Robert Henderson | Obituaries | The Eagle Tribune

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September 21, 1925
December 2, 2021

Sarasota – Robert M. Henderson, 96, of Sarasota, FL, Sunapee, NH and formerly of Andover, MA, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on December 2, 2021, with family members by his side.
Bob was born in Fairfield, Maine, one of eight children of the Reverend Alexander Henderson. He graduated from Medford High School and enlisted in the US Navy serving theaters in the Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific. After attending Boston University, he graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and the Management Development Program at Amherst College.
In 1952 Bob began his career with Andover Savings Bank and was appointed President and CEO in 1964 and remained until his retirement in 1991.
Bob’s energetic and affable spirit touched the Greater Lawrence community where he served on the boards of the Family Service Association of Greater Lawrence, the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Lawrence Ecumenical Area Ministry, Lawrence Strategy, Merrimack Valley United Fund, YMCA and the Samaritans. In Andover, he served as chairman of the city’s finance committee, a board member of the Conservation Commission, the Arts Endowment Fund, and the A Better Chance educational program for minority students. Bob received the Wilkinson Good Citizen Award from the Chamber of Commerce for his long-term contributions to his community.
All of Bob’s energy, enthusiasm and passion for his family and friends has contributed to a life of adventure and love. Bob and his wife Barbara have traveled the world and experienced many different cultures. They traveled across the country in a motorhome, making friends wherever they stopped. They had strong ties to the Hopi community in Arizona, helping to educate many people and creating lifelong bonds.
Bob loved to ski and traveled with his friends out west every winter. He took each of his grandchildren on a special trip to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon and his Hopi friends. He sailed, played tennis and loved the early morning canoe rides followed by a swim at his home on Lake Sunapee. He was generous, open-minded, and created a life that most would consider ideal. He made friends everywhere he went. He knew there was so much to learn in this world and never stopped learning or questioning himself. He was the moral compass of the family, always balanced, compassionate and honest. Bob was able to find joy in times big and small, and was always fully present for those who knew and loved him.
Barbara, Bob’s beloved wife of 65 years, predeceased him in 2011. Bob is survived by his remaining brother or sister, sister Christine Harper of Toronto, Canada, his son Robert and his wife Louise of Seabrook, NH; his son Richard and his wife Irene of Methuen, MA; and her daughter Karen of Methuen, MA; son-in-law Dr Paschen Simonis from Gilching, Germany; The grandchildren include Dr Christopher Simonis of Olching, Germany; Atty. Katrin Simonis from Munich, Germany; Andrew Henderson and his wife Julia of North Andover; Atty. Douglas Henderson and his wife Ivana of North Andover; Dana Courtney and her husband Patrick from Andover; Kara Martellucci from Nashua, NH; Jenna Vanni and her husband Brent from Yarmouth, ME. Also 16 great-grandchildren. Bob was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Judith Ann Simonis of Gilching, Germany.
A very special program that brought great joy and interest to Bob and Barbara was their 53 year involvement with the sponsorship of Hopi Indian children in Arizona. Their sponsorship included visiting children and their families on the reserve and encouraging their further education. All of the Henderson children and grandchildren have visited Hopi over the years. Bob considers them to be part of his family and mentions them as additional survivors: Shirley Tomosie (sponsored) and her husband Wally and four children, five grandchildren from Polacca, Arizona; Irene and Roger Tungovia, Darren (sponsored) and his wife Clarice and three children from Second Mesa, Arizona and Flagstaff, Arizona; Frances Susenkewa (sponsored) and her husband Travis and their two children from Flagstaff, Arizona; Laurel Poleyestewa from Polacca, Arizona and three children including Joelle Mansfield (sponsored) from Flagstaff, Arizona. and nine grandchildren;
Special mention to the wonderful care provided by the medical and nursing staff at the Carroll Center of The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, Sarasota, FL. Plus, a special mention to his closest friends, Dr Stanley Cohen and Kristen Collavechio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to the Hopi Foundation, Box 301, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Published on December 6, 2021

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