Robert C. Andrews, 83, of Mashpee died Saturday, February 13, at JML Care Center in Falmouth. He leaves a sister in Falmouth, Ann Pearl Sylvia.
He was the husband of the late Emily (Steere) Andrews of Oak Bluffs, to whom he was married 48 years.
Born in Oak Bluffs on Thanksgiving Day, he was the son of Edwin and Valerie (Czajkowski) Andrews.
He was raised in the Vineyard Haven home that his father hand-built during the Great Depression. He attended Tisbury public schools and graduated from Fitchburg State Teacher’s College with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1959. He returned to teach at the newly opened Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.
After he and Ms. Andrews were married in 1960, they moved to Chelmsford. Dr. Andrews earned his master’s in education from Northeastern University in Boston in 1965 and his doctorate in education from UMass Amherst in 1984.
He was a professor of industrial arts and technology at Keene State College for 33 years, serving as dean of graduate studies and program development and director of teacher education.
He and Ms. Andrews co-managed the Sandy Island Family Camp of the Greater Boston YMCA on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for 13 years. Later they returned to Martha’s Vineyard with their sons to build a cottage in the woods next to his family homestead.
In West Keene, the family attended St. Margaret Mary’s Roman Catholic Church where Mr. Andrews served as a lay minister and choir director. They later moved to Surry, New Hampshire, where they designed and built a custom home surrounded by views of the village and Ashuelot River valley. There he served as selectman for nearly a decade. Upon his retirement from Keene State College, they moved to Mashpee.
In addition to his sister, Mr. Andrews leaves two sons, Michael and Peter Andrews of Hayward, California; a grandson Benjamin Andrews and great grandson Noah Andrews of Portland, Oregon.
He was predeceased by a son, David Andrews; and a brother, Edwin Andrews Jr.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday, February 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Algonquin Avenue in Mashpee.
A Mass will be celebrated at noon at Parish of Christ the King in Mashpee.
Burial will be at 1 PM, Friday, February 19, in Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury.