Robert P. Buchanan

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AUBURN – Robert Porter Buchanan, 92, died on Jan, 1, at Hospice House, after a slow decline in health.

Bob was born on May 15, 1914, in Auburn, and was the second oldest of four children born to Arthur Perry Buchanan and Adelaide Vaughn Porter Buchanan. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1932.

He met his wife, Doris Mary Bragg, in the late 1930s, when they were both working in food service at the Hebron Sanitorium. After their marriage in 1940, they owned and operated the Norway Diner in Norway. They also farmed and grew food to supply the diner. After selling the diner, they moved to Auburn. He worked at Philip Elmet in Lewiston. He retired in 1976, after more than 25 years.

He and Doris lived in the house he built for them at 37 Garfield Road for more than 50 years. They enjoyed vegetable gardening and many people will remember buying vegetables from their porch.

They moved to Schooner Estates in Auburn three years ago. He continued to garden there, until he was 90 years old. He was fond of camping and fishing and shared these outdoor experiences with his wife and two daughters, when they were young.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris Buchanan; two daughters, Mary Ellen Markey of Chelmsford, Mass. and Kathleen Thomas, and her husband, John, of Damariscotta; three grandsons, Robert F. Erickson Jr. of Scituate, Mass., Jess Markey of Chelmsford, Mass. and William Berube of Carrabassett Valley; one great-granddaughter, Emma Leigh Berube; his siblings, Francis (Buck) Buchanan, and wife, Dorothy, of Auburn, Barbara Jackson of Portland and Marguerite (Mudge) Heisterman of New Jersey; and by many nieces and nephews.

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