Jay of Huntingtown, MD; four
grandchildren, Cameron Stocks McAbee, Hannah Mack, Garrett and Austin
McAbee; a brother, Richard "Jerry" Mack of Mechanicsville, MD and a sister, Sandy
Berman of Battle Mountain, NV.
Friends are invited to Bob's Life Celebration on Tuesday, October 7, from 2 to 4 and
6 to 8pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road,
Edgewater, MD, where his funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at
Interment will follow at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
Online guestbook available at www.kalasfuneralhomes.com
George P. Kalas Funeral Home, P.A.
2973 Solomons Island Road Edgewater, MD 21037