Robert W. Sterling
Monday, November 11, 2002
HENNIKER - Judge Robert W. Sterling, 88, died Saturday at the Hospice House in Concord. The son of Weldon and Aura Mae (Crooker) Sterling, he was born in Hillsboro and moved to Henniker in 1932. He owned and operated the Sterling Exxon Garage in Henniker from 1946 to 1982. He was also an associate judge from 1951 to 1963 and a presiding justice in Henniker District Court from 1963 to 1984, and was one of the last lay judges in the state.
He also served as treasurer of the Henniker Cemetery Association from 1951 to 2000. He was a member of the Henniker Congregational Church; a 55-year member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge No. 42 F&AM in Henniker, now the Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 38 in Hillsboro; a district deputy, grand master, grand lecturer and past high priest of the Scottish Rite and the Royal Arch; a past commander of Philbrick Clement American Legion Post No. 65 in Henniker and Weare for 50 years; and a past patron of the Portia-Henacon Asteria Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star in Henniker and Hillsboro.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Sterling of Goffstown and William Sterling of Plymouth; three daughters, Linda Killian of Middlesex, N.J., Susan Emery of Henniker and Kathleen Hadley of Henniker; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. His wife, Ercel (Hall) Sterling, died in 1998, and a daughter, Bonita Sterling, died in 2000. Calling hours will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3 Hall Ave., Henniker.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Henniker Congregational Church. The Rev. Dr. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Henniker New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the C.R.V.N.A. Hospice House, P.O. Box 1979, Concord 03302.
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