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Robert Edward Avery, Sr.

January 22, 1936 ~ November 16, 2020 (age 84)

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Robert Edward Avery Sr. 84, of Milford, beloved spouse of Alice Beard Avery, passed away peacefully November 16, 2020.  Born on January 22, 1936 in Brattleboro, Vermont. He was the son of Vera Erskine and Charles Avery.

Robert attended The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children followed by Brattleboro High School.  After graduation, he entered the United States Navy. During this time while at home in Vermont, he met his future wife Alice who was attending Vermont College.  Upon Alice’s graduation they were married at the First Church of Christ Congregational in Milford, Connecticut.  They made their home in Hartford while Bob was employed in the insurance industry.  At that time Bob became interested in the IT field and pursued a degree from Norwalk State Technical College graduating with honors.  Afterwards, he worked at Bridgeport Hospital for approximately 30 years and then Yale-New Haven Hospital for approximately 10 years as a System’s Manager. He also taught IBM mainframe languages in the evening division at Norwalk State Technical College for many years.

In his spare time, he enjoyed vacationing at the family’s cottage on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. He also enjoyed cruises, kayaking, hiking and weekend trips with family. His biggest passion was spending his free time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the weekends. He was a very active member at the Devon UCC where he served as financial secretary, choir member and on the board of trustees. He also was very active with the Chorale and the Gospel Choir at the Milford Senior Center.

Survivorship: His wife Alice, his two sons Robert and William, Robert’s wife Christine, William’s long-term partner Kristian Dasher, his two grand-children Ryan and Kyle, Ryan’s wife Honnah, Kyle’s wife Hanna, great-granddaughter Harper and great-grandson Jace, as well as Bob’s eight siblings.

All services will be private at this time. There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Christ in Devon, Attn: Marcie Cronin, Financial Secretary, 30 Ormond St., Milford, CT 06461.


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Devon United Church of Christ
30 Ormond Street, Milford CT 06461

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