Robert Munson Sr.

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Munson Sr, Robert F.
Robert F. Munson Sr.
Founded Roxbury Market
Robert F. Munson Sr., 83, of Roxbury, husband for 57 years of the late Frances "Tootie" Munson, passed away peacefully in his dream home on the hill on Tuesday, June 10. Bob was born on September 23, 1930 in Bethlehem, CT. He was the fourth of eight children born to the late William and Jenny Munson. Their close-knit family was of very modest means surviving the Great Depression and the wars following it. Bob learned the value of hard work early. He started sorting bottles for the First National Grocery Company in high school working all the way up to the Regional Trouble Shooting Manager of the company, culminating with managing the Naugatuck First National Store. Bob and Tootie were married in 1951 and started what would become their family of five. In an effort to provide for his family, he often held three to four jobs at once including the grocery, hauling garbage, carpenter's helper, and driving the school bus in Woodbury. He and Tootie gambled everything they had and could borrow to purchase the Roxbury Market in 1963. Bob worked seven days a week for many years to make the market a success. Tootie, a Roxbury native and lifelong resident, also devoted countless hours to the business and each child grew up 'working at the store'. The gamble succeeded and the family business became a Roxbury institution. Bob and Tootie never forgot their meager roots and as long as they owned the store, no family in town went hungry whether they could pay or not. Bob was active in town, serving on several boards and committees, a Little League coach, and by contributing time, money, and property to many civic functions. In 1977, Bob bought a piece of property as an investment and fell in love with it. Soon he and Tootie built Ashfield Farm. The following year they moved in and raised Suffolk sheep for many years. Bob took great pride and pleasure in his grandchildren. Whether they lived nearby or came for vacations, the kids always had to spend time with "Pops". Roxbury Market was sold in 1993, 30 years after opening. Bob and Tootie retired to their hill where his vegetable gardens and her flower beds were well known. Bob was heartbroken by the passing of Tootie in 2008 and carried on amazingly for over six years, being totally cared for by family and seeing only close friends. Bob is survived by his five children, Libby Wolfe and her husband, Bob, of Williams Bay Wisc., Bob Munson Jr. and his wife, Muffy, of Roxbury, Melanie W. Unterman of Geneva Ill., Andy Munson and his wife, Lori, of Higganum and Susan Gagnon and her husband, Ed, of Batavia Ill. He also leaves fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his three sisters Ruth, Helen and Doris as well as his brother Jack. In addition to his wife Tootie, he was predeceased by his brothers Richard, Bill and Kenny. The burial will be private and there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11am Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at Christ Church in Roxbury. In lieu of flowers and contributions, the family requests that everyone please support local businesses, especially the Roxbury Market that meant so much to him. As Bob would say"These businesses are the heart & soul of a small town, and once they are gone the town loses its identity". Good bye Dad, we "love you and love you". Arrangements by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.

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Lillis Funeral Home
58 Bridge Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Published in The Greater New Milford Spectrum from June 16 to June 20, 2014
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