Jeff, Lisa, and Mrs. Spiegel,
Just heard about your dad via Anne. I am so sorry. The obit is beautiful. Hope you are doing well - wishing you peace.
Many good wishes and love,
I came across this and hope my obit is as well written as his from one Robert Spiegel to another.
As many of the other writers noted, I only learned of Professor Spiegel, his noteworthy life and his son Jeff's very well written obituary from media accounts. That is my misfortune. The Professor undoubtedly made a great contribution in enriching the lives of countless students and others who knew him. Who could ask for a better way to be remembered.
My best wishes for a fitting celebration of his life this spring with a plentiful supply of single malt whisky!!
Anyone, I would think, would read this warm and loving obituary then reflect on how much their own lives would have been enriched by knowing this man. I did not know him but am one of those who would have been happy to have had the privilege of meeting him. You all have, I'm sure, a treasure trove of memories to keep him in your hearts and minds. EJS, Stuart, FL
Prayers from Sarasota, Florida, sounds like a wonderful family!
I have just read the story and read the obituary which was so well written and thought out, what a way to be remembered :) condolences to the family and all connected to them. Vickie - Scotland
Facebook brought me here and this man sounds wonderful. My condolences to your family.
Just read Robert's obituary as a result of it being featured in countless news sources. Can tell that he was an amazing man and that a very distinct part of him remains very much alive in YOU! God Bless Robert for the wonderful legacy he has left for us all!
I loved your Dad's photo in our local paper here in Delaware, and would have liked to have known him just from the smile on his face, sitting on the comfortable sofa. Jeff, if you got his sense of humor, I'm so happy you received that priceless inheritance. My condolences to you and your family.
What a wonderful way to be remembered! I would have loved to have known Mr. Spiegel or to have been one of his students. My condolences to his family.
I am a 1978 graduate of the then Central Connecticut State College. Robert has made me proud to have been part of the same university system - what a sense of humor and how wonderful that he regarded himself as obviously loving and enjoying life at it's fullest!
I hope my own obituary is written this well! Excellent job Jeff!
I'm so sorry not to have known this man. The obituary has made him a legend already and surely his memory will never die. All teachers and professors would do well to follow his example. My condolences to the family.
I never knew this man. I found his obituary on Facebook. I am sorry I never had the chance to meet him or take a class. He sounded like a truly amazing man! My condolences to the family. I hope that Little League team had a sense of humor, though. ;) God Bless you all. I imagine the celebration in the Spring will be widely attended and filled with good humor, good food, and what is undoubtedly a long list of good friends.
This should be a template for all obituaries, whether distinguished scholars or just "workin' stiffs".Jeff, you made your Dad real for those of us who did not know him and we, too, mourn his loss. I can only hope that someone loves me enough to write an obituary like this when my time comes.
I was one of the very LUCKY ones to have had Prof Spiegel at CCSU- each class a jewel to be treasured!
An intellectual without pretension- his incite, humor and decency will be forever remembered - he lives in the hearts of many appreciative students.
My sincere sympathy for your (and our) great loss,
Oh what a great human being he must have been.
Thank you for sharing this part of him with the world at large.
May all of you be blessed and consoled.
I remember Prof. Spiegel from my days at CCSU. I read your tribute to him with tears in my eyes, but with a smile on my lips. My sincere condolences to his loving family.
I hope when it's time for my obit, eulogy and celebration of life (not soon I hope), I will be remembered fondly for the things that we all appreciate, family, friends, humor, dogs and preferred spirits. My wish is when the inevitable passing occurs, it brings a smile to the lips of the people I cared about.
Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your beloved's life. Bob Marley? Glenlivet? Sounds like a farewell he would've appreciated.
From the father to the son . . . It sounds as though the world has lost a great man with a wonderful sense of humor but it is obvious that there still remains much of the father in the son left behind. What a wonderful obituary and tribute.
