RATHBUN, ROBERT J. “BOBBY”, 69, of Liberty Hill Rd., West Greenwich, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was the beloved companion of Jane Hakanson. Born in Westerly, he was the son of the late Leonard I. and Maria (Furciato) Rathbun.
Robert graduated from Coventry High School in 1970. He was employed for Narragansett Electric and then National Grid for 47 years as a Lineman and a troubleshooter, before retiring in 2017. Robert was an avid outdoorsman. He built his home in West Greenwich and a retreat in Maine. He cleared trails on both properties for ATV riding, snowmobiling, and hiking. Robert also enjoyed dining, watching movies and reading on his deck.
He was the brother of Jane M. Olney-Battey of Coventry; and the uncle of Matthew R. Olney and his wife Georgia. Robert is also survived by Jane’s children Jonny L. Hakanson and his wife Andrea of Middleboro, MA and Michael J. Hakanson of Warwick. Robert also adored and had a special bond with Jane’s granddaughter Violet J. Hakanson.
Visiting hours will be Friday morning, September 17, 2021 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am with a Service at 11:00 am in the Iannotti Funeral at MAPLE ROOT, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Rd. (Rte.3) Coventry. Interment at Plain Meeting House Cemetery in West Greenwich to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the National Pancreas Foundation (www.pancreasfoundation.org) would be appreciated. iannottifh.com
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