Robert B. Foye

February 26th, 2014

Robert B. Foye of Hampton, NH, formerly of San Mateo, CA and Wilmington, MA, passed away at Exeter (NH) Hospital on February 13, 2014.

Bob was raised in Wilmington, MA where he learned his love for sports. He was a standout on the Wilmington High School (WHS) Football team and was among the first to be inducted into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame.  He is reported to have scored the first touchdown ever against Wilmington’s rival Tewksbury High School.

Bob’s continued his devotion to the WHS Football team for many years. Although he found himself living and working in California he made many trips through the decades to watch his team and meet up with his old teammates.

After high school, Bob enlisted in the US Army and then re-enlisted in the newly formed US Air Force. He served during both World War II and Korea.  It was in the Air Force that he learned aircraft maintenance and found what was to be his life’s work.

Upon leaving the Air Force, Bob worked for United Airlines in San Francisco, CA and lived nearby in San Mateo, CA.  During this time, Bob continued to enjoy youth sports through coaching youth hockey.

After retiring United Airlines Bob moved back east and settled in Hampton, NH. He spent quiet years woodworking, rug braiding and reading.  Bob always had a trivia question at the ready and enjoyed a good political debate with friends.

Bob will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing such an honorable and gentle man.

Per his wishes there will be no wake or funeral service. His remains will be interred at a later date in the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington alongside other residents who have served their country.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.


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  1. John Devaney says:

    Read this obituary with great sadness for the passing of such a personable and engaging man. I will miss his visits as they never failed to draw a great laugh and the opportunity to learn something I didn’t know. A more gentle and sincere man I’ve never known.

  2. Paul White says:

    As the oldest grandchild of Annie and James White of Washington Ave., Wilmington, MA I had the privilege of knowing Bob Foye from a very early age. He would fly out from California most every Thanksgiving for the Wilmington vs. Tewksbury game and always stopped by to share some pumpkin pie and conversation. Last fall during the last visit I made he was showing off his latest batch of wooden creations that he liked to make and give away. Our conversation drifted to other things and he spoke of his early childhood years of being passed from one family member to another and of how he had felt lonely, and unloved. This all changed in 1933. As a twelve year old he had been given up for foster care to the state and had been waiting sitting on a bench at the State House in Boston when a short dark haired lady came out of an office, took his hand and said “you can come with me now”. “That” he said, “was the luckiest day of my life”. He had from that point a caring family, and many friends. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

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