Robert Russell's Story
Essex MA - Robert “Bob” Russell McPhail, 88, of Essex, passed away in the presence of his loved ones on March 28, 2018; a month after his beloved Westie, Rosie. He was born July 21, 1929 in Ipswich to Jessie (Weiland) and Daniel McPhail. A graduate of Ipswich High School, Bob served honorably in the U.S. Army, Korean War, prior to earning his Bachelor’s degree from Bentley University.
Bob enjoyed a long and successful career in the seafood business, retiring in 2009. As the Founder and Owner of Seabird Fisheries Corporation, he was a pioneer in the importing of fresh Dover Sole and gourmet seafoods from Europe to North America. Prior to founding Seabird, Bob served as the General Manager of Cape Ann Fisheries and as a Partner with both Rymac Fisheries and Nord Zee America. Following his retirement, Bob spent his time doing the things he enjoyed most – working in the garden, playing a round at Cape Ann Golf Club, and having a glass of wine with friends.
Always incredibly active, Bob enjoyed travel and a wide variety of pursuits. In addition to gardening and golf, he was well read, an avid skier, skilled carpenter, and a supporter of the arts. What his friends and family will miss most, however, was his irreverent sense of humor and gift for conversation. He loved his family dearly and leaves them with many fond memories.
Bob is survived by his wife, Susan Guest-McPhail of Essex; brother, Don W. McPhail of Essex and Philadelphia; son and daughter-in-law, C. Brooks and Melissa McPhail of Ipswich; son and daughter-in law, Marc and Maria Stewart of Saugus; daughter, Jayne Marshall of Texas; grandchildren, Marianina and Michael Stewart of Saugus and Juleanne Marshall of Texas; brother-in-law, Tim and Bonnie Guest of Hilton Head, S.C.; Margaret Guest and Barbara Rose both of Gloucester; Mary Caldwell of Ipswich; John and Lynne Curtin of Amesbury; and nephews, Matthew Curtin of Somerville and Andrew Curtin of Atlanta. Bob was predeceased by his son, Peter D. McPhail.
A Memorial Concert will be announced
In lieu of flowers, contributions for an award in Bob’s memory may be made to The Rockport Art Association and Museum, 12 Main St., Rockport MA. 01966 or to the charity of your choice.
Published on  April 13, 2018