Robert Sherman Lovewell died peacefully on Monday, March 1, at Glencliff Home, Glencliff, N.H. of complications from recent surgery. He was nine days shy of his 73rd birthday.

Born in Hanover, N.H., Bob lived in many different places, but always called Edgartown his sanctuary and home. The Vineyard is where he spent his summer childhood, swimming, sailing, fishing and recreating with a close net of friends and his extended family.

He was a talented and gifted young man, having received merit scholarship awards at Wellesley High School and recognition beyond for his academic achievements. He graduated there in 1967. He was a consummate jazz saxophone player, loved literature and wrote poetry along with other creative outlets throughout his life. In college he studied in France. He loved chemistry and was fluent in its many intricacies.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971.

Unfortunately, mental illness and struggles with severe schizophrenia following college graduation, prevented his reaching further for a normal life. The disease was his internal struggle and it followed him for the rest of his life. Despite the challenge, he cultivated many friends and was an active Mason, a member of the Free Masons Columbian Lodge.

He volunteered for nonprofit organizations in the Concord, N.H., area. He had many short-term jobs. As a spiritual person, he was often called upon to share his biblical knowledge and faith. All the while, he continued to come to the Vineyard to spend time with his beloved and loving family.

He was predeceased by his parents John S. Lovewell of Edgartown and Beth Davis Lovewell of Wellesley. He is survived by his siblings Deborah Lovewell of Wellesley, Mark Alan Lovewell of Vineyard Haven, Frank S. Lovewell of Edgartown and Jack Lovewell of Kunkletown, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews and a large extended family, scattered across the country.

A private graveside celebration of his life and service will be held at the family plot at Westside Cemetery in Edgartown at a later date.

Donations can be to Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, N.H. 03301.