D-Day veteran was a Boston educator

Published in the October 14, 2016 edition

Fuller-obit-webMELROSE — Charles R. “Bob” Fuller, 94, of Melrose, died surrounded by family on Oct. 8.

Bob was born in Boston on April 28, 1922 to John and Mary (Goodwin) Fuller. He was raised in Dorchester and graduated from Boston College High School. He later earned a master’s degree from Boston State College.

At the age of 21, Bob enlisted in the United States Army and went on to serve his country honorably during World War II. He was a D-Day veteran and fought in northern France, the Rhineland and central Europe. Bob was very proud of his service and continued his connection to the military by being an active member of the Lt. Norman Prince Post 1506 VFW in Melrose. The club was very important to him, he played cards down there every Thursday and enjoyed being with fellow veterans.

Bob worked as a meat cutter at Roxie’s Butcher Shop in Quincy for many years. He eventually went on to become a teacher and later a principal in the Boston Public School system.

Bob was also known by the nicknames “Teach” and “Papa.”

He loved to travel, particularly by taking car rides. Bob and his wife Margery, along with other family members, took many rides up Rt. 1 on a beautiful day for a lobster roll. He would also take an annual trip with his boys to see the Red Sox play at a different stadium. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriot fan, rarely missing a game.

Most importantly, Bob was a man who cherished his family. He loved spending time with them any way he could. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

He was the beloved husband of Margery (McDonald) Fuller of Melrose. He was the loving father of Paul Fuller and his wife Paula of Weymouth, Michael Fuller and his wife Deborah of Weymouth, Robert Fuller and his wife Linda of Kingston, Margery Raymond and her husband Ronald of Billerica, Paul Williams and his wife Liz of Burlington, Kevin Williams and his wife Sheila of Billerica, MaryBeth Williams and William Walsh of Melrose. He was the cherished grandfather of Lisa, Stephen, John, Siobhan, James, Jeffrey, Mark, Jaclyn, Ronald, Julie, Brian, Mark, Jennifer, Sheilann, Michelle, Jessica, Brendan and David. He was the proud great-grandfather of 13. He was the caring brother of Jack Fuller of Florida. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the lifelong friend of Bill Cofrin of Franklin.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 4-7 p.m. at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose. The funeral was from the Gately Funeral Home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield.

Interment at the Bourne National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contribution can be made to the Lt. Norman Prince Post, 1506 Relief Fund, 428 Main St., Melrose MA 02176.

To leave an online message of condolence please visit gatelyfh.com.