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Craw Jr., Robert R.
Robert R. Craw Jr., age 57 died Saturday, August 16, 2014 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He enjoyed 30 years of marriage to the love of his life, Sheila Byrnes Craw. Along with his wife, Robert is survived by his loving daughters, Meghan L. Craw and Erin S. Craw of Monroe. Born in Bridgeport on November 26, 1956, he was the son of Robert R. Craw Sr. of Sebastian, Florida and the late Leona Semonich Craw. A graduate of St. Joseph's High School class of 1974, Bob went on to study at the University of New Haven where he earned a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. He then joined the Bridgeport Police Department in 1978, devoting 36 years of service. He served as a patrolman and quickly rose through the ranks to captain, where he last served as Captain of Central Command, Patrol Division. He was always proud to serve and protect the City of Bridgeport. Bob was also a member of the Msgr. James F. Murphy # 0140 Council Knights of Columbus, serving St. Patrick's Parish for 30 years. He was a past member of the Bridgeport Elks, Moose Club of Bridgeport and the Germania Schwaben Club. In addition to his beautiful wife and children, Bob is survived by his brother Daniel Craw and his wife Michele of Stratford, Thomas Craw and his wife Karen of Milford, and his sister Aileen Craw Madar and her husband John of Stratford. He is also survived by his aunt Ruth DeMott of Bridgeport and his aunt- in-law Sister Mary Agnes O'Neil of Albany, NY, also several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, several nieces and nephews and two grand nephews. Our tomorrows with him are gone but the memories will live on forever. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:00am, from the Redgate - Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull, and at 11:00am, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick Church, 851 North Avenue, Bridgeport. Interment with Police honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Newtown. Friends may call Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, from 3 to 8pm. The family wishes to thank Dr. Neal Fischbach and all of his staff in the Fairfield office, along with the nurses of Tower 7 and the level 9 MICU at Bridgeport Hospital. They would also like to thank VITAS Hospice care nurses for the home care they gave him the last four days of his life. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Craw Children's Education Fund c/o People's United Bank of 888 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, CT. As well as Swim Across the Sound, St. Vincent's Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606. To send online condolences please visit

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Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2014.
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September 3, 2014
Sheila and family, I just now learned of Bob's passing. I am deeply saddened and send your entire family my condolences. Bob was my first partner on BPD in1983. We became friends rather quickly and we had a running friendly"feud" over him smoking cigars in our car. Bob, May you find eternal rest, and I'll be lighting one up tonight in your memory.
Tom Brophy
August 29, 2014
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you.
David and Carol Hoyt (Conway S.C.)
August 21, 2014
my prayers r with u it wasa beautiful funeral anne
August 21, 2014
My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Craw and the Craw Family. I am sorry for your loss of your loved one.
Desi Towery
August 21, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Cheryl Mielniczek
August 20, 2014
Mrs Craw and girls,
My deepest condolences to you

May God and your faith help you through the heartache your feeling.

You are wonderful family
Your in our thoughts and in our prayers

Andrea and Alex Possidento
andrea possidento
August 20, 2014
I am sorry for your loss. Maggie Jackson, D.B.
August 20, 2014
Dear Sheila, Meghan, and Erin:
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May all the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort.
Janis Isenberg
August 19, 2014
In my thoughts and prayers and sending thoughts of love and light to the family.
Your Cousin, Ellen McBride (on the O'Neil-Kiely side)
Ellen McBride
August 19, 2014
Meghan, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Always remember how much he loved you and he will live on in your heart forever. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Linda Muscaro
August 19, 2014
RIP ROB, J Brenner
August 19, 2014
Great Cop, a Wonderful Man, and a good friend! Bob will surely be missed.
Bob McNelis
August 19, 2014
Am shocked and sad ...I choose to remember Bob w/ the joy and laughter we shared growing up ... not w/ tears. Rest in peace ...
Sid Maietto
August 19, 2014
Very sorry to hear Bob has passed away. He was a great person and had a great family all the way back to Little League. May God bless you all!
Ted Fiorito
August 19, 2014
To Sheila and Family we are very sorry about your loss our prayers are with you.
Maria & Nelson Rivera
August 19, 2014
Shelia and family we are very sorry for your lost. Our prayers are with you.
Maria and Nelson Rivera.
August 19, 2014
sheila,meghan,erin and family.i'm so sorry for your loss.i was in the same class with bobby in 1978.he was a good man and police officer.i'm going to miss him.he was a true friend.farewell my friend,we'll meet again.
ed miller
August 19, 2014
To the family: May the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, comfort and strengthen you as you go through this difficult time. Remember that you are not going through it alone.

