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Dancer, Robert W.

Robert William Dancer, a longtime resident of Dover, died Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at the Staley Tippett House in Needham after a long illness.  He was 91.  Robert was born June 8, 1918 in Boston, Massachusetts, the last surviving child of Andrew W., and Florence (McDowell) Dancer.  He was the brother of the late A. George Dancer, Andrew Dancer, Ada Dancer, and Mary McGowan.  Robert was a member of the Merchant Marine during World War Two.  He retired in 1980 after working for 40 years as a carpenter for the carpenter’s union local #67.  He was the beloved and generous uncle of 6 nieces and nephews, and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.  Private burial will be in Dover Cemetery in Dover, Mass.  Please omit flowers by Robert’s request.

Guestbook Entries

  1. David MacDonald
    June 26th, 2009 | 12:17 pm

    I will always remember Bobby fondly. He always was there to assist my Dad (Arthur). The gleem in his eyes told the whole story. He will be missed.
    Dave MacDonald

  2. Lynn A. Dancer
    June 26th, 2009 | 1:30 pm

    I will miss you Uncle Bob ~ you are with your parents and siblings now as I know you have very much missed them. Lots of Love, Lynn your beloved niece.

  3. Andrew Dancer, III
    June 27th, 2009 | 1:15 pm

    My life has an empty place in it now. Thanks Bob for all the time and love you gave so generously to me and my family.

  4. peter albertini
    June 28th, 2009 | 10:34 am

    To Andrew Dancer ,3rd and family. I remember Bob and your dad fondly. It is truly the passing of an era for your family and for the town. They are at peace now-may you and your family also be. Peter Albertini

  5. Jay Dancer
    July 1st, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    Bob gave me my first job as his assistant finishing a porch with lattice work. He also told me my first dirty joke: “Why don’t trains ever get pregnant? – They always pull out on time.” He also scared me half to death at the window each night I stayed with my grandfather. He would stand in the window till I noticed him out of the corner of my eye and then give a yell. I will miss him, but I know he will live on because the Boogey Man will never die!

  6. Craig I. Dancer
    July 2nd, 2009 | 12:04 am

    We have many fond memories with Great Uncle Bob. I think he taught us simple 5 card draw one time, just to let us win, so he could give us some change. He often let us pick vegetables in his garden, just to pay us and let us keep them anyway. The list goes on and on from our summers spent in dover with Grandpa, Ada, and Bob. He will be missed and remembered with a smile. Im drinking a “Snifter to you Bob!!”

  7. Heather Hodgson DePaola
    July 7th, 2009 | 9:28 pm

    Sorry to read about your uncle’s passing. It has been nice talking with you at the Playroom.
    Heather & Mckinlee

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