Robert J. Hatfield (Bob)

Robert J. Hatfield (Bob), 81, passed away on January 16, 2020 due to side effects of chemotherapy for stage one pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joy, and daughter, Victoria (Christophe) and two sons Brian and Brad. He is also survived by his brother Bill Hatfield (Kathie), sister Nancy Hatfield D’Andrea (Paul), mother in law Betty Cooper and brother in law David Cooper, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and Bill Hatfield and father in law, Joseph Cooper.

Bob was born in Boston and grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts.  He graduated from Melrose High School and Northeastern University, where he was a member of AKA fraternity. Although Bob lived in New York for several years and the last 42 years in Virginia, he remained a strong supporter for all the Boston professional sports teams.

Bob worked in management consulting and contract management for: Link Aviation, Syracuse University, Old Dominion University, the World Bank, PRC/Litton, Grumman Space and SAIC. In his later years, he was an independent consultant and particularly enjoyed assignments in Germany and the Netherlands. Bob was also a National Contract Management Association National Director, Fellow, and Chapter President.

Bob was a 34-year member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) where he was a lay minister, board president, and social justice leader in many areas, including Gun Violence Prevention and Immigration Justice. He organized the UUCF Science, Reason & Religion weekly forums, coordinated and delivered the annual Thanksgiving donations to D.C. homeless, volunteered at Beacon House and taught ESOL.  He was honored with the UUCF Founders Award, Sollenberger Community Action Award, and many chili cook-off winner awards.  Bob sang in the UUCF choir and was in several UUCF plays. He enjoyed attending chamber music concerts and theatrical productions.  

Bob was on the Virginia State Board of Public Safety. He was a chief election officer in his community and neighborhood association President.  An excellent skater, Bob was a Special Olympics Ice-Skating coach for 30 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2pm, Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Special Olympics Area 26: or the Brady Campaign:

In keeping with Bob’s passion for volunteerism, he can best be honored by making a personal commitment to helping those in need.

7 Responses to Robert J. Hatfield (Bob)

  1. Mary Odell Butler says:

    Nothing will ever be the same. Bob was so important to so many people. It is a much smaller world without him in it.

  2. Amy Crawford says:

    My deepest condolences to Mrs. Hatfield (it still doesn’t feel right to call you Joy!), Tori, Brian and Brad. I was heartbroken to hear the news. I hope your memories provide comfort and that his giving ways carry on in everyone who knew him. Much love to you all. Ugga Mugga Mugga!

    Amy Crawford

  3. Shari Macfarlane says:

    His warm hugs, and presence will be missed by so many people. I am truly sorry.

  4. Cecile Heatley says:

    I’ll never forget Bob walking up and down along the sidewalk on Waples Mill Rd, holding proudly the sign that said “NRA, No Rational Agenda”. It was comforting to see him doing this, he gave us hope and encouragement.
    I am really sorry he did not live to see the progress we have made with Virginia laws for gun safety. He would have been so happy. He always greeted me with a cheerful “Bonjour”. We miss him very much. He was the soul of our vigils.

  5. Ms. Billye M. Stevens says:

    Bob was a special person. He was involved in so many areas, yet often with a smile and/or a quip. My sympathy and love for Joy and all your family.

  6. Jim Sollo says:

    Bob was an amazing guy. I never met anyone who gave so much of his time to so many good causes. He helped make the world a better place for all of us. Those of us who were privileged to spend time in his good company and got to know him will miss his wise council and his sense of humor.

  7. Joyce Horstman says:

    Dear Joy and Family,
    I was so sorry to lear of Bob’s passing. My thoughts are with all of you.

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