Robert Lawrence Ferriter
December 15, 1936 – December 20, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert "Bob" Ferriter of Lakewood, Colorado announces his passing on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the age of 84. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his family, including his wife of 53 years, Sandra Ferriter; his children, Christi Browning (Lance), Timothy Ferriter (Amy), Michael Ferriter (Meredith), Elizabeth Pilson (Bryan); and his seven grandchildren, Trey, Sean, Keara, Aidan, Leland, Matthew and Joshua.
Bob graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Bachelor's degree in mining engineering in 1960 and Master's degree in petroleum engineering in 1971. In 1960, he entered the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School and then went to Naval Civil Engineer Corps School. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FIVE. He served as the Officer in Charge of the first Seabee team deployed in the Pacific Theater.
In 1971, Bob became an active member of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He also completed tours with the SECOND Reserve Naval Construction Regiment. Bob returned to active service and was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval operations at the Pentagon. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1989 with the rank of Captain, thus ending a remarkable career in service to his Country.
In civilian life, in 1971, Bob began working at the U.S. Bureau of Mines (MSHA). He served as an Engineer and Chief in the Ground Control Division. In 1972, Captain Ferriter began the restoration of the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a project that was near and dear to his heart. He commanded 'Operation Silver Spike', a restoration of the narrow-gauge railroad and mining camp for the Colorado State Historical Society.
In 1999, Bob returned to the Colorado School of Mines, this time to teach. He was instrumental in developing the Mine Safety and Health Program and mine rescue training. He dedicated his life to improving the safety and health and saving the lives of miners around the world. Bob was presented with the Highest Degree of Safety award from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals. In 2017, Bob reluctantly retired from the Colorado School of Mines at the age of 80. He published many articles throughout his military career and co-authored the Mine Rescue Manual: A Comprehensive Guide for Mine Rescue Team Members.
Bob's love of Westcliffe and the surrounding mountains has been passed down to his children and grandchildren. Bob had a meaningful impact and influence on all of those around him. He is deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
Rosary prayer service will be at Mount Olivet Chapel on January 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on January 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. and will be livestreamed for those that cannot attend. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
A celebration of life for all of Bob's family and friends to attend will be planned at a later date in 2021. Please see this website for the full obituary https://cfscolorado-16520.meaningfulfunerals.net/obituary/robert-ferriter