Robert Ashley Whitehead, 87, died April 8, 2010.

He was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Belfast, a son of Walter and Edna Whitehead. Robert grew up in Belfast, and graduated from Crosby High School in 1941. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1942 and immediately joined the Navy and served during World War II.

Robert married Sally Smardon, his high school sweetheart, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29, 1944. Robert and Sally returned to Belfast, where he owned and operated Whitehead’s Clothing Store until 1972. Then he joined the sales force of Emery Waterhouse Company. Robert and Sally retired to Florida in 1985. They returned to Belfast in 2006.

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Sally; a daughter, Susan Page, and her husband, Terry, of Marlboro, Mass.; two sons, Vaughn and his wife, Sharon, of Valrico, Fla., and Robert and his wife, Barbara, of China; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Robert’s life Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in the Baxter Room at the Residence at Tall Pines, 24 Martin Lane, Belfast.

The family has requested that any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 170 Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

On-line condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.