Robert “Bob” T. Heid, 91 of Milford, beloved husband of the late Barbara Heid, passed away on November 21, 2021 at his home. Born on August 27, 1930 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Arthur and Agnes Heid, and the loving brother of the late Arthur J. Heid. He will be sorely missed by family and friends, including his new friends at the American Legion Post #196. Survivors include his children Diana Aquilino (Larry) of Milford, Barbara Lee Heid (David Considine) of Branford, Robert A. Heid (Sueann) of Owensboro, KY, and Debbi Mike of Florida; grandchildren Amy Aquilino-Weymer (Robert) of Milford, Reean T. Inderdohnen (Mark) of Monroe, Derek R. Heid (Kate) and Dylan T. Heid of Owensboro, KY; great-grandchildren Robert “Ike” Heid Weymer, Nathan Weymer, Thomas Gotlowski, and Samuel Inderdohnen; nephew Gary Heid, Sr. (Sandy) of Monroe, nieces Gail Pecora (Michael) of Florida, and Lisa Webb (Steve) of Naugatuck; great-nephews Gary Heid, Jr. of Monroe, his children Jaxon and Cameron, Peter Pecora (Kirsten) of Maryland and their daughter, Emma, Stephen Webb of Naugatuck, and Alex Webb of Naugatuck; and great-nieces Stefanie Moran (Greg) of Monroe, and Jessica Duran (Matthew) of Maryland, and their children, Griffin and Nora, and Charley Rose Webb of Naugatuck.
It’s hard to wrap up the life of Bob Heid. As anyone would say, “91 years is a good run” but for Bob, it was a great one. Simply put, he was one of the most unique and unforgettable characters any of us have ever known, so an obituary full of platitudes and gracious summations of his life will never suffice.
There are too many stories and memories to count, but the common theme throughout all of them was the revelry amongst good friends and family (usually accompanied by a Dewar’s and water). Bob loved nothing more than to be around his family and reminisce about growing up in Bridgeport while terrorizing the neighborhood with his buddies/accomplices, and brother, Art. The well of Seaside Park stories never ran dry, but he would unfailingly pivot to another rife supply of tales: Korea. At his 91st birthday party this past summer, he was asked, “What would you talk about if you didn’t have Korea??” Well, if documented, there would be volumes of stories of Bob’s service with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment “Rakkasans” but none are appropriate for print.
Attempting to encapsulate the adoration Bob had for his late wife, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, is impossible. But, in an effort to reciprocate the love and impact he had on his family, Bob’s first great-grandchild was named in his honor in 2013.
Bob was many things to many people, but above all he was brave. From jumping out of airplanes in the Army in Korea, pushing forward after the death of the love of his life, teaching one generation of kids to the next how to drive (a stick-shift nonetheless), traveling anywhere at a moment’s behest, and ultimately moving back to Milford for one last go, he did it all fearlessly.
We can only hope that Bob’s signature good-bye is a promise, and that at some point, we will see him one of these days.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A graveside service with Military Honors will follow at Kings Highway Cemetery, 271 Cherry St., Milford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.
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