Robert Foshay

Robert J. Foshay

February 1, 1933 - April 28, 2020
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CAMDEN - Robert J. Foshay, 87, husband of Sue Morrison Foshay, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Sussman House in Rockport, following a brief period of declining health.

Robert, (Bob) Foshay was born in the old Portland hospital on February 1, 1933, to his Danish mother, Marjory Andersen and Father Arthur K. Foshay. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Sue Morrison Foshay; two brothers who he was always very close to, Donald Foshay of Scarborough and Stephen Foshay of Madison Maine; his son, Robert Foshay and wife Ann of Vasselboro, Maine; five daughters, Denise Gioeli Foshay of Idlywild California, Susan Bobbitt and her husband Mike of Sonoma California, Lisa Foshay of San Clemente California, Robin Mister and her husband David of Dana Point California, and Laurie Montour and her husband Michael of Ponte Verde, Florida. He also was a beloved father to his stepsons, Justin Hovey of Carlton Oregon who he helped to raise after he and Sue married, Mark Hannibal and his wife Meg of Portland, and David Hannibal of John Day Oregon. He and Sue together were blessed with 27 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Bob grew up with his mother and brothers in a section of South Portland known as Redbank Village. He loved to tell stories of his adventures in Redbank to the delight of anyone who heard them. As he said, “in the 40’s it was quite a place”. He graduated from South Portland High School. During his early years, he fought in the Golden Gloves, boxing many local fighters before enlisting in the Marine Corps. In the Marines he made the boxing team, where he fought many boxers who later turned pro. Returning to civilian life, he married Alice (Dresser) Keith and moved to Santa Ana California where he was a Firefighter for over 30 years. He loved and was predeceased by most of his fireman buddies. After retiring he returned to his beloved Maine, where he met and married Sue who was from California. They had lived about 80 miles from one another for those 30 years but never met till 1986.

A lifetime sportsman, Bob was passionate about both fly fishing and duck and upland bird hunting, and in retirement, he chose a second career as a Maine Guide. As a Master guide, for over 20 years, he took many Sports into the field in pursuit of Woodcock and Maine Grouse. In reality, having good bird dogs were what he loved most about hunting. From the pointing variety to the flushing dog, Bob always had a sporting dog or two at his side when he took to the field. He and his field bred English Cocker, Trigger, were an awesome duo in their prime as they hunted Maine covers and competed around the country in AKC field dog events. Bob could connect with all dogs and he enjoyed every one of them.

Of all he accomplished, Bob was most devoted, to his 52 years of continuous sobriety, which he found in Alcoholics Anonymous. He was fond of saying “AA is for free and for fun” and it was the best deal he’d ever had. His influence on, and continued participation in AA, were huge. He will be greatly missed in the AA community, but much of what he said and did over the years will remain, and be passed on, by the many lives he touched both in Midcoast Maine and southern California. He believed strongly in the steps and traditions of AA and now, only at his death, would he have allowed his anonymity to be broken at the level of the press. Bob was a no-nonsense guy in all areas of his life. He told the truth, as he saw it, in his own strong, simple, quiet and direct way. He was wise and gave good counsel but was also willing to admit when he had been wrong and correct it. He lived the spiritual principles he suggested to others (who asked) and had, what he said, was “a life “second to none”.

Due to present limited gathering mandates, a memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to THE PINE GROVE PROGRAM a nonprofit 501(c)3, providing outdoor adventures and aid to veterans and first responders, such as hunting, fishing, canoeing etc. Checks may be mailed to PINE GROVE PROGRAM, 823 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge Plantation, ME 04920. Please note on check, “in memory of Bob Foshay”.

To share a memory or story with Bob’s family, please visit their online Book of Memories at Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

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Posted at 09:54am
Thanks to everyone who has posted on Bobs memory wall, as well as your cards, emails, texts, phone calls, It’s been very touching for the kids and i. It’s also been nice for the grandchildren to get to know some sides of their Papa that didn’t show at our family doings. It’s meant a lot to them and to all of us. Love to each of you,

Christine West

Posted at 07:45am
Oh, how I love looking at these photos and video from Bob's life, so rich so full. It helps me to know the man I hardly knew but loved immediately upon meeting. He touched my heart deeply, just his presence. He reminded me of my father in that he carried the depth of his life with him even in his silence, especially in his silence. From my view he was a grateful man and a wonderful man. And I hardly knew him. So the loss is very great for his friends and family. My heart goes out to you all. Sue, I think of you by your morning fire and I send you a huge hug this morning.


Posted at 08:09pm
I first met Bob in 2009 when I traveled from Oregon for a 5 day visit with Sue. I felt comfortable being with them, like they were family. Bob told me of a time when he was guiding 2 men- just a couple of guys - on a hunting trip on a lake or river somewhere in beautiful Maine. I can't remember all the details of the story but at some point in time one of the 'guys' revealed he was one of the top dogs at Outdoor life or Field & Stream! Bob said he about fell out of the boat! He didn't have a clue! He also came to Oregon & spoke at our local AA meeting! My heart goes out to Sue and the family & I pray for their peace in this hard time

Liz Jenkins

Posted at 06:55am
John and I adore both of you and have been so blessed to know you since moving here 5 years ago. Bob was a huge influence to us, we loved seeing him on Zoom these last several weeks. We admire your strength, Sue, and we love you very much.

Susan Foshay

Posted at 05:09pm
When I came across this Mary Oliver Poem last summer, I scribbled it down, stuffed it in my suitcase and upon arriving in Maine, shared it with my Dad. After reading it, silently , Dad looked up, and said, “I like this very much. Thank you, Dear.”
For my one and only, forever cherished, and beloved Dad:

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