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May 9, 1925 - March 15, 2012
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Hopkinton, formerly of Holliston-
Robert C. Foster, 86, distinguished navy veteran, loving husband and father, formerly of Holliston, MA., and Bear River, Nova Scotia, died peacefully on March 15, 2012, in Hopkinton, MA., surrounded by his caring family and his beloved and devoted wife, Clytie.
Bob, was born in Canning Town, East End of London, G.B., and was the only son of Robert C. Foster and Alice D. Foster. He lived through the bombing of London in the early stages of World War II, and eventually entered the Royal Navy Submarine Service at the age of 17. During his tour of duty with the Royal Navy he served honorably on many submarines, participated in the Battle of the Atlantic, and finished the war boarding the captured German submarine, U-190, off of the coast of Newfoundland. While stationed in Digby, Nova Scotia, he met his future bride and life long partner, Clytie.
Bob was also an avid British sports car driver and live steam engine enthusiast. He raced in England after the war in single seater Bugattis and MGs, still owns a number of sports cars, and was a long time member of the Washakum Live Steam Engine Club. Bob was also known for his keen interest in history, politics, and a lifelong pursuit of classical music and the arts. He and Clytie spent many a weekend night, either at Symphony Hall or Tanglewood, enjoying the wonderful sounds of the Boston Symphony. Bob and Clytie also shared a love for travel and roaming the beaches and remote islands of Nova Scotia together.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Clytie A. (Banks), of Rossway, Nova Scotia, his five children: Robert Foster & his wife, Cindy of Holliston, Clare Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL., David Foster of Plymouth, Alice Resker and her husband Robert Resker of Grafton, and Victoria Hart and her husband, James Hart of Hopkinton, and finally, thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Bob spent his final years happily travelling back and forth from Nova Scotia to Hopkinton and to Florida. Bob and Clytie shared a life filled with adventure, family and friends. His warm smile and humorous philosophy of life will always be remembered, and greatly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him. Up Spirits!!
Calling hours will be on Monday March 19, 2012 at the Chesmore Funeral Home (ChesmoreFuneralHome.com) 854 Washington St., (RT 16) Holliston from 5:00 – 6:30 with services following in the funeral home at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family ask that you donate to the Fisher House of Boston, PO Box 230 South Walpole, MA 02071 a non-profit committed to providing assistance to wounded veterans and their families.