Kincaid leaves a legacy of accomplishment
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Robert Kincaid, retired chief of staff for the city of Lake Oswego, died Nov. 28, 2006, in his home in Lake Oswego. He was 55 and battled cancer for the last few years.
He was born April 25, 1951, and lived in Lake Oswego for many years. Kincaid started working for the city in June 1973, almost the day after he graduated from the University of Oregon. Through the years he worked with many different city managers, including Dean Seeger, Don Eppley, Pete Harvey and Doug Schmitz.
For 20 years he was assistant city manager in charge of human resources and finance and was also liaison to the Lake Os-wego Cham-ber of Com-merce. Kin-caid started the Infor-mation Tech-nology De-partment at the city and was involved in many projects, including construction of Lake Oswego City Hall.
'Bob's fingerprints are all over Lake Oswego,' said Schmitz, 'from the land acquisitions of the Jarvis property, the Glenmorrie greenway property and Lake Garden Court, to his park and beautification projects, including the restoration of the barn at Luscher Farm in 1998 and, of course, Foothills Park.'
After working for the city for 32 years, he retired in 2003.
There were a few in his family who thought Kincaid had been at his desk job too long and the 'city boy' needed a little country air. His cousin by marriage, Susan Johnson of Canby, remembers the day a few years ago that her dad, Kincaid's Uncle Leonard, took him out for a day of hunting. She also recalls his deteriorated condition when he returned.
'I can still hear Patty (Kincaid's wife) saying 'I just wanted you to toughen him up - not kill him!'
'But he never really retired,' said his friend and co-worker Jerry Knippel, special projects director at the city of Lake Oswego. 'He worked on projects with the city even after he retired.'
One of the biggest, and his last project, was overseeing the construction of Foothills Park. The Bob Kincaid Curlicue Corridor in that park is named in honor of his accomplishment.
'It is a gorgeous pathway,' Knippel said, 'and a great addition for the people who like to walk there.'
Cannon Beach was a favorite destination of Kincaid's, according to Knippel, and he spent many weekends there.
A faithful Ducks fan, Kincaid began a tradition that many in the local area looked forward to each year - a luncheon for Beavers and Ducks supporters right before the annual Civil War game. In recent years it was held at the U.S. Bank Building on State Street.
This year's luncheon included a special tribute to its founder, Kincaid.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia Kincaid, son Daniel, daughter Lindsey, mother Juanita Mahon Kincaid and brothers William and James.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.