Amherst, N.H. – Robert L. Gauvin, 76, a native of Marlborough, was called to be with the Lord Jan. 15, 2013 at the York, Maine Hospital, following a long illness.
The son of Leon and Blanche Gauvin, he attended Marlborough schools and was a graduate of Northeastern University. He was a member of the Nashua, N.H. Artists Association, Saco Bay Artist Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Great Works Land Trust in Ogunquit, Maine.
He was the husband of Janeane M. (Schiavone) Gauvin, and was active in many artists associations and Wells Public Library fund raisers. Following a career with Arthur D. Little Company as a draftsman, he became an AUTOCad instructor at Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School in Marlborough, until his retirement in 1995. He and his wife lived in Amherst, N.H., and owned Cricket Corner Herb Farm there prior to moving to Wells.
Robert was a gentle man with remarkable inner strength, a loving husband, a great Dad, a retired teacher and lover of good food. He was one who overcame his fear of needles and, a New Englander at heart, he was a watercolorist, gardener, Red Sox fan, kayaker and an animal lover. He was a friend to many, a man of many baseball caps, and one heck of a cribbage player. He will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
Besides his wife, Janeane, he is survived by a son, Robert Gauvin of Ayer, MA; daughters Nancy and her husband, William, of Merritt Island, FL., and Susan and husband, Jeffrey of Sylvania, OH; step-daughters Shawna Penders of Northborough, MA; Courtney and husband Louis Shanks of Charlestown, MA;? a sister, Lorraine Cormier of Midland, MI; nine grandchildren, Andrew, Marc and Katie Buonanna, Carlisle and Danielle Gauvin, Sammy and Max Moore, Liam and Eli Patraick Shanks; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert's family is very grateful for the kind and wonderful care given by York Hospital ICU Unit. There will be service of remembrance in August 2013 for family and friends.