I read about Mr. Speigel in my local newspaper and wish I would have had the pleasure of meeting the man. This is the first obituary to actually make me laugh out loud. I can only imagine what the man must have been like, but I feel that I probably would have loved him. God be with you and your family.
Thank you for sharing a moment of his life with us. Go mets and God bless!
A brief article in the Salt Lake Tribune, WWW.SLTRIB.Com, last week led me to wish I had met this man and his family. May your memories always make you smile.
Thank you for letting me know about his passionate life.
My condolences to your family at this time of loss. Jim Bradbury (BHS '81)
I can't add anything original to the folks who have commented that they didn't know him, but wish they had. What an amazing memory of his spirit and humor. I know he'd be so proud.
I happen to hear of this in the news here while visiting Rome, Italia.
Although I didn't know this man, his incredible writing would have easily led me into his class!
He sounded like a brilliant man!
I went to Central Connecticut State College (1974)-great man-great obit!!
Robert Spiegel's obit was carried in the Arizona Republic, to my surprise. Years ago, circa 1970, I babysat for Ursula and Robert when their daughter was an infant. Ursula had gotten permission from her parents to request my services since I primarily babysat for them. The two families were very close and wonderful to me. My condolences to the entire family.
what a wonderful way to be remembered. i did not know mr. spiegel but i am sure it would have been an extreme pleasure if i would have. he sounded like an incredible human being. condolencences to his family and friends.
A hail fellow well met... no doubt. The death of such a person diminishes all of us in an intangible way... the world is a lesser place for his passing.
Sounds like someone Id've loved to have met!! I'm sure he passed on his uniqueness through his students and people who's lives he touched.
I read about your father in our hometown paper The News Journal in Wilmington, DE
and had to read online. This is a very heartfelt tribute to a great man. Wish I had known him. Bet his classes were never boring. Now he can teach in heaven above.
What a wonderful way to be remembered. He must have been a most remarkable man. Any man who loves dogs, must love life.
I feel by reading this obituary, I have just met a one-in-a-million individual! Here's hoping this reaches around the globe and renews some faith in humanity. Many thanks to his family for sharing as you remember his life. Hong Kong
Beautifully written obituary. I wish I had had the privilege of knowing this person. His family and friends are very lucky to have had him as part of their lives, and to have many happy and warm memories that will live on.
What a wonderful way to be remembered. I did not know Dr. Spiegel, but I think I would have liked to. My condolences for what is obviously a great loss.
I read about this fascinating man in the daily paper in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His family, friends and students were very lucky to have known him. I would never have wanted to fall asleep in his class - who would have the vocabulary to understand the comments!
My deepest sympathies and wishes that your memories will be long.
Bob Steele Quebec, Canada
This is what an obituary should be - and what a memorable man your husband and father must have been. As a student of the art of memorialization and a professional in a Coroner's Office I applaud your (his) work in capturing the essence of the soul. Well done. Godspeed Mr. Spiegel.
I am an avid reader of obits and this has to be the best written one that I have ever read. Thank you for sharing a little piece of your Father, Robert Spiegel. It seems you did get his love of the arts.
I wish I had had the priveledge of having Dr Spiegel as a professor. He sounds like the one you remember your whole life. My heartfelt condolences on your loss, and thank you for sharing his life in this marvelous obit.
Dementia has raided our family.RIP dear ones.God is good to relieve suffering and let humor survive. Thank you Jeff and family for sharing your memories. Love you all.
Beautifully written obituary. I'm sure Mr. Spiegel is smiling as he looks down on his son and family. A sense of humor is so important in life, but especially in times of grief. Everyone needs a chance to smile!
I, too, wish I'd had the honor of knowing him. He obviously touch many people during his life, and now he continues to do so thanks to your wonderfully written obit.
Got to know Robert only through his obituary, which was - simply put - an ode to joy. God Speed to a lovely and loving soul. Much comfort to his family.
I think an obituary should express how a person lived, his sense of fun and adventure and his interest in life. Dr Spiegel's obituary was a wonderfully written tribute, he would have enjoyed it.
