SHANNAHAN, Robert "Bob" J.
Robert "Bob" J. Shannahan, 80, beloved husband of 55 years to Janice Shannahan of Windsor, passed away peacefully Friday, (October 12, 2012) at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Springfield, MA on July 29, 1932, son of the late Francis and Mary Margaret (Dowd) Shannahan. After losing both parents in his early teens, Bob was welcomed into the home of his aunt and uncle, Irene and David Sullivan, and became a cherished part of their family. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and went to work for Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance, retiring in 1990. Bob and Janice were avid sailors, navigating their trawler through the Long Island Sound and around Watch Hill, RI and Titusville, FL. For many years, these two snowbirds spent six enjoyable months each year as residents of Village Plaza in Sarasota, FL. In addition to his wife Janice, Bob leaves two children, Christopher and his wife Susan of Sarasota, FL and Eileen Mucha and her husband Stephen of Windsor; five grandchildren, Brian Mucha, C.J. Shannahan, Stacey Mucha, Robert Shannahan, and Austin Shannahan; and special cousins and "brothers", David, Donal, and Kevin Sullivan. He also leaves a special sister-in-law, Mary Shannahan; two nieces, Margaret Kantner and Kathleen Shannahan; and a nephew, Brian Shannahan as well as his Waterbury Family and a host of other nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Bob was predeceased by his brother, Francis Shannahan; his aunt and uncle, Irene and David Sullivan; and a special cousin and "sister", Irene Sweetkind. Bob's family would like to thank the staff at Bickford Healthcare, especially the nursing assistants, for their kind, compassionate care over the last two months. Bob loved his visits from Sadie, the dog at Bickford too.
Funeral services will begin Tuesday, 9 a.m. from Carmon Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor to be followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Gertrude Church and interment at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. His family will receive friends on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.