2018-09-13 / Obituaries

Robert “Bullet Bob” Fuquea

Robert “Bullet Bob” Fuquea passed away recently after years of valiant battle against respiratory disease.

He was a native Jamestowner, and the island ran deep in him. Bob’s roots stemmed from the Tefft family, with his mother Jackie Tefft, and the other members dating back on the island more than 12 generations.

He was a graduate of Rogers High School in Newport and attended the University of Rhode Island before a brief Rhode Island hiatus to work on Wall Street. Recognizing he was not a “city guy,” he returned in 1970 and immediately returned to URI, but as an employee. Bob spent the rest of his entire professional career serving the students at URI as a residence hall manager. He worked on campus for more than 46 years, living in both undergraduate and, later, graduate housing complexes as the resident manager and acting as the advisor to, literally, thousands of college students as they made their educational journey through the University at Kingston. He closed his career May 31, 2017, having served 16,691 days “on campus.”

Bob was an avid sportsman, despite his respiratory challenges, playing for years in Jamestown’s adult softball leagues. He never missed an opportunity to be on the water with his fellow members of the Wood River Temperance Society. Also, sailing was a lifelong passion, and he loved racing as a member of the local boat S/V Impetuous for several seasons and was “captain” of the infamous S/V War Duck cruises to Montauk, Block Island and other notable ports of call.

Basketball was his second greatest sports love. While in New York, he cultivated a “wicked” jump shot on the playground courts of the Bronx where he lived. Upon returning home, the courts of Keaney Gym at URI saw him frequently each week drilling three-pointers before a player got credit for them.

His greatest sports love, however, was golf! He was a member of the Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth and the exclusive Crowne Point Country Club for many years and cherished his rounds of golf at both with his closest friends. Yet, he learned the game on the fairways of Jamestown Country Club, eventually winning the “Jamestown CC” championships on multiple occasions. His scoring a “hole-in-one” on the 7th hole in December 1985 remained one of his proudest moments. There was no course he did not relish playing with friends. His night league rounds in Jamestown or playing the likes of Fisher’s Island, Misquamicut, and Baltusrol were equally satisfying to this man who loved the game. The only regret was never making it to St. Andrews in Scotland for a round. His spirit will always be hitting drives off of Jamestown’s first tee.

While having no children of his own, he was a dedicated family man to many others. He coached many seasons within Jamestown’s youth basketball leagues, imparting his wit and wisdom to a generation of the island’s young players. He leaves behind scores of friends from his years as a frequent visitor to all his favorite establishments around town where “everyone knew his name.”

His encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything from the English monarchs to all the champions of the Master’s Golf Championship caused many to seek his membership during local trivia competitions. He cherished his nieces and nephews, never missing a chance to see them play or perform, barely holding back tears for his niece Farren’s performance as Peter Pan and his nephew Coleman’s commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Marines.

He was preceded in death by his brother Mike and is survived by his mother Jacqueline; sisters Carol, Margaret, Suzy; and brother David, as well as nephews Jason and Coleman and nieces Lyndsey and Farren.

The charm, smile, and friendship of our own HBF will be forever missed.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Jamestown Country Club, 245 Conanicus Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835 will be appreciated.

For information and condolences, visit www.FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com.

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