Yarmouth Port – Robert T. “Bob” Kurgan, of Yarmouth Port, MA, passed away on October 1, 2023, at 91 years of age, after a period of declining health.
Born and raised in Hudson, MA, Bob was the youngest son of the late Adam and Mary (Uglevich) Kurgan. He graduated from Hudson High School where he excelled in hockey and football for the Hudson Hawks.
In 1949, he was selected to represent the 10th Middlesex District at the observance of Good Government Day at the State House. After graduation, he attended the Bentley School of Accounting and New York University. He served his country as an administrative sergeant in the Army Reserve, assigned to the Boston Army base during the Korean War.
In 1955, Bob married Loretta Marques at St. Michael’s Church and moved into their first home in Hudson, which Bob built. They were married for 68 years and had two daughters, Jane and Susan.
In the late 1960s, Bob earned a job promotion with American Can Company which required the family to move to Washington, New Jersey. Dedicated fan that he was, Bob purchased New England Patriots season tickets in 1971 and began the family tradition of driving from New Jersey to Foxboro and back again to attend home games. Though he was unable to attend games in recent years, his daughters and grandsons carry on the Kurgan tradition and still attend every Patriots home game.
After 34 successful years with the company, Bob retired from his career in the Plastic Products International Division of American Can Company. He held management positions including graphic arts supervisor, quality engineering supervisor, and technical assistance manager, the latter at the company!s corporate headquarters in Greenwich, CT. He was also a business manufacturing consultant for Swiss Pac USA, a manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland.
Bob remained active in retirement on Cape Cod. As one of the first owners at Kings Way condominiums in Yarmouth Port, Bob was also the former chairman of the board of trustees of the Kings Way Trust where he developed and administered policies in a firm and fair manner.
His love of hockey and the Boston Bruins was a life-long passion. For years, Bob played hockey at Tony Kent Arena in Dennis, MA. When playing hockey became unfeasible, Bob continued to skate well into his 80s. He also remained active by helping two generations of his family purchase, renovate and maintain homes on Cape Cod.
Bob is survived by his wife, Loretta (Marques) Kurgan, daughters Jane Kurgan, Susan Bierig and her husband Brian, grandsons Michael and Christopher and his partner Briana. He was predeceased by his brother Adam Kurgan in 1996. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Dulce Comaskey and Mary Kurgan as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
Burial will be private. A private celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date.