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Robert Kent Foster

Robert Kent Foster, 90, of Washington Street, Ipswich, loving husband of the late Shirley A. (Chapman) Foster for sixty-six years, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2021 with family by his side. He went to join his wife exactly six weeks to the day she passed.

Born in Swampscott on September 4, 1930, he was one of six children of the late Robert H. Foster and Dora L. (MacDiarmid) Foster. He was raised in Saugus and attended Saugus High where he was a member of the football team. With his parentís permission he left school at the age of seventeen to join the United States Navy.

He served for nine years that included the years of the Korean Conflict.  Following his honorable discharge with disability, he went on to attend Northeastern University in California, graduating with a degree in Business Finance. He worked in the printed circuit board industry for many years and authored numerous procedures for manufacturing and quality control. He eventually became the Vice President and partner in several companies of his own.

Robert was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, always had one or two in the garage. Harley Davidsons and Honda Gold Wings were two of his passions.  He was an active member of the American Gold Wing Association and loved touring the USA and Canada with his wife. He loved to play golf, tennis, and racquetball and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins. In his later years, he cherished his weekly Saturday breakfast outings with his dear friend Bob Weston.

Robert was a member of the First Baptist Church in Georgetown for many years. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Robert is survived by two daughters, Deborah A. Helme and her husband Stephen of Westport, Sharon L. Foster-Cotton and her husband Nathaniel of Ipswich; eleven grandchildren, Richard J. Foster, Sara Attwood, Jason Foster, Niki Foster, Christopher Helme, Allison Helme, Jonathan Helme, Stephanie Helme, Cadence Helme, Jazmine Foster-Cotton, MacKenzie Cotton; eleven great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; extended family and friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Earl Foster and Roy Foster, and three sisters, Frances Lizzo, Norma Oliver, and Phillis Rollins.

Private Arrangements are under the direction of Whittier-Porter Funeral Home. A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in his name to The American Heart Association, Disabled American Veterans, or your favorite charity.

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