Robert J. Feldman, 93, of Barrington, R.I., and formerly of Geneseo, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I. Services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery,?Geneseo, at 11 a.m. Aug. 3. Family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Geneseo Historical Museum, 205 S. State St., Geneseo, IL 61254 or Knox College, 2 E. South St., Galesburg, IL 61401.
He was born on June 11, 1919, the son of the late James and Hazel Feldman, who lived in Geneseo for many years and owned the landmark “Red Mill.” He has two brothers, Howard of Rockford and Donald of Geneseo. He graduated from Geneseo Senior High School and later went on to graduate from Knox College in Galesburg. He was a very good athlete and played all sports, but excelled at basketball and football. He joined the Navy reserves and trained to be a pilot during World War II. He married the former Marilynn Hammer, also of Geneseo, on Oct. 2, 1949. Bob and Marilynn were married for 49 years and had two children, Janet of Barrington and Robert Jr. of Attleboro, Mass.
He was employed at Narragansett Wire Company in Pawtucket, R.I., where he worked for his uncle, Howard Morley. He became president many years later and employed hundreds of Rhode Island workers. He enjoyed golf and was a lifelong member of the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., where he formed many special friendships. Sports, cooking, gardening and keeping his home in pristine condition were some of his favorite activities. He was especially proud of his rose garden. He enjoyed attending sporting events and cheering for the Red Sox, Cubs, Patriots and Bears. Later in life, he helped his son, Robert Jr., manage Airport Golf & Entertainment in North Attleboro, Mass.
Survivors include his daughter, Janet of Barrington; a son, Robert Jr. of Attleboro; daughter-in-law, Patricia of?Attleboro; brothers, Howard of Rockford and Don of Geneseo and their children and grandchildren.