Robert A. Sawyer

August 5, 1935 ~ July 22, 2020 (age 84)


Robert A. Sawyer, 84, of Andover, MA, passed away June 22, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late Harold and Irene (Curtis) Sawyer.

Raised in Lawrence, Robert was a graduate of Lawrence High School class of 1952, Gordon College, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served as a minister at United Presbyterian Church in Clinton, MA and Central Congregation Church in Lynn, MA and worked as a Youth Director at Christ Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.
As an educator, Robert taught high school history in Weymouth, MA and served as a school psychologist in Haverhill, MA. 

Robert is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Joan (Cipolla) Sawyer; son, David Sawyer and wife Amy of Winchester, MA; daughter, Alison Fox of Wilmington, MA; his sister, Carolyn Aitken and husband William of Lexington, MA; brother, Warren Sawyer and wife Joan of Swampscott, MA; and his grandchildren, Natalie and Dillon Fox, and Michael, Emma, and Eva Sawyer. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

The true essence of Robert was that of a philosopher. His favorite places on earth were Alton Bay, NH, Jackson, NH, and Ogunquit, ME. His true passion was writing about family systems therapy. His greatest attributes were his adventurous spirit, humility, kindness, and boundless love for his family, especially for Joan, his loving wife, caregiver, and soulmate. We will all miss him so very much.       

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St. Methuen. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


July 27, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cataudella Funeral Home
126 Pleasant Valley Street
Methuen, MA 01844

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