Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 14, 2013

Robert C. O'Handley, 70


Andover — Bob O'Handley, 70, of Andover died peacefully Saturday, March 9, surrounded by his loving family.

He inspired all with his compassion, enthusiasm for life, and endearing sense of humor. He was a successful scientist and teacher and, most important to him, a loving husband and a hands on dad and papa. As one of his four year old granddaughters said, "Everyone loved him. He was a great Papa."

Growing up in a Navy family, Bob lived and traveled around the world. His life's path was further nurtured during his nine years as a Marist brother. In 1969, he married Carol Delaney and they lived in New York, California, and New Jersey before settling in Andover in 1981. Bob taught and did research at MIT for 27 years. He loved teaching and respected and cared for his students. He delighted in playing the piano and spending time in Maine at the lake. He considered it a gift to have time to do more spiritual reading since retiring.

Besides his beloved wife, he is survived by his devoted children and their spouses, Kevin and Jen O'Handley, Meghan and Kevin Ring, and Kara and PJ Johnson; his adoring grandchildren, Molly, Jack, Maggie, Caden, Logan, Lexie, and Kaylie; his caring sisters and brothers, Jack O'Handley, Betty Amer, Jan Mackell, and Tom O'Handley; his step-mother, Caroline O'Handley; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

We are so grateful for being so well loved by him, but saddened by the thought of life without him.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St,. Andover. His funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Parish in Andover followed by burial in Spring Grove Cemetery also in Andover.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Lazarus House, 412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, would be appreciated.

For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.