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Roger Wayne Washburn

Roger Wayne Washburn, 84, beloved husband of Ann (Saunders) Washburn of Walnut Road, Hamilton, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in the arms of his loving wife. He was a dedicated and caring husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and friend to many.

Roger grew up in Hamilton, and graduated with the class of 1952.  He went on to serve in the Korean War and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

He received both his Bachelors and Masters degree in Education from Salem State College and taught for thirty years in Hamilton Public Schools. He enjoyed great camaraderie with fellow teachers. He encouraged students to be their best in the classroom and on the playing fields where he was a firm and fair coach for junior high football, basketball and baseball teams.

When not teaching, Roger and Ann spent many summers working at Craigville Conference Center on Cape Cod where, in addition to being “summer” parents to the many college students who staffed the center, Roger served on the boards of the Craigville Cottage Owners Association and Parks and Roads and had the honor of being Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade in the village. Roger was a member of the American Legion A. P. Gardner Post 194 in Hamilton and a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton for more than sixty years where he served as Trustee, Administrative Board member, sang in the choir and played in the church golf and softball leagues. His church family, especially the Tuesday morning work crew, was near and dear to him.

He was a humble and genuine person whose purpose was to love and serve others. He often said “Life has been very good.”

In addition to his wife he is survived by his two daughters, Kelly Washburn of West Yarmouth, and Karen Tyner and husband Jeffrey of Beverly; three granddaughters and a great grandson: Macayla Washburn and son Javeon of West Yarmouth, Carolyn Tyner and Olivia Tyner of Beverly.   He is also survived by his sister-in-law Eleanor Washburn of Hyannis; brothers Thomas Sinkiewicz of Mountain View, CA, and Robert Sinkiewicz of Ipswich and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Arthur Washburn and sister in law Lee Cochrane.  He will be deeply missed by all his friends and family.

A celebration of his life will be held 11am Monday July 1 at First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, followed by internment with Military Honors in the Hamilton Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Sunday June 30 from 2 to 5 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in Roger’s memory can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA  01982 or CCMA (Christian Camp Meeting Association), 39 Prospect Avenue, Centerville, MA  02632.

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