Obituary

Robert E. Tighe

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died June 30th, 2017

Robert E. Tighe, 84, of Escanaba, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017. Today our Dad took his last breath after a courageous two year battle with mesothelioma. He passed surrounded by his wife, many children and grandchildren, who shared so much love over the 84 years of his life. Bob was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper, father, and grandfather. He was a strong supporter of St. Anne’s Church and Holy Name Central School. His tireless attention to detail led to great successes, whether raising tents for St. Anne’s bingo, raising funds, or raising a family, he is a good Catholic man.

Bob is survived by: his wife Janet (Brinker) Tighe of 59 years who cared for him lovingly over the past years of his illness; his children, David (Maureen) Tighe of Sammamish, WA, Lorraine Tighe of LaPorte, IN, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Powers of Kennewick, WA, Colleen (Bill) Reader of Beaverton, MI, Thomas (Carol) Tighe of Orofino, ID, Michael (Kirsten) Tighe of Whitefish Bay, WI, Patricia (Lorne Watson) Tighe of Escanaba, MI, Daniel Tighe of Rockford, MI, and Robert (Judy) Tighe of Royal Oak, MI; and 15 grandchildren.

As a veteran of the United States Air Force he received an honorable discharge after serving in the Korean War.

Bob is a man of his word, who could see the good in all people, and will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 3rd from 10 – 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church. The rosary will be recited at 11 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to Holy Name School or St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

Envelopes will be available at the church.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tighe family.

3 Tributes to “Robert E. Tighe”

  1. Janet, Dave, Lory, Kathleen, Colleen, Tom, Mike, Patty, Dan, Bobby and families – I would like to express my condolences to each of you. Due to several reasons, I just cannot break away on Monday to attend Bob’s funeral, but wanted you all to know I would be thinking of each of you. Chris and I were talking about Bob tonight. Chris said the time Uncle Bob left the biggest impression on him was ironically the last few days of Chuck’s life. Bob was of great comfort to the family during this time. He knew how important it was to his Janet to be with her brother during this difficult time. Bob was right there by her side. Please remember to be by each other’s sides right now. It will make you all much stronger getting through this and the days to come. Thinking of you, Dawn Todd Brinker

  2. To the Tighe Family,
    Your father Bob was a great man here on Earth.
    When I was a young boy I would come over to your home and visit Dave. Bob always gave me the time of day and would listen to my stories and what I had to say as if I were the only one in the room that mattered. He would smile, laugh and ask questions always making me feel 100% welcome.
    He will be missed greatly here on Earth, but will be one fantastic of an Angel in Heaven that we all need and could use!

  3. Bob and I became aquatinted with each other through out involvement at St. Anne’s Church. He truly was a very dedicated man in all aspects of his life. We would all tease him with his determination when pounding in the stakes in setting up the tents for the picnic. If they were not in perfect alignment we would have to pull out and maybe move them over a few inches.
    I also worked with Bob in delivering the tickets for the Picnic to those members who didn’t pick theirs up at the church. He and his wife took on this CHORE just the save the church paying for postage. He even delivered to a church member that lived at the Menominee County line on highway US 35. ( about 20 miles)
    Bob will be GREATLY MISSED by many that were fortunate enough to have met him. He and Father Dishaw ( former pastor of St. Annes) can now discuss CHURCH matters and other topics. May God greet him as he enters the gates of Heaven!!!

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