Robert H. Soleau
Spencer Funeral Home
112 Main Street
East Hampton, CT

Robert H. Soleau, 73 of Marlborough, CT and Wellington FL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, (June 21, 2014) after a sudden illness. He was born in Amherst, MA, and the son of Charles and Lynda (Heyde) Soleau. Bob spent his early years in North Hills, PA with his parents and older sister, Lynn. Bob was a proud graduate of North Hills High School and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Bob will always be remembered as an intelligent, funny person who was a fierce competitor in business and sports. His competitiveness, passion, and ability to lead, led to many accomplishments throughout his life. A successful athlete at a young age led him to being Captain of his high school football team and College football team where he blossomed into a very accomplished athlete. He was two time All American player and two time Southern Conference player of the year. This athleticism and passion eventually led him to professional football with the Pittsburg Steelers in 1964. After his professional career in sports Bob found that being competitive and intelligent had a place in the business community and started his own company Diversified Group Brokerage Corporation in 1967. DGB, a third party administration of employee benefits evolved to be one the largest privately owned companies of its kind in the United States. Bob was an avid reader and his passions included watching sports, and taking care of his farm. Bob loved cruising Long Island sound on his boat, entertaining friends and family to one of his favorite destinations, Block Island. He enjoyed singing, playing the accordion and the piano. Bob loved to be the life of the party. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Lynda and his sister Lynn. He is survived by his wife Mary Christine Soleau, his daughters Kelly Soleau, and Stephanie Soleau Silva, his son Christopher Soleau, his grandchildren, Savannah, Averie, Addison, and Brayden, his nephews Charlie Soleau, and Scott Soleau, his niece Kim Mougel, his cousin George Patouhas, many longtime dear friends, and his beloved dogs, especially, Dewey. A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life and legacy will be held at a later date. In remembrance donations can be made to the ASPCA. Spencer Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

Published by Hartford Courant from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2014.
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Chris: I just heard today of Bob's passing. You have my thoughts and prayers.
Dave Bramer
October 30, 2014
Today at breakfast Jess told me of Bob's passing. She thought I knew or had heard. I am so sorry that I am late to give you my condolences. I'm so glad that we got to see you both in thoughts are with you..
Roni Bartolini
August 13, 2014
Dear Chris,
I am so very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Debbie Hamzy-Sok
July 22, 2014
We were truly sorry to hear of Bob's passing, he was a wonderful man, a hard worker who knew how to have fun; a great boss and friend to so many. He will be missed, our thoughts and prays our with you.
Shannon (Yager) Bob & Sean Roach - Roach Plumbing & Heating
July 22, 2014
My condolences to the Soleau family. I have very fond memories of working for Bob at DGB.
Maureen Kelly
July 14, 2014
My prayers go out to Christine, Christopher, Stephanie and Kelly. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with you. Bob was so generous to Patrick and I. I'll never forget the Steeler's / Cowboys Super Bowl with Pat standing on Bob's shoulders. It was a pleasure sharing time with your family and I will always be thankful for knowing you. God Bless, Patty Meskers
July 7, 2014
Bob was a truly unique, fun loving person. He worked hard, played hard and truly enjoyed life. out ! You made a huge impact in MANY will be missed.
Sue Marchetti-Falco
July 7, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. I fondly remember Bob from the class of 59, North Hills High. Beatrice Olson Ufalusi
July 3, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing...I will miss our colorful conversations. The world has lost a great sorry...
Gary Santo Greco ( oncology Lab )
July 1, 2014
I am sorry to hear of Bob's death. I had the opportunity to meet him at William and Mary. He was a great person and ardent supporter of the school. He is in a better palce.

Mario Shaffer
Great Falls, VA
W & M Football
Class of 1984
July 1, 2014
I am so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I have the fondest and most fun memories of my years at DGB and the time spent with Bob and Chris and the kids. I am forever grateful to Bob for all he did for me and all he taught me about business and life. He will surely be missed but we know that heaven is a richer place with his being there. Rest easy Bob...With much love to the family... Lisa Platt Lowy
Lisa Platt Lowy
June 30, 2014
It's hard to understand why good people are taken from us, but finding comfort in knowing Bob's love for life. I will alway cherish the memories and good time working at DGB with him.
Judy Ferron
June 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of a classmate's passing, sympathy to Bob's family and friends. R.I.P.
Judy Woodling-Fisher
June 29, 2014
I am truly saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He is one person who will live forever in the hearts of so many people. He embodied the "spirit" of our North Hills Mighty Class of '59. Party and Fun are synomonous with Bob Soleau ~ bringing good times and fond memories into every life he touched. Having played football at North Hills High, Bob was a friend of my cousins
Ed, Glenn and Bruce Abel. It is sad to realize that Ed Abel and Bob Soleau have both passed from this life during this year.
Both of these men appeared to be "bigger than life" as they accomplished so much, but as they are called to their eternal home -
may it be said "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
Judie Walliser/Stack
June 28, 2014
Bob was a man who worked hard, played hard, and loved life! My deepest sympathy.
Susan Genesi
June 28, 2014
I know very few people who had such a zest for life. He worked hard,he played hard,and he made it fun for everyone around him. We shared some basketball years at North Hills HS,but it was football that made him tick. Sorry to hear about his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Bob Patrick
June 28, 2014
I am echoing the thoughts of so many others in expressing my sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob was truly that one in a million person and although he will be missed, he will always be remembered. I worked for Bob from '83 until ‘96 and I thank him for all the goodness his life brought into this world, and through his competitive spirit, he drove people to be the best they can be. Thank you for the good times, your memory and unique (but true!) stories will never fade.
Sally Glinski
June 28, 2014
Had the pleasure to spend some great times with Bob in Marlborough and met his best friend a Pro Center before his passing at a young age. Bob shared his feelings of his friend and that is the side of him I will best remember. Also he was a great deal of fun to be with
Len Jacobson
June 27, 2014
Len Jacobson
June 27, 2014
Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a good friend, great to do business with and great to party with. Truly one of a kind.
Jim Reynolds
June 27, 2014
Mr Soleau will be truly missed ...I had the pleasure of working for him for over 20 years !!! What a boss! I'll always remember the good times @DGB that both Bob and Christine provided!!!! May you rest in peace Bob....Thanks for everything !!!!
Lyn Taylor
June 27, 2014
I started at Diversified in 1998 and had many many great times with Bob.He had a heart of gold and will truly truly be missed.Thank u for everything Bob.
Manny Williams
June 27, 2014
Mr Soleau will be truly missed ...I had the pleasure of working for him for over 20 years !!! What a boss! I'll always remember the good times @DGB that both Bob and Christine provided!!!! May you rest in peace Bob....Thanks for everything !!!!
Lyn Taylor
June 27, 2014
My condolences to your entire family. Bob was a man with a great heart! I will always have many great memories of him. Playing the piano at work, volleyball games, Open Houses, great Christmas parties. I remember seeing a different side of him on our fitness contest trips though – a relaxed Bob, reading on the beach and enjoying time away. Thanks, Bob, for all the great memories!
Tina Wrubel
June 27, 2014
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