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Robert A. Demers, 65, formerly of Andover, Mass., and Sunapee, N.H. died on April 17, 2016 at Newton Wellesley Hospital following several years of declining health. Bob was born in Lawrence, the son of Robert and Barbara (Ferrier) Demers on December 6, 1950. Bob was predeceased by his parents as well as two siblings including his sister, B. Elaine (Demers) Jop and brother, Theodore “Teddy” Demers. Bob grew up in the Ballardvale section of Andover. He graduated from Andover High School in 1969 where he was very active in sports including Football, Hockey and Track and Field. He loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. He enjoyed fly-fishing, cooking and watching the PAT’s and Bruins. He spent many hours on hikes and drives in the White Mountains. Bob started his work career at Western Electric then became Service Manager at Lee Industrial Welding, Freightliner of New Hampshire, in both Londonderry and Lebanon, N.H., and at Patsy’s Auto Body and & Alignment in Concord, N.H. He was well respected by his customers. Bob made New Hampshire his home from 1975 until 2005 in Atkinson, Sandown and Derry. Later he moved to Sunapee then North Conway. Bob spent the last six years of his life at the Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Lowell, receiving quality care from their devoted staff. Despite his illness, he created a jewelry workshop in his room, keeping busy with beading while singing along to the tunes on his Bose stereo. Bob is survived by his sister, Dianne Demers Rein of Manchester, N.H. and his son, Christian A. Demers formerly of Sunapee, N.H. and currently of North Bethesda, Md. and daughter in-law, Bridget (Buckler) Demers. He is also survived by his former wife and forever friend, Darlene Peterson Behrens, Sunapee, N.H. In addition, Bob leaves a large extended family and many friends. Please join us for a Celebration of Bob’s Life on Saturday May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Andover on 6 Locke St. To find directions visit www.UUAndover.org. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To send a message of condolence to the family please visit www.burkemagliozzi.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests or Goshen, NH Fire Department.
Published on  April 28, 2016
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