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Robert Wendell Haberman

June 23, 1927
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Robert Wendell Haberman

Robert W. Haberman, 90, a longtime resident of Tilton died Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia following a period of failing health.  Bob was born in Chelmsford, MA, June 23, 1927, son of Carl Ian and Lena (Parkhurst) Haberman.  He graduated from Lowell High School, class of 1945, and joined the Navy soon after. Bob then attended Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, where he received his Engineering education. His first job was at General Electric.

In Dec. 1953, Bob traveled to San Diego, California, intending to go into the painting/contracting business with his friend, Carver Tripp. There, Bob met his wife, Sylvia, in a paint store where she was in charge of the Western Union agency. They married 6 months later, on June 27, 1954, and were blessed to have nearly 64 years of loving marriage.  They have 2 daughters, Sue (husband, Robert Vanderbeck) of Nashua NH, and Wendy of Allendale NJ, and a son, Robert Jr. of San Mateo CA. Sue and Bob have 2 children (Quinn and Kim), and Wendy has 2 children (Jared and Ethan).

Their lifetime with horses began in 1958, starting 45 years of raising, breeding and showing horses. In 1970, they moved from southern California to Enosburg Falls, VT, purchasing a 200 acre farm, taking 6 horses with them.

Bob attended UVM and obtained his teaching degree in 1974, after which time he taught engineering classes, in junior/senior high schools for the next 8 years in VT. They moved to NH in 1977 where he taught in State Community Colleges in Claremont, Laconia and Manchester.

In 1985, they purchased a farm in Tilton. In 1988, Bob retired from teaching and put his focus into his horses and extensive community involvement, including the Tilton Planning Board. Bob was very involved with the United Methodist Church of Tilton where he sang in the choir, expressing his lifelong love of - and gift for - singing. The church and church-family have been very important to Bob and Sylvia throughout the years.

Bob was known to be a quiet and kind man with many attributes.   One of 7 children, Bob was predeceased by, sister, Beverly Haberman; brothers, Edwin, Donald and Burt Haberman.

He leaves his wife of almost 64 years, Sylvia (Hall) Haberman of Tilton;  Daughters, Sue Vanderbeck and her husband, Robert of Nashua, NH, Wendy Haberman of Allendale, NJ, his son, Robert W. Haberman Jr. of San Mateo, CA

4 grandchildren ; Brother, Warren Haberman of Raymond, NH

Sister, Carlene Buote of Dracut, MA

Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will not take place.   A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 A. M. at the T-N United Methodist Church, 400 West Main St., in Tilton.  A luncheon will follow in the undercroft of the church.

Bob will be interred at a later date at the New Hampshire State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.

It is the family's wish that, in lieu of  flowers,  memorial donations may be made in his name to:

T-N United Methodist Church,

P. O. Box 119

Tilton, NH 03276-0476.

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