- Robert W. Fifield passed away March 22, 2017, at the Maine Veterans' Home, Bangor. Robert was born in Stonington on Deer Isle, Jan. 16, 1923, the firstborn of Robert T. and Celia (Barbour) Fifield. Robert grew up on Deer Isle and no matter where life took him, he always returned to the island.
He graduated from Stonington High School in 1940. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a destroyer escort radio operator aboard the USS Dufilho and the USS Thomas J. Gary of the Pacific Fleet in China and the Philippines. In August 1946 he married Virginia Lee Treat of Malden, MA. Bob and Ginny celebrated 70 years of marriage August 7, 2016. In 1948, they moved to Maine and ran a rollerskating rink at Pushaw Lake. Bob received his master's degree from UMO, and was a principal in Strong and Milo schools. In 1961, the family moved to California, where Bob attended post graduate school at Stanford University followed by a doctorate from Nova University. Bob then moved his family to Walnut Creek, CA, where he served as Associate Superintendent of Financial Services for the Contra Costa County Schools Office. In 1985 Bob took a position as superintendent of schools in Baileyville, where he served for three years. Following a second retirement the couple divided their time between Maine and California, driving across the U.S. seventeen times. He was never too busy to spend time with family and friends, and never, ever passed up an opportunity to enjoy a lobster dinner.
He was predeceased by siblings, Wilbur and Richard Fifield and Patsy Poitras; and nephew, Stephen Poitras. Robert is survived by his wife, Virginia of Bangor; sister, Christine (George) Burr; daughter, Janet (Dan) West; and sons, Robert (Barbara) Fifield Jr. and David (Alice) Fifield. Also surviving are several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. The family thanks the staff at the VA in Bangor for their loving care of Bob, Beacon Hospice; Bob Madore; Christine, George and Chet Burr; and special friend, Martha.
A graveside service will be held noon Friday, July 7, at Mount Rest Cemetery, Stonington, with a reception afterward at the Community of Christ Church, 91 Burnt Cove Rd.
Published on  July 6, 2017