Robert T. Poulin

December 12, 1923February 14, 2013

Robert Treffle Poulin, age 89 of New Bedford, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at St Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Rita F. (Frechette) Poulin and Theresa L’Etoille.

Born in Maine, a son of the late Treffle and Medora (LeClair) Poulin, he resided in Maine and New Hampshire prior to moving to New Bedford in 1957.

Robert served in the United States Army during World War II. He worked as a machine operator at Borg-Warner until his retirement in 1988. He was a communicant of the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, a life member and past Post Commander of the VFW Poirier Post #3260, a life member of the American Legion Post 0459, New Bedford, a member of the Lakeville Eagles (FOE), a member of the Association Canada Americaine and a past member of the Seams Squirrel Greater New Bedford Pup Tent 8 (Military Order of the Cootie). His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors in addition to his wife are his son, Richard R. Poulin and his wife Diane (Bumpus) of New Bedford; a daughter Pauline Dube and her husband Richard of Fairhaven; 3 brothers, Bertrand, Albert and Normand Poulin, 2 sisters, Angeline Merrill and Mary Jane Girouard, 5 grandchildren, Richard Dube, Michelle Poulin, Timothy Dube, Danielle Poulin and Bobbie Haskell, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph, Paul and Victor Poulin, Denise Goulet, Marie Courerie, Rita Rancourt and Helen Poulin.

His Funeral will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 9 am at the ROCK Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 am at the Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 121 Mt Pleasant Street, New Bedford. Burial to follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery at Bourne. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 5-8pm. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.


  • Visiting Hours Tuesday, February 19, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 20, 2013
  • Burial Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Judith Frechette Dougherty

February 20, 2013

With sincere sympathy to you're loving family. He had a beautiful heart and love surrounded him. He loved his family and showed it in his walk through life. May you find peace in his memory as he joins Aunt Rita and my mother Camille. He was my favorite Uncle.

Joan & Tom Rhoades

February 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Many good times were shared with Uncle Bob. He was a great man who will be greatly missed.

Tina Cox

February 19, 2013

Uncle Bob you were so special to a great number of people. You always made everyone feel loved. I will never forget living above you and Aunt Rita and the many times I slept at your house or the many times I would go upstairs crying because "Uncle Bob was picking on me" LOL You will be dearly missed on earth but while your in heaven give Aunt Rita a great big hug for all of us and go dance the night away, you are with whom you truly belong!! Love you both!!

Mark Kirouac

February 18, 2013

Uncle Bob
I will never forget when you and aunt Rita would come up to Maine to visit. You would stop by wake me up and say(get dressed Mark were going to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast).No matter what my mom said you would always win. Boy did i love my uncle Bob.You and aunt Rita will be sadly missed by all whose hearts you have touched. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the family.YOU BOTH WERE THE BEST,MAY YOU BOTH REST IN PEACE.

Danielle Poulin

February 18, 2013

We were all very lucky to have Pepere in our lives. I am very appreciative of the time Memere and you spent with us grandchildren and I am happy that you are both together again. You have always been a great source of strength, support and encouragement. It is very difficult to know that I will not be able to see you or take you to breakfast anymore but I am comforted with all my memories of you and Memere that I cherish. I love you..

Ann Jones

February 18, 2013

Jimmy and I send our sympathy to you all at this most difficult time.

Lena McCarron

February 18, 2013

My condolences to the family.

Lena McCarron, RN
St. Luke's Hospital CCU

Rena & Billy Roy

February 17, 2013

We are saddened to hear of your Dad passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Mylinda Frechette

February 17, 2013

Well Bob..
You had a great run. You left many people that love Very much. My most vivid memory is when you came up to would read my paper and make a mess of it! It became a long time joke between us...I still smile when it comes to mind.When we went to your house, You would come home after your daily trip up the hill to church and bring home muffins.You put us up many many nights . Your doors were always open to us and we are very grateful for that. It gave our family a chance to know you.and we are better for it.
I prefer to imagine you and Rita chatting at your kitchen two had something very rare together..and were the BEST role models for how a relationship should be.We will miss you terribly. But are now with your one true love May God bless and keep you both near him
Love Arthur and Mylinda Frechette

Tim Dube

February 17, 2013

Pep you were a great mentor and grandfather. You will be deeply missed, but you are with Mem now.. I love you and will miss you..