Robert R. Plantier
Robert R. Plantier, 88, was called home on the morning of August 12,
2021. Born on November 30, 1932, in Easthampton he was the son of
Leonard and Mabelle (Coryea) Plantier. Bob was a graduate of Holyoke
Trade School where he received his degree in Carpentry and Cabinet
Making. After graduation he enlisted and served in the Seabees, the
Construction Battalion of the U.S. Navy.
Bob started his lifetime of service with the Town of Easthampton in the
Water Department in 1957, earned the rank of a Call Fighter in 1958,
and was promoted to the position of a full-time firefighter in July 1963.
Bob rose through the ranks during his career and was named Chief in
1985. He retired in October of 1993 after 36 years of service. Bob was especially proud of his relationships with his fellow firefighters and for adding a second ambulance to the department. He was always called a
“fireman’s fireman.” He was a member of the Legion 244 in Easthampton and was a
communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Parish.
Bob was predeceased by his wife Shirley (St. Martin) Plantier in 1990 and by his brother Richard Plantier and his sisters Jeanne Ward and Carol Major.
Bob will be dearly missed by his beloved children: Kyle and his wife Christine Plantier of Southampton, David and his wife Tracey Plantier of Wilbraham, and his daughter Lori and her husband Larry Fisher of Easthampton. Bob will also be missed by his longtime friend and companion Kandy Blackwell and all the members of the extended Blackwell family.
Bob was a loving grandfather to Robert, Eric, Alex, Jacqueline, and
Rachel and a great grandfather to Daisy.
Bob loved life and especially the City of Easthampton. Nothing meant
more to him than receiving the greeting of “Chief” from each
establishment he visited. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs,
Bandit and Brandy, and was always seen walking around town looking
for someone to share a story or a Peppermint Pattie.
Bob was a passionate fan of all New England sports, especially the
University of Massachusetts. He was a season ticket holder to many
UMass teams for over 50 years and received special recognition from
the Athletic Department for his loyalty and support.
Bob also had a special place in his heart for the ocean and made regular
visits over the past 60 years to both Cape Cod and Maine.
A calling hour will be held on Thursday from 10 to 11 am in Our Lady
of the Valley Church, his funeral Mass will be held at 11 am in the
church, his burial with military honors will follow in the Main Street
Cemetery all in Easthampton. The Boucher-O’Brien Funeral Home was
entrusted with his services. Memorial donations may be made to the
Easthampton Ambulance Fund and/or the UMass Court Club.