RIP dear man, and thanks to your family for allowing us a brief glimpse into your life.
This sounds like a life well-lived by a man well-loved. God Speed......
Just started reading the Buffalo Evening News and read your article on Mr. Spiegel. Shows a picture of him walking with his grandson on a Dominican beach, with what appears to be a NY Mets cap on. Of course I
googled the obit, & what a
touching piece it is. What a joy it was to read, its a celebration of life, Mr Spiegel lives on with every friend and family member, & student that had the pleasure of crossing paths with this wonderful man. God bless your family, & knowing that your father, brother, uncle, mentor & friend is forever walking with you through life in spirit...
It would of been a gift and pleasure to of know him.
Add my name to the list of untimely new admirers of this gentleman and scholar. I knew him not, yet like and admire him much. Baruch hash-m!
Anyone who appreciates single malt whisky has to get my vote!
I realised during a recent funeral of a friend (younger than I) that a lot of the "Life Hereafter" is vested in the collective memories of those we touched while we were alive.
And on that basis - through his son Jeff, Robert Spiegel has touched many many people around the world.
This tribute to a remarkable man, who I never knew but would have been proud to have known, comes from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Both my parents died from dementia - so I feel well qualified to wish Robert a well deserved rest in peace.
I, too, just read an article about this obituary in my local paper & was propelled to Google it. It is with a tear in my eye & a smile on my face that I write this to say thank-you for sharing this wonderful man with us. His spirit truly does live on & shines through his son. They say the only regrets we take with us are not what we have done in life, but what we didn't do. He is smiling down upon you all with no regrets. May God keep blessing you & give you peace.
Your father,husband,friend was an above average man, in a very average world.
Thanks for reminding all of us to celebrate a life well lived
Well done, Robert!
A meaningful memorial to a man with a great sense of humor that has passed on. Someday, the Leafs may be similarily cited as the Mets in '62. (Hank Kuszner, Toronto, CA)
God bless you and your family, and... "Let's Go Mets!"
What a wonderful way to celebrate what appears to be the life of a wonderful man!
A touching tribute to your father that has made it to the Toronto Star (among many others I'm sure). I am honoured to have read about this great man.
Don't know Dr. Spiegel; checked out his obit as the result of reading an AP article about it. It brings him to life (sorry I couldn't resist) in a way few obits do. My sincere condolences on the loss of what was obviously a great man. Gary Ross-Reynolds
Beautifully written and a joy to read! I did not know your father but he obviously taught you well. His wit and wisdom lives on in you. I read about his well-written obituary in our local paper (Wisconsin State Journal). His sphere of influence continues to expand!
I sincerely wish I had known your father. He sounds like an amazing and fun man! All obits should be written in this way. So beautiful!
What a wonderful and witty obituary! Makes me wish I knew this man!
I did not know your father but enjoyed reading about him. My husband like your father has dementa. He was also a brilliant man who loved to read and loved football more than anything but his family. He can no longer read and football has become background noise. Thank you for letting me see the humor in all this with your words. I wish I had known your father I know I would have liked him. I am so sorry for your lose. Norma Picou firstname.lastname@example.org
"He will be missed by all those that loved and knew him and by those of us who have just meet him thanks to his son. CL"
While I did not know Mr. Spiegel, I believe that is my loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. My condolences on your loss.
What a wonderfully gifted and talented man Robert Spiegel must have been and how blessed his family and friends! To inspire students, be beloved by dogs, and have a loving family beside you are much desired and lovingly held traits. It would have be a joy to know him, those who did are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing this lovely gentleman with the world. It would have be so interesting to be one of his students. My sincere sympathy to the family and friends at your loss. JH, Indiana
What an honor you have shown your father. This is the home run his Mets could have used from time to time.
I read about this quirky obituary in Phoenix, and Googled Robert Spiegel to read the whole thing. What a delightful and clever send-off. I'm keeping it for myself when the time comes, just changing a few fact. Thanks!
