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CHABOT, Robert Albert "Bob" Of Manchester, NH, 93, retired Army Captain, high school science teacher and football coach and an influencer of so many young adults passed away at home on Monday, June 27. Bob was born in Providence, RI but moved to Manchester in fifth grade and later attended Central High School where he was a standout halfback in football under coach Hubie McDonough Sr. and played shortstop in baseball. It was also at Central that Bob met his future wife, Virginia "Ginny" Robinson, with whom he recently celebrated his marriage of 70 years on June 15 with family. After Central, Bob attended New York Academy before accepting an appointment at U. S. Army Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point he played Army football, wrestling, and baseball. As a hard-charging running halfback for Head Coach Earl (Red) Blaik, Bob was one member of the prestigious Army backfield that included Glenn Davis, "Doc" Blanchard, and Arnold Tucker. Army was unbeatable in those years with many one-sided victories for the black and gold. Upon graduating in three years from West Point in 1946, Bob married the love of his life, Ginny Robinson at Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester two weeks later. Bob served his country for 15 years in the Army's Airborne Division that included two tours during the Korea war, a tour in Germany and two ROTC assignments at the University of Maine and Middlebury College. In 1961 his return to his hometown was a blessing and a dream come true, to be a science and math teacher and head football coach at the new Manchester Memorial High School. It was there that Bob continued to influence the lives of many young adults he touched. He coached Memorial football for 14 seasons from 1961-1975 while teamed with Hubie McDonough Jr., which included a 27 game unbeaten streak in Division I football that spanned four years and six state championships. He retired from teaching in 1988. Bob was a raw talent on the gridiron as well teacher in the classroom, on the field, as a fitness director for Kingsmont, a camp for overweight children, and wherever life took him. He was a long-time volunteer at Elliot Hospital, a member of the chain gang for college football games, a member of the Shriners, and recruited and interviewed New England candidates for West Point. He received several accolades for his commitment to the youth of Manchester. In 2005 the new field at Memorial was named the Chabot-McDonough Field in honor of the coaching duo. More recently, in 2015, he was presented the Distinguished American Award by the Joe Yukica-NH Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Bob is survived by his wife Ginny, a daughter Linda Chabot Bruen and Michael Bruen of Sammamish, WA, a son Bruce Chabot and Gail Chabot of Allenstown, NH; six grandchildren, Jason Bruen and his wife Uma (Whitehouse, NJ), Jaclyn Bruen (Chicago), Sean Bruen (Sammamish), Katrina Bruen (Seattle), and Robert Chabot and James Chabot (Allenstown); two great-granchildren, Neela and Mira (Whitehouse); a sister-in-law Olive Langlois, and several nieces and nephews. Services: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 3 -7 pm at Goodwin Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 607 Chestnut St. Manchester, NH. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 at Grace Episcopal Church, 106 Lowell St, Manchester, NH. Interment with military honors will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bob's name be made to the food pantry at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 102 North Main St., Manchester, NH 03102. Please visit www.goodwinfh.com to sign the online guest book.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 29, 2016
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