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Robert G. Fawcett

September 15, 1953 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Robert Fawcett Obituary

Robert G Fawcett, age 70, loving husband of Joanne (Hoffman) Fawcett and devoted father of Beth Fawcett, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at his home in Taunton, after a brief illness with pancreatic and liver cancer. Born in Winchester, MA, on Tuesday, September 15, 1953, Robert was the son of the late George C. and Theresa G. (Donovan) Fawcett. He was predeceased by his son Jay who passed away in 2009. Below is a tribute to Robert written by his daughter Beth just a few days prior to his passing. Beth and her mom Joanne knew Robert the best, so who better to tell his story.

Many of you know that my dad is in the final stages of life.  We are doing all we can to make him comfortable and ease his suffering after being diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer on January 4th, and after an earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in June of 2023.  It is likely he will pass in the coming day or so.

My dad touched the lives of many.  He coached my brothers’ little league teams growing up, and worked two jobs his entire life to ensure we had the things we needed.  Together with my mom, they always had what they needed to leave me daily lunch money, send me to t-ball, dance or softball, field hockey, field trips, pay for my brother’s little league or Babe Ruth baseball.  They worked hard to ensure we could go on family vacations every year, driving my dad's Chevy S-10 with our pop-up trailer to Point Sebago, Disney, Six Flags, Wyoming, or whatever other vacation the family planned.   He manned many a-grill, although was always paranoid the protein wouldn't be cooked enough and legit killed it.  He hated fires, candles, and the thought of losing electricity and not having lights.  He loved the Red Sox, the weather and was ALWAYS watching to see what the next storm or hurricane brought.  One of the dreams he had that never came to pass was the desire to go with Storm Chasers to chase a tornado. One of his favorite punishments was to actually make me sit and watch the weather Channel (legit torture to a 10-year-old). He was always generous with whatever he had, sometimes causing those undeserving of his good nature to take advantage of him.

He taught me many life lessons.  He taught me never to start a fight or kick someone while they were down.  To always work hard, show up on time and give it everything you have.  Never work half-assed.  To NEVER put your brakes on while driving past a police officer, but just take your foot off the gas.  Take time to look for hawks while driving. To ensure you always showed good sportsmanship, regardless of if that meant you didn't win, and ALWAYS lose graciously.  Respect your elders and hold the door open for others.  Take the time to appreciate the Cape Cod Canal, a good fishing trip, or some delicious chocolate-walnut fudge.  There was also no such thing as Toll-House cookies without walnuts allowed in our house.

He LOVED his kids more than anything and rarely ever said no to us.  If that meant buying take-out when we were kids when mom worked late, or telling mom he brought me to Sunday School when he really took me to breakfast instead.  He always took me to rent movies on Thursdays, even though it was a school night.  He defended me when he needed, even jumping in front of a car when I was little when someone tried to grab me on our street.  When I called him to tell him I had a creepy person banging on the door at work when I was a teen, scaring the crap out of me, he raced down to make sure I was safe.  He extended his love to my friends as well, ensuring those I worked with were safe, sitting in the parking lot at closing to ensure they got in their cars without issue.  Our home was a safe place for many, mostly because my parents welcomed everyone, and all were considered family.  I asked him to go to a Sevendust Concert once when I was in high school, and he told me no.  I was angry and resentful.  I remember him tearing up saying that he had a horrible feeling and didn't want me to go.  I don’t think I ever told him my friend went and got drugged with PCP and had to be carried out.  He would have the state troopers look out for me driving home after a late-night closing at Dunkin Donuts and always made sure if I got pulled over, I better tell him because he would hear about it from his trooper buddies regardless.

He had his faults and quirks, but when I told him I was gay, he never once made me question whether I was loved and accepted. He ALWAYS welcomed my partners, sharing a hug and nice word.  I never had to live the horror stories of those around me being disowned or kicked out by their loved ones. He loved children and would always stop to say hello to them and offer them a dollar bill for being a good little boy or girl (with parental approval of course).

When my brother died March 2nd, 2009, my dad was crushed.  I remember him wailing in the living room that he had lost his best friend.  He was never the same after.  I wonder what life would have looked like for all of us if we didn't lose Jay then. Clearing out his closet today, even finding my brother shirts and some of his effects he had on him the day he passed away.  I just hope that he is able to find peace in this next life and maybe, just maybe, find a place where he and Jay can throw a line, enjoy a cold one or a scotch and truly be able to catch up over a Sox game.

The last words spoken between us were on Monday, January 29th, 2024.  I was leaving my parents’ place to return to Maine.  I told him I loved him and would see him in a couple of days.  He told me he loved me too.  He was unconscious and unresponsive upon my return 5 days later.

Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1:00-3:00PM at Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 280 Bedford Street Lakeville, MA 02347, followed by a memorial service at 3:00PM.

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Memorial Visitation
Saturday
February 24, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

Memorial Service
Saturday
February 24, 2024

3:00 PM
Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home (Lakeville)
280 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347

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