WELLFLEET - Robert Gordon Hankey, 87, died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 23rd. Born in Gilbertsville, NY, Robert served as a Navy photographer during World War II. He was a long-time resident of McLean, VA, while working as a federal employee in Washington, DC. He retired to Wellfleet, where he was active in town government for over 30 years, and frequently worked the polls on election days. He was appointed to the by-law redrafting committee, the charter review committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was devoted to the preservation of open space and the environment. He was a founding trustee and President of the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, a founding member of the Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, and a founding member of the Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. Robert spearheaded the effort to create the Wellfleet Harbor Area of Critical Environmental Concern. In 2012, He was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the town's Fourth of July parade. A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring/summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, PO Box 84, Wellfleet, MA 02667.