Rev. Robert Fenby
1932 - 2017
Callahan Fay Caswell Funeral Home
61 Myrtle St
Worcester, MA
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

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sep. 25 to Sep. 28, 2017.
Memorial service
Bethel Lutheran Church
90 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Auburn, MA
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I knew Bob while attending New England College. He was a Christian Role model .
God Bless,
Art Wade,
Port Washington, NY
Art Wade
July 27, 2018
Wonderful man, person, spiritual leader. Will so miss you in this world. Blessing to your family.
Met, and loved you at Bethel. Peace be with you
john and nancy berube
September 25, 2017
Dear Pam, John, Zach and Gabe, may God bless you and keep you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan and John Bialas
September 25, 2017
Dear Lee and family,

God has reclaimed one of his apostles and we have lost one of the most spiritual men I have ever known. I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to work with him and know him for many years. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Barbara and Dick Burton
September 27, 2017
Rev Fenby was a wonderful pastor at Hadwen Park Church for several years. He was a very kind, gentle man. I became a member of Hadwen Park Church back in the 70's, while he was there. It was an honor to know him and I extend my sympathies to Lee , Pam.and grandsons. May he rest in peace and may God comfort those left behind.
Cheryl McGinty
September 29, 2017
My condolences to the Fenby family. I first met Rev. Fenby in the late 90's when I worked with my brother. A kind, thoughtful, caring pastor and wonderful man. I appreciate his kindness and compassion.
John Bellerose
September 29, 2017
Lee and Family -- Our mother (Mabelle) in particular thought so much of Reverend Fenby -- eventually we found out for ourselves -- please know our sympathy and
prayers are with you -- sincerely -- Jack Nicholson and family, Auburn
Jack Nicholson
October 4, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jim & Robin Ward
September 29, 2017
To Pam, Lee and family - My sincere sympathy in your loss. I will always remember Bob with his calming smile and kind words. He baptized me at HPC and was my confirmation leader. Many wonderful memories of him, and you all, at Hadwen Park Church.
Thinking of you all; hugs and prayers during this difficult time.
Lisa (Gustafson) Bousquet
Lisa Bousquet
September 29, 2017
Our sincerest and deepest sympathies to the families... Rev Fenby was a wonderful kind giving man who gave so many people guidance. His pleasant personality and Loving soul will surely be missed. Now he will go home and be praised by the Lord for all his work he had accomplished. May the family find peace in all the wonderful memories and kind words persons have said over the years..

Loving Prayers to all
Neil and Lori-Ann Copeland
Lori-Ann and Neil Copeland
September 29, 2017
Bob was a great man . He helped and touched so many with his guidance and understanding . Lee and Pam our thoughts and prayers are with you .
The Snyder's
Gordon Snyder
September 28, 2017
I was lucky to grow up in a traditional old time neighborhood where everyone knew your name. We all were fortunate to have Pastor Fenby as our spiritual leader. Rev. Fenby was a man of great wisdom and kindness and he served as a role model for all of the youth not only in Hadwen Park Church, but from the entire neighborhood as well.
Pastor Fenby was our youth group leader and attracted at least 30 teenagers every Sunday night. We were always busy - hiking, bicycle trips to the Cape, producing plays, preparing for religious holidays- and Reverend Fenby was the heart of keeping us engaged and committed to the church and our neighborhood.
I babysat for Pam and Reverend Fenby confirmed me, married Jeff and me, baptized our children and buried my father and my mother-in-law.
Pastor Fenby was a pillar of our community and he will be forever missed. Mrs. Fenby and Pam and family,
please accept my sincere condolences.
Louise Lehtola-Clarke
September 28, 2017
Dear Pam and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
He was always such a welcoming person.
Thinking of you all.

Cathy (Budney) Friedman
Ruth Budney
September 28, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Bob was my grandfather's minister for many years. His support was greatly appreciated by my family and I will not forget his visit to my grandfather when we had to make a decision to put him in a home.
Frank Miller
September 28, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I will love you and miss you always. Bob was always there for the Snyders. He married all three of us and was there for us when Dad and Mom and Lyle died. A Perfect Pastor! Love from Marilyn.
Marilyn Wimmergren
September 27, 2017
So sorry to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you Aunt Lee and Pamela.
Susan Fenby Teed
September 27, 2017
You will be sincerely missed you were one of the best minister God ever created. God is getting a great angel. Our sincere condolences to the Lee and Pam and your family.
Sincerely Gwen and Joe Trapasso.
September 27, 2017
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