Robert F. Fricker

Date of Passing:

October 26, 2023

Fricker, Robert F. “Bob”, 91, formerly of Dartmouth Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on October 26, 2023 at the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Providence surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Pauline F. (Fogge) Leonard and the late Mildred (Leis) Fricker.

Born in East Providence, a son of the late Stevens J. and Alice (Taylor) Fricker, he lived Riverside for 31 years and Barrington for two years.

Robert was a graduate of Central High School, East Providence Class of 1955.

Mr. Fricker was a plant manager for Davol Taunton Printing, Taunton, MA for 55 years.

Robert was a communicant of St. Luke Church, Barrington and a communicant and greeter at St. Brendan Church, Riverside. He was a past Master at the Anawan Grange Hall, Rehoboth. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Commissioners Staff for 62 years.

Bob was an auctioneer for over 55 years and enjoyed fishing.

Mr. Fricker was a United States Army Medic Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Besides his wife of 19 years, he is survived by a son, Bob Fricker Jr. of KY; a daughter, Kathy Popleik Fricker of West Warwick; three step-children, Joseph Leonard of Virginia, Beth Lagasse of Maine and William Leonard of Maine; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter and a brother, Douglas Fricker of CA. He was the brother of the late Alice Buckley, Gabrielle Parente, Steven, Joseph and Ronald Fricker and stepfather of the late Ann Marie Lachance.

His Funeral will be held on Thursday November 2, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence.

Calling Hours are Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

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  1. Pauline,
    Paul and I send you our sincerest sympathy. Bob was everyone’s special friend. He made any one he spoke to feel special and important. Bob especially loved you! It showed in the sparkle in his eye every time he would look at you when you would be speaking and not noticing he was watching. May your memories give you warm hugs. Love, Jane

  2. Pauline Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed going to the auctions when you and Bob worked together. He was a great auctioneer and man. He always put a smile on your face. Take care of yourself.

  3. Sorry to read ofhis passing!! We all know he was just a bit crazy!!!!! I am glad we got to see him at Atria!!!
    May his memory be a blessing!! He was a one of a kind man!

  4. I have fond memories of the years spent with Bob and Pauline putting together auctions. Everything I know about the business, I learned from them. Bob was one of a kind. One of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. My sincere condolences to the family and regrets of not being able to get to the services from Texas.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Bob was always ready with a joke and a smile. My prayers are with you and all of his family.

  6. Pauline, please accept my condolences at Bob’s passing.
    He was truly a great scout.
    Bob Liptrot-Troop 1 N.Scituate

  7. Pauline, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing him in the office and always made us laugh. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    Dolly (Dr. Gilman’s office)

  8. So sorry for your loss, Pauline. He was such a fun guy and a true gentleman.

  9. Bob- I’ve always enjoyed our conversations over the last 20+ years. Your relationship with Pauline (aka, my other Mom), was truly heartwarming.

    May you Rest in Peace knowing you left this world better for having you!

    God Bless my Friend🙏😇

  10. Our heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family. Thank you so much for sharing him with the Scouting Community. He was one of the finest men I’ve ever met. Like so many others I learned so much by just watching Bob lead and interact with the Scouts and other leaders. I consider him among my biggest influences and will continue to smile when I think of him. Thank you, Bob, for all you’ve done.

  11. Pauline, My sincerist condolances, Bob truly was on of the great Narragansett Council Scouters, he was an immense help when he served has my Assistant Council Commissioner and he did Scouting for the right reasons. He truly was one of the good guys who always kept us smiling.

  12. The World has lost one of the good guys and Haven, no doubt, has gained one….

  13. Dear Pauline, Bob was a lovely man who had so many fun interests. He made us laugh and loved his life, especially with you. Keep the wonderful memories.
    My sincere sympathy in this hard time. Marie Chaplin😔💙🎼

  14. Pauline and family., so sorry for your loss. Bob was a sweetheart who will be missed by many. I’m so glad that I got to see him. Love and prayers. Muriel Woodcock

  15. Bob was a brilliant scout leader in the 1960’s when I was a scout with Troop 13 Rehoboth, MA. He, along with his brother Steve, Joe DeRoach, Andy Colpe and Lonnie Newman, had a major impact on my life and helped me earn Eagle Scout in 1972. Bob’s 62 years as a BSA Commissioner is exceptional on a national level.
    He and the others above inspired me to stay with scouting and as an Executive Board Member of Narragansett Council, we all salute Bob for touching the lives and hearts of hundreds of youths and adult leaders.
    He was always quick with a smile, having something nice to say. Candidly, we just loved him. Amen!

  16. so sorry for your loss. i have known bob for decades. he was a real wanna be stand up comic. he was a great story teller and among the honest auctioneers i knew. i have been to many of his auctions and i will miss him. he was one of the good guys.

  17. Bob, you were one of a kind! A perfectly uniformed mentor to so many of us in Scouting, your depth of knowledge was surpassed only by your wit. We would proudly state, “I’m Fricker trained.” I will miss your smile and laughter, and how you could talk me into taking on duties that I swore I wouldn’t. A walk with Bob could find you agreeing to assume new responsibilities, but you knew he’d be there to guide you. With much love until we meet again, my friend.

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