Robert M. WyattApril 25, 1947 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 74)
Robert “Bob” Wyatt, 74, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021. Born on April 25, 1947, to the late Herbert Wyatt and Mary (Moran) Wyatt, and brother to the late Donald Wyatt.
Bob or “Bobby” as he was known by many on Aquidneck Island, was raised on Vanicek Avenue in Middletown in the home his father built by hand. A graduate of Middletown High School in 1965, Bob was immensely proud of being an “islander” and would often remind people that he was “one of the few that actually left.” When Bob would return to his roots he could often be found at Second Beach, Ocean Drive or Sachuest Point soaking in the salt air that lifted his soul.
Bob graduated from Roger Williams University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science. Bob started his career at a young age in the hospitality industry working for the Sheraton Corporation. Bob often boasted that he was one of the original staff members when Sheraton Hotel on Goat Island first opened.
Bob’s career took him to the Plaza Club in Worcester, The University Club in Providence, Country Club of New Bedford and finally to Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester. Tatnuck became his home away from home for 15 years and his staff became his extended family. Bob adored and respected the staff he managed and always recognized hard work; treating each and every employee as an equal. Bob would often say, “you’re only as good as those that work for you” and it showed.
Bob retired from Tatnuck in April of 2015 and could often be found cruising in his 1969 Chevelle, working in his yard, playing with his grandchildren or taking in the salt air at Barrington Beach.
Bob was a 40-year member of Brown University’s, Onley-Margolies Athletic Center. Bob would play basketball at 5:00 every morning with his “basketball buddies;” friendships he formulated that lasted decades. Bob was a legend on and off the court. The Brown University Men’s Basketball team even named an award after him- for the player who put his heart and soul in the game.
Bob had the gift of conversation and was able talk with anyone. Bob was witty, humorous, kind, honest, generous and passionate about everything he did. He had true, life-long friends and always managed to make people smile. Bob valued every person in his life.
Bob’s greatest joy in life was his two beloved daughters, Megan (Joshua) Olean and Elizabeth (Jason) Friedman, along with his five grandchildren who meant the world to him: Sofie, Logan, Paige, Mason and Charlotte. Bob will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
Friends may call on Monday, December 20, 2021 from the hours of 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the Home of J.H. WILLIAMS & CO., 210 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI. Burial will be private.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island, 50 Bend Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813 or HopeHealth Hospice, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.