WOODBURY — Robert Henry Stockwell, Sr., 71, of Peter Road passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Waterbury Hospital with his children by his side. Bob departed this life two weeks after his beloved wife and life partner of more than 30 years, Jean O’Grady Stockwell.
Bob was born on November 20, 1948, in Waterbury, son of the late Charles F. and Clare R. (Tuttle) Stockwell, Jr. A lifelong resident of Woodbury, Bob and his friend and business partner, Peter Carroll, own Rocky Ridge Services for the past 28 years.
He is survived by his beloved children, Lori Stockwell-Dingwell and her husband, Tim, grandchildren, Timothy and Heather of Waterbury; Linda Stockwell-Caouette of Thomaston; Robert Stockwell, Jr., and his wife, Michele, and granddaughter, Samantha, of Hartsdale, N.Y., his stepchildren, Anthony Calabrese of Trumbull and Joseph Calabrese of Norwalk.
He also leaves behind his brothers and sisters, Donna Lindberg of Woodbury and her partner, Ray Ouelette; Charles F. Stockwell, III, and his wife, Peggy, of Watertown; Nancy Freeman and her husband, Tom, of Watertown; Cheryl O’Bar of Woodbury; Valerie Galvin and her husband, William, of Woodbury, and Thomas Stockwell and his wife, Diane, of Woodbury; a great-grandchild, step-grandchildren, an many cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Gary Stockwell.
Bob was special to those who knew him. First and foremost, he was generous with his time, property and money. He spent a lot of his free time hanging out at his barn where his family and friends would often stop by to either seek his advice or just be around him to feel better about their day. You could never expect to have a private audience as there were always multiple people visiting at a time.
Everyone received his love and support, especially in their time of need. Bob was nicknamed by some of his closest friends as Ralph, Burt or Crazy Bob. He also loved to give nicknames to his friends and family.
Bob loved hunting and fishing and sharing that love with others. He started out with little, but achieved so much in his life and had more admiration than most. He lived his life being true to himself, being generous in all ways and having a profound love for life. A true testament to his life is that he will be missed by a wider circle of family and friends than most. Bob also loved his dogs; he leaves behind Poppy, Milo and Jax, who now have a home with family.
“Dad, thank you for your love and support. We love you, Dad. Bobby, Linda and Lori. P.S. If Dad gave you a nickname, please share it when we meet and write it in the signing book next to your name.”
Friends may gather at the Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 2 School St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday September 25.
A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday September 26, at the New North Cemetery, Woodbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woodbury Ambulance Association, 426 Main St. North, Woodbury 06798 or to the Lyme Disease Foundation, 384 Merrow Rd., Tolland 06084.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.munsonloveterfuneralhome.com.