Robert H. Anderson

Nov 18, 2020

Lincolnville — Robert (Bob) Howard Anderson, 90 passed away Monday, June 22, 2020, at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, following a very brief illness.

Bob was born in December 1929 in Waterbury, Conn. In his youth he resided in Maine on Indian Island and attended Old Town high school. He joined the Army, where he served as a paratrooper in Germany. Upon his return, he became active in his community of Pembroke, Mass. as a Boy Scout leader, and participant in town government. In 1965, Bob and wife, Jackie, bought the Indian Camp Basket Tent at Lincolnville Beach from his Penobscot Indian grandfather and operated the area's iconic landmark business until 1999. Never fully embracing the lifestyle of semi-retirement, Bob and Jackie continued their business in 2002, opening the Ducktrap Basket Shop at their home in Lincolnville, where it continued in operation until Bob’s passing.

Bob was an avid reader, energetic and colorful story teller and always eager to share his knowledge and many memories of his Penobscot Indian heritage. He was also very active in the Lincolnville community, participating in town politics and serving on the school board for many years. He will be sadly missed by family and friends, telling tales over dinner and a glass of wine, and sharing heartfelt laughs and tears through his many reminiscences.

He is predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Jacqueline Theresa Anderson, originally of Fitchburg, Mass., who passed away in April 2011. Sadly, his daughter, Lucy Sanel, of Plymouth, Mass. passed away Aug. 10, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.

Surviving are his daughter Karen (Anderson) Springford and her husband, Joseph Springford, of Newton, N.H., son, Steven Holohan and his wife, Jennie Holohan, of Vallejo, Calif. and son, Mark Holohan and his wife, Jeanne Holohan, of Winchester, Va.

There are no plans for a funeral or memorial service at this time. Donations can be made in the deceased’s name to the charitable organizations noted in the following tribute from Bob’s brother and sisters.

A Tribute:

Robert H. "Muskrat" Anderson (1929-2020)

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of our beloved brother, Robert H. "Muskrat" Anderson. Bob died unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Monday, June 22, 2020. He was an astute businessman, selling baskets and moccasins and earlier on, jewelry, in Lincolnville. Bob worried and cared for his siblings through the years, helping many of us achieve a life above the poverty line we were born into. He followed in the footsteps of our ancestors as a hard worker and passed on this trait to us. Bob was a proud Penobscot elder. He amassed a large collection of Penobscot baskets and implements and had an extensive museum in his home in Lincolnville. This collection will be safeguarded by the Hudson Museum. The collection will be returned to the Nation once a museum is made ready to accept and care for it. Due to the pandemic restrictions, there has been no wake, funeral or gatherings to celebrate Bob's life. There have been many inquiries where one may send a donation in Bob's memory. It is suggested that donations may be made to the Penobscot Nation Museum, 22 Wabanaki Way, Indian Island, ME 04468; any of the veterans organizations; or the charity of one's choice.

Bob will be sorely missed.

Bob's Sisters and Brother

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