Robert M. Fuster Sr., 75
LENOX, Mass. — Robert Michael Fuster Sr., 75, of Lenox died on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Robert was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on December 8, 1943. He graduated from New York University in 1965 and obtained his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1968, where he graduated with honors, first his class. While in law school, he served as the Articles and Research Editor for the Brooklyn Law Review and published several articles therein.
He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1968 and, after law school, clerked for the Honorable John R.Bartels, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Then he became an associate with the Wall Street New York law firm Hughes, Hubbard and Reed. He moved to Lenox, with his family, in 1972 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that same year. He continued to practice law until the time of his passing.
He was actively involved in the community. He served as the Lenox Bicentennial Committee Co-Chair from 1975-1976. He was the president of the Berkshire Country Day School's Parents Association for two years, a board member for nine years, and the treasurer for seven years, where he took over at a time when many private schools were having financial difficulty and helped to restore the school to financial stability and fiscal viability during his term. He also was a board member of the Opportunity Workshop, a nonprofit organization that found employment for the disabled.
In 1992, he founded the Berkshire Humane Society in response to the decision of the MSPCA to close its Berkshire County shelter operation. He then served as the president of the Berkshire Humane Society Board from 1992 to 2008. He led the organization in the location and building of its new shelter facility at Barker Road, Pittsfield, which is nationally recognized as the finest shelter operation of its size and demographics in the country. He also was one of the founders and original board member of the Berkshire County Children's Advocacy Center, Kids Place.
In addition, he was the recipient of the ninth annual Bob Rose Volunteer Award in 1994, sponsored by the Berkshire Eagle and the Junior League of Berkshire County, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Volunteer of the Year Award for Berkshire County in 1995. He was a member of the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals since 2008 and was its chair at the time of his passing.
He was an avid animal lover, devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Irene (Doval); his son, Robert Jr., daughter-in-law Tatiana and grandsons Sergei and Alexander; his sister-in-law, Louise (Doval) Greeley; and his in-law, Galina Lee.
He was predeceased by his parents, Isidore and Sarah Eva (Fiterstein); and his brother, Alan.
Funeral notice: The funeral for Attorney Robert M. Fuster of Lenox, who died on Friday, October 18, 2019, will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 9 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
Obituary Provided By: Roche Funeral Home