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Robert S. Dorsey

October 5, 2021


Robert S. Dorsey, age 82 of Assonet, completed his life’s journey peacefully at home on October 5th. Bob was born in Fall River, the son of the late Thomas Dorsey and Sadie (Michalewich) Dorsey. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Elaine (Thomas) Dorsey, and his brother, Thomas Dorsey Jr. of Virginia. 

Bob leaves behind a son and his wife, Erik and Danielle Dorsey of Assonet, and a daughter Kristin Santangelo of Assonet. In addition, he is survived by his loving grandchildren Brett and Brayden Dorsey, and Jakob, Alexander, and Kora Santangelo. 

Bob served in the Army National Guard: Battery D, 747th AAA Battalion and in Battery A, 3rd Howitzer Battalion, 211th Field Artillery. He graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/History and an English minor. Bob taught at Apponequet Regional High School for 34 years where he was an adviser to both its first student newspaper, “The Dissenter,” and to the Freetown-Lakeville Ecology Action Students group. In 1972, he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Rhode Island where he was elected to membership in Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society). Bob was one of the original founders of the Freetown Historical Society, and he served on both the Freetown Finance Committee and the Freetown Conservation Commission. He also served the town as a Selectman, Board of Health member, and Police Commissioner, where he was proudest of his effort to bring the 911 emergency telephone system to Freetown. Bob also represented the town on the Southeast Regional Transit Authority, the Soil Conservation Board, and the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District. He was a communicant of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Assonet, and he was a member of both the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Plymouth County Teachers Association. After retiring from teaching in 1994, he devoted his next 27 years to Winter Hill Antiques, a business both he and Elaine started in 1988. Bob’s other passions included spending time with his family, his cats, reading, writing, antiques, deltiology (post card collecting), and travel. 

At his request services and burial will be private. Arrangements are under the care of Hathaway Funeral Home 1813 Robeson St. Fall River MA 02720. To send the family condolences or to light a candle please visit In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Forever Paws Animal Shelter, 300 Lynwood St. Fall River, Ma 02721 or the Faxon Animal Rescue League of Fall River, 474 Durfee St. Fall River, Ma 02720.


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