2017 Hattie Brown Award Recipient – Robert Squatrito

The 232nd Celebration Hattie Brown Award recipient was born and raised in our patriotic town where he attended our local schools. His desire to participate to better the community started at a very early age. He was the youngest member of the former Bristol YMCA and Camp Hess at 3 years of age, the same age he won his first trophy at the Bristol Recreation Bicycle Derby. In the fall of his sixth thru twelve years, our award winner could be found on the street of Providence collecting for the Italian/American War Veterans (ITAM’s) at their annual Poppy Day.

Upon graduating from Bristol High School, Class of 1968, he attended Providence College and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Accounting. He later went on to Bryant College to earn credits within their master’s program.

His career started 11 miles away at the Submarine Signal Division of Raytheon Company. During this 38 year career our recipient rotated into 13 different positions of increasing responsibility and retired in 2010 as a Senior Financial Manager. Along the way he received many noteworthy awards including but not limited to The IDS Presidents Award, President Coin, and Finance Excellent Team Award. In 2009, he was one of four employees who received the IDS Our People Award.   His accomplishments were concluded with him receiving the Raytheon Company IDS Person of the Year for 2009.

He also received Ambassador status in 2009 from Northeastern University. In 2006, he envisioned and began building a program dedication to promote excellence within Raytheon Company’s Finance and Contract core by guiding employees in finding opportunities for rotations, education and mentoring relationships. This vision led him to develop the Raytheon-Northeastern MBA Rotation Program. Through this program, Northeastern University MBA candidates are hired for six-month co-op positions. At the conclusion, some are offered part-time positions while they finish their degrees and later move on to full-time employment.

In January of 1990, he co-founded a tax preparation business, A&R Tax Associates. This business is still serving the community after 27 years. He also served 26 years with the RI National Guard and US Army Reserve. He retired in 1996 as a Master Sergeant within Food Service. Highlight of his career was winning the Philip A. Connelly Award as the best Field Food Service Unit in the National Guard and Army Reserves for the Army’s First Region. This region covers Maine to Pennsylvania.

By now hopefully many of you know that this 232nd Celebration Hattie Brown Award recipient is Bob Squatrito. He has been married for 46 years to the former Margaret Riley, who by the way was his first and only girlfriend. They are the proud parents of three children, Rob Jr., Margaret Gagner and Melissa Silvia. They are also blessed to have seven grandsons, Joshua, Andrew and Nichols Squatrito, William Hunter Silvia and Aidan, Liam and Riley John Gagner.

During his prosperous career and the daily tasks of being a good father and grandfather, Bob finds time to give back to the community. For the last 25 years, Bob can be scene collecting for the Knights of Columbus Handicap Drive or distributing food to the needy as a member of the Friends of St. Elizabeth. He is also a driving force with the LaBella Sicilia Society. He serves as the chairman of their annual Thanksgiving & Christmas fund raiser which donates the proceeds to the less fortunate for food and presents during the holiday season.

Bob is also a member of the RI Blood Center Frequent Donors. He is proud to display his 5 gallon coffee mugs which signifies he has donated 40 pints of blood. This donation could save 150 lives!

Bob and Margaret now winter in Sarasota Florida. When Bob returns he can be seen cooking Macaroni and Meatballs for the 4th of July fundraiser. He is also a part of the Visiting Ships Picnic committee. During 2010 thru 2014, Bob chaired 4 fundraisers and served on 7 committees. He has been a key contributor to our Celebrations.

Bob’s additional volunteer pursuits include:

  • Past Captain of the Bristol Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation “Dollars for Scholars”
  • Past Company Captain of the Southeastern NE United Way
  • Past Team Captain of the Heart Fund Colt State Park Walk
  • Former umpire and coach of the Bristol King Philip Little League
  • Past Committee Chairman of Cub Scout Pack #6, St. Mary’s Church
  • Past Treasurer- Boy Scouts of America Troup #6, St. Michael’s Church
  • Member- Knights of Columbus, Bristol Council #379 for 45 years
  • Past Volunteer Instructor- Jr. Achievement of RI, Project Business
  • Former Umpire and scorekeeper- Bristol Industrial Softball League
  • Former Line judge- Bristol County Touch Football League
  • Former referee and scorekeeper-Bristol Recreation Summer Basketball League
  • Former member-Cup Defenders Association
  • Former Social member-Defiance Hose Company
  • Past Fair Chairman-St. Philomena’s School
  • Past member Bristol High School Booster’s Club

Past honors include:

  • Boy of the Year 1964 Bristol YMCA
  • Boy of the Year 1964 Bristol Playgrounds-Rockwell Park
  • Co-Captain of Bristol High Football Team 1967 which won the Division Championship
  • Member of the Bristol High School Football teams that won 3 straight RI Division Titles