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.