Robert H. Fuquea, 70

North Kingstown, R.I.

Robert (Bob) H. Fuquea passed away after years of valiant battle against respiratory disease. He was a graduate of Rogers High School in Newport, R.I., and attended the University of Rhode Island (URI) 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 over 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 on 31 May 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 Impetuous for several seasons and was “Captain” of the infamous War Duck cruises to Montauk, Block Island and other notable ports of call.

Bob also dedicated many hours to basketball and especially golf. There was no course he didn’t relish playing with friends. His 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.

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