Robert W. Kerwin

May 15, 2018
Robert Kerwin

Spruce Head — Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, 80, also of Andover, Mass., died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, May 6, 2018, after enjoying a Saturday evening of dinner and happiness with his wife, Lorraine, and neighbor friends.

Born in Lynn, Mass., Feb 23, 1938, he was the son of Dr. Elmer E. and Marjorie B. Rowe Kerwin. He grew up in Lynnfield, Mass., and was a graduate of Wakefield High School.

He graduated from Massachusetts College of Optometry Aug. 29, 1962.

Soon after earning his doctorate of optometry, he had a private practice, and was known as Dr. Robert W. Kerwin, O.D. in Andover, Mass., for 50 years. He retired Nov. 28, 2014.

An ardent history buff, he was also an automotive aficionado. He loved fast toys, be they boats, snowmobiles or cars. He spent many hours on Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire.

For more than 30 years, he enjoyed Rackliff Island at Spruce Head, where he built a summer home.

He married Lorraine C. Maxwell at Rockport Sept. 3, 2005. In March of 2017 the Kerwins made Rackliff Island their permanent home.

Bob, as he was known to his friends and family, also loved animals. Over the years he had several beloved golden retrievers. In later years, he loved his cats, especially the one who came to his door at Halloween, which he named Treat. For more than 15 years, Bob enjoyed a unique relationship with a seagull he named Ralph, who was a frequent visitor to the Kerwin home, where he enjoyed being fed and talked to by his good friend, Bob. Bob even considered Ralph’s comfort in any exterior modifications done to the Kerwin home.

Bob was a member of the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Masonic Lodge.

Other than his parents, Bob was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of their daughter, Susan Kumph Kerwin. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of Spruce Head; his daughter, Sandra Kerwin Smith, and her husband, Richard; two grandchildren, Shelby Kerwin Smith, Austin Robert Smith all of Sandown, N.H.; a stepson, Scott Maxwell, and his wife, Antonella, of Salem, Mass.

Rather than participating in a formal service, Bob’s family requests that friends remember him by enjoying a quiet time or special place of your choosing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.

Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland. To share a memory or story with the Kerwin family, visit their online Book of Memories at

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