CANTERBURY - Robert E Dustin, 77, of Asby Road, died June 17, 2014, at the CRVNA Hospice House in Concord following a nine- month battle with cancer. He was born in Pittsfield, the son of Thomas B. and Thelma (Knudson)Dustin. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1954 and UNH in 1958. He spent his entire 40-year working career in the mutual savings bank industry, culminating with his election as president and CEO of the N.H. Savings Bank and the N.H. Savings Bank Corp. in Concord. He also attended the Brown University School of Banking and the Harvard Business School of Advanced Management Program. He served the community in many ways: trustee of Concord Hospital, past-president of the Concord Lions Club, director of The American Red Cross, The United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and the Concord Boys and Girls clubs. He was a member of the Capital Regional Development Corp., serving as treasurer and president and a 30-year member of the Passaconway Club.
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He was a 50-year member of the Corinthian Lodge, F&AM in Pittsfield and later joined the Bektash Temple Shriners, where he marched with the Drum & Bugle Corps, banging his snare drum in parades throughout N.H., the U.S.A. and Canada. He was proud of his membership in the Court of Royal Order of Jesters, where he hosted the Annual Pig or Sirloin Roasts for many years.
He is survived by his wife Millie (Lewis) Dustin of Canterbury; a son, Thomas and wife Tammie of Concord, and a daughter Jayne Dustin of Franklin; two grandsons Jason and Michael Babson and two granddaughters, Lauren and Lindsey Dustin; two brothers-in-law Henry Stapleton of Gilmanton and Arnold Lewis and wife Mary of Creyahoga Falls, Ohio; a sister-in-law Faye Letendre of Ellsworth, Maine; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Dustin and a sister, Marjorie D. Stapleton.
SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Wednesday June 25 at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, Main St. Pittsfield. The Rev. David Stasiak, pastor, will officiate. A collation will follow in the church vestry. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: Bektash Shrine, Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301 or to CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH.
The Perkins & Pollard Memorial Home, Pittsfield is assisting with arrangements.
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Perkins & Pollard Funeral Home
60 Main Street Pittsfield, NH 03263
Published in Union Leader on June 19, 2014