Robert MacQuarrie
1937 - 2020
Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road
Fairfield, CT
Robert G. MacQuarrie
Robert G. MacQuarrie, age 83, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Gail P. MacQuarrie, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Robert B. and Helen (Gray) MacQuarrie, he was a lifelong Fairfield resident. Bob graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1954 and later received an Associate's Degree in Arson and Firefighting Technology from Norwalk Community College. Following high school, he worked in a gas heating and air conditioning business with his father. He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and served active and in the reserves for 6 years. In 1965 he joined the Fairfield Fire Department. He truly loved his work, retiring as a Lieutenant after 30 years serving the town.
Bob was always planning his next travel adventure with Gail. They enjoyed many cruises and trips to the Caribbean where he loved to scuba dive. Family vacations in the New Hampshire lakes region were an annual event. In 2016 he completed a "bucket list" item of visiting all 50 states. Bob was a longtime active member of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church where he served as a Trustee and as an Usher. He was a life member of Fayerweather Yacht Club, a 50 plus year member of Fidelity-St. John's Lodge # 3 A.F. & A.M. and a member for many years of Pyramid Temple Shrine in Stratford. As a Shriner Bob was always eager to volunteer, especially driving pediatric burn victims to hospitals in Springfield and Boston.
Bob was deeply involved in numerous conservation groups. He was a contributor to the Aspetuck Land Trust, and the Calusa Land Trust on Pine Island, FL. He and Gail lived many winters on Pine Island where they loved boating and kayaking. While in Florida, Bob volunteered for the Park Rangers at Cayo Costa State Park. He was a volunteer for many other community outreach organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Fair Share Table.
In addition to Gail, his loving wife for 62 years, Bob will be deeply missed by two children: Scott R. MacQuarrie and his wife Debra of Wilton and Marsha L. Bailey of Laguna Niguel, CA; five cherished grandchildren, Jennifer, Colin and Abigail MacQuarrie and Allyson and Drew Bailey; a sister, Susan Schaller of Fairfield; cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother David MacQuarrie.
Due to current conditions, a private graveside service will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery. A public celebration of Bob's life will be held when safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Bob's memory to: The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758533, Topeka, KS 66675-8533 or the Aspetuck Land Trust, P.O. Box 444, Westport, CT 06881. For information or to offer an online condolence, please visit

Published by Connecticut Post & Fairfield Citizen on Sep. 5, 2020.
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Dear Gail & Family,
I was very saddened to hear of Robert's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. "In my Father's house are many mansions....I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there you may be also." John 14
Betty Brandt
Fairfield, CT
Betty Brandt
September 7, 2020
Bob was a great man with a wonderful family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of sorrow.
Anyone lucky enough to know him can never forget him and his love of life.
He will be sorely missed. Rest now in Peace, dear man.
Michael O'Dwyer
September 7, 2020
To the Macquarrie Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. What a nice picture of Bob. Bob spent his entire life helping others. I will miss playing around with Bob about the Red sox and the patriots Go Yankees and Giants,Bob will be missed by many he touched throughout his life,Hes at peace now enjoying the blue sky and the white clouds. Hes dancing with his brother Gus and Eggy and Elmer. God bless you all. Love you guys.The entire Gazdik family
Tim Gazdik
September 6, 2020
Gail, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I have fond memories of trips with you, Bob & Sally

Pat Toohey
Patricia Toohey
September 6, 2020
Dear Gail and Family,
So sorry to have read the passing of Bob. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Love and prayers.
Dennis and Kathy Bonetti
September 6, 2020
Sorry to hear about Bob passing he was a great guy my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children
Gerry Stopa
September 5, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Spear-Miller Funeral Home
September 5, 2020
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