Robert G. Fotter



OAKLAND - Robert (Bob) G. Fotter, 88, died Friday, May 3, 2019, at his home in Oakland surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Anson, Maine on June 17, 1930, the son of Glenwood and Marion (Pullen) Fotter. Bob was a lifelong resident of Oakland, graduating from Williams High School, class of 1948.

Bob began his military career in the U.S. Navy in 1950. He was a member of the Seabees, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief in 1969. His service included being called back to active duty where he was stationed in Chu Lai, Vietnam during the war.

He worked for many years as an auto mechanic and had a specialty for working on Saab's. Bob worked for twenty-one years at the Oakland Post Office, retiring in 1990.

Bob began his love of auto racing in 1960. He was an avid ice racer as well as a local track champ at Unity Raceway. He raced his last official ice race at the age of 75. His car #9 was always a threat to the competition. A skilled craftsman, he created many pieces of furniture for his family (always in multiples of six) as well as designing and building their A-frame cottage in northern Maine. The "camp" was a place where family and friends gathered for over 25 years. His other hobbies and interests included dancing with Vi, hunting, four wheeling, cribbage and providing sound advice to his children, grandchildren and others regarding how life should be lived, (but only when asked). Bob also volunteered his services to the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen for thirteen years.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Dorothy Miner, his first wife Joan (Sanders) Fotter, and his son Wade Fotter.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vivian "Vi" (Bouchard) Fotter, daughters Cheryl Beach and husband Clay, Donna Goodrow and husband James, sons Glenwood "Sandy" Fotter, Kevin O'Leary and wife Emily, Darryll Fotter and wife Maryanne, nieces Daphne LeMay, Jody Workman, sister-in-law Anita White, brother-in-law Dick Bouchard and wife Mary, sister-in-law Jan Deblois, brother-in-law George Bouchard, sister-in-law Patricia Murphy and husband David, sister-in-law Maxine Bouchard, numerous nieces and nephews, "Honorary" children: Debbie Sutton and husband Robert, Richard "Dud" Dudley.

Grandchildren include: Dara Gaul and husband Nathan, Justin Beach and wife Susan, Jason Goodrow and Lauren Christina, Shelby Hondo and husband Daniel, Megan Flagg and husband David, Rebecca Fotter, Ashley Libbrecht and husband Josh, Mallory Charles and husband Julius, Katie O'Leary and fiancé Jason Henriquez, Robert W. Fotter, Nathaniel Fotter, Geoffrey Fotter.

Great-grandchildren include: Asher Gaul, Axel Gaul, Penelope Beach, Olivia Beach, Braedon Goodrow, Dominic Hondo, Isabelle Hondo, Colton Flagg, Kaeden Libbrecht, Sienna Libbrecht, Kaiya Charles, Naomi Charles.

Per his request, there will be no visiting hours.
A graveside committal service (with military honors) will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery in Oakland, Maine on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m.

The family would like to thank Northern Light Hospice of Waterville for their dedication and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:

Northern Light Home Care and Hospice
325 "C" Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, Maine 04901

Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen
68 Pleasant Street
Waterville, Maine 04901

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Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.
Published on May 7, 2019
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Omar Wheeler
May 07, 2019