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Robert George Powers

July 22, 1950September 6, 2020

Robert George Powers, 70, of Dennis, formerly Andover, MA, passed away September 6, 2020. Born on July 22,1950, to the late Bernard and Dorothy (Rowan) Powers, he graduated from Hanover High (1968) and UMass Amherst (1973). He entered the world of business finance, eventually retiring in 2001 from his position of Director of Sales and Operations at EMC (Dell). During his EMC days, he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and see the world.

A life long lover of sports, Bob played baseball for Hanover High and UMass. He was both a player and coach in the Boston Park League, served as their President, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame as both a player and coach. He coached D III collegiate level baseball at BU and UMass Boston, turning the latter’s failing program into one of the country’s best. Later, he focused on coaching various Cape Cod high school teams, most recently Barnstable High.

A dedicated New England sports fan, he was a season ticket holder for the Celtics (during The Garden’s heydays), Patriots, and a proud supporter of UMass basketball & football. Some of his best stories came from his memories as a UMass basketball team student manager during the Julius “Dr. J” Erving years. He enjoyed sharing his love of sports with his sons by taking them to see his favorite teams play, in addition to his Boston Park League All Star games at Fenway, where they served as bat boys.

He spent his childhood summers water skiing on Lake Winnipesaukee and his later years walking the Dennis beaches.

He is survived by his sons Craig, Derek and Doug; sister Dottie, brother-in- law Jerry, and nephew Steven Gulezian (Londonderry, NH); and his favorite grand dog, Wilson. Preceded in death by nephew, Mark Gulezian.

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Bonnie Haas (nee Beaulieu)

September 20, 2020

I remember Bob from our time at UMASS when I was a sophomore and he was a junior; as I recall, back then he was quite a character.........funny, a little full of himself and a loyal fan and follower of all UMASS athletics.

When I graduated in 1974 and headed to the Cape for the summer, I would occasionally run into Bob at the Improper, The Chuckwagon or any one of the multitude of bars that ran the gamut on Rte. 28 from Harwich to Hyannis. After that summer I didn't see Bob for many years. In the early 2000s I saw Bob at a HS graduation party in Yarmouth Port and at Stop and Shop in South Dennis. It was always a pleasure to see him as he always greeted me with a big hug and a smile.
Once again it was years (probably around 2007) before I ran into him in the halls of Harwich Elementary School where he came in to sub and I was teaching PE/Health.
On one of our chance meetings he mentioned my youngest son Matt who had been a sailing instructor for Brewster Rec. for the summer at a local pond. Apparently Bob had been in charge of overseeing the summer recreation program that summer. From there he moved onto Dennis beaches and teaching and coaching at Barnstable High School. It seems as though he was destined to be around kids of all ages and interacted well with them.

He was very good at what he did but seemed to me to always want to be something more than he was. Don't we all aspire to be better! My wish for Bob is that wherever he is or in another lifetime, he achieves all that he thought he didn't during this past one.
Bob was a good friend to many, well liked by peers and students alike from many school districts here on the Cape and a really kind human being. In short, his achievements far surpass those of many.
Bob, should you and Alex find each other please give him a hug for me and speak kindly of our UMASS days when we were young and foolish!
Godspeed and my sincere condolences to your family.

Steve Opdyke

September 19, 2020

Bob was a very special friend of mine,playing baseball from little league to high school together. There wasn’t a weekend we didn’t do something together. Water skiing on the cape and New Hampshire in the summer to drinking beer with Julius Erving at UMass.
Bob was a brother to me, I will miss him dearly.

Barbara Maturo

September 17, 2020

What a treasure! Never did he fail to greet us on the beach every summer over our 25 years! Loved his sports and keeping peace on the beaches and most of all, he loved people...may you continue your journey Bob. Rest In Peace.

Michele Doomany

September 17, 2020

One of the highlights of my past 25 summers on the Cape was seeing Bob every year! I will always remember our conversations over chilly fresh tubs of watermelon.... what an incredible man that has certainly gone to heaven way too soon. Rest In Peace, Bob. My heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and friends. We were all lucky to know him! 🙏💔🌊☀️⚾️

Hannah Joyce

September 16, 2020

I was lucky enough to meet Bob while life guarding at the Dennis beaches. The best part of my shift was getting to chat with Bob and have a great conversation with him. Even after I finished life guarding, I loved going back to the beach and running into him. He was one of my favorite memories from that summer. Condolences to Bob's family and friends, he will be missed.

margot kender

September 15, 2020

I first came to know Bob as a customer at my shop in town. If I'm being totally honest I would dread having to deal with him that first summer. We were a new business and still figuring things out, but he wasn't very keen on having to wait for his pizza. As time wore on and fall came around I was able to get to know "Beach Bob" a bit better. On Sundays he'd visit and sit at his favorite table with the paper and I'd fix him lunch for his first day of the week back at school. He told me stories about his sons who he adored, his former wife he'd leave the paper for and a girl he met water skiing as a young man. He made such a distinct impression on me.

As we entered this new time we're living in my visits with Bob were more few and far between. I would see him at the post office or driving by the shop and sounding off a quick beep of his car horn. Learning of his passing has me feeling completely gutted. I know it's so cliche to say " I wish I could have just ... one more time" but I really thought I'd bump into him at the post office again.

I will think of you often, Bob.
You'll always be in my heart.
Rest easy.

Lisa Petrillo

September 14, 2020

Very sorry Dottie & family...
xoxo
Lisa

Karla Jacobs (nee Klasson)

September 13, 2020

I went to highschool with Bobby and remember his smile and his positive attitude. I also met up with him at U. Mass (I was taking a 5-college course) when I was at Mount Holyoke. I'm happy to hear that his life was full, with a loving family and friends who remember him fondly. That's pretty much all any of us could ask for.

Muriel Carvalho

September 13, 2020

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My sympathy to his family. As an Administrative Assistant at BHS, I saw Bob quite often passing through the school halls. He was always a gentleman and had the best smile. He was truly dedicated to the students and had a calming effect on them. RIP Bob

Steve Josselyn

September 13, 2020

Condolences to Bob's family and close friends.

Bob and I shared an apartment at Fox Run in Marshfield for a few years in the late 70's. There were six of us that shared season tickets to the Patriots when they weren't quite as good as they have been since 2000, but we had great times and I have great memories of those days. I hadn't seen or talked to Bob in many years, but we did keep up with each other on FB.

So very sad to hear of his passing. He was a true sports fan and it sounds like he had a wonderfully full life doing what he loved the most. RIP Bob.

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