Updated: May 9
Robert A. McGregor, beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, passed away May 3, 2023, at home in Bristol, Virginia, at the age of 80. He was born on July 29, 1942, in Uniontown, PA to his late parents Arthur and Lola McGregor. Bob is survived by Nancy Smith McGregor, his wife of fifty-seven years, his daughter, Kelley Goes (Erik) of Scott Depot, West Virginia, and granddaughters Grace and Hannah, and his son, Jim McGregor (Jone) of Columbus, Ohio, and grandsons, Mason and Asher. Bob is the eldest of four siblings and is survived by his sisters Jane Ann Nicholls, Ginny Simkins, and Mark McGregor. His sister, Susan Bryan, predeceased him.
Bob dedicated forty-three years in the coal industry, finishing his career with Pittston Coal Company as Vice-President of its mining operations in Virginia and Kentucky, an operation that employed 1,200 people. Bob held various operation executive positions in his career. Prior to joining Pittston, he was president of Eighty-Four Mining Company in Venetia, Pennsylvania, where he started and developed a two-hundred million, eight million ton per year mining company with 750 employees. Before Eighty-Four Mining, Bob served as president of two of Sun Oil Company’s mining subsidiaries Oneida Coal Company in West Virginia and Shamrock Coal Company in Kentucky. Bob began his career in mining with CONSOL advancing through every operating supervisory position from production engineer to general superintendent of one of the company’s largest operations. Bob was widely recognized in the industry for the safety of his operations and his innovations in water treatment, longwall mining, and land reclamation. Bob graduated from Uniontown High School in 1960 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
Bob loved his family and prioritized his responsibilities as a husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast spending many hours hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, shooting and sharing these skills with his children and grandchildren. One of Bob’s favorite places when not in the woods or on the lake was the Cayman Islands. A racing enthusiast, Bob enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR events and loved being close to the Bristol Motor Speedway. In retirement, Bob honed his skill at poker and was a regular at tables and tournaments far and wide.
Visitation will be held in honor of Bob on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. and from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Frost Funeral Home 250 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 am on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Frost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Knollkreg Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Home Nursing Company at 1770 E. Main Street, Lebanon, Virginia, 24266, who provided compassionate hospice care for Bob in his home.
Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services, is honored to serve the McGregor family.