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Korean War veteran G. Robert Savage dies at 89

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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G. Robert Savage, 89, of Howard Road, died Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at the VA Medical Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Marjory (Richardson) Savage. Mr. and Mrs. Savage had been married for sixty-five years.

Born in Cumberland, son of the late George and Florence (Large) Savage, and brother of the late Jane E. Savage. He was a longtime resident of the city.

Mr. Savage was a home builder, real estate developer and owner of Savage Brothers, Inc. He retired in 1991. An Army veteran, he served in the Korean War.

Bob loved snowmobiling and was a founding member of the Blackstone Valley Snowmobile Club. He was part owner of a race car which raced at the old Lonsdale Sports Arena in the 1940s and 1950s and enjoyed deep sea fishing and motorhome travel. He especially enjoyed spending his summers camping in his RV and fishing from his boat on Cape Cod. He was a huge Red Sox and Patriots fan.

Bob volunteered for the RI Special Olympics Summer Games. He was a member of the RI Home Builders Association, the Diamond Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island, and a member of Four Corners Community Chapel, Cumberland, RI.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Cathleen L. Pratas, and her husband Joseph, of Cumberland, Nancy L. Savage of Monroe, Georgia, and Diane J. Fortier, and her husband Gary, of Cumberland; one brother, L. Richard Savage, and his wife Catherine, of Cumberland; four grandchildren, Shannon E. Jordan, and her husband Christopher, Heather M. Jellesma, Emily S. Fortier and Nathan A. Fortier; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held in the spring. Burial with military honors will be in Diamond Hill Cemetery, Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island, PO Box 7505, Cumberland, RI 02864 or Fisher House of Boston, PO Box 230, South Walpole, MA 02071. For the Book of or online, please visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements with Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.