Robert T. Lawrence

May 18, 1931 - Feb 1, 2017

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Brewer - BREWER - Robert "Bob" T. Lawrence, 85, passed away on February 1, 2017, with his family by his side. Bob was born on May 18, 1931, in Hampden Highland, ME. He was the son of Roland and Theo (Spaulding) Lawrence.
Bob grew up in Hampden and was a graduate of Bangor High School class of 1949. He joined the US Army in 1952, and that year met his future wife, Bettie Anne Armstrong, of Staunton, VA. They married in 1959, and were happily married for 52 years. In 1966, they built their Brewer home where they raised 3 children and resided for the remainder of their lives.
After serving two years, stateside, during the Korean War, Bob received his BS in Accounting from Husson College in 1958, and Masters of Business and Economics from University of Maine at Orono in 1965. He received his CPA certification in 1959.
From 1958 to 1964, Bob was a CPA for Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte) in Providence and Boston. From 1965-1969, he served as CFO of Bangor Punta Corporation with offices in Bangor, Boston and New York City.
In 1970, he left the corporate life to become a self-employed CPA; a career that served him well until his retirement in 1994. In addition, in the early 70's he taught accounting classes at Husson College and University of Maine.
He was an avid reader of The Wall Street Journal for over 58 years. In his final years, he anxiously awaited his daily beloved paper. His interests were varied and often resulted in new friendships. In the 70's, he took up bicycling as a form of exercise and travel excursions including memorable bike trips in Europe. He was an avid outdoorsman with particular interest in bird and deer hunting, as well as salmon fishing. He loved maps and discovering US Geological Survey markers throughout the state. An accomplished canoeist, once retired, he became an enthusiastic kayaker, exploring the many ponds and rivers of Maine. Bob and Bettie enjoyed tending their gardens, his vegetables and hers flowers. He was an avid reader and history buff, especially Maine history and World War II. He loved all animals with a special fondness for his Brittany Spaniels, Pat and Sarah.
Bob was a member of the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor and a Brother of Mystic Lodge #65 A.F. & A.M. in Hampden.
His loving wife, Bettie, predeceased Bob. He is survived by his son, Stephen and fiancée, Susan (Murray) of Hollis Center; son, Kenneth of Bangor; and daughter, Amy and her husband, Stephen Greene, of South Boston, MA.
A spring interment will be announced at a later date held at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta, Maine.
Those who wish to remember Bob in a special way may make contributions to Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401 or Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.
Published on  February 4, 2017
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