Robert L. Thorngate, formerly of Kennett Square

Robert L. Thorngate, 90, of West Chester, formerly of Kennett Square, died Monday, Jan. 4, at Adventura at Pembrooke Nursing Center. He was the husband of Grace Pearson Thorngate, who died in 2006, and with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Glen Riddle, he was the son of the late Rosco Thorngate and the late Marian Riddle Thorngate.

He was a diesel mechanic at B.O.C. Gases in Claymont, Del., retiring in 2010 after 15 year of service. Prior to working there, he worked at Wawa Inc. for 20 years.

Robert was a member of the Longwood Fire Company, where he served as chief engineer for 15 Years, and also a member of the National Rifle Association. He served his country in the U.S. Navy

He enjoyed hunting shooing his guns and reloading his own ammunition.

Robert is survived by four nephews, Bruce Thorngate, III of Landenberg, Robert Thorngate of Warwick, Md., David Thorngate of Landenberg, and Michael Mellon of Cochranville.

He was predeceased by one brother, Bruce Thorngate Sr.

Per his request his service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Feed the Children, 333 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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