Robert Springett (1947-2023)

Robert Peter Springett, 76, of Dover, MA, died December 4, 2023, surrounded by family. He will
be missed.

Born July 31, 1947, Robert—Bob to those who knew him—grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey,
but was a New Yorker at heart. Bob attended St. Peter’s College, AB ’71 (Accounting) and
Fordham Law School, JD ’75.

Pure happenstance led 18-year-old Bob to a 30-year career at JPMorgan, where he met his wife,
Cindy, and many of his closest friends. Bob developed his great love of skiing, sailing, and
Europe (he and Cindy enjoyed a 3-year assignment in Belgium) while working for JPMorgan.
He retired from Morgan as a Managing Director in 1995.

A job opportunity with Fidelity Investments brought Bob, Cindy, and their growing family to
Dover, Massachusetts—a town Bob would come to describe as an “Eden,” and to which he
would dedicate 17 years of service. He served on the School Committee, Capital Budget
Committee, and for the last five years as a member of the Board of Selectmen. Bob was most
proud of being able to get a “yes” vote to build a new Community Center for the town. It took 5
years to accomplish after a 20-year debate on the matter.

But perhaps Bob’s most rewarding experience was that he was able to spend an extraordinary
amount of time with each of his children, Lauren, Mark, and Amy, as they grew from birth to
adults. In Bob’s own words, this was “a truly amazing experience.” There were academic
triumphs, swim meets, dance recitals, gymnastic competitions, baseball games, and theatrical
performances. The family enjoyed vacations on Nantucket, skiing at Sugarloaf, and traveling.
Great memories and stories to share that cover the gamut of a full family life.

Bob is remembered as tremendously loyal, hard-working, clever, and fun. As he neared the end
of his life, he was touched to learn how many of his friends told him they would never have
another friend like him—though even Bob conceded he might never know if that was good, bad,
or indifferent! His family will remember him in happier times, on his sailboat, among friends and
family, conquering the many trials and tribulations of Buzzard’s Bay, Narragansett Bay, and
Woods Hole Passage while sailing to Martha’s Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, and Dutch Harbor. Bob’s
only regret is that he didn’t take his daughters’ advice to get a gold hoop earring, thus completing
his transformation into a “Salty Dog.”

Services will be held at the Dover Church, 17 Springdale Avenue, Dover, MA 02030, on Friday
December 15, 2023, at 3:00 PM, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Bob’s memory to the Friends of the
Dover Community Center. Donations may be made via check and mailed to the Friends of the
Dover Community Center, care of Cynthia Devall, 28 Francis Street, Dover, MA, 02030.


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4 Condolences

  1. Cecilia Colling Neri on December 6, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Sending heartfelt condolences to you all! Bob was a part of my early childhood years- great memories of him! He is best friends with my brother,William Colling. Always felt like Bob was a part of our family.
    Hugs to all! Sincerely , Cecilia Colling Neri

  2. Bob & Kathy Kubasiak on December 7, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts of Bob’s passing go out to Cindy and children. Our introduction to Bob was through his life time friend William Colling. Because we live in Michigan, our personal time spent together was limited to special times, weddings, special birthdays, sailing in the islands together. Bob was a best friend of a best friend, for over 50 years we were able to follow his accomplishments with family, work and enjoyments of his life as a true sailor. All who knew Bob will miss his sense of humor, camaraderie and intimacy. Our strength will come from the reminder that Bob, “Lived his Dream”.

    Bob & Kathy Kubasiak

  3. Bob kubasiak on December 7, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with Cindy and children with the hearing of Bob’s passing. We met Bob through his life time friend Willam Colling. Because we live in Michigan, our physical time with Bob was minimal, weddings, birthdays, sailing together in the islands. Because he was a best friend of a best friend, for over 50 years we were able to see his accomplishments at work, with family and as a true Sailor. His sense of humor, camaraderie and intimacy will be missed. Our strength will come from the reminder that Bob truly “Lived his Dream”.

    Bob & Kathy Kubasiak

  4. Kiley on December 8, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Amy + family – I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family, and if there’s anything I can do to support you, please let me know. Sending you love and prayers.

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