GETMAN, Capt. Robert Tracy
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Robert Getman share with the world that he passed away peacefully at the age of 80 at his home, with his loving wife, Marilyn Rubitski Getman and his devoted family by his side on July 12, after an extraordinarily courageous and graceful battle with cancer. Robert (Bob) was born on August 21, 1932 in Westport, CT the son of the late Tracy Fayette Getman and Annabelle Whitney Getman. The family moved to Ilion New York where Bob was raised with his younger brother, David, who predeceased him. It was in Ilion where Bob met and married Diane Luke Getman, also of Ilion on August 18, 1956. Bob and Diane enjoyed a full and well-lived life together with their five children for nearly 50 years until Diane's passing in May 2003. Bob found love again and married Marilyn Rubitski on November 18, 2006. Captain Getman was a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, in New London, CT, Class of 1954. He began what would become a distinguished 30-year career in the United States Coast Guard. In 1984, Bob retired from the Coast Guard after 34 years of service, but he was far from retirement. He spent the next 10 years as Executive Officer of the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, CT. Bob made great strides in turning this 400-bed facility into a positive experience for its veterans. He developed substance abuse treatment programs, educational and vocational training, transitional living, employment assistance and other programs to help return our veterans to productive independent living. During the course of his 34-year career, Bob was honored with two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Unit Commendation, an Antarctic Service medal, an Arctic Service medal and a National Service medal. Bob served on the Board of Education, the Harbor Management Commission, the Affordable Housing Association of Old Lyme, the Coast Guard Museum, and various Veterans' organizations. He was a probation aide and an active parishioner at Christ the King Parish. He developed a number of New London Waterfront events and played a significant role in Opsail 2000. After losing Diane to a very rare and often misdiagnosed type of cancer, Bob established the Connecticut Carcinoid Initiative (CCI), a program dedicated to raising the level of awareness ranging from media coverage and symposiums for physicians to a governor's proclamation from former Gov. Rowland. While his dedication to the country and its people was exceptionally noteworthy, his dedication to his family held center stage in his heart. He was a loyal and loving husband, a proud, supportive and exemplary father, and an always present and adoring grandfather, who found a way to be at every birthday, graduation, sporting event and all the special moments in his grandchildren's lives. He is survived and already so deeply missed by his wife, Marilyn; and his five adoring children, their partners, and nine grandchildren. His first son, Robert T., II, predeceased him. Through his marriage with Marilyn, his three stepchildren, their partners and six grandchildren also survive Bob. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends throughout the country that will always remember him for his generosity, integrity and his wonderful sense of humor!
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to Christ the King Parish, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 where the Getman family has been parishioners for over 30 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Lane, Old Lyme. Please visit fultontherouxoldlyme.com for photos, tributes, directions and more service information.