Robert Joseph “Bob” McNish passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 of Alzheimer’s and other complications at Still Hopes Assisted Living Community.
Born January 2, 1932 in Jefferson City, he was the youngest of five children, a son of Mack Leonard and Minerva Howard McNish.
He graduated from Jefferson City High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.
After high school, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, South Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Following service in Korea, he was assigned to the Air Force Operational Testing Center at Eglin AFB, in Florida.
He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1958.
He worked for Molded Products Co., Molded Fiber Glass Co., Koppers Co., and Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co., Shakespeare Co. and, and PPG Industries, Inc.. He retired in 1997 from the fiberglass industry after 39 and a half years. He was instrumental in the early development, production, sales and marketing of fiberglass radomes, pultrusion products and light poles. He was associated professionally with the Society of Plastic Engineers, American Society of Testing and Materials, NEMA Committee for Distribution and Transmission Hardware, International Illuminating Society, ASTM Committee for Highway Materials and the Society of Plastics Industry.
Following retirement, he was a van driver for the senior program at Irmo Chapin Recreation Center, Seven Oaks Park in Irmo, South Carolina. In 2008, he was awarded Irmo Chapin Recreation Center’s Community Spirit Award. He was also a volunteer for Adopt-A-Highway Program and Meals-on-Wheels. He worked part-time for Irmo Auto Supply.
He was a member of St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church, Irmo, South Carolina.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Eula and Polly; a brother, Mack McNish Jr.; and niece, Beverly Knisley (John).
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Spruill McNish; his son, Robert Joseph McNish Jr.; his daughter, Leslie (Kim) McNish; his grandson, Jared Mathia; his sister, Katy Miller; nieces, Sherri (Ronnie) Sartain and Kay (Mickey) Fawbush; stepdaughter, Norie Smith; stepsons, Stewart (Lorraine) Smith and Edmund (Stephanie) Smith; sisters-in-law, Louisa Mack (Dan) Riddick and Marion Spruill; brothers-in-law, James (Spruill) Spruill and W. Duvall Spruill (Jody, deceased); five step-grandchildren, Alex (Hannah), Daniel (Sarah), Caroline and Rebecca Smith; his godson, Foster Smith; and by many special nieces and nephews.
The family expresses thanks to the staff at Still Hopes for their excellent care.
A burial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 31 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Jefferson County. Afterward, friends and family are invited to Alpha Baptist Church in Morristown for lunch and fellowship.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pets, Inc., 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169, the first home of his beloved cat, Diablo, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by: Farrar Funeral Home