, Newburyport, MA

July 31, 2013

Robert Whitney Loveland

Newburyport, MA — Robert Whitney Loveland, 77, died Saturday, July 27, after a long illness.

Bob was born in Dunnellen, N.J., on March 2, 1936, and was the son of the late Robert Loveland and Aletha (Whitney) Loveland. He attended Susquehanna University, where he expressed his talents as a musician, playing trumpet, and as a practical joker, leading to an incident in the president’s office, which led to his attendance at the Maritime Academy, although an injury caused his withdrawal before receiving a degree.

After a varied career, Robert worked for many years at the Massachusetts Welfare Department in Salem and Haverhill. In his younger years, he enjoyed sailing, and volunteered many hours teaching swimming to children with disabilities. He lived his life intensely and will be remembered, in part, for creating a forest of sunflowers each summer.

He leaves his daughters, Lisa M. Bouvier and her husband, Gerry, and their children, Emily and Alexandra (Ali), of Amesbury; and Melanie Loveland Hale and her husband, Matthew, and their children, Lauren and Matthew, also of Amesbury; a sister, Jackie Thompson and her husband, Bill, of Kennebunk, Maine; and two brothers Peter Loveland and his wife, Kathy, of Marblehead, Mass., and Donald Loveland and his wife, Anne, of California and Massachusetts; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary V. Loveland.

Robert’s family thanks the staff of Country Manor in Newburyport for their kind and dedicated care given to Robert, and the many volunteers and visitors who imparted their individual acts of kindness and love.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service for relatives and friends will be held Friday, August 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery, Haverhill Road, Amesbury. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.