Harry J. Malony
94th Infantry Division
9/15/1942 - 5/21/1945
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|Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007
From: "Dan, Dan Mazurek, Mazurek" click here to email me
Subject: Rev. Albert John Mazurek Sr.
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Electrical Engineer, 86, died on December 10, 2007 at his home in Sarasota, Florida, of complications from Parkinsons Disease.
Before moving to Sarasota in 2003, Mr. Glixon lived in the town of Somerset, Chevy Chase, Maryland for 37 years. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to the Washington area from New York in 1968. During World War II, he served in the 94th Infantry Division and saw combat duty in France and the German Ardennes. On October 2, 1944, he was wounded in action, captured in an infantry combat engagement in Lorient, France and held as a prisoner of war on the Ile de Goix off the coast of Brittany, France. On November 16, 1944, through the efforts of the American Red Cross, Glixon became part of the only group of exchange prisoners during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and V for Valor and his first Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. He returned to action during the Battle of the Bulge, was wounded again and received his second Purple Heart and his Combat Infantry Badge. He also received the POW Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Marksman Badge with Automatic Rifle Bar.
After the war, Glixon received his electrical engineering degrees from New York University and in May of 1954 was awarded a license to practice professional engineering in the state of New York. Glixon was founder and president of Consolidated Avionics Corp. of Westbury, NY, which developed digital instrumentation for NASA and, at the age of 33, he was elected to the Young Presidents Organization. He was a Senior Executive at Sperry Gyroscope, a predecessor of UNIVAC and Unisys Corp. Before his retirement, he was a consultant to a number of key defense and health care contractors, both in the USA and Australia.
His first marriage to Muriel Nadel ended in divorce. In 1993 he married Lorraine F. Neufeld-Robson of Paterson, New Jersey. In addition to his wife, Glixon is survived by a daughter, Jill Glixon Myers of Silver Spring, MD, and sons, Scott (Denise) of Oakton, VA, Roy (Linda) of Ashton, MD and Alan of Queens, New York, and sons, Arthur Neufeld (Lois) of Fair Law, New Jersey and Daniel (Heidi) Neufeld of Marlboro New Jersey and 12 grandchildren: Jason Meyer, Deborah Neil, Danielle, Mitchelle, Julie, Corwin and Megan Glixon, Emily, Max, Becky, Dana and Bruce Neufeld and three great-grandchildren, Jessie, Matthew and Ashton Neil.
Mr. Glixon was a life member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Manatee Chapter Florida, Disabled American Veteras, 94th Infantry Division, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Jewish War Veterans, Sarasota Chapter, the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and a member of Temple Emanu-El of Sarasota, Florida.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 12 at 2 p.m. at DANZANSKY-GOLDBERG MEMORIAL CHAPELS, 1170 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. In the near future, a Celebration of Life will be held at his late home in Sarasota, Florida. Shiva will be observed at the home of his son, Roy Glixon in Ashton, Maryland. Arrangments are under the direction of Toale Brothers of Sarasota, Florida.
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Harold E. Cavanaugh age 81, died Sept. 21, 2007 in Chandler, AZ
He was born Jan. 12, 1926, the son of Henry and Katherine (Vaile) Cavanaugh, Harold grew up on a farm outside of Polo, IL once known as “Cavanaugh’s Corner.” He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the European theater during WWII with the 94th in L company 302 Infantry Regiment. Following the war he was employed by Commonwealth Edison until his retirement and subsequent move to Arizona. He was a Lifetime Member of the Casa Grande VFW post 1677.
in death by his parents, his wife Mary Ann “Midge” (Jenkins)
Cavanaugh, sister Helen (Cavanaugh) Beck, brothers, William and Paul
Cavanaugh. Survivors include daughter’s: Nora (Robert)
Regman, Tempe, AZ; Ellen Cavanaugh, Tempe, AZ; Mary Theresa (Don) Cook,
Mesa, AZ and son Sean (Natalie) Cavanaugh, Dixon, IL; 6 grandchildren
and 4 great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Cavanaugh, Alta Loma, CA.,
John (Jackie) Cavanaugh, Polo, IL; sisters Rita (Loren) Hook, Blue
Mounds, WI and Mary Kay (Bill) Murphy, LaGrange, IL. The family
would like to thank Johnnie Alegre of Mariposa Care Home for his thoughtful
care giving and Dr. Marvin Goldstein and his staff for superb and compassionate
care. Funeral service will be held at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, IL.
Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Polo, IL. In
lieu of flowers please send donation to: National Veterans Foundations
9841 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
|Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007
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Subject: Thomas Joseph Glaser
Thomas Joseph Glaser (94th Infantry, 376th Division, I company) , aged 83, of Mishawaka, Indiana, formerly of Bellaire, Ohio, passed away on October 4, 2007. Born in Bellaire, Ohio, on January 4, 1924, he was the youngest son and 13th child of Charles and Otilia (Fehrenbach) Glaser, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters including Paul, Herbert, Ralph, Charles, Albert, Richard, Frances Lenhard, Clare, Catharine, Sister Catharine Clare (Margaret), Evelyn Mitsch and Mary Ellen Robinson.
On May 8, 1946, Tom married the love of his life, Betty Lee Ford, at St. John's Catholic Church in Bellaire. Betty and their seven children, Jane Mason, Mishawaka, Indiana, Mary Lou (Ray) Cressy, Mishawaka, Indiana, Susan (Michael) Spadafora of Richboro, Pennsylvania, Rebecca (Michael) Muhlenkamp, Greenville, Ohio, Charles (Susan), West Chester, Pennsylvania, Richard (Molly), Greensburg, Indiana, and Robert (Dawn), Holly Springs, North Carolina, survive. Tom also has 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
After graduating from St. John Central High School in 1940 he entered the U.S. Army on March 13, 1943. After basic training Tom was sent to the Army Specialized Training Program School at Camp McCain / University of Mississippi. He crossed the Atlantic in August 1944 aboard the Queen Elizabeth and after a short stay in England, landed in the European Theatre on September 9th . He was wounded in mid January 1945 as part of the Nennig-Berg-Wies engagement. He received an honorable discharge in August 1945. After the war, Tom worked for the U.S. Post Office in Bellaire. He was commissioned Postmaster by President Richard Nixon and kept that office until he retired in 1979. He was a member of Post 0052 of the American Legion for more than 60 years.
1922 - 2007
Lt. Col. William C. Warren USA (Ret.) went home to heaven Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. Mr. Warren will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late Edward T. and Emily Tuley Warren. After high school, Mr. Warren enlisted in the United States Army and served three-and-a-half years of duty before he entered the United States Military Academy. He graduated from West Point in 1942 and was appointed a 2nd lieutenant of infantry. Mr. Warren served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. In his career as an Army officer, he chose to serve in the infantry and was a platoon leader and a company and battalion commander.
During World War II, he served in the 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division and he commanded a rifle company in combat. His division landed in France on September 14, 1944 and was immediately committed to combat. He received many military decorations and honors: the Combat Infantry Badge, three Bronze Star Medals with V for Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Battle Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation for the 3rd Battalion of the 301st Infantry Regiment. The citation was awarded to the battalion for service in breaking through the Siegfried Line to create an opening for Allied troops to enter Germany. Mr. Warren earned a master of arts in public law and government from Columbia University in 1952 and, as part of his military service, was fluent in the Russian language.
He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1958 and retired from the Army in 1963, after serving in a number of capacities, including a post at the Pentagon. After retiring from the Army, he went to work as an administrator for what became the NYS Department of Transportation, from which he retired in 1980.
On West Point Day, March 20, 2002, he was presented the highest honor by the NYS Assembly when he received the NYS Conspicuous Service Cross and the NYS Conspicuous Service Star. Mr. Warren was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Delmar. In his retirement, Mr. Warren delivered blood for the Red Cross for 11 years. He also served as a history and genealogy consultant. Husband of Frances (Lucy) Warren; father of Cynthia (Don) Myers, Kathryn Warren, William (Sylvie) Warren, Thomas (Diane) Warren and Donna (Dave Verhegge) Warren and the late Robert Warren; brother of Clarice Start and the late Edna Moss, Edward Warren and Evelyn Wheelock; grandfather of Dustin Myers, Elisabeth Warren and James Warren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Delmar.
Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Interment West Point Cemetery, West Point, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing, or to another charitable organization of your choice, in memory of William Warren.
John F. Olshakoski, of Yonkers, died on Sunday, January 16, 2005 at age 87. Born on June 24, 1917 to Andrew and Theresa (Skrypack) Olshakoski in Yonkers, where he was raised and graduated from Saunders H.S. Mr. Olshakoski worked as a Mechanic for Mahoney Motors in Yonkers and then for the City of Yonkers Public Works Dept. He retired in 1982. John was a World War II Army Veteran. He was assigned to the 94th Infantry, served under General Patton, involved with the Battle of the Bulge; received the Bronze Star and was discharged as a Staff/Sgt. On May 10, 1952, he married Claire Swanson in St. Joseph's Church. She survives living in Yonkers. He is also survived by his daughter, Janis (Rodney) Zimmers of Randolph, NJ and two grandchildren: Rodney and Jacquelyn. He is also survived by his brother, Andrew Olshakoski of Stony Point and his sister, Helen Sansone of Dobbs Ferry and his sister-in-law, Rose Olshakoski of Cold Springs. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael and sisters: Mary Schmitz and Anna Mlodzinski. Visiting hours will be at the Whalen & Ball F.H. on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, January 22 at 9:30 am. Interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery. WHALEN & BALL F.H. 168 Park Avenue, Yonkers (914)965-5488
Published: Thursday, January 20th, 2005
|From: Joani Graves
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007
Subject: Fwd: John L. Hoerber V - May 24, 1925 - August 4, 2007
John L. Hoerber V, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Lithia, Florida with his family by his side on August 4, 2007. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 24, 1925. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Julie and his children John Hoerber VI, Kathe Mensik, Cheri Isgreen, Mark Hoerber, Patricia Zumpano, Mary Milian, and Peter Hoerber as well as his grandchildren Jason, Melyssa, Antonio, Christopher, and Alexandra Zumpano; Robert Mensik and Kristie Stewart; Mark Hoerber, Jr.; John Hoerber VII and Jacqueline Hoerber; Marissa Isgreen; Katy and Max Milian as well as his great-grandchildren Robert and Bryn Mensik.
John is veteran having served his nation in World War II where he earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Following his military service, he remained active with the 94th Infantry Division Association, serving in various leadership positions and coordinating several reunion tours over the past several decades.
Services will be held Sunday, August 12, 2007 at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road in Riverview and on Monday, August 13, 2007 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Road in Riverview. He will be laid to final rest at the Florida National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by calling 800-955-4572.
| JOSEPH F. HANEY (Age 81)
Of Herndon, VA, on July 31, 2007. Beloved husband of Dorothy; devoted father of Allen and his wife Dianne; brother of Robert and Arlene Diller; grandfather of Brian and Scott. Mr. Haney was retired from Philips Dodge Company. A WWII Army Veteran, member of the American Legion and VFW, the Masonic Order and Past Patron of the Eastern Star and Shriners. Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2007, 7 to 9 p.m., at ADAMS GREEN FUNERAL HOME, 721 Elden St., Herndon, VA. Services Monday, August 6, 2007, 10 a.m., Dranesville United Methodist Church, 1089 Liberty Meeting Court, Herndon, VA. Burial will be Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
In 1949 Sgt. Reuter was sent to Japan as an instructor in the Leadership School of the 8th/A/GHQ where he met the late Dorothy Burnett Phillips of Yazoo City, MS. The couple was married in 1949 at the Catholic Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Goodland, IN. Sgt. Reuter was subsequently sent into combat as an infantry platoon leader during the Korean War. Sgt. Reuter earned a Bronze Star Oct. 6, 1950 for heroism in action while making a river assault to establish a bridgehead near Munsan-ni. He earned a Silver Star Oct. 20, 1950 for gallantry in action by leading his platoon under heavy fire across the Taodong River to establish a bridgehead near Pyongyang. In The Korean War - An Oral History - Pusan to Chosin by Donald Knox, Sgt. Reuter is shown in a photo with his 1st Platoon, I Company, 5th Calvary Regiment shortly after crossing the Imjin River. In West Germany during 1956-1960, Captain, then Major Reuter attended the University of Maryland's foreign extension program. Later, while stationed at Ft. McPherson, East Point, GA. Lt. Col. Reuter completed advanced infantry and survival training at Ft. Benning, GA and Ft. Bragg, NC, and The Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS before serving from 1965 - 1971 at MACV Head- quarters, U.S. Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam on the staffs of Gen. William Westmoreland, then Gen. Creighton Abrams, Jr. As Chief Military Liaison, Lt. Col. Reuter was in charge of logistical coordination for all civilian and nonmilitary personnel entering Viet Nam.
