OBITUARY

Robert Moyerman

MOYERMAN, ROBERT MAX, age 93, died on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Hallworth House, Providence, RI after a brief illness. He was a 50 year resident of the Cowesett area of Warwick.

Born on September 14, 1925 in Atlantic City, NJ to Harry and Rosalind Moyerman. He was married for 45 years to Shirley Mazer, who died in 1997 at age 70. The couple had three children together and Robert’s beloved dog, Faith, a Collie Shepherd mix. Faith died in 1982 at age 12. The oldest child, daughter Maxine Abbott, died in 1996 at age 43. He is survived by Maxine’s 42-year-old daughter, Jessica Abbott, daughter Judith Torres (age 63) and her adult children Eleanor, Glynnis, and Phillip. He is also survived by his son, David (age 58), and his son, Douglas (age 29), his sister, Ruth Katz of Reston, VA, her daughters, Joan Katz of NYC, NY and Stephanie Katz and Stephanie’s son Eli Katz of Vienna, Virginia.

Robert played varsity football and graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force from August 16, 1943 to December 16, 1945. He was a radio operator and mechanic on a B-29 Superfortress bomber. During WW II he was a member of a B-29 squadron conducting bombing raids on Yokohama, Japan in May 1945. Robert was awarded the Air Medal with one cluster and two Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1949 and a master’s degree with a major in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama in 1951. During his 40 year career as a chemist he worked at chemical plants in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Rhode Island. He invented a fire suppression compound for Ansul in 1965. He retired in 1990, after working for 15 years at an epoxy manufacturing plant in West Warwick.

He was active with the Jewish War Veterans of Rhode Island. Robert was dedicated to Judaism and he had many friends among the congregation at Chabad of West Bay. He was featured with Rabbi Yossi Laufer in a piece in the Providence Journal, September 8, 2015, “Getting Ready for the High Holidays at the Shofar Factory.”

Robert was a diehard Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fan since 1972. He began attending games at Shaefer Stadium while rooting for Jim Plunkett. He was in the stands at TD Garden for the Bruins vs. Lightning game on Veterans Day 2013. Hobbies included jogging and participating in South County Run for Fun. He also loved camping, fishing, swimming, ecology, and environmental conservation.

A lifelong learner, Robert studied computer programming, cyber security, and estate planning at Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) where he earned an associate’s degree and innumerable certificates over the last 30 years. Known as “Bowtie Bob” to his friends at the college, he was still going to CCRI several times a week until 2018. The family wishes to thank neighbor Robin Donnelly and best friend David Altman who enabled Robert to continue to pursue his passion for learning by transporting Robert to and from the college when he could no longer drive.

He will be interred on May 15, 2019 at Lincoln Park. A memorial service will held graveside. Please contact Chabad of West Bay for date and time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting any donations in his honor be directed to Chabad of West Bay or CCRI.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Charlene Pelski

May 16, 2019

"Bowtie Bob" is such a memorable icon at CCRI, Knight campus. His daily visits, as he ventured around campus, were nothing less than enjoyable. I assumed he was a very active and brilliant young man just from our conversations, but after reading his obituary, I clearly didn't know "how" remarkable and accomplished he really was.

He would always bring me articles about women doing incredible things, in different fields, because I worked in the Engineering & Technology department and am in the IT field myself...he would also bring candy in and dump it in my candy bowl, although I often wondered "how long he had had it", but I just smiled and let it happen.

I am very sorry for your loss and I hope he is at rest, but if anyone is a clear example of how our lives should be lived, I believe he certainly is the roll-model. Always active, ever-learning and a very pleasant man. He's probably earned more degrees at CCRI then any other student. He will be missed, as he has been, since being unable to return to campus in the last years.

Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel

May 14, 2019

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