Robert Merriam Hooper
Searsport - Robert Merriam Hooper passed away in his home after a long battle with kidney cancer on November 29, 2019. Robert will be remembered for his fiery personality, strong work ethic, and his love of Maine and Penobscot Bay. Robert was born in Ellsworth on February 21, 1947, to Kenneth Charles Hooper of Sedgwick and Grace Louise Hooper (nee Merriam) of Thorndike.
Robert grew up in Belfast and graduated from Crosby High School in 1965. Robert was a varsity football player and golfer for the Crosby Lions. After high school, Robert played semi-professional football in Connecticut for the Meriden Shamrocks and worked for Pratt & Whitney. He returned to Belfast to marry Iris Rose Hughes in September 1967, and raised two children (Jennifer Margaret Hooper b. February 13, 1968 and Benjamin Robert Hooper b. September 22, 1971) in Belfast and Swanville. Robert completed a two-year program at Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment and worked for St. Regis (later Champion International and International Paper) in Bucksport for nearly 40 years. In addition to his work at the mill, Robert was an avid hunter and lobster fisherman who could navigate Penobscot Bay and its many islands from memory.
When his children were young, Robert planned their summer vacations at Swan Lake or exploring the islands of the inner and outer bay, including his favorites: Pond Island, Ram Island, Butter Island, and Isle au Haut. In Belfast, Robert volunteered as a pee week football and little league coach and sat on the MSAD #34 school board for a number of years. While raising his family, Robert found little reason to leave his beloved home in Maine unless it was to take them to see the Boston Red Sox or the New England Patriots play or to snowmobile in Quebec with his son; brother, Kenneth; and assorted friends.
In 2008, Robert married Lois Hall and they split their time between Maine and North Port, Florida, where Robert loved to golf and fish. With Lois, Robert learned to enjoy travel and they toured much of the United States and Europe before Lois succumbed to Wegener's Disease in May 2014. Much to Robert's surprise and delight, he met Paulette Vance in July 2015, and they were married at his daughter's house in West Cornwall, Connecticut in October 2017, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Although their time together was much too short, Paulette made the last years of Robert's life happy and filled with love. Robert was an archetypal "Mainer" who loved football, golf, and snowmobiling, almost as much as he loved bragging about his children and grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife, Paulette; his four brothers; Kenneth Hooper, Michael Hooper, Dennis Hooper, and Timothy Hooper; his sister, Katherine Raymond; his half-sister, Debra Forti; daughter, Jennifer Selendy; his son, Benjamin Hooper; his nieces, Suzanne Hooper and Linda Hanusek; and his six grandchildren, Alexander Hooper, Maximilian Selendy, Liam Selendy, Marina Hooper, Benjamin Augsburg Hooper, and Matthew Hooper.
A celebration of life will be held from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on 2020-01-11 at Captain Nickel's Inn, 127 East Main Street, Searsport, ME, USA.
Published on December 1, 2019


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Don and Becky Bouchard
Jan 11, 2020
We are so sorry to learn that we have list a good friend and neighbor. We will miss you Robert and all our special times together! There are so many neighborhood stories we dont know where to begin. So glad your kids are remembering you on this special evening at Captain Nickels. Rest in piece Bob. We hope your family finds comfort in all their special memories with you!
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Jan 07, 2020
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Mike Hustus
Dec 16, 2019
So sorry to hear this . My condolences to all of the family . Bob will be missed .
Ed Nason
Dec 05, 2019
Played many rounds of Golf with Bob. He will be so missed at Country View in Brooks.
Jodi Hollandsworth
Dec 05, 2019
Dear Paulette and family,
I thought if Robert as a brother right from the begining. I loved to listen to him tell stories as he would get tickled and start laughing....and leave you waiting! I loved his lobster casserole . I will miss cooking for him. He was so sweet with Reba and Lucy. I dont think I was ever in his company that he didnt speak of someone in his family. He was so proud of you all and always had a story to tell. I will keep each of you in my daily prayers as I know this is a difficult time for each of you. MAY GOD BLESS YOU !
Marilyn Tanguay
Dec 04, 2019
I will miss you Robert .my utmost sympathy to Paulette and family
Heidi Hayes
Dec 04, 2019
Paulette you are in my hesr & my prayers! I am so sorry for your loss my precious friend.
Much love,
Heidi, Charles & Dogs
David Elsberg
Dec 03, 2019
I'm very sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Art Greenlaw
Dec 03, 2019
Bob/Bobby (as he was known in school) was a year a head of me at Crosby. As such he was in my brother’s class and was someone you couldn’t miss! I have many memories of the 1964 football season in particular. My condolences to the family and Godspeed, Robert!
Alan Davis
Dec 03, 2019
My condolences to your family. You are in my prayers.
Todd and Evie Piker
Dec 02, 2019
It is hard to express the full impact for us in saying goodbye to Robert. We have been in his orbit for at least 20 years and will miss his infectious friendly smile and heartfelt concern for our well-being. He became such a welcome fixture at the West Cornwall Selendy gatherings--birthdays, marriages, holidays and sometimes just plain, old casual get-togethers. I loved listening to him talk about his semi-pro football days. He gave off such a powerful and classic vigorous vibe of 20th century man--humble and smart and bursting with energy. We want the whole family--Jenny, Philippe, Max and Liam, Iris and Dennis, Ben Marina Augie and Belle and Matthew, Paulette and the puppies, all of the ...brothers and sisters--to know we too will miss the friendly glint in his eye that he had for those he knew were part of his inner circle. We are proud to have been included there and are grateful to have spent some meaningful moments with him and those he loved.
Rest in Peace Robert!
Todd and Evie
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