Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, O.D.

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Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, O.D.

February 23, 1938 - May 06, 2018

Spruce Head, ME and Andover, MA - Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, 80, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, May 6, 2018, after enjoying a Saturday evening of dinner and happiness with his wife Lorraine and neighbor friends.
Born in Lynn, February 23, 1938, he was the son of Dr. Elmer E. and Marjorie B. Rowe Kerwin. He grew up in Lynnfield, MA, and was a graduate of Wakefield High School.
He graduated from Massachusetts College of Optometry on August 29, 1962.
Soon after earning his Doctorate of Optometry, he had a private practice known as Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, O.D. in Andover for 50 years. He retired November 28, 2014.
An ardent history buff, he was moreover an automotive aficionado. He loved fast toys, be it boats, snowmobiles or cars. He spent many hours on Lake Winnipesauke.
For more than 30 years, he enjoyed Rackliff Island at Spruce Head, where he built a summer home.
September 3, 2005, he married Lorraine C. Maxwell at Rockport. In March of 2017 the Kerwin’s made Rackliff Island their permanent home.
Bob, as he was known to his friends and family, also loved animals. Over the years he had several beloved golden retrievers. In later years, he lived his cats, especially the one who came to his door at Halloween, which he named ‘Treat’. For more than 15 years, Bob has enjoyed a unique relationship with a seagull he named ‘Ralph." Ralph was a frequent visitor to the Kerwin home, where he enjoyed being fed and talked to by his good friend Bob. Bob even considered Ralph’s comfort in any exterior modifications done to the Kerwin home.
Bob was a member of the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Masonic Lodge.
Other than his parents, Bob was predeceased by his first wife and mother of their daughter, Susan Kumph Kerwin. He is survived by his wife Lorraine of Spruce Head; his daughter, Sandra Kerwin Smith and her husband Richard; two grandchildren, Shelby Kerwin Smith, Austin Robert Smith all of Sandown, NH; one step-son, Scott Maxwell and his wife, Antonella of Salem, MA.
Rather than participating in a formal service, Bob’s family requests you remember him by enjoying a quiet time or special place of your choosing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. To share a memory or story with the Kerwin family, please visit their online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Published on May 17, 2018
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Keith Williams
Aug 09, 2018
I first met Dr Kerwin as a boy in the 1960's when he became my eye doctor. He was my eye doctor for nearly 50 years. One of the kindest person I have ever met. A great man and doctor. God Bless to him, and to those he left behind.
James Savoy Methuen,Ma.
May 19, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. God bless.
Mike Barry
May 16, 2018
I was one of Dr. Kerwin's patients as a nine year-old boy in 1970. He was my optometrist until he retired. My condolences to his family and his many friends. His intelligence was matched by his compassion. I'm very happy to have known him. God bless.
Sona Sarajian Naroian
May 16, 2018
Dr. Kerwin was a kind, caring, gentle man who made anyone comfortable during his exam time with them. I worked with him for a short time in administration and I will always remember his patience and kindness. I am sorry for your loss Sandra and may he R.I.P. Love to his family.
Doreen lafitt
May 16, 2018
Sandra, I met your Dad when I worked down the hall from him in Andover. Always a pleasure to chat with, such a nice man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.