Robert Haas, 77: Local dentist who loved sailing, restoring cars

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YARMOUTH — Robert Haas, DDS, 77, of Yarmouth, died Nov. 3 at Gosnell House in Scarborough, surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Bronx, New York, the only child of Henrietta and William Haas.

Haas served in the Army as a medic, which he enjoyed very much. After an honorable discharge in 1966, he received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of West Virginia. Haas spent a year providing dental care in Virginia before moving to Maine, which was an attractive place to settle, given his love of the ocean and sailing. The summer before opening his practice in Yarmouth, Haas provided dental care for the Passamaquoddy tribe in northern Maine.

Before moving to Maine, Haas spent summers teaching sailing at a girls camp on Cape Cod, where he and his family spent many joyful vacations. In Maine, he looked forward to preparing his 27-foot sailboat, Barbara Ann, for sailing the Maine coast each summer with his family and friends.

Haas loved being able to give his patients the smiles they desired, especially the special Yarmouth children he served for many years.

He enjoyed reading about Civil War history and Abraham Lincoln. His hobbies included restoring old sailboats and antique cars, including his special 1950 MGTD. Haas also liked building detailed and intricate wood sailboat models from the 1800s, most of which he gave to friends.

Haas leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Barbara; a son, Jonathan; two daughters, Michelle Bullerwell and Katherine Dion; a grandson, Hunter; three granddaughters, Taylor, Holly and Chandelle; and a great-granddaughter, Avalei.

Haas’ family would like to thank Maine Medical Center, New England Rehabilitation Center and the Gosnell House.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 at Congregation Bet Ha’Am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Haas’ memory to: Development Office, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530.