Robert Hankey

May 5, 1925December 23, 2012

WELLFLEET - Robert Gordon Hankey, 87, died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 23rd. Born in Gilbertsville, NY, Robert served as a Navy photographer during World War II. He was a long-time resident of McLean, VA, while working as a federal employee in Washington, DC. He retired to Wellfleet, where he was active in town government for over 30 years, and frequently worked the polls on election days. He was appointed to the by-law redrafting committee, the charter review committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was devoted to the preservation of open space and the environment. He was a founding trustee and President of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, a founding member of the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, and a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. Robert spearheaded the effort to create the Wellfleet Harbor Area of Critical Environmental Concern. In 2012, He was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the town's Fourth of July parade. A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring/summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, PO Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667.


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Neil Ross

February 17, 2013

One of the last great gentlemen I've ever known. He was a good friend for years, and inspired me with his love of the sea, his expansive love of books and his capacity to recount a memory or tell a story with passion..He had impeccable taste in music and the art, and a fervor for grass-roots government which shaped me. He was a surrogate grandfather to my children who will always hold them in their memories with eidetic detail. One can never replace people like Robert, only enjoy the consolation that they never really die. He was a wonderful man, and I will miss him greatly.

Paul Murphy

January 18, 2013

I will truly miss Bob. I had the pure pleasure of working with him for many years while he was a member of the ZBA. He was an absolute gentleman, and I was always glad to see him. Wellfleet has lost the finest kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Kent Kelley

January 11, 2013

While most will remember Robert for his activism and concern for Wellfleet, I feel fortunate to have spent time relaxing and talking with him over a beer. He was a walking history lesson and he had a great sense of humor. I will greatly miss those days at the Colony.

Mary Tefft & Kent Kelly

January 9, 2013

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Doug Bennett

January 5, 2013

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Robert was kind and highly intelligent man, impassioned. He cared deeply about others, and was committed to his town, friends, neighbors and the social and environmental issues that were important to him and the Town of Wellfleet. He always took time to stop and chat, ask you about how you were doing, and showed an honest concern and interest in others. He set the bar impossibly high for the rest of us. It was an honor to have known him, spent time with him, and to have been his friend and neighbor.

Doug Bennett & Bob Airosus

Bruce Bierhans

January 5, 2013

Bob will be sorely missed by all of Wellfleet.

Edward Miller

January 3, 2013

A wonderful neighbor who worked hard for Wellfleet and for the integrity of the land. I feel privileged to get to know him.

Ryan Mann

January 2, 2013

I very much looked up to Robert. His dedication to land conservation was amazing. He will be greatly missed.

Ryan Mann

January 2, 2013

I very much looked up to Bob. His dedication to land conservation was amazing. He will be greatly missed.

Jean Sagara

January 2, 2013

Robert was such a very nice man.....we extend our sincere condolences to Eleanor and their family.

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