Robert Walter Ellis, 76, of Suffield, formerly of Poquonock, beloved husband of Gail (Lepine) Ellis, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, (June 27, 2012) at his home. Rob was born on November 25, 1935 in New Brunswick, NJ to the late L. Ethan and Elizabeth (Breckenridge) Ellis. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Highland Park High School where he Lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Rob graduated from Swarthmore College in 1957 where he also excelled in sports. After college Rob and Gail lived briefly in Wisconsin where he took a job as an engineer before eventually settling in the Poquonock section of Windsor, where they lived for 43 years. Rob worked at Hamilton Standard and Combustion Engineering (ABB) where he ultimately retired as a Financial Administrator in the Nuclear Division. An active member for more than 40 years at Poquonock Community Church, Rob served on and chaired various committees, as well as serving as a Deacon. He loved history and visiting areas of historical interest. He was also a train enthusiast, enjoying all aspects from collecting to riding them. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather with a dry sense of humor who could always make you laugh. In addition to his wife of 55 years, he leaves his children, Robert Austin Ellis and his wife Elizabeth of Ridgefield, Elizabeth Ann Tautkus and her husband Keith of Ellington, David Ethan Ellis and his wife Laura of Montclair, VA; his brother, Ethan Breckenridge Ellis and his wife Janet of Piscataway, NJ; his grandchildren, Sarah, Kyle, Timothy, Margaret and Gwendolyn Ellis, Jason, Katherine, Jennifer and Austin Tautkus, Garrett, Andrew and Abigail Ellis; and a nephew, Ethan James Ellis.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m. at the Poquonock Community Church, 1817 Poquonock Ave. (Rt. 75), Poquonock section of Windsor. Burial will be private. Rob's family will receive friends on Friday, June 29, from 5-8 p.m. at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Ave., also in Poquonock. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.