Robert L. Thorngate

November 23, 1930 - January 4, 2021 West Chester, PA | Age 90 Loving Uncle and Friend.

Robert L. Thorngate, age 90, of West Chester, PA, formerly of Kennett Square, PA, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021, at Aventura at Pembrooke Nursing Center. He was the husband of Grace Pearson Thorngate, who passed away in 2006, and with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in Glen Riddle, PA, 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 DE, 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, PA, Robert Thorngate of Warwick, MD, David Thorngate of Landenberg, PA and Michael Mellon of Cochranville, PA.

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

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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Funeral Service

Per his request his service and burial will be private.


  1. The members of Longwood Fire Company are sorry for your loss. Robert took great pride in his position as Chief Engineer, a position he held for the better part of his time with the Longwood Fire Company. Robert took great pride both operating and maintaining the fleet along with ensuring the upkeep of the equipment.

    Officers and members of Longwood Fire Company | January 11, 2021 at 8:09 PM
  2. So sorry for the loss, my Prayers to the family.

    Lucille Kelly (Pearson) | January 9, 2021 at 1:03 PM

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