The Obit For Bob Carlson

Robert E. Carlson "Bob"

Published in Hartford Courant on August 25, 2009

Robert "Bob" E. Carlson, 70, of Newington, formerly of Hartford, died suddenly on Saturday, (August 22, 2009) while at his weekend home in Townshend, VT. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years, Joanne (Sullivan) Carlson.

He grew up in Hartford's Dutch Point neighborhood; one of eight children born to the late Carl R. and Dorothy (Jergensen) Carlson.

He was educated in Hartford Schools and was a star athlete at Bulkeley High School Class of '57.

He was employed for a brief period by the MDC and was a member of the Army Reserves at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Bob was signed by the San Francisco Giants where he played baseball in their minor league farm system.

He returned home and was employed as a pipe fitter for CNG for 35 years retiring in 1996. His passion was baseball where he played in the Greater Hartford Twilight League for nearly three decades.

He was inducted into the Greater Hartford Twilight Hall of Fame in 1991. During those years he led the league in many offensive categories while playing for Moriarty Brothers.

He was an avid Yankees, Whalers and NY Giants fan. He was a proud member of the KMA Horseshoe Club in Townsend, VT and the CNG Retiree Association.

A devoted husband, caretaker, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him, he leaves his son, Robert E. Carlson, Jr. and his wife, Lori of Kensington; daughters, Patti (Carlson) Kobylarz and her husband, Jeff of Newington and Melissa Carlson and her fiancée, Matt Kaliner of Somerville, MA; three grandchildren, Sarah Carlson and Katie and Andrew Kobylarz.

He also leaves behind his siblings, sisters, Carol Kimshel, Dotty Krauss, and Susan Carlson all of Hartford, Pam Bruyette of Florida, Karlene Eaton and her husband, Kurt of Windsor; brothers, Thomas Carlson of Hartford and Carl R. Carlson and his partner, David of Vernon.

Bob also leaves many nieces and nephews, friends, Don and Doris Brown of Rocky Hill, retired friends from CNG, Tom and Elaine Libby of Florida, The Camperama Family and his beloved cat, Mischief.

His funeral service will be held Thursday, 10:15 a.m. from Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Newington.

Interment will follow in West Meadow Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday from 5 - 8 p.m. at Newington Memorial.

Memorial donations can be made in Bob's name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 185 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

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