Robert E. “Strech” McMahon

January 01, 1936 ‒ December 20, 2020

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Robert Edward “Strech” McMahon passed away Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Avita Hospital in Ontario from Covid-19 complications. He was just two weeks from his 85th birthday.

Strech was born in Norwood, MA on New Year’s Day 1936 the son of Edward and Mary (Hayden) McMahon. After high school, he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology and earned his degree in Aviation Mechanics. He worked as a quality control manager in the manufacturing industry for most of his career and early on worked for Northrop in the moon mission division—designing and testing early gyroscopes. He served his country as a member of the Air Force Reserves and was an instructor at North Central State College where he taught business classes.

Strech had a wicked sense of humor and a deep thirst for knowledge. He loved watching Jeopardy, playing Trivial Pursuit, and learning how things worked from a scientific perspective. He also liked hunting for things with his metal detector, singing, whistling, reading, solving crossword puzzles, and generally keeping busy. He was a huge fan of Formula One auto racing and enjoyed tinkering around with cars and fixing things around the house. He was a member of the Pandora dance Club and Ithaca Gun Club.

He is survived by children  Donna (David) Grossart of FL, Moira McMahon of TX, Kevin McMahon of CO, and Nancy Hough of CO, Aimee Bouvier (Harvey Keenan) of Mt. Gilead, John (Lori) Bassett of Ontario, Laurel Aiyana (Daniel Pauley) of Delaware, and Beth Maynard of AZ, Leon (Vicki) Bouvier of MO, Jeanne (Tom) Silvis of IL, Jacquie Mertins of TX, Greg (Rose) Bouvier of NE;  grandchildren including Traci (Jason) Knappe, Meghan and Stephanie Grossart, Jennifer and  Thomas McMahon, Payton and Collin Hough, Kodi Keenan, Brittany, John and Lindsey Bassett, Sean and Elizabeth Parker numerous great-grandchildren including Emma McMahon Baginski, Trevor, Piper and Jett Knappe, Alexa Conrad and Christopher Bradford; his nephew Joe (Christine) Previtera and lots of extended family and many close friends.

His dear wife Charlyn Bouvier—whom he married in 1993— preceded him in death in 2017. Also preceding him are his parents, and his sister Anne. 

A private family service with burial at a later date will be in Sunset Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha, WI. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be sent to: 1404 Goodale Blvd #200, Columbus, OH 43212 or online at www.stjude.org/donate

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Strech’s family. Share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve Stretch and Charlyn. Stretch and I shared our love of black jelly beans and I tried to fatten him up with a batch if cookies when I came to clean for him. I will miss his whistling. His giving spirit and kindness will not be forgotten.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s family on the news of his passing. I met Bob 15 years ago through NCSC and he had such a positive impact on my life. His quick wit and delightful sense of humor ensured that every interaction with him left me smiling. Every time I see a Lincoln Continental and a USA Today crossword puzzle I will fondly remember Bob!

    • Thank you Chase. The Lincoln still is on our garage and will be going to Aimee soon. He stopped driving last summer due to his eye sight.

  • I miss him so much! Him and I had such great times bantering back and forth. His sense of humor was so wonderful and he was so quick witted. I remember as a kid getting to play with his kids. When my Daddy died he made sure that us kids were made to feel loved. He never made us feel that we could not talk to him about anything! He is a very special man!! Love you Stretch!! May you have a great time playing bridge with Daddy and Mommy!!