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Robert William Hoyt

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HOYT, Robert William Robert William Hoyt, 21, a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, warrior, combat veteran and Hero, died Saturday, (December 11, 2004) in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while conducting convoy operations. Hoyt was assigned to the Army National Guard's C Company, 1st Battalion 102nd Infantry, Bristol. Robert Hoyt was born in Manchester to Kathleen and Thomas D. Hoyt, Sr. He grew up in Mansfield, was a 2001 graduate of Edwin O. Smith High School and enlisted in the Connecticut National Guard in 2002. Hoyt had a love for sports and music. He played football and ran track in high school. He also coached football for the Mansfield youth league. He was an employee of Wing Foot Commercial Tire. Soldiering is an affair of the heart, and it is that spirit, that fundamental commitment to volunteer, to place the Nation's needs above one's own, that makes Robert Hoyt one of the best Soldiers in the world today. Robert Hoyt was a great Soldier, who voluntarily answered the call to duty. He was a true hero. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Etta Zwick and his grandfather, Ross Russell. Survivors include mother, Kathleen Hoyt of Storrs, father, Thomas Hoyt of Ashford; his brother, Thomas Hoyt, Jr.; two sisters, Ginger and Amber Hoyt; grandmothers, Clara Russell and Nancy Cunningham; grandfathers, Samuel Zwick and Paul Cunningham; 26 aunts and uncles; many cousins and countless friends. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, December 21, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 1600 Main St., Rt. 31, Coventry with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Center Cemetery. Calling hours will be held TODAY, December 19, 3-9 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 1600 Main St., Coventry. Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to the Robert W. Hoyt Memorial Scholarship, c/o Deborah McCracken, New Alliance Bank, 6 Storrs Rd., Willimantic, CT 06226.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 19, 2004
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