1938 – 2017
Mims,FL – Robert “Bob” A. Racine, 78, of Aurantia Rd., died Thursday July 7, 2017, at the Hospice of St. Francis in Titusville, FL. He was the loving husband of the late Margaret (Fry) Racine. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Frederick and Leona (Benac) Racine.
Mr. Racine received his high school diploma from Marianapolis Preparatory School.
Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1956, serving in France and Albuquerque, New Mexico where he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Fry. They were married for fifty-six years. Marge predeceased him in 2016.
Bob was a master mechanic and was a member of the pit crew for NASCAR driver Al Unser and his brother Bobby Unser. He was an avid marathon runner and gun enthusiast. Bob remained active until two weeks prior to his death.
Bob is survived by four sons and their spouses, Michael and his wife Rebecca, John and his wife Tonja, David and his wife Hazel, and Bryan and his wife Tammy; nine grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn him, two sisters, Carole Stanfield of Titusville, FL and Elizabeth “Betty” Mayo and her husband Donald of Putnam; as well as many nieces; nephews; and friends that he and Marge made as they lived all over the United States as they traveled with his work for a major international construction company.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Dayville. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Francis, 1250-B Grumman Place, Titusville, FL 32780. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.