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Andover and Tewksbury - After a long struggle with respiratory illness, Robert (Bob) Harold Henderson, 90, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Brookdale North Chelmsford, MA
Born in Haverhill to the late Renwyck W. and Ola C. (MacLeod) Henderson, Bob was raised on the family farm in West Andover, graduated from Punchard Free School in 1947 and attended Essex Agricultural School in Danvers. He owned a carpentry business, Fitzgerald, Henderson and Porter with two of his brothers-in-law before going into business on his own. He and his wife Jan, bought and renovated a 135-year old house in Ballardvale, taking it down to the studs where they found the bark was still attached. He lived in Andover until moving to Tewksbury in 1998 where he made many new friends in his retirement and tended the flower gardens at Eagles Landing. After his retirement, he continued to work with wood and his tools, making hundreds of wooden toys that he sold at church fairs and gave as gifts to family. He thoroughly enjoyed playing golf and for many years oversaw the golf program for the Andover Senior Center where he also helped start the Fix-It program.
He attended Andover Baptist Church for many years where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, was a Deacon and church moderator.
He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Janice W. (Humphrey) Henderson of Tewksbury; his son W. David Henderson and his husband, John Hatch of Trenton, NJ; step-daughters, Judi Easley and husband Charles of Derry, NH; Donna Morse of Methuen; step-son, Robert Whitton and wife Roberta of Wheatland WY; grandchildren, Andrew and Sarah Easley, Devin and Nicholas Vandenberg; siblings, R. Donald Henderson, June Fitzgerald, Alan Henderson, Linda Schena, and Jane Lesiczka and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard A. Henderson

Private services were held at Conte Funeral Home Andover and burial at Spring Grove Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 290 Merrimack Street, Suite 242, Lawrence, MA 01843 or the charity of one's choice.
Published on June 6, 2019
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