Mr. Robert Edwards Hartford

  • Born: May 10, 1927
  • Died: August 29, 2019
  • Location: Richmond, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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RICHMOND – Mr. Robert Edwards Hartford, 92, of Richmond, beloved husband of the late Barbara (Scully) Hartford, died Thursday, August 29, 2019 at his home.

Born in Lewiston, Maine on May 10, 1927, he was the son of Louise Jamison who passed when he was two and was reared by Abbie and William Hartford. He was educated in Portland, Maine and was a graduate of Portland High School.

He served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps and was stationed in Guam following the surrender of Japan, earning an honorable discharge in 1947. Bob was grateful for the G.I. Bill and attended Colby College graduating with a bachelor's degree in English.

Bob was an Investment Officer in the insurance industry for many years. He was associated with the John Hancock Insurance Company of Boston for over 20 years and spent the final years of his career with Berkshire Life Company. He possessed a deep love of his profession and was continually increasing his knowledge of investment markets and trends.

A life-long learner, Bob was an avid student of history and retained a passion for the markets and anything that might impact the economy throughout his life. He was a quiet, gentle soul, with a curious intellect and big heart. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who continuously had family at the center of his life. He will be remembered as a gentleman, with sustained mental agility, both fiercely independent and self-sufficient.

Bob is survived by his son James and his wife Elizabeth (Dewire) of Duxbury, his daughter, Sarah Carroll Hartford and her husband Frank Fahy of Albuquerque, NM, his grandchildren, Hannah, Eliza, Abigail, Samuel, Katherine and Elizabeth, and his great-grandchildren, Harper Louise and Theodore Robert. He was pre-deceased by his long-time companion, the late Joan McFalls.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to Robert's memorial service which will be held in the First Parish Duxbury, Unitarian Universalist Church, 842 Tremont St., Duxbury, Massachusetts, Saturday, December 14th at 11 A.M. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Bob's memory to the Hiram Village Cemetery Association, c/o Priscilla Howard, PO Box 92, Hiram, ME 04041. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I always loved Uncle Bob's gentle spirit and deep wisdom. Visiting his home was a peaceful oasis from my busy, noisy family home. I modeled my own home life as an adult after the Hartford home.

Posted by Peggy Crawford - Mulberry, IN - Family   December 12, 2019

Our dental office in Pittsfield will truly miss Mr. Hartford. He was quite possibly the classiest gentleman of all of our patients. We wish we could encounter many more like him. We can all learn to be better people by following and emulating his mannerisms and conduct. Dr. Steven Cella and staff

Posted by Steven Cella - Pittsfield, MA - Acquaintance   November 21, 2019

What a beautiful obituary and tribute to a wonderful Uncle. We love and will miss him. Love, Mickey

Posted by Mickey Riendeau - Barrington, RI - Family   September 10, 2019

Bob was a cherished friend to the Stowe family. He will be dearly missed. With love and sympathy to his family.

Posted by Barbara Stowe - Topsfield, MA - Family Friend   September 09, 2019

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