LEWISTON — Robert Eugene Foster Sr., 81, died April 29, at d’Youville Pavilion, with his whole family by his side, after a long and heroic battle with heart disease and diabetes.
He was born in Atwood, Ill., Aug. 7, 1928, the son of Burt and Grace “Utterback” Foster. He was educated at Fiechens High School, Illinois. In 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy.
On Nov. 8, 1947, he married Lilliette “Betty” Foster (Carrier) and lived in Sabattus. He worked at Compo Shoe as a machinist for several years and Shapiro Shoe as a foreman. After retirement, he drove a school bus for Sabattus Elementary School for many years.
He belonged to the Kennebec Valley Beagle Club. He loved fly fishing and creating his own ties, camping, hunting, four-wheeling and spending time with his family. He spent his winters in Florida, and his summers in Sabattus. He also enjoyed traveling and was especially fond of his vacation to Alaska, with his loving wife.
He will be greatly missed by three sisters, Betty Williams, Donna Freeman and Carol Harrell, all of Illinois; his wife, Betty “Carrier” Foster; two daughters, Diana Wright and Barbara Cyr, both of Hudson, Fla.; three sons, Michael Foster of Sabattus, Burton Foster of Epping, N.H., and Robert Foster Jr. of Sabattus; three granddaughters, Arrica Wright-Cooper and Natasha Wright, both of Florida, and Sheena Foster of Sabattus; two grandsons, Jason Aldridge and Walter Foster Cyr I; and four great-grandchildren, Danny Tucker, Justin Aldridge and Dakota Aldridge, all of Sabattus and Sydney Wright Cooper of Florida.
The Foster family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at d’Youville Pavilion Rehabilitation Unit for their kindness, support and professionalism during the family’s difficult times.