R.I.P. Robert E. Lilley- one of the great ones; wonderful man; a big help to my first and third books

R.I.P. Robert E. Lilley- one of the great ones; wonderful man; a big help to my first and third books


Robert Elwin Lilley

March 16, 1932 – February 19, 2016

Update Obituary

ROBERT E. LILLEY (1932-2016) (AGE 83) entered into peaceful rest to join our Lord Jesus surrounded by his loving family Feb. 19, 2016 at Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, FL. Bob is survived by his devoted loving wife Patricia Kronen Lilley & loving puppy, Fancy; son, Lee Clayton Lilley (Special Friend, Donna) 2 daughters, Lynda Fowler Johnson, (Mike) & granddaughter Melissa Fowler /Lisa Lilley Brady & husband Lynn; 2 step-daughters, Lisa June Mouser, (Ed) & granddaughter Callie Mouser /Lori Ann Wallace, (Robert) & granddaughter Jennifer (Ronnie) Long; 2 great-grandchildren Alex & Amber, his brother Kenneth B. Lilley & wife Beverly; 2 step-sons Edward & Bradley Kronen, & numerous nieces & nephews. He is predeceased by his beloved parents, George Burnham & Lillian McCullough Lilley as well as a stepson, John Kronen.

Robert was a 25 yr. member of Rocky Bayou CC, Niceville, FL, past member of Crosspoint United Methodist Church, former Executive Board Member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Ballwin, MO; Advisory Board of St. Louis Community College. Bob thoroughly enjoyed years of playing golf in FL and ME with his family & friends especially participating in tournaments. He was known for his cooking skills serving scrumptious full course meals.

Born in Portland, ME, Bob graduated from Scarborough H.S. 1950 Class Salutatorian, his mother, Lillian McCullough was 1930 Class Salutatorian from the same high school. Bob excelled in athletics lettering in 3 sports: basketball, baseball, & track & recruited by legendary Notre Dame coach Adam Walsh, of the famous: “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame; he received full scholarship to Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, where he played varsity baseball, football & track graduating in 1954 earning B/A Political Science, Minor/Psychology, a duel M/B/A in 1976 in Criminal Justice Management & Urban Affairs from Webster College, Webster Groves, MO. In I954 – Immediately upon graduating Bowdoin he entered the USAir Force serving in Combat Air Police & O.S.I. (Office of Special Investigation) a military investigation unit with duty in Japan, Korea & US implementing counterintelligence & major felony criminal & investigations. While in Japan for 2 yrs. he was O.S.I. Agent liaison for 14 Police Departments. Due to sensitive positions during his tenure he was awarded Top Secret “Q” Clearance Classification dealing with the Atomic Energy Commission and “Crypto” Classification with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

1958 U.S. Secret Service Presidential Protection Division served & protected 7 Presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter & Reagan. He was advanced to (S.A.I.C.) Special Agent In Charge of 3 Major regional offices: Kansas City, MO; Boston, MA & St. Louis, MO. In 1969 he became the Secret Service‘s youngest Agent in Charge of a Field Office at age 36, directing & controlling the S.S’s intelligence and criminal investigations; implementing protective responsibilities while maintaining liaison with directors of Federal, State & Municipal agencies. Bob lectured through the mediums of TV, newspapers & radio. He directed and planned logistics & security for V.P. Nelson Rockefeller’s Presidential mission to Latin & South America working in 27 countries. He received the U.S. Treasury Department’s “Superior Performance Award”, also the Treasury Department’s Special Award for “High Quality Work”. In 1971 he became Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the US Treasury “Forgery” Divisin. Bob was responsible for administrative & operational direction of forgery investigations & sting operations conducted within inter-state counterfeit & forgery investigations. He worked in 105 foreign countries as Advance Agent coordinating logistics & security for Presidents, various Prime Ministers & commanding Generals of branches of the US Military. He was a graduate of Atomic, Biological & Chemical Warfare training and a Court-Certified Handwriting & Document Expert. He lectured many groups of Special Agents and staff at Secret Service Headquarters concerning complex protective procedures. Bob lectured on a quarterly basis to the Boston Police Academy; Lions & Rotary Clubs, V.F.W., Chamber of Commerce, Banking Industry, Civic groups, along with numerous Colleges & Universities during his extensive career. He assisted in the formulation of general policies governing methodology of the investigative forces of the Secret Service. Bob was the Treasury Department’s representative on the Federal Executive Board for Government agency heads in Washington, DC. He was considered a top manager for the Secret Service. He prepared the operational details for Presidential campaigns briefing entire campaign staffs of the gathering of intelligence for the city of Washington, DC. Bob’s career spanned 35 years in Security & Law Enforcement. He worked in 105 foreign countries protecting 7 Presidents, Vice Presidents, visiting Heads of State & worldwide dignitaries.

Upon retiring from the Secret Service he accepted a position Chief of Corporate Security for a world-wide corporation comprised of 55 divisions. Bob retired from the USSS on a Friday commenced his new position Monday. He managed & budgeted responsibilities of all executive protection worldwide while being responsible for security at headquarters, aviation security, internal investigations; revamping of the in-house guard force implementing & establishing physical security for executive protection for all 55 divisions within the corporation. Bob had substantial national & international contacts in law enforcement & weekly contact with State Department, CIA, Secret Service & Department of Commerce regarding political climates in foreign hot spots in order to assess travel dangers for each of the corporation’s frequent foreign trips.

Bob performed unparalleled service to his nation while demonstrating integrity, dedication and courage beyond measure. His achievements were defined by his subtle dignity & warm personality. He was a man honor with strong Christian values and gracious demeanor. He was highly respected by family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. He made an impact and will be sorely missed by all who loved & admired him.

May you rest well our Beloved “Protector” and know you are deeply missed. We have total faith we will all be together again somewhere over the rainbow. May you soar on wings of Eagles at “Mach 2” with President Kennedy at your side. Soar high beloved “007” and God speed! Good night strong humble protector until we meet again. (Timothy-Chap 2; V 7): “You have fought the good fight; You have finished the race; You have kept the faith!”

There will be a ‘Celebration of Life’ to honor Robert’s memory on Monday, August 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. High Street, Bridgton, ME. To honor Bob’s memory, a donation may be made to the Salvation Army Headquarters, PO Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22314.

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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4 Responses to R.I.P. Robert E. Lilley- one of the great ones; wonderful man; a big help to my first and third books

  1. Lori A Wallace says:

    Thank you for the kind words about my Dad, Mr. Palamara…I miss him…

    • I am very sorry for your loss. He was truly one of the greats. He is mentioned favorably on several pages of my first book, my pending third book (2017), and is prominently featured in my forthcoming fourth book(2017-2018) WHO’S WHO IN THE SECRET SERVICE. I profile the top 100 agents out of literally thousands from 1865-2017. Bob was a real nice guy when I spoke to him (three different times). He will never be forgotten.

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