Goffstown - Robert Allen Phelps, 67, of Goffstown passed away on May 5, 2014, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.He was born on Jan. 6, 1947, to Andrew Jackson Phelps and Ethel (Hunter) Phelps. After his mother's passing in 1949, he was raised by the loving Hunter family.He graduated from Goffstown High School and New Hampshire College. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in the 71st Construction Battalion.Since 1986, Robert owned and operated Central Auto Recyclers in Concord. He was the current president of the N.H. Auto & Truck Recycling Association. He also served as the regional director at-large and global ambassador for the Automotive Recyclers Association.He was a dedicated coach and leader for the Goffstown Little League, Goffstown Babe Ruth League, Tri-Town Soccer and Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America.Robert enjoyed golfing, auto racing, traveling the world, camping and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. He and his wife also enjoyed their annual trip to Aruba. In his final years, he volunteered as a crew member for Angel Flight Northeast.He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Carol (Laferriere) Phelps of Goffstown; his beloved children, Kelley Phelps of Goffstown, Zachary Phelps and his wife, Mellisa, of New Boston and Tyler Phelps of Concord; seven grandchildren, Madison, Eric, Anna, Paige, Jillian, Cole and Ben; a great-grandson, Carter; a sister, Allison Britton of Gilsum; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.The family would like to thank all of Robert's doctors and nurses for their exemplary care..
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SERVICES: Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester. The funeral ceremony is Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Committal prayers with military honors will follow at Westlawn Cemetery in Goffstown.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ARA Scholarship Foundation, 9113 Church St., Manassas, VA 20110-5456 (please note on the check: Bob Phelps Memorial Scholarship), or to
at www.cancer.org, or to Angel Flight NE at www.angelflightne.org.To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on May 7, 2014