HINGHAM Robert Arthur Lovett passed away in Hingham January 16, 2022 at the age of 93. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and grew up in North Hampton with his older sister, Joyce. Bob attended North Hampton Center School and graduated from Portsmouth High School class of 1946.
Bob is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sarah, his daughter Nanci of Kittery Point, Maine; sons Theodore and his wife Cathleen Lovett of South Dennis, MA; Jeffrey Lovett of Kittery Point, Maine; Andrew "Drew" Lovett of Kapaa, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Heather Lovett of Kittery, Maine; Ryan and her husband Josh Rupani and great grandchildren Camden and Chloe of Centerville, MA; Lauren Lovett and fiancé Chris Brown of South Yarmouth, MA; Meghan Lovett of Tulsa, OK; niece Cyndy Wildes Phillips of Gray, Maine, and
nephew Stan Wildes of Atkinson, NH. Bob was preceded in death by his sister Joyce Wildes.
Bob attended Portsmouth High School eager to play football. He played Varsity
Center three years for the Portsmouth High Clippers with number 77 on his jersey. He was
described as “the backbone of the Clipper defense as well as a bearcat on offense.” Bob was
chosen co-captain with Charley Smith of the 1945 Portsmouth High School football team.
At the end of the season Bob was named Center of the All-New Hampshire Football Team,
the “1945 All-New Hampshire Eleven," and elected Captain of the team by the New Hampshire
Sports Writers’ Association. He was the only player to be chosen unanimously by the sports
writers. In addition to football, Bob played baseball and was on the track team. Following
graduation, Bob, of Elm Road, North Hampton was one of eight men from Portsmouth High to
enlist for Army Service.
Bob was a veteran of World War II and volunteered for the 11th Airborne Division.
He was assigned to Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido, Japan where he became a jump master
responsible for training recruits in the military techniques of jumping from an airplane. He was
certified in both airplane and glider jumps. Bob later served in the Military Police in Sapporo
and returned to the United States in June 1948 with the rank of Sergeant. A highlight upon
returning from Japan was his adventurous drive with a friend across the United States from
Washington State to New Hampshire on a motorcycle. He then attended Kimball Union Academy
and briefly the University of Oklahoma where he continued his passion for playing football.
Bob worked in the building business for over 50 years in New Hampshire, greater
Boston and Cape Cod. The scope of his work included design, cost estimating and complete
responsibility for construction of each facility. He was the Clerk of Works at the Cape Cod Mall
in Hyannis. Bob was also employed for many years as a Project Manager for the Davenport
Building Company in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He built many projects including the
Red Jacket Mountain View Hotel and Fox Ridge Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire in a
joint venture with The Mugar Group in Boston. Bob excelled in hockey as well as football and
had joined the Rye, New Hampshire Seahawks, a small town hockey team where he later was
a primary sports instructor for a generation of Rye teenagers. Thus, his favorite building
venture was the construction and management of Great Bay Ice Arena in Newington,
New Hampshire. He was responsible for all operations, maintenance of the mechanical equipment
including refrigeration, air conditioning, dehumidification and the Zamboni Ice Surfacer.
In 1988 Bob built a house and settled in Hingham. He served on the Building
Committee for the new Hingham Town Hall, formerly Central Junior High School in 1998.
He enjoyed travel, skiing, sailing and the outdoors with his family. Bob was a Master Mason of
St. Andrew’s No. 56 of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire.
Services will be private.