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Robert William Morris

January 29, 1938 - April 8, 2024

Visitation: Friday, April 12th 9:00-10:30 a.m. Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton

Funeral Mass: Friday, April 12th 11:00 a.m. Saint John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton

Burial: Following Mass in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Hopkinton

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Robert William Morris, 86, of Hopkinton, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family after a lengthy health battle, on Monday, April 8, 2024. Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Viola (Pielstick) and Chester Morris. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Painter) Morris to whom he just celebrated 63 years of marriage on March 11th.

Bob was the first inducted into the Coast Guard Reserves during the Korean War. He worked for the Hoover/Maytag Corporation in sales for 43 years. He was truly the Patriarch of our family. He was affectionately known as “Poppa Bear,” or “Pops.” He was known as a fierce competitor and loved conquering a great challenge. He carried this winning approach throughout his life, whether it was playing baseball in his youth, garnering scouting looks from Major League Baseball teams, grabbing a certificate fishing for the largest or longest catch, mastering the stock market like a CNBC analyst, elaborate-egg hunts, dive contests and countless memories with “Pop.” He was a force well into his 80’s and phrases like “Pop can fix it” were said almost daily. Bob loved hosting anything and everything with the love of his life Dorothy “Merzie” at his home in Hopkinton, where friends were always considered family. Nothing brought more pleasure to Bob “Pop” than a full house filled with love, laughter, and cheer. He had a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face enjoying what he considered to be life’s precious gift, his family. He will be deeply missed, remembered, and cherished by family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his six children, Renee “Cookie” Canonica, Andrea Rowe and her husband, Alan, Robert William Morris Jr. and his wife, Julie, Darin Keith Morris, Nicole Tighe and her husband, John and Danelle Foley and her husband, Jay. He also leaves behind his sister, Lillian Traultfelter; grandchildren, Ashlyn Dimanno (Matthew), Bailey Faradie (Dana), Jack Tighe (Jess), twins, Jordan and Blake Rowe (fiance, Adam Faletsky), Bridget Tighe, Timmy Tighe, Camden Rowe, Connor Foley, Maclain Tighe, Brittin Foley; 6 great-grandchildren, Aidden Morrell, Parker and Olivia Dimanno, Brooks and Ty Faradie, and Harper Tighe.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 12th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St. A funeral Mass will be celebrated following visitation at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Church of Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stella Project, www.projectstella.net.