Robert Gordon "Bob" Switzer, lovingly known as "Pop," 76, of Hebron, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
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Bob was born in Hartford on May 14, 1936. He was raised and attended school in East Hartford. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Dorothy Switzer. Bob was employed for many years in the industrial design and manufacturing industry. In addition, he was a talented and knowledgeable mechanic. Bob enjoyed many sports and activities, including snowmobiling, dirt biking, and ATV riding. One of his passions was restoring his antique vehicles. The fun and laughter of Bob's wife and three daughters brought great pleasure to him.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, his "Special Angel," Jean A. (Lyman) Switzer; his three daughters and their families, Roxanne and Tom Oakley of Coventry, Kimberley Foote of Hebron, Tammy and Ken Keyes of Eastford; his grandchildren, Kendra and Mark Oakley, Robert and Jennifer Foote, and Benjamin, Jacob, and Anna Keyes. He also leaves one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Foote; and an honorary daughter, Lori Togo. He was godfather to Carrie and Sierra Young and Michael Lyman. He also leaves his sister, Sally A. Young, and her husband, Stephen, of Glastonbury; a very special sister-in-law, Nancy Lyman of East Hampton; nieces, Wendy Young, Tracy Shumbo and Lynda Whaley; many grand nieces and nephews and longtime best friends, Dottie and Dick Bergeron.
Relatives and friends may join the family at a memorial service to celebrate Bob's life on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Gilead Congregational Church, 672 Gilead St., Hebron.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 911, Hebron, CT 06248; or to the Gilead Congregational Church, 672 Gilead St., Hebron, CT 06248.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the outstanding, compassionate staff at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Northeastern Pulmonary Associates.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2012