He retired at The Presidio, C A in 1971 as a full Colonel. Col. Reuter earnednumerous medals and commendations, including the Combat Infantryman's Badge with One Star, four Purple Hearts, and the Silver Star for bravery, four Bronze Stars with V for valor, and the Military Merit Citation with Three Oak Leaf Clusters.
Five sons survive him: John E. Reuter, Cumming, GA; Michael C. Reuter of Dawsonville, GA; James M. Reuter of New Orleans, LA; Edmund G. Reuter, III, East Point, GA; and Mark P. Reuter, Coconut Grove, FL Col. Reuter is survived by two sisters: Ruth Reuter, Goodland, IN, and Dolores Stone Lafayette, IN and was preceded in death by three sisters. Col. Reuter was a member of the Knights of Columbus and after a Catholic service will be interred 9:00 A.M. April 2, 2007, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC with military honors.
I wanted to inform someone that my father...Louis (Louie) A. Mavec passed away on July 6, 2007. He was a member of HQ/319th Engineers. His residence was Swartz Creek, MI.
thank you if you could get this posted into the proper section of the website.
Amy Mavec, daughter and veteran of several 94th reunions.
Louis Anthony Mavec
His favorite pastimes were Slovenian polka music, trips to Frankenmuth, Michigan for various polka festivals, watching the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Pistons. He was preceded in death by his parents; his 7 siblings, including his dear sister, Rose Johnson of Flint. Also preceded in death by his son, Gregory and wife Rosemary (Bitsie).
He his survived by his daughter, Lisa and her partner Maryann Concannon of Ann Arbor, his daughter Amy and her partner Niki DeMar of Portland, Oregon, his son, Jerry of New York City; grandchildren, Christopher, Cortney and Cassidy; great-granddaughters, Kylah and Allena; his nieces, Gloria Hoffman of Flushing and her sister, Mary Anne Regimbal and husband Thomas of Swartz Creek, who cared for him lovingly.
Per Louie's wishes, his body was donated to the University of Michigan School of Medicine and specifically requested no service of any kind. The family desires any donations be sent to Heartland Hospice.
|From: Bud Holzman
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007
Subject: Albert T. Reynolds Jr.
I see that we've lost another 94 ID comrade. Albert T. Reynolds Jr., Bethlehem, PA. He was born in the Bronx. His wife, Jeanne M. Reynolds, died last month.
Albert T. Reynolds Jr., 81, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, in Moravian Village, Bethlehem, Pa. He was the husband of Jeanne M. Reynolds, who died last month. Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of the late Albert T. Sr. and Emma (Weldon) Reynolds. Albert retired from Good Humor Ice Cream Co. after 42 years of service.
He was a World War II Army 94th Infantry Division veteran. Survivors: Surviving are five daughters, Maureen King and her husband, Ron, of Millbrook, N.Y., Colleen Holmes and her husband, Greg, of New London, N.H., Kathleen Manning and her husband, Mark, of Chadds Ford, Pa., Rita Reven and her husband, Dan, of Lawrenceville, N.J. and Teresa McGrath and her husband, Jack, of Bethlehem Township; 12 grandchildren, a great-grandson.
