Robert B. Allan, 90

Robert B. Allan

Robert B. Allan

NORWAY — Robert B. Allan, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Stephens Memorial Hospital of complications from multiple sclerosis.

Born in Westbrook on Dec. 22, 1922, 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 WWII, 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 especially 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!

Following 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 Veterans’ Home in South Paris. Robert was a member of Harmony Lodge #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 Gaouette of Harrison and Nancy Bryson of Steuben; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the chapel. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Huston Road, Gorham. For online condolences, please visit www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Allan’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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