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ANDOVER: Lauren Roy Dearborn, 92, a lifelong resident of 109 Elm Street, Andover, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Son of the late Roy S. and Florence (Curtis) Dearborn, Lauren was born in Andover where he graduated from Punchard High School in 1940, and after graduation, attended Essex Agriculture Institute. In his younger years, he was a member of the South Church on Central Street in Andover. Lauren worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard until May of 1942, when he enlisted to serve as a Seaman, First Class in the United States Navy during World War II. Lauren was stationed as a Gunner’s Mate at an ammunition depot in Perth, Australia and in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945. After the war, he worked at the Searles Estate in Methuen, and then for many years, at Bolton Emerson in Lawrence. After retiring, he worked at the Andover Savings Bank in Andover for another 10 years, from where he also retired. Valuing hard work, Lauren continued working until the age of 87 at Flowers By Steve in Bradford.

Lauren had spent time every summer since his childhood on Cape Cod in Brewster, Mass. He built his own wooden sailboat and loved to sail on Cape Cod Bay, on the many ponds and lakes of the Cape, and on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. He loved being home in his yard, working in his vegetable garden and splitting wood. Inventive and handy, he could often be found in his cellar workshop building things with wood and engineering ingenuous fix-it devices. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Lauren’s true devotion was to his home and his family.

Lauren was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy Austin Dearborn, with whom he had shared over 50 years of marriage; as well as his brother, Everett Dearborn of Andover. He is survived by his son, Paul Dearborn and his wife, Karen, of Kingston, N.H.; his grandson, Keith Martin; and great-granddaughter, Katherine Martin of Hampstead, N.H.; his son, Richard Dearborn and his wife, Patricia, of Andover; his grandson, Tyler Dearborn of Andover; and his granddaughter, Leah Dearborn of Rockport, Mass.; his daughter, Sandra Dearborn; and his granddaughter, Melissa Dearborn, both of Andover. He also leaves a niece and two nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the MGH Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, P.O. Box 55242, Boston, MA 02205-8098 or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building #9, Lawrence, MA 01843. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover. To send condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on  June 24, 2015
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