Robert "Bob" Anastasoff

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SACO - Robert "Bob" Anastasoff, of Saco, 77, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Jan. 28, 2019, due to complications of Parkinson's Disease. Bob was born in Biddeford, to George and Jeannette (Tremblay) Anastasoff. He attended local schools in Biddeford, graduating valedictorian of the Saint Louis High School, class of 1960. He was editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, and also the president of his class all four years. Bob graduated Magna Cum Laude from Providence College in 1964, with a Bachelor of Arts in math from the Liberal Arts Honors Program. He attended Boston College Graduate School towards a Master of Science degree, while teaching math in the Boston school system. In 1975, he earned an MBA from the University of Southern Maine, Summa Cum Laude, while working full time. Bob worked at General Electric in Somersworth, N.H., from 1966 to 1970, as a Computer Operator, Programmer, then Systems Analyst. Bob then began his long career at Union Mutual (Unum) in 1970, as a Systems Analyst. Within a year, Bob was promoted to Market Research Analyst and pioneered competitive intelligence strategies across various departments in that role from 1971 to 1984. From 1984 to 1993 he was a Manager of marketing and new products. In his final years at Unum he returned to research, as a Senior Research Analyst. Bob took early retirement from Unum in 1999, after 30 years of service with the company. He had a wide circle of friends and colleagues through Unum, and went on to serve as the Unum Retirees webmaster and newsletter editor. In retirement, he learned programming languages to develop websites. Through his company, CyberResearch, LLC, he was webmaster for several organizations' sites, including St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Cape Elizabeth, the Cape Elizabeth High School Music Boosters, and his Stonegate neighborhood association. Bob loved taking trips with his wife, Bren, to different destinations including Rome, Paris, Alaska, and Istanbul, especially if it meant finding a new ice cream place. Despite being a shy, quiet man, Bob had a dry, quick wit, and even the ravages of Parkinson's Disease did not diminish his ability to land the perfect one liner. His sense of humor will live on in many cherished anecdotes among friends and family. Bob enjoyed Jeopardy! and he loved his cats, Simon and Sallie, and watching birds in the backyard. He was a member of the Saco Bay Gardening Club, and attended Parkinson's Support Groups.Bob was proud of his Franco-American and Macedonian heritages and did extensive research on his Macedonian grandfather's history.He leaves behind his immediate family, including his dearly beloved wife of 38 years, Brenda (Soucy) Anastasoff, of Saco; daughters, Justine Anastasoff of Manchester, N.H. and Jenny Anastasoff of Portland, son Jason Anastasoff of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and sister, Lorraine Knight and her husband, Larry of Berwick.The family wishes to thank the kind and attentive SCU staff at Southern Maine Health Care, as well as his Comfort Keepers' caregivers. Friends and family are invited to attend a time of visitation on Friday Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cote Funeral Home 87 James St., Saco. A funeral service will be held on Saturday Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main St., Saco. Interment will immediately follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco. On-line condolences can be given to the family at www.cotefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Maine Parkinson Society MaineParkinsonSociety.org359 Perry RoadBangor, Maine 04401

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Cote Funeral Home
87 James St
Saco, ME 04072
(207) 284-4464
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 3, 2019
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