CHARLTON: Robert B. Dannies, 94, of 88 Masonic Home Rd., died Sunday, June 24, in his home after being stricken ill. His wife Nancy (Harper) Dannies died in 2008.
He was a former longtime resident of Hingham, MA, Madison, NH, and Sedona, AZ.
He leaves 2 sons, Robert Dannies Jr. and his wife Priscilla of New Haven, CT, John (Jeff) Dannies and his wife Kim of Burlington, VT, 2 daughters, Rev. Mary Gustafson and her husband Ray of Southbridge, Martha Gribos and her husband Frank of Hingham, 7 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was born in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Frederick and Mae (Bowen) Dannies. As a youth he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where a plaque denotes his election as 1939 Man of the Year. He was a member of the #1-ranked Pitt football team and played in the 1938 Rose Bowl. He was drafted by the NFL Chicago Bears but chose not to play professional football.
He worked 43 years in sales for Bethlehem Steel and retired as manager of the New England Sales Division Boston office.
He enjoyed traveling, wood cutting, golfing and reading.
His funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, with his daughter Rev. Mary Gustafson and Rev. John Lindsay officiating, in James C. Nicoll Chapel at Overlook Masonic Healthcare, 88 Masonic Home Rd, Charlton, MA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church, PO BOX 685, Southbridge, MA 01550 or Madison, NH Public Library, PO BOX 240, Madison, NH, 03849 or Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, PO BOX 808, Hudson, MA 01749-0808.
Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge, is directing arrangements.