The Rev. Robert F. Fenby died peacefully on September 24, 2017 at Saint Francis Home in Worcester, MA. Bob's warm, welcoming spirit and gentle smile will never be forgotten and will be missed by many, including his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Leona F. (Ciardelli) Fenby; his daughter, Pamela A. Lazerick and her husband, John and their two children, Zachary Robert and Gabriel John Lazerick of Auburn.
Bob was born and raised in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School, New England College, Henniker, NH and the Hartford Theological Seminary, Hartford, CT. He continued his theological studies by attending Pastor's school at Furman University, Greenville, SC. A proud veteran of the US Navy, Bob was stationed in Newport, RI. and served as the assistant to the Chief Chaplain of the destroyer fleet for 3 years.
As a young minister, Bob first served the Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly, for four years. He then was called to the Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester, where he was pastor for 34 years, before retiring in 1998. Following his retirement, Bob began a new ministry with the Bethel Lutheran Church in Auburn through an agreement with the Congregational and Lutheran Churches in Massachusetts. He went on to serve that congregation for the next 12 years until his retirement in 2010.
A celebration of Bob's life was held on Friday, September 29 at 11:00am at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Auburn, MA with a reception that followed in the parish hall. Burial with military honors was held privately in Hillside Cemetery. Donation in Bob's memory may be made to the Memorial Fund, Bethel Lutheran Church, Auburn. Arrangements were made with the Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester.
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