Robert H. Buchanan, 97 of Andover passed away peacefully on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at Mary Immaculate Nursing Center, Lawrence. Mr. Buchanan was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Bob served with The US Army Air Corps during WW II. He completed his cadet training with the Air Corps and received his credentials as a pilot, and for many years and before his retirement, he was a captain as a commercial airline pilot.
Bob was a member of North Reading Masonic Lodge, AF & AM of North Reading. He was a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine of Wilmington and was a tuba player with the Shriners Band. Bob also played Tuba with the Wakefield Retired Men’s Band. He was a member of the Essex County Bee Keepers Association and enjoyed making maple syrup and honey in a sugar house that he built on his aunt’s property in Mount Vernon, NH. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada as well as Sunday drives to his aunt’s home. He and his beloved wife loved to travel and especially enjoyed a cruise to Alaska and trips to Scotland, Hawaii and Bar Harbor, Maine.
Bob leaves his wife of 70 years Edith B. (Dunlop) Buchanan, his son James Buchanan and his daughter Jeanine Labrecque and her husband David Labrecque and David’s children Michael and Jessica Labrecque and his grandson Brandon Hamilton and his wife Tyfany Hamilton and Brandon’s mother Eltye Hamilton. He has 2 great grandchildren Arya Hamilton and Easton Hamilton. Bob also leaves one brother Frank Buchanan, a niece Bonnie Little and a nephew Roy Buchanan. He also leaves extended family in Canada and was predeceased by his son Ronald Buchanan.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday September 18, 2021 from 11 am to 12:30 pm at the Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. Funeral services will follow the calling hours at 12:30 pm on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, PO Box 1525, Ranson, WV 25438. To leave an online condolence, please visit Bob’s tribute page at www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com.
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