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ANDOVER: Peter “Sonny” Robertson Jr., 81, passed away on March 25, 2015.

His final days were spent at home surrounded by family. He was a resident of Andover for 48 years.

Peter was born on April 4, 1933, in Hartford, Conn., to the late Peter Robertson Sr. and Sarah (Johnston) Robertson from Scotland. He grew up in Irvington, N.Y., graduated from Irvington High School in 1951, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Science from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. Between his freshman and sophomore years, he joined the U.S. Air Force, served three years of active duty in England and achieved the rank of Airman, First Class. After his service, Peter returned to Auburn and completed his education on the G.I. Bill.

Peter began work at Union Carbide in Tarrytown, N.Y., as a research scientist, and in 1967, transferred with the company to Massachusetts as a sales consultant to the leather and shoe industry. He was employed as an Environmental and Production Engineer by Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Lawrence, for 15 years before his retirement in 2000. After his retirement, Peter enjoyed part-time work as a security guard at The Andover Companies in Andover.

An avid reader, Peter had a keen interest in military history. He enjoyed first-hand accounts of WWII and had a love of aircraft. At the age of 16 years, he obtained his pilot’s license and flew sea planes on the Hudson River. Peter’s service with the 84th Bomb Squadron at Sculthorpe Air Force Base in Norfolk, England, fueled his lifelong passion.

Peter was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Barbara R. (Muskewicz). He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer J. of Stratham, N.H.; his son, Peter III of Andover; his sister, Ruth and her husband, John “Jack” Ayres of Woodridge, N.Y.; and his grandson, Peter IV of Andover.

A private service will be held. Memorial donations in Peter’s name may be made to The Salvation Army, 250 Haverhill St., Haverhill, MA 01840, https://donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org or Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805-0105, www.Lahey.org/donate. Condolences may be sent to www.PollardFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, Inc., 233 Lawrence St., Methuen, MA 01844.
Published on  April 1, 2015
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