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PostHeaderIcon ROBERT H. BRITT of AMHERST, February 4, 1936 – December 28, 2023

Robert H. Britt passed away peacefully on December 28, 2023, with his daughter by his side, after a period of declining health. Bob was born on February 4, 1936 to Mildred (Pratt) and William Britt. He spent his earliest years in Pelham, where he had a beloved pet goat, before moving to Amherst where he later met and married Roberta Hebert. Roberta died on August 9, 2022. They raised three children together in Amherst: Aaron (Cathy), Sharon (Dan), and Shawn (Dawn). Bob was very proud of his children’s educational and professional accomplishments as well as those of his grandchildren Lindsey (Eric), Danielle, and Christiane who were his pride and joy.

 

In his younger years, Bob worked in construction, laying foundations for area homes, and paving local streets and sidewalks. In later years he worked in maintenance at Amherst College. Bob enjoyed going to the Hinsdale, NH racetrack, watching his children and grandchildren play soccer, taking long walks (a habit he continued until the very end), and getting thin crust pizza from Aqua Vita in Hadley. He liked going to the 3 County Fair to see the horses and even ride the big slide in a burlap sack with his granddaughter Lindsey. He would gladly pet sit for his family and cherished the time spent with their animals, including his daughter-in-law’s ponies whose photos he kept beside his favorite chair.

 

Bob believed in staying physically active, but when he wasn’t moving he was listening to music, especially Emmy Lou Harris, Willie Nelson, and other country and folk favorites, or watching movies from his extensive collection. Bob was an encyclopedia of knowledge about his favorite music and movies. He enjoyed concert movies as well as attending live shows at The Iron Horse, Calvin Theater, Pearl Street and Pines Theater, which was something he often did with his daughter.

 

Bob was predeceased by his parents, his nephew Peter Russell, his niece Laura Ann Britt, his brother Jim, and an infant son Joseph. He is survived by his children and grandchildren, brothers Don, Paul, Larry and sisters, Connie and Shirley. The family is grateful for the warmth and kindness Bob was shown in his final days by the staff at Fisher Home. Although he was often uncomfortable receiving gifts, he very much enjoyed gifts given to charity in his honor, so the family requests that anyone who is so moved make a donation to the Amherst Survival Center (amherstsurvival.org), Hospice of the Fisher Home (fisherhome.org) or to a local animal rescue organization. Friends and family are invited to join us celebrating his life by attending visiting hours on Wednesday, January 10th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, Ma.

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