Robert Maunsell “Bob” Fenner

Robert Maunsell “Bob” Fenner

Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 19 Apr 2002 (aged 80)
New Hampshire, USA
Burial New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 43740121 · View Source
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EXETER - Robert M. Fenner, of 17 Hampton Road, died on April 19, 2002.

Mr. Fenner was born in St. Louis, Mo., to Isabel (Johnson) Fenner and Lynne Burton Fenner. He lived in St. Louis, Mo. and Columbus, Ohio, and later in Evanston, Ill.

He enjoyed school, scouting and camping throughout Wisconsin and lower Canada. He endured the Depression with the help of his mother Isabel.

He graduated from Evanston High School and entered the University of Colorado where he graduated with a bachelor's degree. Here he was a respected member of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and drew inspiration from the foothills of the nearby Rocky Mountains.

He entered Officer's Candidate School in the Navy and earned his commission. He patrolled the Caribbean as commanding officer of P.C. 567, a sub-chaser, during World War II. It was during this time that he developed his love of the sea and boating, a love that would stay with him throughout his life. He received an honorable discharge at the rank of lieutenant.

Following his naval service, he entered Harvard University where he earned a master's degree in Business Administration. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife, Patricia Metcalfe, with whom he helped found "Parents with a Purpose" in New York, that developed into "The March of Dimes." He and his family moved to New Canaan, Conn. The family attended St. Mark's Church. His interviewing, marketing and sales skills, as well as his interest in business development, attracted him to well-known employers such as Colgate Palmolive, and Chesebrough-Ponds.

Although Mr. Fenner was oftentimes a very gregarious and outgoing figure, he could be a very concerned and stern father figure. He was intent upon giving his children something he himself did not have as a child, a father. The Fenner family enjoyed many wonderful years in New Canaan. Later in his career, he returned to his live of the sea and boating. He managed Cedar Island Marina in Clinton, Conn. where his sons joined him as dock boys during the summer months. During these years, the family enjoyed their own sailboat which allowed for numerous family adventures. His most recent achievement was the development and operation of the marina at the Greenwich Harbor Inn in Greenwich, Conn. and as an executive interviewer for Yankelovich Partners, a well-known polling firm.

Mr. Fenner is survived by his daughter, Robin Corwith of Watermill, N.Y.; three sons, Peter of Atlanta, Ga., Clarke of Rye, N.H., and Garry of Bethlehem, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Fenner
  • Added: 30 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43740121
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Maunsell “Bob” Fenner (24 Jul 1921–19 Apr 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43740121, citing Saint Mark's Church Columbarium, New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Fenner (contributor 46982583) .