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Phelan Jr, Robert
Robert E. Phelan, Jr., age 63, of West Haven, CT passed away on August 10, 2012. He is survived by his beloved wife Ethel Oliveros Phelan. Born in Milford, CT on February 5, 1949, he was the son of Claire Coulombe Phelan and the late Robert Phelan, Sr. Robert graduated from Notre Dame High school and continued his education at Providence College and Indiana University where he received two masters' degrees. He taught in Taiwan where he taught English, Sociology and Computers, he was also a professor at Manchester Community College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Sacred Heart University, Housatonic Community College, and most recently the University of New Haven. Robert was a researcher and moderator for a global group on climate change called Watts Up with That. He will be remembered for his brilliant mind, intelligence but more than anything being a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to those who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Diane V. and her partner Rogier, John H. who is currently deployed in Afghanistan, Robert who served in the Army Reserves; his siblings James Phelan, Elizabeth Rivera and her husband Nelson and Kate Phelan, as well as many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 16th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 70 Gulf St., Milford. Interment to follow at Saint Mary Cemetery. Friends and family may call on Wednesday, August 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460. For information about memorial contributions check our website at

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Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 12, 2012.
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August 15, 2012
You know that you have the thoughts and prayers of the entire SHA Alumnae community on the death of your father. The image that I have of him is standing in the back of the gym waiting for musical rehearsals to end and watching you perform on the stage. We always had interesting conversations and he was so proud of you! May all your memories of him give you happiness and strength. Love and prayers are with you.
Sr. Mariette
August 15, 2012
Ethel and family, my prayer with you. Sorry for the loss. RIP Robert Phelan.
Ivelize Echevarria
August 14, 2012
Ethel, John, Diane and Rob we are so sorry to hear about Bob. We are fortunate to have our paths cross in West Haven, and a pleasure to have Bob as a friend and neighbor. We will surely miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The McPartland Family
August 14, 2012
To the family of Robert I am so sorry for your loss. May God, the hearer of prayer, grant you peace and comfort by means of prayer - Psalms 65:2
August 14, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family during this difficult time.
Dawn Puchala
August 14, 2012
Claire, Len and I are so sorry to hear about Bob. Our prayers are with you and our love to you and the family.
Len and Martha, Lewes, DE
August 14, 2012
Claire, - My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Margaret Livingston
August 14, 2012
Claire - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carla Scinto
Carla Scinto
August 14, 2012
Claire and family,
Sorry to hear about your son. May God Bless you and family
Margaret Daniels
August 13, 2012
My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart goes out to you my dear friend.
Lyne Landry
August 13, 2012
Claire, and family, I wish you all love's comfort in your time of grief.
Diane Frost
August 13, 2012
My sincere sympathy goes to you and your family. I lost a son some years ago, and I know the kind of pain you are experiencing. My prayers are directed to you and your family.
Steve Brown
August 13, 2012
Dear Claire and Kate,

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Elsie McCarthy
August 13, 2012
Remembering the good times at Notre Dame High, class of 67. You were one of the good guys and a spirit of the 60s.
Mike Guarnieri
August 12, 2012
Ethel and Family,
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers for the eternal repose of his soul.
-The Magno Family
August 12, 2012
Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. There are no words to express how saddened we are. Bob was a great friend to us and our sons. He will be greatly missed. Our love and prayers are with you all.

~ The Ralbovsky Family
John and Star Ralbovsky
August 12, 2012
Dear Ethel, Diane, John and Rob,
We will miss Bob so much. He was more than a friend and we share your loss. Our love and prayers are with you
Mike and Lynne
Mike aand Lynne Novenstein
August 11, 2012
Noelene Nicholas
August 11, 2012
Bob, I have typed and deleted my message to you and your family . . . many times, trying to find the right words to convey how much I will miss you. So until I see you again . . . say hi to our clan & friends that are in heaven with you. You are in good company. Cousin joey
Joseph Coulombe
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