SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 16, 2013

Byron "Bob" Foucht, 76


Beverly — Byron Robert "Bob" Foucht, 76, beloved husband for 26 years of Mary (DiPrisco) Foucht, died February 7, 2013, at Beverly Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Glenford, Ohio, he was the son of the late Pauline and Byron R. Foucht.

Bob graduated from Lash High School in Zanesville, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University leaving to serve in the U.S. Navy. He was a U.S. Navy musician from 1956 to 1960, and graduated from the Navy School of Music. Upon his service discharge, Bob attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, graduating with a degree in Music Education in 1964. His musical specialty was the trombone.

Bob was proud to have played at Dwight D. Eisenhower's 2nd Presidential Inauguration in 1957 and at the official opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959 with President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth in attendance. Bob began his distinguished teaching career in Ohio, moving to Massachusetts in the late 1960s, settling in Beverly. In Swampscott, Bob taught instrumental music to students from elementary school through high school. As the Swampscott High School Band Director, Bob is fondly remembered leading the band across Blocksidge Field during football games. He retired in 1998.

He was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge in Beverly, and the Aleppo Shrine. He directed the Aleppo Shrine Brass Band and the Wakefield Retired Men's Club Band and was an active member of numerous local musician groups including the North Shore Musician's Association and the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bob loved his family, his many friends, working with young people, and his dogs. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time in Maine. Bob was a lifelong and devoted instrumental musician and teacher. He delighted in bringing the joy of music to others.

In addition to his wife, Bob leaves his stepchildren, Debbie Kennedy and her husband, Chris, Jon Cobbett and his wife, Kim; grandchildren, Amy Malone and her husband, Matthew, Rachel and Sophia Kennedy, Erica Cobbett and Andrew McDonough and a great-grandson, Jackson Malone. He was also the stepfather of the late David Cobbett. Bob was the brother of Nelson Foucht and his wife, Peggy, Joan Foucht and the late, Marilyn Holcomb and her husband, Charles. He was the uncle to Allen Foucht, James Moore, and Kathryn Price, as well as several grandnephews and one grandniece (all of Ohio).

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service is being planned. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Burns Institute Boston Unit, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114 or the Aleppo Brass Band, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA 01887-0578.