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Robert E. Dyer

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Published in Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel on July 16, 2023

BENTON – It is with great sadness we announce that Robert E. Dyer, “Bob” “Bobby”, 73, passed away peacefully with family by his side at Inland Hospital on July 4, 2023, after a three-year battle with ALS (“Damn Yankee” disease as he called it). Bob never asked “why me” but just asked “why” and stated he was not afraid of death but instead was going to miss his loved ones and friends when he was gone.

Born on Feb. 11, 1950, in Fairfield, son of Frederick and Mary Madeline (Tobey) Dyer, he was one of five children with two sisters and two brothers. Bob attended Fairfield schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1969; he also graduated from Unity College in 1973 where he earned his bachelor’s degree.

Bob was an inquisitive child, sharing many stories of lighthearted mischievous times with childhood friends, especially longtime pal Charlie Pomeroy. He was a passionate sports fan with his early years working in the P.A.L. program while attending college. Bob coached baseball, basketball and football for his sons. He impacted many young lives while coaching kids within the community and would transport them to/from their practices and games to make sure they could attend. In the fall, Bob could be seen in the end-zone on Friday nights at Lawrence High football games rooting on his favorite Bulldogs. In 2022, he received the “Bulldog Pride Award” for which he was humbled and extremely proud.

Bob worked at Huhtamaki for 43 years. He appreciated his time there and took great pleasure in entertaining/needling his co-workers; Bob had many jokes to share with his extremely playful banter. He was an avid golfer enjoying his time with his friend Jeff Beeh at Cedar Springs in Albion, playing with his sons/grandkids or playing in league play. During his retirement, Bob took up pickleball and enjoyed the people he met at the Alfond Youth Center.

He was a loving husband and a wonderful dad to his three sons, of whom he was very proud. His grandchildren were the light of his life and any time he got to spend with them was very special to him. A gentle soul, he cared about people, greatly loved his family and deep down enjoyed the company of others.

Bob was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Peter; his mother-in-law, Hilda Seeley; his brother-in-law, Edward Moffitt; and lifelong friend, Charlie.

He is survived by the love of his life for 52 years, Susanne (Seeley) Dyer; his father-in-law, Roland Seeley; his children Kevin (Tammy), Kelly and Kasey (Jenny) Dyer; sister, Jane Moffitt, sister, Nancy Simpson (Bob) and brother, Ron Dyer; his grandchildren Alli (Connor) Tulley, Kaden Dyer, Haylee and Lillyanne Dyer, Gracelyn Dyer, Cody (Summer) Grenier, Kayla (Jeff) Duprey, and Ryan Gagne; great-grandchildren, Reese Tulley, Gavin and Aubrie Grenier, and Paisley Duprey. Bob also had many aunts, uncles; cousins; nieces and nephews who were very special to him.

The immediate family would like to thank his sister, Nancy, brother-in-law Bob, sister, Jane, brother, Ron, brother-in-law, Calvin Seeley and brother-in-law, Ralph Seeley, for assisting him over the last year; your efforts, attention and love for him were greatly appreciated.

A heartfelt thank you to Peanut and Kathy Buck, Brenda MacArthur and the many others who filled his final days with love and laughter.

The family would also like to thank Dr. Doreen Ho and her staff at Mass General Brigham along with Dr. Tamara Schwartz and her staff at Maine Medical, for their understanding and compassion in support of Bob’s care.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Waterville Elks Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Bob was dearly loved and will be forever missed.”

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Compassionate Care ALS in his memory.