NORWAY - Robert B. Allan, 90, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Stephens Memorial Hospital of complications from multiple sclerosis. Born Dec. 22, 1922, in Westbrook, he was the son of Dorothy and James Allan Jr.
He graduated from Gorham High School. Bob served in the 12th Armored Division of the U.S. Army
during World War II
crossing France into Germany with General Patten and the 3rd Armored Division as a tank commander. His tank was hit resulting in serious injuries that earned him the Bronze Star
and the Purple Heart
Bob married Lorena Clark of Westbrook on Aug. 11, 1945. They lived at Little Sebago Lake for many years where he enjoyed boating, ice fishing, and taking all the family water skiing on Sundays.
Bob was the fleet mechanic at Nissen Bakery in Portland. His great knowledge and love of auto engines resulted in his collecting and restoring many classic and antique cars --- mostly Fords and mostly Model A's.
Bob and Lorena enjoyed touring with their friends in the Back Forty Antique Auto Club. His remarkable ability to fix, repair, or piece together any engine was a valuable asset on those tours!
After Lorena's death in 2004, he went to live with his daughter, Judy, on Long Lake in Harrison. For the past year, he was a resident at the Maine Veteran's Home in South Paris. Robert was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 38 of the Masons in Gorham since 1951.
Robert was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Lorena; brother, James; and sister, Adrith Shaw. He is survived by two daughters, Judy and her husband, Pete Gaouette, of Harrison and Nancy and her husband, Robert Bryson, of Stueben; and six grandchildren, Heidi and her husband, Jim Schellenger, Becky and her husband, Jeff Abner, Shawn Lundy and Michael Linhart, Matt Myers, Jason Myers and his wife, Caroline, and Ryan Myers. There are four great-grandchildren. He leaves two favorite sisters-in-law, Ruth Clark and Joan Clark; many nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Bob Lundy.
Visiting hours will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, August 9, at Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, August 10, at the chapel. Interment will be afterward at Hillside Cemetery, Huston Road, Gorham. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Allan's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. For online condolences, please visit www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com