Robert Churchill McConnell
Robert Churchill McConnell, age 87, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on March 18, 2012 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE.
At age 17, Bob joined the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of WWII. After serving his country, he attended Vanderbuilt University where he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree. He was employed by Delmarva Power for thirty years.
Bob was a founding member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He was a contributor to the Baseball Encyclopedia and published several baseball books. Bob was recognized nationally as the home run expert, updating the record books with his statistical research. He was also a member of the YMCA for over seventy-five years, enjoying his life-long passion for physical fitness.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred; son, Daniel and his wife Angela of Mercerville, NJ; son David and his wife Regina of Pennsauken, NJ; four grandchildren, Lindsay, Johan and Andrew McConnell and DaHye Riggs; and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am on Friday March 23 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Branch of the YMCA, 501 West Eleventh Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
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