Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


Robert William Gauvin

February 14, 1934March 18, 2020

Robert W. Gauvin, 86, of Fairhaven, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Delores (Silva) Gauvin, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Rodolphe "Rudy" and Margaret (Goguen) Gauvin, he lived most of his life in Fairhaven. He was a 50 + year communicant of St. Mary's Church, Fairhaven.

Mr. Gauvin served in the United States Marines. He later worked as a truck driver and retired from United Liquors, a lifelong Teamster.

Bob was a 40+ year member of the Fairhaven Livesey Club and was also a long-time member of the American Legion. He enjoyed staying active, golfing, and working out in his weight room. He would challenge anyone to a battle of one-handed push-ups and was one of the few people who could perform multiple extended straight arm push-ups. Mr. Gauvin always supported his son and grandchildren during their athletic and academic endeavors. He was a volunteer timing system operator at Bishop Stang High School swim meets for over a decade. He was a long-time coach for youth and high school hockey teams and officiated youth, high school, and collegiate hockey games. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Gauvin and his wife Kara of Mattapoisett; five grandchildren, Zachary and his wife Anna of Connecticut, Julie and her husband Matthew of California, Luke of Colorado, Andrea and her husband Paul of North Carolina, and Meredith of Northampton; one great-grandchild, Odette of Los Angeles, a special niece and nephew who helped with Bob and Del's care and support, Sara and her husband Rob of Rhode Island, and Donnie of Florida; a brother, Roger Gauvin of New Bedford; a sister, Bernice Power, and her husband Bill of Fairhaven, a brother-in-law, Bishop. A. "Butch" Silva of Canada, a sister-in-law Nora Marginson of New Bedford; and many treasured nieces, nephews and neighbors.

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Parish, Fairhaven, at a later date, and visiting hours will not be held. His services are under the direction of ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745. For online tribute, www.rock-funeralhome.com. Details for the Memorial Mass will be posted online soon.


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Julie Fatino (Fuller)

April 3, 2020

Del, Sending you much love ❤️ from Aunt Theresa in Iowa during this difficult time. I remember how very, very happy she was to see both of you at Aunt Anita’s 90th birthday party!!! Thankful both my son and I were there from California to meet you as well. I have wonderful memories of visiting Aunt Margaret and Uncle Rudy during our summer vacations to Massachusetts. Sending our prayers and gentle blessings. God bless. 🙏

Kim Foote

March 26, 2020

Never met your dad but I can only imagine him as a great son he created. May he Rest In Peace.., you and your family are amazing. Peace be with you all at this time of loss!!

Emile Lambalot

March 25, 2020

Dear Del,

I am thinking of you and sending prayers at this most difficult time. I will always cherish the great trips and wonderful memories that the four of us have shared together and especially Vegas. Will miss seeing Bob at the Phoenix and Four Corners but he will be thought of often.

"Once a Marine; Always a Marine"

My deepest sympathy to you and your Family,

Linda Therrien

March 24, 2020

Dear Bob and family< I was so sad to hear of your dad's passing! My deepest sympathy to you all!
Linda Therrien

David Darmofal

March 24, 2020

iIwould like to offer my condolences to Bob’s wife and family. I got to know Bob through the Livesey Club. He was about 14 years older than me and I always respected him for physical fitness, his awareness of proper grammar and how he was such a devoted family man. He always spoke affectionately about his wife and over the years how proud he was of his son.
As time moved on, he started to rejoice in his grand children’s accomplishment, always telling us about their swimming events.
One more thing that was significant to Bob, was his ability to show his pride in being a “Marine” without offending anyone. So, I thank him for his service and I thank him for allowing me to know him and spend time with him. I will miss him and his wit!

I will be adding Bob’s name to the Livesey Club Deceased Members board as soon as I can have the name plate made.

Dave Darmofal

Donald Lavimoniere

March 23, 2020

Del and family.
We are sorry to read about Bob's passing, and we want you to know that we care.
Although we are out of state and unable to be with you, our thoughts and prayers will take our place.
You were always good neighbors to Sue and Lee and always pleasant to us when we visited them.
Please accept our condolences.
Don and Evelyn Lavimoniere

Bob Sylvia

March 23, 2020

My thoughts are with Bobby's family. He will always have a special place in my heart. He always encouraged and supported me. We worked together for many years. Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again. Bob Sylvia

Scott Power

March 22, 2020

Aunt Del, Bob, Kara, and grandchildren,
Rochanda, Megan, Jenna and I were very saddened to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. We are all thinking of our visits to Ridgecrest when we traveled to Fairhaven. Uncle Bob will be greatly missed and always remembered. I am sure Saint Peter greeted him with “semper fi” and he is happy to know that they still use U.S. Marine guards. With love from South Carolina.
Scott & family

Janice Gauvin

March 22, 2020

Del, I am sorry to hear about Bobby. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and brother and he was a kind and compassionate man. I will keep him and the family in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Silva

March 22, 2020

I am so sorry about Bob’s passing. He put up a good fight. Even though we didn’t see each other often I will still miss seeing his smiling face. Love to you all.