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Robert Upham Porter
August 3, 1929 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Robert Upham Porter, 94, of Dover, NH, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2023. He was born on August 3, 1929, in Newton, MA, to the late Stanley and Josephine Porter.
Robert, known for his quick wit and sense of humor, often thought he was the funniest person in the room. He had a caring nature and was always ready with a joke to lighten the mood.
In his personal life, Robert was survived by his brother Stanley Dean (late Janet) Porter Jr., sister Mary (late George) Gundersen, daughter Carol-Lee Porter, son Larry (Darlene) Porter, daughter Deanne (Spencer) Snow, son Scott (late Pamela) Porter, son Benjamin (Leila) Porter, daughter Katherine (Justin) Crocker, 18 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Stanley Porter, mother Josephine Porter, and brother John Porter. He is predeceased by his former wife Sally Strong, and is survived by his former wife Kathy (David) Cullen.
Robert attended Watertown High School in Massachusetts, a post-graduate year from Lawrence Academy, and later pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University. Later in life, Robert returned to study Art at the University of New Hampshire. This is where he honed his painting skills which we all have grown to love.
At the beginning of his career, Robert joined his father, Stanley, and brother Dean, to work for the family business - Porter Construction Company of Watertown, MA. They worked together in the family commercial construction business throughout the greater Boston area. Robert then went on to start his own business, Robert Porter Construction Consultant, and later ended his career as a Real Estate Appraiser for Watertown Savings Bank. Robert was an active member of the Watertown Rotary Club and served as a member of the Watertown Savings Bank board of trustees. He was dedicated to his work and made valuable contributions to the industry.
In his free time, Robert enjoyed being a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, pursuing his passion for painting, teaching Tai Chi to local seniors, and playing music. Robert’s two greatest passions were art and music. His painting was something that combined his love for being outdoors and expressing his creativity. He especially enjoyed gifting his art to those who surrounded him. Throughout his life, Robert played the sousaphone, piano, violin, guitar, drums, carillon at St. John’s United Methodist church, upright bass, and banjo, but his favorite was the piano. Robert was the constant entertainer to the senior residence he lived with at Wentworth Home which earned him the nickname “The Piano Man”.
Robert Upham Porter will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His legacy of laughter, kindness, and dedication will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.
A private memorial with friends and family will be held at a later date. Donations in Robert’s name may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 309 Waverley Oak Road, Waltham, MA 02452.