AUBURN — Robert V. Connors, 75, of Lewiston and former Superintendent of Schools in Lewiston, passed away July 3, at Hospice House with his family at his side.
He was born in Gardiner, May 15, 1938, a son of J. Vincent Connors and M. Theresa Brunelle. Bob grew up in Lewiston, was educated in Lewiston schools and remained a lifelong and active resident of this community. Following his graduation from Lewiston High School in 1955, he graduated from The University of Maine at Orono in 1959 with a BA in history and government. He was also a distinguished military graduate of the ROTC program and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Bob was on active duty in the Army with the 586th Signal Co. from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1962.
He began his teaching career in 1962 as a teacher of history, government and geography at Lewiston High School and also served as an adult education teacher and principal until 1969. In 1966, he acquired his M. Ed. in school administration and in 1975 acquired his CAS in the superintendency, both from the University of Maine, then went on to get his MBA in 1989 from Nasson College. In 1966, he also co-authored, “A Text on State of Maine Government.”
From 1969 to 1973, he was principal at Montello Junior High School then went on to become principal at Lewiston Junior High School until 1974.
He became assistant superintendent of schools in 1974, and was promoted to superintendent in 1977, remaining in that position for 21 years until his retirement in 1998, the same year that he was honored as the Maine Superintendent of the Year.
Following his retirement, Bob served as interim superintendent of schools in Waldoboro, Lisbon, Bath and Sabattus. He was also appointed to the Lewiston Planning Board from 2002 to 2004. In 2004, he was elected to the Lewiston City Council for a two-year term. In 2011, Bob was elected as a write-in candidate for the at-large seat on the Lewiston School Committee from which he resigned in March of this year due to declining health.
His professional memberships during his career included AASA, MSSA, MEA and upon retirement was a member of MAR and MEA. He also participated as a past member of the Accreditation Team, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at University of Maine at Portland-Gorham, Past Governor — Maine Sunday Telegram/Bangor Daily News Spelling Bee for Androscoggin County, Past Presenter — Junior High School Curriculum Revisions at Long Conference in New York City, a past member of the Youth Commission for the city of Lewiston and served as a Maine Labor Board Fact-Finder representing the employer in several labor contract disputes.
Bob was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, where he was a eucharistic minister, reader and served Mass. Upon the closure of St. Patrick’s Church, Bob became a communicant at Holy Family Church, also in Lewiston. He served on the Diocesan School Board.
Among his favorite enjoyments were his annual family vacations at Pine Point, his grandchildren’s academic achievements and sporting events, traveling, reading, playing cards and cooking. Most of all, Bob loved having his family nearby at his and Janice’s home.
Bob was a loving, devoted and hard-working husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be dearly missed.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, the former Janice Dehetre of Lewiston, whom he married on June 20, 1964; two daughters, Maureen Poussard of Lewiston and Eileen Belleau and husband, Stephen, also of Lewiston; seven grandchildren, Preston Poussard and wife, Kristin, Cameron Poussard, Garrett Poussard, Hillary Poussard, Heather Pease, Lauren Belleau and Maggie Rose Belleau; one great-grandson, Corbin Poussard; one sister, Margaret Ann Balzano of Bristol, R.I.; two brothers, Patrick Connors and his wife, Constance and Maurice Connors and his wife, Robin, all of Manchester, Conn.; two brothers-in-law, Richard Dehetre and Laurier Dehetre, both of Lewiston; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a great-granddaughter, Riley Rose Poussard.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Mahesh Pandey and his wonderful staff at St. Mary’s Oncology Unit, the staff at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice House for their care and compassion, Dr. Kenneth Brodsky, Dr. Roger Austin and Dr. Paul Mailhot.
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