In Loving Memory of Robert G. MacQuarrie

January 05, 1937
Bridgeport, CT
September 01, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Due to conditions, a private service wil be held. A public celebration of Bob's life will be held when safe to do so.


Family Gathering


The Wounded Warrior Project

PO Box 758533,
KS 66675-8533

Aspetuck Land Trust

PO Box 444,
CT 06881

Robert G. MacQuarrie

Robert G. MacQuarrie, age 83, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Gail P. MacQuarrie, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Born in Bridgeport, the son of the late Robert B. and Helen (Gray) MacQuarrie, he was a lifelong Fairfield resident. Bob graduated from Roger Ludlowe High School in 1954 and later received an Associate’s Degree in Arson and Firefighting Technology from Norwalk Community College. Following high school, he worked in a gas heating and air conditioning business with his father. He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and served active and in the reserves for 6 years. In 1965 he joined the Fairfield Fire Department. He truly loved his work, retiring as a Lieutenant after 30 years serving the town.
Bob was always planning his next travel adventure with Gail. They enjoyed many cruises and trips to the Caribbean where he loved to scuba dive. Family vacations in the New Hampshire lakes region were an annual event. In 2016 he completed a “bucket list” item of visiting all 50 states. Bob was a long-time active member of Greenfield Hill Congregational Church where he served as a Trustee and as an Usher. He was a life member of Fayerweather Yacht Club, a 50 plus year member of Fidelity-St. John’s Lodge # 3 A.F. & A.M. and a member for many years of Pyramid Temple Shrine in Stratford. As a Shriner Bob was always eager to volunteer, especially driving pediatric burn victims to hospitals in Springfield and Boston.
Bob was deeply involved in numerous conservation groups. He was a contributor to the Aspetuck Land Trust, and the Calusa Land Trust on Pine Island, FL. He and Gail lived many winters on Pine Island where they loved boating and kayaking. While in Florida, Bob volunteered for the Park Rangers at Cayo Costa State Park. He was a volunteer for many other community outreach organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Fair Share Table.
In addition to Gail, his loving wife for 62 years, Bob will be deeply missed by two children: Scott R. MacQuarrie and his wife Debra of Wilton and Marsha L. Bailey of Laguna Niguel, CA; five cherished grandchildren, Jennifer, Colin and Abigail MacQuarrie and Allyson and Drew Bailey; a sister, Susan Schaller of Fairfield; cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother David MacQuarrie.
Due to current conditions, a private graveside service will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery. A public celebration of Bob’s life will be held when safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Bob’s memory to: The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758533, Topeka, KS 66675-8533 or the Aspetuck Land Trust, P.O. Box 444, Westport, CT 06881. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Dear Mrs. MacQuarrie–We are so sorry to hear about Mr. MacQuarrie’s passing. I often remember how the four of you used to get together and enjoyed each other’s company. Looking through recent movies and photos I have thought of you. You were a very dear friend to my mother and your friendship was treasured. I hope that your fond memories will help you through this difficult time. Please take care, be well—Karen

  2. Gail, our deepest sympathies for you and the family. We know you have many happy memories of Bob to support you and family through this sad time. Our best wishes for your good health during this time, love, Joyce/RJ

  3. Gail and family-Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him and he was also a great friend.- Zoomer

  4. Gail, our heart aches for you and your family at this difficult time. Bob (and his blue bike) will surely be missed at CH. Feel our hugs. Sue & Tom

  5. Gail, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Remembering all the good times we had over the 50+ years we have been friends. Bob was a wonderful guy and I know how much he will be missed by you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way, and hope all the wonderful memories you have will help you get through this difficult time.

  6. Dear Gail, Thank you so much for sharing Bob’s Obituarie with us. We admired and respected Bob. He was a true gentleman and friend. We will always remember his smile. Love Heather & Michael