Robert F. Brodell, 79, of Marlborough, died Monday, May 12 at home with his wife by his side. He fought a valiant battle for 10 mos. with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Frank Brodell and Helen (Woop) Brodell and his brother Ronald. Bob grew up in Farmingdale, Long Island, NY and graduated from the College of Engineering at New York University
in 1958 which he attended on a full scholarship. He was also a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. His New York background made the Giants and the Yankees his favorite teams. His career path led him to Pratt and Whitney. He designed a variety of engines for Pratt and was very proud of his many United States Patents of engine parts he created for them. At the time of his retirement, after 35 years, he was Design Chief for the Advanced Ducted Prop, which is now in production. Bob was an avid sportsman, whether it was hunting, fishing, or boating. He was an expert marksman on the Colt Pistol Team. He loved hunting on a crisp autumn morning with his beloved lab Toby. He was a former member of the East Haddam Fishing and Game Club and was a life member and past president of the East Glastonbury Fish and Game Club. Bob loved salt water fishing and fly fishing in lakes and streams. He also loved cruising on his trawler Bodacious and served as Fleet Captain, Vice, and Rear Commodore, and Commodore of the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club. Bob had a keen eye for design. He built his own log cabin home in Guilford, VT and designed his home in Marlborough along with the gardens and a pond. He created additions to houses for friends, but took the most pride designing and supervising the building of a balcony for the Marlborough Congregational Church. He was the "go to man" for many church renovation projects. He also served on the Board of Deacons. He leaves his cherished wife of 35 years, Cheryl, his wonderful and loving daughter Karen Stanek, her husband Michael, who was like a son to him and his pride and joy and soon to be Eagle Scout, grandson Christopher Stanek, all of Libertyville, IL. He also leaves his son Scott Brodell of Sarasota, FL. He will be missed by many other relatives and dear friends. A celebration of his life and Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, May 24, at the Marlborough Congregational Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to The Marlborough Congregational Church, PO Box 57, Marlborough, CT 06447 or to the East Glastonbury Fish and Game Club, PO Box 84, Glastonbury, CT 06033. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com
. The Spencer Funeral home has care of arrangements.