Robert M.'s Story
Robert M. Lewis, 82, husband of Eleanor L. (Green) Lewis of Mulholland Drive, passed away peacefully on Friday at the Ledgewood Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in North Andover, he was the son of the late Raymond E. and Elizabeth I. (Donovan) Lewis.
Robert, known by most as Bob, was raised in North Andover and graduated with Johnson High School, Class of 1953. Bob was very active in sports at Johnson, particularly the football team of which he was captain. He was also elected class president all four years. He later attended Lowell Technical Institute from which he earned his degree in manufacturing engineering.
On June 16, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart at St. Michael’s Church in North Andover. Eleanor and Bob were happily married for 60 years.
In 1959, the couple purchased a home in Byfield, where they lived until 1977 when they moved to their present home on Great Neck in Ipswich.
Bob worked as a mechanical engineer for several companies over his career, the longest being his employment with Compugraphic in Wilmington. Even in later years, Bob maintained a strong work ethic and was employed part-time by L.W. Bills in Georgetown.
Bob was a longtime member of the Georgetown Country Club where he and Eleanor enjoyed many years of golfing. Besides golfing, Bob was an avid fisherman. His favorite sport was catching striped bass.
Bob will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and a very proud grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his wife, Eleanor, he is survived by his daughter, Katherine R. Cooper and her husband, Jack of Lebanon, Maine; three grandchildren, Sara Edic of Merrimac, Matthew Cooper of Deerfield, N.H., Jarod Cooper of North Berwick, Maine; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Ella, and Gavin Edic, all of Merrimac, Benjamin and Emma Cooper of Deerfield, N.H.; two sisters, Jane Gilmore of Plainville and Elizabeth Black of South Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Eleanor Gailey, formerly of North Andover, Clare Mattheson formerly of Newburyport, and Raymond Lewis formerly of California.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, June 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. A funeral Mass and celebration of life will take place on Thursday, June 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at our Lady of Hope, 1 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich, followed by interment at the New Highland Cemetery. Family and friends are respectfully welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in his name may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923, and/or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  June 19, 2017