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Robert S. Jordan

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JORDAN, Robert S. Robert S. Jordan having celebrated life for 91 years joined his Maker on Thursday, (January 18, 2007). Born August 2, 1915 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, he moved with his family to Hartford in the late 1920's where he attended local schools and after serving our country in the Army during World War II, took his B.A. in accounting from the University of Wyoming (Laramie). During his career with the State of CT, first in the Highway Dept. and later in the Dept. of Agriculture, he completed his Master's degree at the University of Hartford. Also for many years, he was a projectionist for Harrison Harries, a film rental business, often bringing home our favorite cartoons. Faith in God was the core of Bob's life. He worshipped with his family in Christ at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford, for over 70 years where he served in nearly all aspects of worship and parish life in a lay capacity. Most meaningful to him was his service as communicant during Holy Eucharist. Throughout his life Bob brought his sense of humor and his great zest for life into all of his many activities. His association with the Masons, first head usher for the Bushnell to hire women, financial advisor to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and Board member of Church Homes of Hartford, are all examples of a life spent in service to the Lord and to his community. In this last capacity he was instrumental in the planning of Seabury Retirement Community where he and his wife were pioneer residents and active members in that community for many years. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth, and their cherished daughter, Barbara; two of his sisters, and many long-time friends. He is survived by his sister, Betty Gilkeyson, of Brownwood, Texas, his daughter, Mary-Beth, of Hartford, a brother-in-law and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Waite, Jr., of West Hartford and many extended family members and friends. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, followed by a reception. Internment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002, or to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home has care of arrangements. My Dad leaves a legacy of his outgoing nature, his concern for others, a great sense of humor, his love of animals and his passion for photography that he shared with his daughter. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 21, 2007
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