We will miss Bobby, but let us hold on to the good memories we have of him.
Bobby was a good man. I had the pleasure of serving as a Sgt. under his command while I was on the Bridgeport Police Dept. I can truly say it was a pleasure working with him.

Again may God bless you and keep you in his tender loving care.
Rev. Ruben Lashley
August 19, 2014
It was truely my privilege to care for Bob, your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Yeomans RN
August 19, 2014
Our hearts are breaking for you. May God hold and carry you through this difficult time. All our prayers and Love.
Jill, Ron, Julia & John Barreto
August 19, 2014
Sheila, Meghan, Erin, and the Craw family: So terribly sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Know that you are all in my prayers. Love,
Kathleen O'Neil
August 19, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you and yours.
Daniel Rosario
August 19, 2014
You have my deepest sympathy at this sad time.
Robert Drenzek
August 18, 2014
To the entire Craw family - our deepest sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in happy memories that you all shared. God Bless.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hoffman
August 18, 2014
Condolences to the family. He was a honorable police officer, but also a kind soul with a big heart. We talked a few weeks ago and his only concern was about his family and things he would miss. But he will be there in spirit watching over his family and the City of Bridgeport- as he has always done. Sorry just isn't enough
Debbie Barton
August 18, 2014
Saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Thoughts and prayers to the family of an old friend from the Treeland neighborhood.
Bob Glovinski
August 18, 2014
Sheila, girls, Uncle Dan and the entire Craw Family. My condolences to you all and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May Bob rest in peace.......
Carrie Ann Malangone
August 18, 2014
Jessica Craw
August 18, 2014
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
May he RIP!
August 18, 2014
I am deeply saddened by Bobs passing,I knew Bob for over 30 years and was proud to call him a Brother Knight & a good friend. He will be missed, and my prayers & my thoughts are with Sheila, Meghan & Erin. RIP old friend. Steve Cavallo
Steve Cavallo
August 18, 2014
Very Sorry for your loss
Ed Bittner
August 18, 2014
Sheila , my thoughts are with you and the sorry
Carol West
August 18, 2014
Danny, Tom and the Family of Mr. Bob Craw,
Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the Craw family during these most difficult times.

The Signore Family
August 18, 2014
So very sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Delawder
August 18, 2014
Sheila all my love and prayers
anne miller
August 18, 2014
sheila' all my love and prayers to you and your daughters.
anne miller
August 18, 2014
Dan, Michele and the Craw family:
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My heartfelt sympathy to you for your loss.
Maureen Arszyla
August 18, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Paris Family
August 18, 2014
My deepest sympathies in the loss of Bob.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Craw
Peter Kemeza
August 18, 2014
Dear Sheila and Family

Thinking of you at this very difficult time and send you my condolences to your family.
Diane Martin
August 18, 2014
Sheila and family,
So very sad. Bobby will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe & Sue Santillo
August 18, 2014
Sheila Meghan Erin and family so sorry for your loss.
Mart Anne Conlan - Brown
August 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He will live on in your hearts through all the happy memories you shared. Thinking of you and your family at this most difficult time.
Carol Ferensak
August 18, 2014
Dear Sheila and the Craw Family,
Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Peace to you all.
Love Stacy, Rick and Maddy Weinstein
August 18, 2014
Sheila, Meghan, and Erin,
We are so saddened to learn of Bob's passing. Please know we are right around the corner with anything you need. May God bless you at this time.
Annette (Loso), Dave, Andy, and Ian Tait
August 18, 2014
To the Craw family, our hearts are so saddened for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love, the Carraturo family.
August 18, 2014
To the Craw Family,
I am sorry to hear your loss of a great husband and father. I am sadden to know he is gone. We grew up together and had plenty of great times. A very good friend. He will be missed, Peace be with you.
Keith Liscinsky
August 18, 2014
Shelia & Girls -

