Robert (Bob) Charles Gill, 85, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and comrade in arms passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021 in Middletown, CT. Born on February 25, 1936 in New Britain, CT, Bob was the son of the late Kenneth H. Gill and Jane Kling Gill. He attended New Britain High School and enlisted in the United States Army serving as a radar specialist from 1954 to 1957. He attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering and subsequently began a more than 30-year career as a Customer Service Technician with the IBM Corporation where he was one of very few equipped to resolve both the hardware and software problems of computers. Bob was a fishing enthusiast, especially of big mouth bass, and most of all in his retirement years he cherished the many hours spent talking with his grandchildren and watching them play football, lacrosse, cross country, volleyball and basketball. Additionally, he enjoyed many reunions with his military buddies, whom he served with in Shellingford, England. Bob is survived by his wife Corinne Elizabeth (Szeglin) Gill of 58 years, with whom he shared a total of 75 years, and their four children: Robin E. Shepherd and her husband Kent of Williston, ND; Kenneth C. Gill and his wife Gail of Alexandria, VA; Amanda M. Gill of Seattle, WA and Charles M. Gill and his wife Tara of Avon CT. Bob also leaves behind the "apples of his eye," nine grandchildren: Terrence, David and Brandon Lawson of Pittsburgh, PA, Hineston, LA, and Mount Crawford, VA, respectively; Robert S. Gill of Allen, TX; Erik Gill of Alexandria, VA; Daniel Albano of Norwich, CT and Harrison, Tucker and Macy Gill of Avon, CT. Bob is also survived by 7 great grandchildren and his sister Paula A. Oshana of Southington, CT. Friends may call at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 11:00 am-Noon. A short service will follow which will be live streamed through Doolittle Funeral Home facebook page at noon. Burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Greater Middletown Military Museum, 200 Walnut Grove Road, Middletown, CT 06457 or to the Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com
Published by Hartford Courant on Dec. 5, 2021.