Robert William MacCallum, of Travelers Rest, a devoted husband, loving father, cherished grandfather, and proud great-grandfather, peacefully passed away on October 18, 2023, in Charlotte, NC.
Born on December 21, 1928, in Dunkirk, NY, he was a son of the late Donald and Bertha Baumgardner MacCallum.
Having proudly served in the United States Army, where he exemplified honor and dedication throughout his life. He passionately pursued his knowledge, earning a Bachelor’s Degree and embarking on a successful career as a Design Draftsman in the aerospace industry and other industries. His meticulous attention to detail and creative spirit contributed to groundbreaking advancements in his field. He also spent many years teaching.
Outside of work, Robert found solace and joy in music. He played the bass drums for the Greenville Bagpipe Band. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where he dedicated his time teaching Sunday School and serving as a Deacon. His unwavering faith and commitment to his church family left a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Robert had a thirst for adventure and loved creating lasting memories with his loved ones. Many tales were spun during family vacations, including the epic six-week journey out west in a camper. He valued quality time spent with family, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will fondly remember the love and laughter shared during these cherished moments.
As an avid bicyclist, Robert found joy in the simple pleasure of feeling the wind in his face as he pedaled the open road. His passion for being active lead him to participate in the Senior Olympics, where he fearlessly competed in events such as the high jump and discus.
Robert and his beloved wife, Jane, shared an extraordinary love story that began during their time at Fredonia State Teachers College. Together, they built a beautiful life full of love, laughter, and countless cherished memories. Celebrating 71 years of marriage, their bond was a testament to the power of enduring love and commitment.
Robert will forever be remembered as a kind, compassionate, and loving soul who touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his loving wife, Jane; their three loving children, Judy MacCallum and husband, Bryan Yerke of Charlotte, NC, Kenneth MacCallum and wife, Janet, and Douglas MacCallum and wife, Molly, all of Travelers Rest SC; his wonderful grandchildren, Natalie Elting, Robbie Elting and wife, Jennifer, Aaron Yerke and wife, Yogini, Phillip Elting and wife, Brooke, Elisabeth “Lisa” Jordan and husband, Mark, and Corrina “Corey” Yerke, and adoring great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Lorelai, and Logan Jordan, Elizabeth Lopez, Samuel and Lydia Elting, William Murray, Jr., Henry and Arthur Elting, and Rohan Yerke.
A service to honor Robert’s remarkable life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, where he found solace and community, on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. immediately prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Robert’s memory to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, South Carolina, 29601, or to the City of Greenville Pipes and Drums at www.cogpad.com, so that future generations may benefit from the same joy and community that he cherished.
Condolences and your favorite memories of Robert may be shared with the family be visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.