OBITUARY: Robert Quegan, WWII Veteran, school teacher, active in church and civic organizations

Robert F. Quegan, 90, formerly of Brockton and West Dennis, departed this life on June 22, 2015, at Plymouth Crossing following a period of declining health.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gloria “GoGo” (Gifford) Quegan.

Son of the late Frank and Amarie (Francis) Quegan, Bob was born and raised in Taunton, MA. After graduation from Monsignor Coyle High School in 1943, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Co H, 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division. Bob participated in all three campaigns fought by the 17th Airborne: at Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) for which he received the Purple Heart, in the Rhineland (Operation Varsity) during which he parachuted into Germany, and in the Central Europe Campaign.

After serving, Bob attended Boston College, graduating in 1950. Bob returned to his old high school as a teacher and coach for two years while obtaining his Master’s Degree from Bridgewater State. Thereafter and until his retirement in 1987, he taught, coached and administrated at Randolph Junior High School.

Bob met the love of his life, Gloria “GoGo” Gifford at Swift’s Beach in the summer of 1941. They married in 1949 and settled in Brockton. In 2000, Bob and Gloria moved their permanent residence to their summer home in West Dennis. In 2010, Bob and his wife took their three daughters and son-in-law Bill on an emotional and bonding ETO (European Theatre of Operations) tour.

Bob was a Past President of the 17th Airborne Division Association and chaired the Danvers eunion attended by over 500 troopers and their families. In 2007, he chaired the final reunion in Hampton attended by over 600 veterans and their families.

Bob was very active in local church and civic organizations. He was an avid golfer and cribbage, horseshoe and bocce player. Along with his wife, he was a member of the Wampanoag Canoe Club and the Cape Cod Curling Club. Together, they were world travelers.

Bob is also survived by his children Edward L. Quegan of San Antonio, Texas, Kristen M. Lavoie of Halifax, Andrea R. White of Charlotte, North and Michele E. Fitzgerald and her husband Bill of Plymouth; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Edward Leo and William, and his sisters Louise McNulty and Mary Spousta.

Visitation will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street Brockton, Thursday 9-10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Melrose Cemetery. Please consider donations in his name to Scions of the 17th Airborne, 62A Forty Acre Mt. Road, Danbury, CT 06811.

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