Robert “Bob” Small Jr. passed peacefully April 9, 2021, at his home on Cape Jellison. Bob was born in Belfast Feb. 7, 1951, to Robert and Barbara (Hawes) Small.

Bob attended Searsport District High School. After graduation, he served in the Maine Army National Guard for six years. He worked at the Bucksport Paper Mill for 38 years as a rewinder operator, retiring in 2014.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman throughout his entire life. From his father he learned to love hunting and fishing at an early age. One of the things that made him happiest was to share those special moments with friends and family through the years.

Bob also enjoyed many other outdoor activities, including clamming, raking blueberries, ice fishing and taking care of the family home and grounds. His vegetable gardens were a source of pride and he generously shared his harvests.

Bob loved family gatherings at camp where everyone could be together — he always made sure there were more than enough steamed clams to go around. His quiet, gentle demeanor displayed his generous heart, except perhaps during Red Sox games.

Above all, Bob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was always ready to help anyone. He was a friend to all.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters Rainey O’Donnell and Jacqueline Leach.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Laurel Small (she called him “my forever love”) of Stockton Springs; sister Robbie and husband Richard Pendleton of Stockton Springs; children Tracy Rollerson and husband Brad of Belfast, Jill Small of Stockton Springs and Robert P. Small III (Bobby) and Allison of Searsport; grandchildren Anthony (AJ) McCarty, Brian Rollerson, Paige Rollerson, Ava Small and Tyler Abbott. In addition, brothers- and sisters-in-law, David, Kirt, Diane and Erwin (deceased); several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

A memorial and celebration of Bob’s life will be held later this spring; more information to follow. Memories and condolences may be shared at