What a lovely essay in memoriam. He will live on in the lives of those who loved him.
As a 1967 grad of CCSC it's a pleasure to read such an enlightened obit and a bit sad that I never knew such a great character and man.
That is truly the best obituary I have ever had the pleasure (if you can call it that when one is reading an obituary) of reading. Robert sounds like a remarkable human being, and all who knew him were better because they did. I certainly hope that my inevitable obituary is as beautifully and lovingly written by my daughter. I share Robert's love for beagles as well. Peace to all of you.
What a wonderful gift you gave your father with this delightful, humourous, and personal sharing. After reading, I wished I had known him. Don't we all hope that others will rememeber us in this warm, loving way.
How fortunate you are to have had such a father; and he such a son. What a wonderful tribute to him and what he imparted as a father and friend. My thoughts are with you.
I can't think of any better way to pay tribute to someone than to follow their wishes, and keep humor alive. Dying is sad...but keeping humor alive will help with all things! I wish I had had the honor of having his tutelage!
Very nice tribute. Read about this on FB of all places; wonder what your dad would have thought about all these special comments from strangers? Sending sympathy to the family on your loss.
A life well lived with a family well loved!
I wish I had known him, thank you for sharing his essence with us. You have a flare for words he obviously shared with you. In love and light.
Although I never knew you in life, I hope there is something after so I may meet you someday.
A wonderful obituary, not so much mourning you but celebrating your life.
"Blessed be the match that burns in kindling flame..."
Robert sounds like he spent his days filled with joyful passion for life, and that he shared that passion with others. My condolences on your family's, and our world's, loss.
Clearly we have lost a great man of letters, but he lives on in his son, clearly, and now also in all of us fortunate enough to have happened upon this tribute to his life. Peace and comfort to the family. We are all here for you.
I did not know you but I believe you had a wonderful life. I enjoyed reading your obituary and I feel the world has lost a beautiful man.
Dr Spiegel was a noteworthy person. My condolences to his family. Thank you for sharing a look at his remarkable life. LP
Oh, how I wish I had the opportunity and honor to be one of his students! What a wonderful obituary to an obviously interesting, humorous and learned man. My own father is nearing his farewell at 88yrs after surviving the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was 18. He would love a spirited send-off like this! He says he's already written it. My condolences to this man's wonderful family and thank you for showing the world that death does not have to be such a totally morose subject. Blessings to you all, Susie Cooke-Erskine(Yakima, WA.)~~p.s. I grew up in San Jose, CA.
His unique perspective will live on in his progeny...human, canine and the written word. He was well loved.
See you on the dark side of the moon!
What a beautiful tribute! May your memories and shared stories carry you through mourning. Through these shared moments, may he continue to live in all of you. God bless. ~~ Marie M (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Jeff has indicated he understood literature and this tribute demonstrates Robert was among the fine professors.
May his soul rest in peace!
I am truly sorry for you loss, but what a crazy sense of humor. I bet there was never a dull moment with him, always laughing.
A wonderful obituary! Truly sorry for your loss.
What a wonderful life you lived Robert. Rest in peace,
you will be missed but not forgot. Your were loved and respected by many. I feel
I know you from reading your obituary. What a wonderful son you raised.
I did not know this man, but still, I cried.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me..........Elaine...........Tennessee
Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I enjoyed reading, I am sure I would have enjoyed knowing him. I lost my own father 8 years ago, I wish we would have had the presence of mind to have given him the same type of send-off.
Sounds like a great man with a sense of humor.
I belive this chooses to show how loved "Robert" was of his family. If anyone of us could inspire such a writing, we would all be better off. Kindle Galloway (La Fayette, GA)
Sweet passage to wherever is next. Lost a similarly spirited grandfather this month. Sorry for your loss.
Obviously this has already gone viral but what a great way to write something meaningful for your Dad! Robert's life is complete and you prove his life was meaningful...
