On 7 June 1962, Bob graduated from Boston English High School and on 26 June 1962, enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard where he remained until 1989, retiring after 27 years of service as a CWO to Lieutenant (O-3), and having attained pay grades E-7, Chief Petty Officer, Chief Warrant Officer, W4, and finally O-3, his retired grade.
After retiring, Bob attended the University of Connecticut and graduated on 17 May 1992, which was his transition from military life to being a civilian. He and Carolyn (the former Carolyn Hurley of Salem, New Jersey, whom married in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1966 at the Submarine Base Chapel) moved to West Virginia in 1993 and then to The Villages, Florida in 2002.
His Masonic Career began in 1974. He was Worshipful Master of the Coast Guard Masonic Lodge, Semper Paratus No. 49, Washington, DC in 1979. In 2002, when he moved to The Villages, he demitted from Robert White Lodge in Martinsburg, WV and transferred his membership to The Villages Masonic Lodge, No. 394, where he served as Treasurer for a number of years. He joined the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, in 1975 and received the degrees, which concluded with the 32°, in Boston. On moving to Florida, and never planning on returning to Boston (too cold and snowy), he demitted from the NMJ organization and became a member of the Valley of Ocala, Orient of Florida, in the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction. He was honored with a red hat, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, in November 2013 and subsequently received a white hat, Inspector General Honorary, 33°, in November 2019. He was elected Almoner of the Valley of Ocala at the November 2020 meeting, and installed on 7 December 2020 as such.