Robert L. Dwyer Sr.

June 5, 1944January 9, 2019

Robert “Bob” Linwood Dwyer, Sr. 74, of South Main St. Auburn died Wednesday January 9, at Massachusetts General Hospital with loving family at his side. Born in Lewiston on June 5, 1944, Bob was the son of the late Cecil and Eleanor (Newcomb) Dwyer.

Bob married his true love, Anita, on March 22, 1969. Together Bob and Anita shared 50 years of joy, heartache, laughter, and tears, remaining side by side through it all. Bob worked for Akers & Chrysler as a carpet salesman from 1969-1986 and then for RLH Flooring with his son Richard until 2000. Bob then worked for the Auburn School Dept. until 2009. After leaving the Auburn School Dept. he went to work with his wife and daughter at Mammy’s Childcare and Preschool. He loved working so closely with his wife and daughter and caring for the kids who affectionately called him “Grampy”.

Bob was a former member of St. Louis Church and was now attending Sacred Heart Church. He loved caring for his dog Lilly and rooting for the Patriots. He treasured his special trips to Canada with Anita. Bob’s true joy in life was family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching them to drive, shaking his head while listening to their stories, and rolling his eyes at their silliness. An amazing husband, father and grandfather, he will forever be in our hearts.

He is survived by his wife Anita Dwyer of Auburn, his five children: James and wife Lise of Lewiston, Laurianne and husband Scott of Monmouth, Michael and wife Michelle of Poland, Tammy of Auburn and Robert and wife Shannon of Brookline, NH, 15 Grandchildren: Tanley, James, Scott, Shannon, Sarah, Sierra, Haley, Lacey, Logan, Sydney, Joseph, Amanda, Mindy, Robbie and Jake. He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Eleanor, his brother Howard, and his son Richard.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mass General who cared for Bob during this difficult time. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Robert’s life by visiting his guestbook at

At Robert’s request there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday Jan. 15 at 11 am at Sacred Heart Church. Committal will be held in the spring at Pine St. Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial donations in his memory may do so to The Mass General Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.


  • The Mass General Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114


  • A Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Robert L. Dwyer Sr.

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Caitlin Anderson

January 14, 2019

I was one of Bob’s nurses at MGH. I took care of Bob often, and got to know both him and his family very well. Through my time spent with Bob and the Dwyer family, I was able to learn and bare witness to how much this family cares for one another. It was my true pleasure to be a part of Bob’s care team and get to know the man everyone loves so dearly. My deepest condolences to all.

Jen Poliquin

January 14, 2019

Aunt Anita and Uncle Bob are like second parents to me. We spent almost every day either at their house or at the camp. Every important childhood memory has them in it. I remember Uncle Bob quietly watching tv as Robert, Nicole and I played whatever crazy game Robert came up with. I’m sure we drove him crazy but he never said anything. I am sad that he won’t be here to joke around with my dad or offer him advice on whatever my dad brought home from garage sales. I will miss him forever but I take comfort in knowing that he’s in heaven watching over us quietly. I love you Aunt Anita and Uncle Bob.

Lisa Dixon

January 13, 2019

Uncle Bob was one of the nicest people I have ever known. One of my favorite memories as a child was going over to my aunts and uncles house at Halloween. Us kids had so much fun! We bobbed for apples, laughed and played games. My uncle had a camper way in the back of their huge yard and he would let us kids play back there for hours. It was so much fun! As an adult each and every time I would see Uncle Bob he was always gentle, sweet and kind. My father had a stroke several years ago and my uncle was there for him at the hospital. That meant so much to my dad. His quiet gentle spirit brought peace to my dads hospital room. It is so apparent how deeply he was loved and how deeply he loved. May the grace of God bring you peace at this time. I'm so sorry.
In Christ,
Lisa Dixon

Donna Bretschneider

January 13, 2019

Peter and I are very sorry for the loss of your father, Robert and Shannon. May you be comforted by God's love and all the wonderful memories of Bob. Prayers and love for you and the family.

Crystal Hotham

January 13, 2019

Just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jimmy. So sorry for your lost.

Vicki Levesque

January 12, 2019

Jimmy, Lise ,James, and Anita. I.m am so sorry to hear of Bob,s passing, I enjoyed working with him at the school department for many years, He always had a great personality.. He was one of my favorite guys who helped us in the lunch program. Jim I miss working with you and am sending prayers for you and your family, God Bless. Vicki Levesque

Patty Dwyer-Sharpe

January 12, 2019

Uncle Bob, I wish we had been closer through the years. I know you were a good man with a big heart. I had always hoped my dad could have been more like you. Aunt Anita my heart goes out to you and the family during this time of loss! You had so many years together and were truly soul mates! My prayers are with you 🙏🏻

Celina Gauthier

January 12, 2019

Bob was a good man. He was always willing to help me or my kids out. He was a great role model for my kids and all the children that attended Mammy's Daycare and Preschool. Grampy will be sadly missed. He is in our thoughts and prayers along with his family.

Mike Perron

January 12, 2019

Bob was like a Father to me and a friend. He always had a way of making me laugh no matter what. A true one of a kind. I am so happy I got to spend precious time with him before he was ill we had a ball as usual. My heart goes out to the whole family. Your all the Best Family one could have!

Mike Perron
God Bless