Rev. Robert F. Fenby, 85
Longtime area Pastor
Auburn - Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
This was the call that Robert Fenby answered more than 60 years ago and so faithfully followed throughout his dedicated career as a minister. Rev. Robert F. Fenby, a longtime area minister died peacefully on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Saint Francis Home, Worcester. He was 85.
Bob was born and raised in Quincy, a son of the late George and Edna (Ellis) Fenby. He graduated from Quincy High School, New England College, Henniker, NH and the Hartford Theological Seminary, Hartford, CT. He continued his theological studies by attending Pastor's school at Furman University, Greenville, SC. A proud veteran of the US Navy, Bob was stationed in Newport, RI. and served as the assistant to the Chief Chaplain of the destroyer fleet for 3 years.
As a young minister, Bob first served the Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly, for four years. He then was called to the Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester, where he as pastor for 34 years, before retiring in 1998. Following his retirement, Bob began a new ministry with the Bethel Lutheran Church in Auburn through an agreement with the Congregational and Lutheran Churches in Massachusetts. He went on to serve that congregation for the next 12 years until his retirement in 2010. He dedicated to the boards within both congregations, Bob willingly gave many hours of service to numerous other community boards and organizations through the years.
Bob's warm, welcoming spirit and gentle smile will never be forgotten and will be missed by many, including his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Leona F. (Ciardelli) Fenby; his daughter, Pamela A. Lazerick and her husband, John and their two children, Zachary Robert and Gabriel John Lazerick of Auburn.
Relatives and friends are invited to Bob's life celebration and memorial service on Friday, September 29 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 90 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Auburn. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial with military honors will be held privately in Hillside Cemetery. Donation in Bob's memory may be made to the Memorial Fund, Bethel Lutheran Church, Auburn. Arrangements are under the care of the CALLAHAN, FAY & CASWELL Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester. To share a memory or leave an online condolence please visit www.callahanfay.com