Robert Dennison FOWLER
September 27, 1948 – May 6, 2021
Robert Dennison Fowler, 72, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away Thursday, May 6, 2021 after a bout with cancer.
Bob was born September 27, 1948, in Plainfield, NJ to the late Albert (Al) and Margaret (Peg) Fowler. He was the oldest of four children. They were raised Catholic (faith was important) and attended school in the Northeast. He went on to attend Northeastern University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (78’). Bob accepted a job as an engineer specializing in antenna design and satellite communications at RF Systems and Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL. He then moved to Central Florida in the mid 1980’s to work for his father’s Microwave Marketing company. He continued for the remainder of his career to work in the electronic component sales field and eventually retired as a Senior Sales Consultant. Being on the road for a good portion of his career he decided to settle down with his wife Roni in the New Port Richey area for his retirement and has lived there ever since.
Throughout his life Bob befriended many and was so well liked he had no adversaries nor would you ever hear someone speak an ill-word about him. He was a kind son, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He taught his siblings much; what to do and what not to do (sometimes by doing) but his faith in family was rarely questioned. He always attempted to attend a family wedding, baby shower, or holiday gathering, reach out or visit a sick friend or family member in need, show up at the family reunion, lend a helping hand to his family with a project or just pick up the phone to talk. He loved going to the beach with his family and rolling around on the floor with the family pet.
In addition to his family, Bob enjoyed sports the most in life. Whether it be cheering on his children at their games or yelling at the referee on television he watched and rooted for his teams (Pats/Celtics/Bruins) with a passion unlike most. He played Rugby well into his 50’s and wore his Mystic River Rugby club gear with pride. Bob had quite the strong kicking leg and was a bruising Back on the field for his size. He loved football, basketball, golf, and hockey as well. He also loved the social game and spent numerous happy hours after his rugby games and into retirement throwing back a beer at the local pub or Tiki Hut and chowing down on some shrimp scampi over at the VFW (Sons of AmVets).
Bob you are forgiven and will be missed and remembered for that often-goofy grin and serious smile. The lord is with you, God bless you, Bob.
Robert D Fowler is survived by his wife: Roni, uncle Norris and aunt Mary Harding; three siblings: Harry, Laurel and Al/Doug (Deb); sister-in-law: Julia; children: Kim (Arturo) Gonzalez, Seth (Amy), Chad; grandchildren: AJ, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Ethan and Chad Jr; great grandchildren: Jaxon; nephews (Gabe and Bobby) and many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to cancer research or our veterans: https://donate3.cancer.org/ or https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/ . A special thanks to the nursing staff and Palliative and Hospice Care group at Bayonet Regional Medical Center in Hudson, FL for helping take care of Bob in his final days.
“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.”
Coach Jimmy V.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert Dennison FOWLER
June 14, 2021
I played Rugby with Bobby in the early 70's . Solid and dependable on the field. It saddens me to hear of his passing and other Mystics from those 70's team.
May 23, 2021
I had the privilege of knowing Bobby through my older brother Ross. We all played rugby together with the Mystic River Rugby Club of Malden, Mass.
Bobby loved the camaraderie associated with rugby. He had the physical size for the sport and he took full advantage of it. He was an excellent tackler and was an outstanding kicker.
Bobby enjoyed the after match drink outs like we all did reminiscing about the match with teammates and our opponents.
Bob was well respected by all that knew him on and off of the pitch. He left this world way too early. He will be greatly missed.
May 23, 2021
Roni - I am very sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Having met Bobby in the early 1970's and played rugby with Bobby thru the 1990's, we were very close. It's hard for me to accept he is gone. Back in Feb. 2006 , probably the last time we spent some serious time together, I invited him to join me and some friends for a trip to London to watch some 6 nations rugby (England vs Wales). Bobby said yes, and we had a great long weekend,, watching rugby, watching the Super Bowl (at mind night local time), and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bobby teach the London bar tenders how to make a "red beer" for us on Sunday morning. Bobby for many years was a close friend. He was also a terrific rugby player and a joy to spend time with. I have attached a photo of Bobby and I (standing) and my Welsh mate Ferg (sitting) from that trip. Bobby had an entire circle of new friends after his three days with us in London - he made friends easily and I will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace my friend. Douglas Hansen, Mystic River Rugby Club, Fredericksburg, TX.
May 22, 2021
For the years thatI knew Bob with the Mystics, I always told him that I was more experienced and smarter than him because I was born July 14 1948 which made me 2 months older than him. We always gave each other a hard time and had our own suggestions for solving that always caused us to chuckle and have another beer He shall be a man, friend and old rugby buddy that I shall miss at the next Mystic affair and when my time to join him comes, I'll buy him a shot of Jack Daniels and a cold Sam Adams beer.
Adios Amigo and hopefully when my time comes, I'll be looking for ya!
All my best to all his family and friends - All my best -