Obituary: Robert McCann Kirkpatrick

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Robert McCann Kirkpatrick died on Thursday August 14, 2014 from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Bob was born May 15, 1928 in Coshocton, OH to Tom and Leila Kirkpatrick. He was the youngest of four brothers: Tom, Ross, and Bill Kirkpatrick. Bob will be remembered for his shock of silver hair, twinkling blue eyes, sense of style and enormous creator of all things funny. Bob had a huge personality and the best sense of humor ever. A devoted father who was always present for his children’s activities, he became a sports fanatic watching his son, Bobby play sports throughout his life. His charisma drew people to him and he made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed going home to Coshocton, OH, fishing, football, golf, cooking and travel. He graduated from Coshocton High School in 1946. He served in the Navy and then attended Wooster College. He, his wife Barbara and children Bobby and Marcie moved to Texas in the 1950’s. He began selling heavy construction equipment first in Houston and then in Dallas. He created a company named Kirkpatrick O’Donnell Construction Equipment in the 1960’s. This company became the largest Link-Belt distributor in the world for more than three decades. His red and white cranes were dubbed “the city bird of Dallas” during the huge growth periods in our city. His equipment was used to build the Alaskan Pipeline and was featured on the cover of National Geographic to show the low environmental impact of the pipeline. He opened a company in Calgary, Canada and another in Mexico to handle various pipeline’s needs. One of his proudest moments was when he was elected to the Honorary Pipeliner Hall of Fame in 1999. He had lived at Signature Pointe Residence for the past several years. He was loved for his happy lively personality and the joy he brought to others. His care was exemplary and he felt as if he was living in “his club”. It was here that he met his love of many years, Goldy Marx. Preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Leila Kirkpatrick, brothers, William Kirkpatrick and his wife, Martha Sue, Ross Kirkpatrick, Thomas Kirkpatrick. Survived by his special friend, Goldy Marx of Dallas; son, Robert T. Kirkpatrick, wife Valerie of Plano, TX, their sons, Tyler, Ryan Kirkpatrick with his wife Jessica and great granddaughter, Jenna; daughter, Marcie Kay Kirkpatrick of Dallas and her sons, Kirk Patrick Lipsitz, Robert “LINK” Lipsitz; and a host of nieces and nephews.