Robert J. Francis lived in Oak Bluffs with his loving wife of 46 years, Beverly. Bob died unexpectedly on the morning of March 21, 2018, at the age of 79.
He was born in Oak Bluffs to Elsie Hampson and Manuel Francis on July 6, 1938. Bob attended the Oak Bluffs School, and graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard High School. After graduating, Bob served Oak Bluffs as a firefighter and police officer. He then worked as a plumber with business partner and lifelong best friend Steve Amaral.
Bob will be remembered as a passionate, awardwinning golfer. He was a member of Farm Neck Golf Club, where he was found on most weekends. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching sports, spending time with friends, walking the beach and through the State Forest, and spending time with his adopted cat, Sleepy.
Bob is survived by his wife, Beverly; his siblings, Kenny Francis, Charlene Alley, Norma Alley, and stepsister, Susan Fauteux; his children, Robert Francis Jr., Shauna Chipperfield, Luann Bonn, and Margaret Cimeno. He has also left behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. Bob was predeceased by his father, Manuel Francis, and mother, Elsie Hampson; his brother, Jeffrey Alley; stepsister, Linda Francis; and his son, Scott Francis.
A graveside service will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Oak Bluffs on Sunday, April 15, at 11 am. Relatives and friends are invited to a gathering following the service at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs; please bring a dish to share.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the P.A. Club Benevolent Society, P.O. Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.