November 16, 2019 – A Passing

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Robert (Bob) McQuade.  His struggle with multiple myeloma cancer ended Saturday morning, November 16, 2019, hours after friends brought his beloved Maltese, Pearl, to his side for his final goodbye.  

His last travels brought him back into New England where he explored the back roads of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before heading down into the Pennsylvania Amish Country.   His final stop was in Virginia where he had hoped to photograph the wild ponies in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately for us all, he was unable to fulfill this dream.

This website will be active (at minimum) through the end of 2019.  His siblings are currently working on maintaining Bob’s web presence.  If you are interested in being notified of future postings of his art, please email his brother Mike at mmcquade@PhotoPiks.net.  

We wish to thank you all for your patronage and support of Bob’s endeavors over the years.  We know it meant a lot to him and kept him pushing right to the very end.  

On behalf of our brother Bob, we wish you all joy and happiness in the years ahead.  Enjoy them all to the fullest.

His siblings, William (Bill) McQuade, Mike McQuade and Kathy Findholt.

 

Bob’s obituary:

Robert A.  (Bob) McQuade, 72, a former longtime resident of Enfield, NH, founder and former owner of the Red Roof Frame Shoppe on High St in Enfield, NH and most recently, Full-Time travel photographer (ramcquade.com) passed away peacefully on the morning of November 16, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer.  His travels with his canine partners brought him to all corners of the United States and Canada. He especially loved the Pacific Northwest but his true love remained autumn in New England.  

Bob’s retirement passion was photographing birds as he followed them on their annual migration on the west coast. Throughout his travels he was frequently asked by campground hosts to make presentations of his travels and show his photographic images.  

Bob was also a consummate painter turning many of his photographs into paintings  with oils, watercolors or acrylics.

Bob was born in Shelburne Falls, MA in 1947, graduated from Arms Academy and went on to college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  After a short stint as a cost engineer at the Bear Swamp Mountain Project in Rowe, MA, he spent many years working as a professional golfer in Orlando FL and later Myrtle Beach.  Several years later he returned to New England taking up residence in Enfield and working for The Quechee Lakes Corporation. After Quechee he became a home construction contractor, building and remodeling several homes in the Upper Valley region of NH.  He later converted his High Street residence, a former boarding house, into several apartments before eventually redeveloping the structure to retail space for the Red Roof Frame Shoppe. At 65 Bob sold everything he owned and moved into his motorhome and departed on his seven year journey across the continent.

At the time of the announcement, some of Bob’s artwork and photographs are still available for viewing at www.ramcquade.com.

Bob is predeceased by his parents, Kathleen June (Adams)  and William A McQuade of Lebanon NH and his nephew William Patrick “Mac” McQuade of Fort Smith AR.  He is survived his brother William G McQuade and wife Janet of Springdale AR, brother Michael McQuade and wife Stephanie of Gilmanton Iron Work, NH and his beloved sister, Kathy Findholt of Enfield Center, NH.  Surviving nieces and nephews include Julie McQuade Heyes of Fayetteville AR, Nicholas Findholt of Enfield NH, Marissa Findholt of Nashville TN, Alexander McQuade of Derry, NH and Cameron McQuade of Gilmanton Iron Works, NH.

18 thoughts on “November 16, 2019 – A Passing”

  1. I was so sorry to read of Bob’s passing. I extend my condolences to all his family and friends. Bob’s bird photography was an inspiration for me. I will miss his beautiful photos of birds and landscapes. He will be missed.

  2. I’m so sorry to see Bob go. But his grace in the face of mortality is inspiring. His photography was deeply satisfying; capturing some of the beauty of nature that so often eludes the camera. And he was a good writer. Articulate and subtly funny. The joy apparent in his posts about this autumn in New England is even more important now.

  3. Please accept condolences for the passing of your brother. I will miss his posts and paintings very much. What an interesting life he had. So much talent.
    Thank you for letting us know.

  4. So very sorry to read this I enjoyed all his photo work he had great talent. I lost my mom 2 weeks ago so we are going through the same feelings of loss. My condolences to all of his family.

  5. Dear McQuade family sending thoughts and prayers to you all. I so enjoyed living vicariously through Bob’s photos. I could travel all around our country and never leave home! His photo’s of hummingbirds were amazing. I will miss his postings.
    Diane

  6. I read this with a heavy heart, so sad to learn of Bob’s passing. I had followed his blog for a few years. He was such a talented photographer and artist. I extend my condolences to all of his family and close friends for your loss.

  7. I enjoyed Bob’s posts and photography of his travels. I will miss his updates. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He put up a good fight with the cancer and is at rest now. By God’s grace, maybe we’ll meet in Heaven.

  8. Thank you so much for posting this. Lisa called me to let me know, but she had no details. I am so happy that he stopped by AVA Gallery to say hi and show me the new paintings he was working on last month. I am very sad that his prophecy that I wouldn’t see him again came true. At the time I joked it off, but maybe he knew something even then. I’m glad that when the end came, it came quickly and I hope, painlessly. I always enjoyed trading stories with him at Red Roof (still the only place I will go for framing), loved his gallery, and have lived vicariously through his travels and this blog since he became a full-timer. For that I am very grateful. Will his obituary be published in the Valley News? Will there be a celebration of life? Please let me know. I am very sorry for your loss, but glad that he was able to bring everything full circle before he left. He will be missed.

  9. Sorry for everyone’s loss…bob and his pictures were inspirational to all….he and his posts will be sorely missed…..namaste

  10. I am so sorry…please accept my sincerest condolences. I loved his travel writing and gorgeous photographs and will miss them.
    Please take good care of Pearl.

  11. Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. McQuade. We met him when he bought one of our Maltese puppies around two years ago. He was a nice man, and I always followed his posts of beautiful pictures of his travels. It was so sad when we got the news of his passing. May God give comfort to all the family during this very hard time in their lives.

  12. Blessings to dear Bob and the family. He was a very talented and intelligent man. What gifts he has left for all with his travel log and his arts. Thanks Bob for everything!

  13. I enjoyed Bob’s many posts of his travels and will miss them and him. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He put up quite a fight with cancer and is at rest now.

  14. Our condolences go out to all of Bob’s family. Bob was a great inspiration to me and my Wife. His website really started us on our path to full timing in a Motorhome in late 2015. I’ll be forever grateful to Bob for his website and I am so glad that I was able to finally meet with Bob and Pearl at South Beach NP Campsite in the Pacific NW during July 2018.

  15. So sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family. I so enjoyed reading his blog and his beautiful pictures. He will be missed.

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