QUECHEE — A graveside service will be held Oct 4 at the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge at 12:30 p.m. for Robert Alan “Bob” Maxfield, 82, a longtime resident of Quechee, who died Sept. 27 after an extended period of declining health. There will be a Fellowship time immediately following in the Town Hall in Tunbridge where there will be a light lunch and lots of good memories to share.
He was born in Tunbridge on Aug. 29, 1931, son of Lesle and Marguerite Dodge Maxfield, the fourth of seven children. Bob lived in Vermont his entire life except during the years he served his country in Germany as an Army radio technician and a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru and Ecuador. Bob was gifted with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit talented in carpentry (his profession.) art, chair caning, and creative living skills. He expressed his altruistic nature and love of mankind through generous volunteer work at home and abroad. It was during his time in the Peace Corps that Bob realized that he could make a difference. Because of this experience he became the sponsor and mentor of Fernando Figueroa. Fernado became the son that he and Nan had always wanted. It was with great pride that Bob watched Fernando’s accomplishments in his education, career and family.
Bob desired to live out his years as fully as possible in spite of physical limitations after a construction accident in 1985 that left him confined to a wheelchair. But with his creativity and determination, he developed ways of being very independent for many years.
Surviving family members include Fernando and his family; sister Elizabeth “Betty” Frary and husband Adrian “Ady,” of Tunbridge; brother Louis Maxfield and wife Bennie, of North Hartland and Fort Pierce, Fla.; sister Marjory Conley and husband Hugh of Tavares, Fla.; sister Bernice “Bunny” Aldrich and husband Richard of Waxhaw, N.C., sister Lorna Eaton of Lunenburg; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Bob was predeceased by his parents and his beloved wife, Nancy of 38 years; a brother, Richard; nephews, Thad Eaton and Rodney Aldrich; and his special Uncle Edgar and Aunt Libby Dodge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Ambulance, VA Cutoff Road, White River Jct., 05001 or to a charity or church of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., and the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Tunbridge.
This obituary first appeared in the October 3, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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