Robert F. Demers of Tewksbury passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was the husband of Juan Alvarez, and they would have celebrated their 25th anniversary next week.
Bob was born on October 2, 1953, son of the late Andrew M. and the late Virginia (Morris) Demers. He grew up in Lowell and attended the local schools. After graduating high school he went on to UMass Lowell where obtained his Bachelor’s of Science of Psychology in 1976, and later to Rivier College for his Masters of Science, Computer Information Systems, in 1994.
He had a long career spanning many aspects of technology and database services, beginning in 1978 working as a Skills Training Director for the Medford C.E.T.A. Program, then to Wang Labs in Lowell as a programmer. He worked in data collection for the Lawrence Public Schools and as a Senior Programmer and Analyst for Northeastern Mortgage Company and First State Management Group. He also worked as a consultant for Computer Management Science Inc. and as a systems manager for First State Management Group, as well as a Database Administrator for Beazley USA, and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the ANF Information Technology Division.
While working in technology he also served as an adjunct professor for the University of Massachusetts, Lowell from 2001 until 2017.
After his retirement from technology, Bob obtained his real estate license and worked as a real estate salesperson for several years. He also served on the Tewksbury Board of Registrars and the Tewksbury Housing Authority.
Bob was a very generous man, and whenever he could he would help his favorite charities, including Easter Seals, Friends of the Tewksbury Library, All Saints Church Food Pantry, TMHS PAC, Parkinson’s Foundation, American Cancer Society, Betterworld.org, Movember, The USO, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northeast Association of Realtors School Supply Drive, Harbor To The Bay, Super Lincoln’s 3rd Brain Tumor, Realogy Charitable Foundation, Tewksbury Community Pantry, American Cancer Society and of course Wreaths Across America.
In addition to his husband, Juan Alvarez of Tewksbury, he leaves his siblings Andrew M. Demers and his wife, Marlene, of Hudson, FL; Andrea M. DeAngelis and her husband, Michael DeAngelis, of Lowell; Frederick J. Demers and his wife, Donna Demers, of Tyngsborough; Virginia M. Shay and her husband, Richard, of Dracut; Maryann Doster and her husband, James, of Tyngsborough; and James M. Demers and his wife, Tammy, of Lowell. He also leaves his sisters-in-law Jane Murphy Demers of Dracut and Fiona MacDonald of Tewksbury. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Edward Demers, Jennifer Demers, Karen Barry, Robert Silva, Sara Anderson, Thomas Doster, Christina Demers and Alexander Demers, as well as many friends.
He was the brother of the late G. Phillip Demers and Ruthann Demers.
You are welcome to attend his memorial calling hours on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland St., Lowell, Mass. 01852. McDonough’s can be reached at 978-458-6816 or http://www.mcdonoughfuneralhome.com.
His funeral service will take place privately. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his memory to the Tewksbury Community Pantry, 999 Whipple Rd, Tewksbury, Mass., 01876.