Robert William Sautter

Robert William Sautter

OXFORD — Robert William Sautter, 77, of Oxford, passed peacefully in his sleep on the early morning of December 24, 2021, after a long, brave battle with cancer at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Not once did Bob complain of this dreadful illness, but rather feared his life was coming to an end. Bob loved life, his friends and UI buddies whom he considered his family.

Bob was born on March 13, 1944, in Bridgeport to the late Robert and Natalie (Sheehan, Sautter) Gerrity. As a young boy, helping his grandfather, Bob ran up and down the stairs throughout the city delivering fresh produce to their customers.

He attended Bridgeport Public Schools and graduated from Harding High School. Bob served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and was a member of the Catholic War Vets and the American Legion. Bob went on to retire as the “General” from the United Illuminating Company after 40 years as a linemen leader. “Iron and Steel” lives on forever.

After retirement, Bob took the opportunity of a lifetime and traveled/camped across our beautiful country with his great friend Ronnie; a three-month journey he so much enjoyed.

He enjoyed reading Stephen King and Michael Crichton novels from his Kindle along with hundreds of other books. He enjoyed going out on his boat, dancing, as he was often called “Boogaloo Bob,” feeding his birds and taking Maggie, man’s best friend, for their daily ride. But most of all, he enjoyed socializing with his buddies.

Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his son, John Sautter; his sister, Karen Sautter, and brother, Kenneth Sautter.

He is survived by his loving partner, Debra Oczkowski of Oxford; his son, Robert Sautter of Colorado; several cousins, nieces and nephew, along with his many special friends.

“It will be hard to forget someone who has given us so much to remember. Until we meet again my friend, we lift our glass.”

Due to the Covid outbreak, a celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date.

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In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Humane Society/Help Stop Animal Cruelty at would be appreciated.

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