Robert Day, 73, of Jefferson, passed away at his home on April 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 19, 1942 in Waldoboro to Marjorie Hilton Day.
Robert (Papa Smurf) grew up in Waldoboro and attended local schools. He worked at various jobs including the Button Factory, Presteel in Portland, Crowe Rope, construction, digging clams, and mainly he was a hard rock scalloper out of New Bedford, Mass.
He had a passion for stockcar racing where he raced his own car and then drove for best friend and mentor, Nick DePatsy, at Wiscasset Speedway. If he wasn’t racing his own car, he was in the pit area working on cars, changing tires, and helping out the pit crew. As he got older, he watched NASCAR every week and became an avid Jimmie Johnson fan.
He loved beautiful cars and beautiful women. His most beautiful woman in the world (as he stated right to his final hours) is the love of his life for 46 years, his wife Carol. The love they shared is one most people only dream about. Nothing meant more to him than her and his nine children.
He loved riding around on back roads, visiting friends, playing pool, cribbage games, and reading Uncle Henry’s and local newspapers. He loved antique cars, traveling, tinkering, dancing and his many pets. He adored his two dogs, Mugsy and Roxy, and cat, Money.
He enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren and friends telling stories and being the center of attention. He used his drawing talents on his many vans and cars.
He was an icon of Waldoboro with his twin brother, Richard; a true legend in the hearts of all that knew him. Not always perfect but always polite and willing to help with a broken down car or pulling out a chair for a lady. He could be seen on the street corner in town or dancing in the streets every year on Waldoboro Days. He lived life with zest. He loved dancing at Jackie Nichols, Tuxedo Junction, Crystal Falls, and Nick DePatsy’s bowling alley. He will be remembered for being fun, loving, forgiving, stubborn, opinionated, strong and definitely handsome.
He was predeceased by mother, Marjorie Hilton Day; sons, Donald Day and Alexander Reynolds; twin brother, Richard Day; and siblings, Bryce Day, Connie Day, and Sharon O’Brien.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Carol Day of Jefferson; children, Allen Reynolds and wife Donna of Conroe, Tex., Robert Wayne Day of Waldoboro, Kimberly Reynolds of Waldoboro, Troy Day and wife Sherry of Vassalboro, Daniel Overlock of Edgecomb, Robert Day Jr. and wife Jennifer of Waterville, and Victoria Lee Day Austin and husband Rick of Waldoboro; siblings, Victoria (Mabel) Hyde of Pittston, Donald Day of Topsfield, Mass., and Lee Day of Belmont, Victoria, Australia; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many special nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends; and special extended family members Greg and Karen Bowden, Teddy Coco, Kevin Brewer, and Philip Poland.
A service will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., April 23 at the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ at 941 Main St., Waldoboro with Pastor Nancy Duncan. A celebration of life will be held immediately following at the home of Robert and Carol at 547 Waldoboro Rd., Jefferson.