Robert Arthur Yawin Sr.
1930 - 2019
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Robert Arthur Yawin, Sr., 88, of Plainville, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Bristol Hospital, Bristol, Connecticut, surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen (Ferrarese) Yawin, 8 children, 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Camille Paradis and her husband, Norman of Worth, New York; daughter, Lenore Haikara of Lacona, New York; son Robert, Jr. of Mobile, Alabama; daughter, Marguerite Yawin and her husband Illiassou Goubekoye of Newington; daughter, Kathryn Yawin Veronesi and Dave Serino of Plainville; daughter, Pamela Yawin of Lafayette, Colorado; son, Peter Yawin of Plainville; and son, Alexander Yawin and his wife Amy (Curran) Yawin of Plainville. Robert is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Elsie (Zakrzewski) Yawin and his sister, Janet Ruth Yawin. Robert was born on July 16, 1930 in New Britain, CT. He received his Bachelor's degree from Teachers College of Connecticut (CCSU), his Master's degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and his PhD from University of Connecticut. Robert taught mathematics at E.O. Smith High School and CCSU. He served as coordinator of a pilot Independent Study Program for Hamden and New Haven high school students at the Hamden Co-op. From 1971-1973 Robert, his wife and his five youngest children lived in Accra, Ghana, where he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Curriculum Research and Development Unit for Ghana's Department of Education. Returning to Connecticut, he administered Title I programs through the State Department of Education in Hartford. From 1978-1999, Robert was professor of Mathematics and Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Springfield Technical Community College, MA, until his retirement.Bob will be remembered for his loving and caring nature. He enjoyed relating his life experiences. A lover of literature and avid reader, Bob relished sharing literary quotes, poetry, and humor with others. Anyone spending time with Bob would soon appreciate how he valued relationships above everything else. Through teaching, Bob was able to mentor many students to achieve their full potential. In addition to building friendships, Bob loved spending time with his family. His treasures were visits with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bob was blessed with one great love in his life. Bob and Helen shared 59 years growing closer to each other. Their entire marriage was a celebration of life and loving kindness. Please join the family for a celebration of his life, on Tuesday April 30th, from 10 to 1, at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad Street, Plainville. Donations may be made to Armory Square Child Care Inc. at STCC, 1 Armory Square, Springfield MA, 01105.For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 24, 2019.
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April 27, 2019
It was my privilege to meet Bob and Helen while working with his mother, Elsie. Bob's affection and appreciation for his mother were an example of the fine person he was. My condolences to his family -
Candace Hall
April 26, 2019
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April 25, 2019
We are saddened to learn about the death of Robert, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

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The National Peace Corps Association
April 24, 2019
THE YAWIN FAMILY, I REMEMBER ROBERT FROM YEARS AGO WHEN HE GAVE A CLINIC ABOUT HIS TIME WITH HIS FAMILY IN GHANA. I THOUGHT HOW BRAVE HE WAS TO TRAVEL TO WHAT SEEMED LIKE SUCH A DANGEROUS PLACE TO HELP THE NATIVE PEOPLE. HE WAS A GREAT SCHOLAR AND A TRUE GENTLEMAN BUT MOST OF ALL A GREAT FATHER. I HAVE HAD MANY OF HIS CHILDREN AS STUDENTS AND TRACK ATHLETES AND I CAN ATTEST TO HOW WELL HE RAISED HIS CHILDREN. I AM SURE HE WILL LIVE ON IN ALL OF YOU.

MAY HIS MEMORY KEEP YOU STRONG,

JEFF SOREL
April 24, 2019
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