Robert Hoyt

Sept. 10, 1942 - Aug. 14, 2022

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On Sunday morning, August 14, 2022, we had to say goodbye to our much-loved husband, father and grandfather, Robert Stephens Hoyt, Jr. Bob showed us all how to prioritize and keep family at the center, openly expressing his love for us. He loved the small joys of everyday life - morning coffee, reading, connecting with people, making memories, taking beach walks, watching sunsets from the deck and eating blueberry peach pie on his birthdays. Bob was born in Lexington, VA on September 10, 1942 to Robert Stephens Hoyt and Isabel Williamson Hoyt. He was married to the love of his life, Marilyn, for 56 years. Bob and Marilyn met in college buying their freshman beanies. Bob will be deeply missed by Marilyn, son Robert Preis Hoyt and his wife Julie, daughter Eliza Myung Severson and her husband Sean, daughter Margaret Yeaton Hoyt, grandchildren Sam, Isaac and Finn Hoyt, Isabel and Winnie Hoyt-Niemiec, and McCartney and Jo Severson, sisters Leigh McFaddin and Ridgely Hoyt Whitaker and their families, and sister-in-law Nancy Preis. Bob was a poet, an avid composter, and he loved casting a lure or fly into the morning mist. He brought his wife coffee every morning and held her every night. He had almost endless patience and was a wonderful listener, one who was always fully present for you. Bob was always ready with a safety-focused aphorism (“Don’t stick your finger in a crack, Eliza!”) and was a master of the full-body slump when his children didn’t follow his advice. He caught spitting frogs for us and taught us to look out for the bum-pinching crabs. He was also an exceptionally good sport when his children were feeling their oats, and was always willing to get down in the grass and play ‘Fat Dino,’ dance, print coloring pages and read with his grandchildren. Bob graduated from Denison University in Ohio and went on to a long career developing strength-based instructional materials and professional training programs. He provided management coaching support for Fleet Bank and Bank of America. Bob is remembered by colleagues for his character, integrity and unfailing kindness. Bob and Marilyn lived in Andover, MA for 40 years. They moved to Kenmore, WA and Minneapolis, MN in 2008 to be active grandparents, His family is grateful for the days and sunsets we had with him to hear his stories and learn from his selfless grace, gratitude, and kindness. May the longtime sun shine upon him All love surround him And the sweet light within him Guide him on his way. Bob asked that in lieu of flowers, you take those you love out for ice cream in remembrance of him. Contributions to the Evergreen Health Foundation, Kirkland, WA can be made in gratitude for their hospice care.


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