Rockport — World War II veteran Robert E. Dawson, 88, husband of Charlotte (Pool) Dawson of Estero, Florida and formerly Rockport, Mass., passed away on December 18, 2012 surrounded by his family.
He was born to William and Mae (Deyo) Dawson on April 2, 1924 in Norwalk, Conn. Most of his youth was spent in Old Greenwich, Conn., until he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He proudly served with the Navy for six years during and after World War II. He received 15 of the 19 battle stars issued in the South Pacific during the four years he was a crew member of the U.S.S. Santa Fe, which became known as the “Lucky Lady.” Until his death, he attended most of the annual reunions of those men who served on the U.S.S. Santa Fe. He also served on the U.S.S. Houston, U.S.S. Fargo and U.S.S. Missouri and attended advanced fire control school in Washington, DC after the war.
Upon discharge, he owned and operated the Old Greenwich Taxi Company. After moving to Rockport, he became an electrician and worked in Boston, for 32 years wiring many of the city’s commercial buildings. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 103 and retired in 1984.
Bob had a deep faith and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rockport, where he taught Sunday School, served on the Administrative Board and the Board of Trustees. He belonged to the Edward Peterson Post 98, American Legion of Rockport. He was a former member and treasurer of the Gloucester Power Squadron. He was also a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels.
Bob will be remembered for his incredible work ethic, integrity and character. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to his family, a neighbor or a stranger. He had sparkling blue eyes and a wonderful sense of humor, which delighted his daughters and grandchildren. One of his greatest passions was dancing with his wife, Charlotte (an MGH nurse, who he met during a stop in the port of Boston) to the sound of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and the Big Bands. He was an avid golfer, Red Sox and Patriot fan. He also loved to paint and carve with wood. In recent years, his favorite pastimes were swimming as well as walks with his wife through Estero and Rockport. His greatest joy was being a husband and a dad, family came first.