Robert George Geisenhainer
Robert George Geisenhainer, a longtime resident of Milford, NH, and Spring Hill, FL, passed away in Salem, NH, on June 4, 2018 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 72.
Bob was born March 7, 1946, in Jersey City, NJ, son of Walter and Elizabeth (Levis) Geisenhainer. When he was 9 his family moved to Concord, MA, where he graduated high school in 1964. Bob showed a knack for working with his hands as a boy. He built a robot that could answer the door at Halloween. He was also at ease guiding a boat or water skiing behind it.
Bob was a man of many talents. He was an award-winning photographer who briefly served as a team photographer for the Boston Lobsters of the World Team Tennis league during the 1970s. This experience gave him the chance to take action photos of stars that included International Tennis Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova and Ion Tiriac.
Bob studied mechanical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he was recruited to work on the man-machine interface for surface-to-air missiles at Raytheon at one of their facilities in Massachusetts. Bob left that job to work as a computer programmer and software developer at Digital Corp., where he was employed from 1979 to 1992.
After running an array of businesses during the early 1990s, Bob was lured back into the computer industry to help companies inoculate themselves against the Y2K problem.
Bob’s experience, which dated back to the industry’s infancy, made him a perfect choice to prevent potentially crippling technical failures. He worked as an independent contractor for companies in Virginia Beach, VA, Sacramento, CA, Thief River Falls, MN, and Salt Lake City, UT.
In 1979, Bob married the love of his life, Rachelle (Cognac), and became a parent to her two sons, Douglas and Christopher Bolduc. From 1980-1988 they lived in Milford, NH, the site of many adventures involving snowmobiling, woodcutting, and epic holiday dinners with extended family.
For a short time, Bob and Rachelle lived in Spring Hill, FL. When they returned to Milford in the early 2000s, Bob got to pursue another of his passions: music. From 2002 to 2014, he was a member of the percussion section of the Hollis Town Band. While his specialty was bass drum, Bob would also play many other percussion instruments as the situation required. The HTB gave him a venue to offer his wacky, slapstick sense of humor as well as the joy he found in creating music with others. Those who knew Bob best would tell you his love of good food, especially Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and his generosity were otherworldly.
Bob was pre-deceased by his wife, Rachelle. Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law, Douglas Bolduc and Karin Holly of Germany; Christopher and Kimberly Bolduc of Amherst, NH; two grandchildren, Zachary and Elaina Bolduc of Amherst, NH; his sister and her life partner, Gail Geisenhainer and Celeste DeRoche of Springvale, ME, and his mother, Elizabeth Geisenhainer of Kennebunk, ME.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on August 2, 2018 at the Milford Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Elm Street, Milford, NH 03055. (Additional parking at elementary school across the street). Service begins at 4:30 p.m. with social time to follow at the church.
Interment will be at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA. in a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hollis Town Band, P.O. Box 481, Hollis, NH 03049-0481and the Milford Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Elm Street, Milford, NH 03055.