1922 - 2011
Published in The Republican from August 27 to August 30, 2011
WEST SPRINGFIELD -
Robert C. Hubbard, 88, died August 27, 2011 at the Holyoke Soldier's Home.
A life long resident of West Spring-field, born in Westfield, he was the
son of the late Robert H. and Lucy P. (Wait) Hubbard.
A World War 11 Veteran, he was a graduate of West Springfield High School,
class of 1940. Robert attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, and Dartmouth
College, New Hampshire and Springfield College.
A true basketball pioneer, Robert was the first player from Western Mass
to be drafted into the NBA and played pro basketball for the Providence
Steamrollers and the Tri-City Blackhawks. Robert was also drafted as a
baseball pitcher and played in the minors for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
An all around athlete, Robert coached youth sports teams for many years
in West Springfield, and was the 5th recipient of the Park and Recreation
Department's Amy Levesque Award in 1970, for his many years of contributions
to youth sports.
Bob served for many years as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the
city of West Springfield. Robert was a test engineer for Pratt & Whitney
in East Hartford for 28 years retiring in 1977.
He loved playing tennis and golf with is family and friends and enjoyed
taking care of the family pets ranging from horses to dogs.
He was a gentle giant at 6'6" tall and will always be remembered
as the most humble and loving man you could ever meet.
A member of Bethany Assembly of God Church, Agawam, Robert leaves to cherish
his memory his loving family, his wife of 63 years, Doris (Gebo) Hubbard;
a daughter Nancy Lenza of Westfield; 3 sons, Robert D. Hubbard and his
wife Robyn L., of Bethlehem, PA, Reverend Gregory D. Hubbard and his wife
Robyn J., of Wyomissing, PA, and Barry J. Hubbard of West Springfield;
5 grandchildren, Edward Lenza, Mandy Lenza, Britton Hubbard, Chelsea Hubbard,
Jillian Hubbard; a great grandchild, Caleb Igel-Lenza; many nieces, nephews,
He was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Dee Hubbard who died in 1956, and
his only sibling, a sister, Nancy Finn in 1999.
His funeral services will be held on Thursday in the Bethany Assembly
of God Church, Agawam at 11AM with burial to follow in the Mass. Veterans'
Visiting hours will take place in the Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home,
985 Main St., Agawam on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Royal Family Kid's
Camp. Checks may be made out to Bethany Assembly of God, P.O. Box 422