So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing...
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Kathy
Kathy Cole
August 18, 2014
To Sheila & the Craw Family: Captain Robert Craw has been my workplace supervisor for 14 years. Robert Craw was a natural leader, skilled and holding very high standards for his men and women officers. He would correct a patrolman's errors and be strict....but he would always make it a point to approach that same "corrected" patrolman the next day, asking how we were and making it a point to show us all how much he truly promoted the brotherhhod, respect and allegiance to what was always the bigger picture we faced on a daily basis. He is greatly missed & loved forever. PEACE TO ALL OF THE FAMILY.
Tom Lattanzio
August 17, 2014
To The Craw's, Bobby, rest in peace my friend. Always remember the good times working & after hours. Till we meet again my friend.
Al Pace
August 17, 2014
To Bob's family....He was a terrific guy and a good Cop..I helped break him in when he was a rookie..I was so sorry to hear of his passing.
Bob Fitzgerald, ret'd BPD
August 17, 2014
Uncle Bob will be deeply missed. Auntie Sheila, Meghan, and Erin.. You've all been always on my mind, in my thoughts. I love you all and am always here for you. That's what family is for. xoxoxox
Love- Erica, Jimmy, John, & Jimmy Jr Hoffman (craw)
August 17, 2014
Dear Sheila and family,
Thinking of you at this very difficult time. So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
Mary & Roy Klein
August 17, 2014
May the angels welcome this very special man. A hero to us all. God bless.
Mille Velazquez
August 17, 2014
To the Craw family I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Bob was a regular with us in the garage for coffee in the morning and some laughs. He was a truly respectable man.
Brian Haray
August 17, 2014
Dear Sheila and the Craw Family,

We are truly sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless! xoxoxo
Jon and Jenn Brien
August 17, 2014
Sheila & the Craw Family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you!
We always enjoyed talking with Bob, he
Seemed like just a great regular guy &
Family man!!
Leon & Donna Barnaby
August 17, 2014
Sheila and girls, There are no words that could fully convey our sadness over the loss of Bob and your dad. We only hope that the years you all had with him and all of the wonderful memories you made, can fill your hearts forever.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we send you our love

Gay and Keith Maehrlein
August 17, 2014
Sheila, Megan, Erin,
Our thoughts and prayers are with.Hold on to all your beautiful memories of a wonderful man. God Bless you all.
Love you, Regina, Paul, Marie, Paul, Laura xo
August 17, 2014
Shelia and the entire Craw family,

I am sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. I am honored to have known and to have worked with him. He will be missed by all that knew him. Take the many memories and use them to help easy the pain. MAY GOD GRANT HIM ETERNAL PEACE! Rest in peace my brother
Bob & Cheryl Naedele
August 17, 2014
Dear Sheila, Meghan & Erin,
I send my sincere condolences in the passing of Bob, your beloved and devoted husband and father. Jim and I were so happy to be your neighbors on Old Castle. Bob was a dedicated and devoted Police Officer....very intelligent; and he did an excellent job as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. He had a truly passion for Law Enforecement....and was proud to serve the City of Bridgeport, so competently. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. He will be remembered fondly, always....never forgotten.
Louise Katherine Karoli Gallagher
August 17, 2014
My heart and love are with you all.
Jane Hillman
August 17, 2014
Dear Sheila and girls, Paul and I were so sad to hear the news about Bobby. Paul saw him in July when we were up for a visit. So many memories of the four of us when they first started the job. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed .
Paul/Laurie Carlson
August 17, 2014
Dear Sheila, Meghan and Erin,

Bill and I send our love and condolences. Bob will truly be missed at St. Patrick Church and the Knights of Columbus. God has a new angel in heaven.

Deacon Bill and Elaine Bissenden
Elaine Bissenden
August 17, 2014
Sheila, Megan and Erin - I am so sorry for your loss. So very sad for you all.
Jo Ann Bruno
August 17, 2014
Dan, Sheila and Craw Family, I am stunned. My deepest condolences. All of you are in my thought and prayers. May only joyous memories fill your hearts with his love for all of you.
Diane Laskowski (Toronto)
August 17, 2014
I am both shocked and saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. He always had a kind word and a smile. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family. RIP Bobby....Until we meet again.
Tom Scanlon
August 16, 2014
Mike on his way to the Forensic lab
May you R.I.P officer Bob , thank you for your service. Mrs. Michael Supple is sending this from former Det. Mike Supple from B.P.D. Bridgeport God Bless
Terri Supple
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