Robert C. Metcalf

September 17, 1933 - December 16, 2009

09/17/1933 - 12/16/2009

Past Services

Wednesday December 30, 2009
2:00 pm
Hendersonville First United Methodist Church
204 Sixth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

Robert C. Metcalf, of Hendersonville, NC and Charlestown, NH, passed away at Elizabeth House, Four Seasons Hospice, on Wednesday, December 16th 2009.

He was born in Hartford, CT on September 17, 1933, son of the late Robert and Margaret Christ Metcalf, and was also preceded in death by a sister, Dale Metcalf Bunch.

He was a graduate of The Choate School in Wallingford, CT, and St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, class of 1957, where he was a member of the Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Army from 1958 through 1959. A resident of Charlestown, NH for thirty-seven years, he was manager of systems and office services at Joy Manufacturing Co. in Claremont, NH and later became chief operator and chemist at the Claremont Water Treatment Plant. He served Charlestown at various times as a member of the Fall Mountain Regional District school board, the town planning board, the medical building board, and Board of Selectmen. He was a 4-H leader for many years, and served as the first president of the Sullivan County 4-H Foundation. Later, he became a volunteer blacksmith at Fort #4 Living History Museum. As a member of the Charlestown Congregational Church he served several terms as trustee and deacon. In 2004 he moved to Hendersonville, NC, but kept a summer cottage near his former Charlestown home.

In Hendersonville Mr. Metcalf became a member of the First United Methodist Church. He volunteered as a maintenance worker at the Johnson Farm, worked on a Habitat for Humanity building crew, and served as vice president of the Henderson County Bird Club. He served four years on the WolfPen II Homeowners Association Board. During retirement he pursued many interests. He was a Civil War buff and visited major battle sites, enjoyed birding and walking local trails, and traveled first throughout the southwest and later abroad after becoming a member of the Western North Carolina Friendship Force.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rosamond Smith Metcalf; two sons, Charles Thomas Metcalf and his wife Karen of Weare, NH; Robert Michael Metcalf and his wife Tracy of Whispering Pines, NC; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Michael, Erin, and Christopher; and six nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 30th, at 2:00 pm. Memorials can be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731; First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739; or the Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28791.

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Barbara Williams
4 years ago

So many years ago, Pete & I so liked being friends with you, Ro, and Bob. Pete Willians, my late husband, worked at Joy Mfg. also.
Wanted you to know, we were so fond of you and your sons.

Heather & Dona Mates
8 years ago

Ro and family, Your husband and father was my hero, and a wonderful dear friend to my father and mother. So many happy memories of Bob and all that he contributed to making this world a better place. He was an inspiration to all of us. We will never forget him.

With love to all of you,

Heather and Dona Mates

8 years ago


Barbara & Jim Neal
8 years ago

We will always have fond memories of birding with Bob. Our sincere sympathy to Ro and all the family.

Love, Barbara & Jim

Matt Smith
8 years ago

All my best. I have so many wonderful memories that I’ll treasure.


Jennings and Harriet Bunch
8 years ago

In Loving Memory,

Jennings and Harriet

Peggy annd Paul Stanilonis
8 years ago

Dear Ro, Paul and I were shocked to get your letter as we had no idea Bob was sick. I’m so glad you completed your summer plans and had a great time with your family during the summer. Those will be great memories for you and the kids. I’m sure you will be fine as you are active and busy, but you know there will be tough times. You are in our prayers.

Love, Peggy and Paul

Nancy Berry
8 years ago

I remember Bob as a cheerful person who was always ready to help others with a smile. The Sullivan County 4-H program was lucky to have him. He was a wonderful supporter of children in 4-H. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

8 years ago


Joseph Tether
8 years ago

Bob and I met by accident on a summer day in 1983: my young son and a friend were playing in the woods with a BB gun and accidentally (I hope) hit Bob’s truck as he was driving down the Hemlock Road where we both lived. A window in Bob’s truck was broken and he knocked on our door, justifiably upset. I offered him a martini and a new window. We were friends from that moment on. Over the 20+ years of our acquaintance, we shared many memorable visits and miss him already.

Ted and Jean Tether