Robert Irving Hyman, 79, passed away on Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, in Providence. Robert was born on November 24, 1938 to the late Nathaniel and Sadie Hyman. He was the husband of the late Linda Hyman; father of the late John Hyman and Carol Davis; grandfather to the late Brian Davis. Robert was also preceded in death by his brothers, John T., James E., George H., Clarence N., Frank L., Richard A. and Warren W., and his sisters, Dollie Perry, Mary Brown, Almater Hyman, and Anabel Taylor.
Robert graduated as class president of Central High School's Class of 1957. During his time at Central, he maintained four sports. Robert made the All-State division for outdoor and indoor track in his junior and senior year, he was a member of the basketball team, and was also a star running back of the football team.
After high school, Robert went on to enlist in the United States Marines Corps. He proudly served four tours in Vietnam a Master Gunnery Sergeant Major and ranked an E-9. Robert was awarded over 13 separate Medals and Awards for his time served in Vietnam. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1977 Robert maintained his job at the United States Post Office where he worked for 35 years before retiring May 1st, 2014. Robert was also a member of the Allen AME Church in Providence.
Robert was a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He was always there for his family and friends. Robert loved seeing his family happy. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed being in his home surrounded by the ones he loved and telling stories of his time in the Marines as well as his time as an athlete at Central High School.
Though he was a humbled laid back man, he would love the recognition that he is receiving today by his family. Anyone that knew him knew that was a very proud man who rarely accepted help from anyone but was always willing to help anyone. We are here today to not only celebrate his life and accomplishments, but to recognize and thank him for all of the years and dedication he put into serving our country and family. He was a man of small stature with a fearless heart. His spirit is one that cannot be mimicked or replaced but will truly be missed by all who knew him, and as he would say “STAND FAST!”
Robert leaves to cherish his legacy, sister Laura Crum, his children Cheryl Reddrick, Pamela Davis, Nathaniel Hyman and Angela Davis. His six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces and nephews.