Robert Joyce Spence Sr., 85, of Scituate, died Jan. 15, 2014, after a brave battle with Alzheimer's, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband to Barbara Smyth Spence for 63 years. Robert was born in Brockton, April 1, 1928. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University and Harvard Business School, after which he served in the United States Air Force. He was the owner of Albert Culver Company in Rockland and was a director at Rockland Trust Company for 39 years. Robert was an active member of St. Mary of the Nativity and a generous benefactor of South Shore Hospital, the YMCA and many other charitable organizations. He was an avid supporter of numerous educational institutions as well. Robert is survived by his six children and their spouses, Robert J. and Maura Spence of Scituate, William F. and Susan Spence of Norwell, Richard H. and Jeanne Spence of Scituate, Carole S. and Michael Mullen of Marshfield, Barbara S. and Peter Roberts of Scituate and Susan S. and Robert Brosnan of Norwell; and his brothers John F. and the late Betty Cameron Spence of Duxbury and William and Wilma Spence of Hingham; cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Visiting hours were held at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Rd., Scituate, Monday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Scituate. Donations in memory of Robert may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370. For condolences and information www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com. Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home 781-545-0196
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Published in The Scituate Mariner from Jan. 16 to Jan. 23, 2014