Deceased August 14, 2016
After a lifetime of doing the Lord’s work, Bob was called to his heavenly reward last Aug. 14 in Cromwell, Conn. A New Englander all his life, he was born in New Hampshire but grew up in Torrington, Conn.
Bob came to Amherst in 1943, was a member of Alpha Delt and got in two semesters before joining the Calvary and served two years in the army. He was a math major but also a minister’s son, and he then went to Hartford Theological Seminary to determine if ministry was his calling.
One of the best results of his seminary years was that he met his future wife Fidelia. They were married in 1951 and both were later ordained. He served as pastor at three locations: the First Congregational Church in Baraboo, Wis., for five years; the Congregational Church United in Branford, Conn., for 10 years; and from 1967 to 1990 in the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Enfield, Conn, where he retired at the end of 1991 and then lived in Windsor, Conn.
A wise and much beloved counselor, his focus was on community service and promoting cooperation between denominations and clergy of different faiths. Much of his work in Enfield was on the delivery of mental health and medical services. Most recently, his efforts with his local church and others had been to welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations, races and economic status.
Sailing was one of Bob’s great pleasures, and he served as dean for church summer camps. He managed to fit in a fair amount of travel, including the West Coast and the Abacos in the Bahamas as well as their family cottage in Maine.
Surviving are two daughters, two sisters and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Fidelia, a son William, a brother George and a sister Charlotte. As I read this over, and as many of you knew, he was truly a man of God who served his faith and his community in a most exemplary manner. Another classmate of whom we can be genuinely proud.
Gerry Reilly ’49