Obituary: Robert Perkins Foley – Portland Press Herald

Robert Perkins Foley

Robert Perkins Foley 1941 – 2022 BRUNSWICK – Photographer, International Automotive Fanatic, Architectural Buff, Impeccable Dresser. Robert P. Foley 80, of Brunswick, died peacefully, Sunday Might 15, 2022. He was born June 25, 1941 in Nashua, N.H. to Charles and Geneva (Perkins) Foley. Robert graduated from Glenbrook Excessive Faculty in Northbrook, In poor health. and continued his schooling at Marlboro Faculty in Vermont, receiving a level in 18th Century New England Structure. In 1963 he married his childhood sweetheart, Polly Sears. In 1963, on a visit to Newport, R.I. they occurred upon the Peter Simon Home on Bridge Avenue. He vowed to purchase the house and restore it if it ever got here in the marketplace. In 1964, it did and he and Polly made good on the promise. Throughout that point they welcomed two youngsters, Bradford and Emily. Polly and Robert divorced in 1971. Robert remained in Newport for 48 years. He made a dwelling as a marine and architectural photographer, specializing in yacht racing and the America’s Cup specifically, documenting the heyday of the ’80’s and ’90’s when Ted Turner was on the helm of Brave. He labored primarily in black and white, growing and printing a lot of his work, and promoting it in his Pictures Store on Bowen’s Wharf. Returning to his roots, he documented current circumstances and restoration initiatives for dozens of 18th century buildings acquired by the Newport Restoration Basis (based by Doris Duke). Later in life, Robert landed his dream job at NRF because the Director of Preservation. He spent a lot of his time at Tough Level, meticulously managing restoration initiatives all through the Property. He overhauled the muse’s coloration schemes based mostly on paint evaluation and led the hassle to create a database for the Narragansett Bay basin by dendrochronology, which is the science of courting occasions and variations in atmosphere in former durations by comparative research of progress rings in bushes ands aged wooden. Upon receiving the Frederick C. Williamson Award for Skilled Management, it was famous “Together with his unassuming demeanor, Robert’s preservation work has typically taken place behind the scenes or behind the digicam. However everybody who cares about Newport’s historic character is a beneficiary of his data, talent, and dedication.” He retired in 2016 and loved time together with his Weimaraner, Jackie, quite a few visits with Brad, Jen, Emily and Polly, and annual journeys to Stonington, Maine. Stonington held a particular place in Robert’s coronary heart, nearly each summer time of his life since childhood was spent there together with his beloved sisters (now handed) Eleanor and Barbara. He shared his ardour of Kate’s Home on the purpose with Brad, Jen, and their two boys, Jameson, and Benjamin for a few years and not too long ago, Emily and Polly have been added into the combo. The custom continues and a brand new technology of Foley’s will take pleasure in Kate’s Home for a few years to return. A consummate dabbler, Robert loved engaged on and driving international sports activities vehicles, looking for intricate mannequin automobile initiatives and placing them collectively piece by piece, restoration of previous English carousel animals, and discovering and fixing previous instruments. He was an avid gardener, whose gardens on the nook of Spring and Mill Streets throughout from Trinity Church in Newport have been photographed by hundreds over time within the spring, capturing his stunning Pink Tulips, Daffodils, and Purple Irises. He moved to Brunswick in 2020 as dementia set in, residing at Avita of Brunswick. He’s survived by his son Bradford and spouse Jennifer Foley of Bowdoinham, and his daughter Emily Foley of Sandwich, Mass.; grandsons, Jameson and spouse Ann Foley of Vineland, N.J., and Benjamin Foley of Bend, Ore.; a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Autumn Foley of Vineland, N.J.; and a niece and lots of nephews on each his predeceased sisters’ facet of the household. He was predeceased by his sisters, Eleanor Foley Lesieur and Barbara Foley Lesieur; and his dad and mom. At Robert’s request, there shall be no service. To go away a be aware of condolence or share a reminiscence, please go to In lieu of flowers, those that want could make a memorial contribution to the: Seamen’s Church Institute in Newport, RI at

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