DEXTER, ORONO AND PENOBSCOT – Robert D. Fogarty, died Jan. 6, 2013. The world’s greatest dad and husband passed away at Penobscot Nursing Home surrounded by his five loving children and wife. Bob was born with a song in his heart, Feb. 28, 1929, in Cambridge, Mass., to John and Catherine (Dempsey) Fogarty.
A first generation American, he grew up in Somerville, Mass., where as a boy he sang on a Boston Irish radio program. Bob graduated from Mount Carmel Seminary, Niagara Falls, Canada and from Boston College in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, serving with the Counter Intelligence Corps. In 1957, Bob began his professional career working for White Consolidated Industries, Burlington, Mass., Laconia, N.H., and Fayscott-Landis, Dexter. While in Dexter, Bob was a member of Dexter Club and served on the school board. Bob went on to work for RMP, Fitchburg, Mass., and ended his career working for Dawson-Bradford Real Estate, Orono, where he was active in establishing the Industrial Park and was an active member of Orono-Old Town Kiwanis. Bob married the love of his life, Tina M. Strazzullo, July 5, 1954. Together they raised five children and became grandparents to 12 grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Tina; and children, Jeanmarie Reed and fiance, Michael Russell, of Penobscot, John Fogarty and wife, Laurie, of Dexter, Catherine Barillas and husband, Gustavo, of Litchfield, N.H., Margaret Llopis and husband, Perry, of Arlington, Va., and Karen Bruaw and husband, Jeff, of Merrimack, N.H.; and grandchildren, Alisa Reed Bouchard and husband, Matthew, Emily Reed, Meagan Fogarty Pritchard and husband, Edwin, Devin and Trevor Fogarty, Isabel Barillas and fiance, Alec Saslow, Jonathan, Trent and Christopher Barillas, Spencer, Madeline and Jacqueline Llopis. Bob is also survived by his sister, Mary (Dibba) Lavin and husband, Joseph, of Worcester, Mass.; brother-in-law, Joseph Strazzullo of Waltham, Mass.; sister-in-law, Betty Strazzullo of Mashpee, Mass.; many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents, his brother, the Rev. Dr. John C. “Don-Don” Fogarty; sister, Ellen Fogarty; brothers-in-law, Frank and Vincent Strazzullo; and sisters-in-law, Loraine and Adele Strazzullo. The family thanks the staff of Penobscot Nursing Home for their outstanding care and commitment to Bob during his stay. Bob’s children and grandchildren thank their parents for their exemplary demonstration of what parenting, marriage and love should be! Thank you, Dad and Gampy, for filling our lives with laughter, love and song.
Funeral services will be private for the family. Those that wish may make a contribution in Bob’s memory to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.