That was hilarious. What a wonderful and warm tribute to a man obviously much loved and missed.
Truly enjoyed reading this obituary. I once read a piece about we all have a beginning (birth) and an ending (death) but what about the dash in between? It is very evident that Prof. Robert Spiegel filled his dash with a very rewarding, rich, and colorful life. To Jeff, keep your father's memory alive by continuing to keep that sense of humor. It's obvious you shared a close relationship with him. To the family, continue to delight in his memory!
Robert sounds to be well learned. This is a man I did not no but wish I nu.
A life well lived, a man well loved. Condolences to his family and friends. Your loss is shared by everyone.
beautifully written. sounds like a wonderful man with many passions.
condolesces to the family.
The world has lost a great educator and man. We need more men like him in our world. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Wonderful, a life lived well and well lived.
Loved reading that. I live in Atlanta and read about the obit creating a stir so I decided to read it in full. He was quite a character, your father. And that quirky gene was passed along.
RIP! Peace to the family and friends
He defintely has left his legacy and a footprint on this world. He will be missed.
Apparently he shared and gave alot to the students that had the pleasure of his company in teaching. He served the world of academia by enriching the lives of many. Rest in Peace kind Sir!
Quite the scholar and gentleman, no doubt. 'Though the dram of GlenDronach was already in hand, I'm now raising it in his honor.
Those people that are different touch our lives. He sounds like a wonderful person. God bless.
What a wonderfull way to be remembered!
God Bless this man and his family!
When someone takes the time to write an obituary like this one, it can only mean that this was a great man to have known... probably stubborn, had his opinions which he told everyone LOUD & CLEAR !
I have never met or heard of him before his passing...my loss. :(
I wish to send my sympathies to all of his family, I am sure he will be remembered by all of them ( for different reasons)and his character has been imprinted in all those that had the luck of knowing him.
L'Chaim Robert, and thank you for inspiring the writer in some of us with the muse that was inside of you for life! You were and still are a true mensch! Dan'l ben Moshe'
I did not know your husband/father/son but I wish I had. As a former English teacher and lover of literature, I would have cherished the opportunity to converse with him. May God bless you all and celebrate this wonderful man who is now sharing his sardonic sense of humor with those who have passed on. (Donna)
I pray that he is enjoying lively conversation with his Maker at this moment and possibly going .... 'aaaahhhhh .... now I get it.'
An inspiring tribute to a beloved father.
Sounds like a nice man especially about his dogs.
This is a lovely tribute to a man whom I would like to have had as a professor or friend. I am glad his sardonic sense of humor will live on in his son. Good job, Mr. Jeff Spiegel.
Sounds like he lead a full and interesting life with a loving family
Didn't know him.
Wish I had.
I wish I had known him, Rest well. Peter McLean, Marco Island Fl. & Dalton, NH ( native Connecticut yankee)
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Aye me Mates Lift your glass high and wish a mighty man a glorious passage to the library in the sky
R.I.P Mr Spiegel
Dear Spiegel Family:
I don't know you, but wish I did. I read the death announcement for your wonderful relative, Robert Spiegel. What a great family you must have. In addition, he reminds me very much of my dear, departed Dad, who in his younger years was also a hoot. I was the envy of all my friends to have such a great Dad. They also bear a striking resemblance to each other physically, at least in their waning years. Did Bob have an earing? My Dad did! My Dad passed away in 2004 at the age of 75 and I miss him every day as I'm sure you will miss Bob. L'chaim!
Although we never met, tonight I will raise a glass of single malt to a life well-lived. My congratulations on having him in your lives, and my deepest condolences on losing him.
Denise and I were pleased that we had a chance to say goodbye. Kevin
What a wondeful obituary.
He sounds like he was a wonderful man. Though I did not have the pleasure of knowing him, nor the pleasure of ever having visited Connectict, I so enjoyed reading this obituary, and I find myself saddened to the point of tears by his passing.