Robert Gammons

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Gammons, Robert F.
World War II veteran, Robert F. Gammons, age 93, went home to be with the Lord on December 21, with his wife by his side. Son of Philip and Ida Smith Gammons. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Ohlin Gammons, predeceased by his beloved first wife Lois Bugbee Gammons. Survived by his three children, Richard A. Gammons, Douglas S. Gammons, Marjorie L. Flatley, and four beloved grandchildren, Michael Flatley, Catie Flatley, Brianna Gammons, and Victoria Gammons. He was born in Taunton, MA and grew up in Providence, RI, where he was active in Boy Scouts. Attended the University of Rhode Island where he graduated in 1942 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Joined the Army Signal Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was sent to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska working on radar sites at various islands. Discharged as a captain after 4 years.
He married Lois H. Bugbee after the war, and moved to Washington State where his daughter, Marjorie, was born. In 1953, they moved to New Jersey and joined AMF to work in military programs such as Tabs, Titan, Alts, and Minuteman. Next, he moved to ITT, where he worked for the office of the president and examined financial reports of the 200 subsidiaries of ITT (including Europe, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and other parts of Central America.) In 1970, he joined stock investment firm of Laird and Company and found himself at SS Pierce in Boston where he became president of SS Pierce and sold it 3 years later. He then moved to Handy and
Harmon in NYC as Vice President of precious metals, and was also president of the Consolidated Tubing and Wiring Form Company in Waterbury, CT. In 1981, he semi-retired and worked as Comptroller of Supermarket Services Company with headquarters in Westport, CT. He then fully retired in 1991.
He was a member of Saugatuck Harbor Yacht club where he was also Treasurer for many years; many called him the "Ancient Mariner." He and his family kept close to their boat, the Landfall, a 35 foot Chris Craft on A-Dock. His first wife, Lois died in 1992 and Robert married Phyllis Ohlin Beattie in 1999. He and Phyllis had the Lipitor Express, a 38 foot Viking on C-Dock, and they thoroughly enjoyed boating in retirement. It was Robert's main joy. Robert was famous for his thrift and was constantly turning out lights and turning down thermostats. While Treasurer of the yacht club, no Commodore ever dared suggest that the club spend money. Robert loved to debate with his friends and family, and was a lifelong advocate of the Republican Party. He also enjoyed fixing things and no one was ever certain whether he was happier up on the fly bridge steering the boat or down in the bilge fixing the engine. Without doubt his favorite activity was sitting on the back deck of his boat greeting people on C-Dock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Audio and Visual Departments of the Veterans Administration in West Haven.
Friends are invite to attend a funeral service Friday, December 27th at 10:00 AM meeting directly at Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Rd., Westport with the Rev. Alison Patton officiating. Interment will follow in Willowbrook Cemetery, Main St., Westport. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Rd. E., Westport on Thursday, December 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Gammons may be sent to the West Haven Veterans Hospital, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516 c/o the Audio or Visual Departments.

Published in Westport News from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2013
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