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Steen Allyn, 88
YARMOUTH - Robert 'Bob' Steen Allyn, 88, died peacefully Friday evening August 16, 2013 at the The Cedars in Portland from prostate cancer.
Bob was born on Oct. 26, 1924 in Philadelphia, Penn., the middle child of Henry Gregory Allyn and Frances Steen Allyn. Bob grew up in Framingham, Mass. attending Rivers School and working as a counselor at Camp Chewonki during the summer. He graduated from Princeton University in 1946 and served in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII. After the war, he completed a Masters in English at BU and began teaching at Choate School. During the summer(s) he led tours of Europe for young adults, crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth.
In 1953, he met his future wife Nancy Tyler (daughter of Richard and Dorothy Tyler) and they were married in Falmouth on July 2, 1955. The couple moved to Maine in 1963 when Bob became Assistant Headmaster at NYA. In subsequent years, Bob worked as an investment broker, teacher at YHS, and for Maine Surgical Supply Co.
Bob enjoyed life for the simple stuff - time with family (especially hymn sings on Orrs Is. or any athletic event involving his grandchildren), tennis, ice cream at any time or playing bridge until any hour, greeting and making a friend of any dog, Ivy league football, singing, and trips to the dump to find wood for kindling to create gifts for friends and neighbors. For years he sang in the Yarmouth Congregational Choir and was a member of the Yarmouth Men's Club.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years Nancy; son John and his wife Gail of Yarmouth, daughter Dorothy 'Dee' Packer of Devon, Penn., son Robert Jr. 'Tad' and his wife Kate of Seattle; sisters Eleanor Birkinbine Marcy and husband Tyler of Brewster, Mass. and Margaret Sammons and her husband Robert of Orrs Island; grandchildren Megan, Andrew, Brian and their mother Rebecca Richards Allyn of Cumberland, Elizabeth and Eric Allyn of Seattle, Tyler, Benjamin, and Emily Packer and their father Kevin of Wayne, Penn., Megan's husband James Smith, Gail's daughter Kaitlynn Saldanha, Tyler's fiancé Kelly DiSerafino and their daughter Lucia; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bob's two brothers, Herman and Henry Jr., a daughter Amy and a grandson Matthew preceded him in death.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of The Cedars, Hospice of Southern Maine, and Dr. Richard Marino for their excellent care of Bob and support of his family.
Arrangements provided by Wilson's Funeral Home Gray. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church at 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, #l
Scarborough, ME 04074 or at
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 20, 2013