Carlson Orchards co-owner, lifelong resident
Robert Carlson. (Courtesy photo)
Robert Carlson, one of the three iconic Carlson brothers who made Carlson Orchards what it is today, died on April 24, 2021.
Robert grew up in Harvard at the farm his parents began, which he immediately had a love for. He was schooled in welding, then more importantly, he received his commercial driver’s license and “drove truck” for Carlson Orchards for over 50 years, seven days a week. He delivered cider and apple products to Boston Market, to other farms, and to roadside stands, often with his daughter in tow.
He developed many friendships through the years along the way, from Maine to Virginia. Robert loved trucking and his family business. He took great pride in the quality of the products they all worked so hard to produce.
Robert will always be remembered for his sense of humor (Dad jokes), catalog of stories, kindness, work ethics crucial to him, and the beautiful orchard his brothers continue to sustain.
He is survived by his brothers, Franklyn (and Sheila), and Bruce, of Harvard, whom he worked with, side by side, all their lives; his two sisters, Hilda of New London, New Hampshire, and Sandra of Wilmot, New Hampshire; and his wife Elizabeth (Sissy) of Harvard. He is also survived by his daughter Katherine, of New Orleans; stepsons Sam and Nate of Harvard; nieces Katie, Emily, Jessica, and Tracy; and many, many, loving longtime coworkers, friends, and extended families. He was predeceased by his best friend, Andy Burnham, and his stepson Jeremiah.
There will be a celebration of Robert’s life on Thursday, April 29, at Carlson Orchards Cider Barn, from 6 to 8 p.m. Please come and share stories of Rob’s amazing life.
The family is thankful to the staff at Emerson Hospital, sixth floor, and extends a huge heartfelt thanks to Care Dimensions Hospice in Lincoln. The staff provided extraordinary care and comfort to Rob and his family; the family is forever grateful.
Donations may be sent in Robert’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (www.michaeljfox.org).