He was predeceased by a brother, Msgr. Edward J. Reynolds, a sister, Teresa, and an infant daughter, Jeanne Shanley.
|Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007
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Subject: Taps for Samuel Gladstone
I am sad to announce that on Sunday June 3, 2007, Samuel Gladstone, a private in the 94th Division, died peacefully in a Long Beach, California nursing home.
He was 89. Born on April 11, 1918, Mr. Gladstone was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was an insurance salesman in Springfield, Mass. before the family moved to Los Angeles California in the late 1930s. Mr. Gladstone finished high school in Los Angeles and worked as a salesman and extra in the movies, appearing in Gone With the Wind and the Wizard of Oz. During this time, Mr. Gladstone met his future wife at a dance at the Biltmore Bowl at the Biltmore Hotel. As World War Two loomed, he worked in the shipyards of San Pedro and Marin City building Liberty ships.
After the breakout of World War Two, Mr. Gladstone, by then married with a small child, enlisted in the Army. After basic training at Camp Roberts, he shipped out on the Queen Mary and a few months later found himself in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge.
He later served as an assistant to an intelligence officer, using his skill with Yiddish--which is very similar to German--to translate for military government officials. During this period, he observed the results of Nazi atrocities--a burned out synagogue, a desecrated Jewish cemetery and neglect of Jewish women survivors of concentration camps. Along with other Jewish GI's he ensured the women received decent medical treatment and assist in their relocation to the United States and other countries. His experiences in the war were among the most searing and dramatic of his life.
After the war, Mr.Gladstone earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California. He had a distinguished career as a foreign trade specialist, serving as one of the first caucasians to work for a Japanese trading company after the war. He was a key member of a team of executives who brought the first flip flop sandals to the West Coast.
In later years, Mr. Gladstone earned a license in marriage and family counseling and counseled clients with AIDS. His was a full life. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred. He is survived by his daughter, Marianne Appel of Long Beach, Ca.; a son, Mark Gladstone of Sacramento, Ca., five granddaughters, numerous nieces and nephews and a gaggle of admirers and friends. The family asks that donations be made in his name to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. If friends want more information, Click HERE to email me
|WILLIAM R. CASHDOLLAR, 73
of Rome, Pa., passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, 1996 at the Skilled Nursing Unit, Memorial Hospital, Towanda.
Born Sept. 17, 1922 in Duryea, Pa., he was a son of the late William Henry and Ethel Hudleson Cashdollar. William was a veteran of World War II having served in the US Army Company A 319th Combat Engineer Battalion in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theatres and was the recipient of four bronze stars. On Oct. 21, 1947 he married the former Beatrice Rockwell in Towanda, Pa. In early years, Mr. Cashdollar was employed by General electric in Elmira, N.Y. He also drove truck and worked on road construction for many years in New York and Pennsylvania. He was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, a lifelong member of VFW Post No. 6824, Potterville, Pa., a life member of the 94th Infantry Division Association Inc., and was a member of the Vigilante Engine Company of Rome, Pa.
Surviving are: his wife, Beatrice Rockwell Cashdollar, at home: a son and daughter-in-law, James William and Mary Ann Cashdollar Sr. of Wysox; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and David D’Allesandro of Wysox: four grandchildren; Mark Hicks of LeRaysville, Kelly, Katie and James W. Cashdollar Jr., all of Wysox; a brother, James “Link” Cashdollar of Wysox; two sisters: Anna “Janet” Morse of the Senior Citizens Building, Towanda, and Esther Chilson of Wysox: several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, David, in 1928.
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Subject: ROY E. WILSON
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007
My Uncle ROY EDWARD WILSON passed away Feb. 12th, 2007 and buried on the 15th,2007. In Versailles, Missouri.
He was a member of Co.H, 302nd Btn. Machine gun Platoon, 94th Infantry Division, 3rd Army. He entered service in 1942 and took basic training at Camp Phillips, Kansas. Trained at other Camps in US until Division was sent to Europe in Sept. 1944. Fought in all 94th engagements including the "Triangle" Saar-Mosel-Ruhr pocket of the Rhineland area of Germany. Wounded but stayed in action until end of War in 1945 where the 94th found itself in Czechoslovakia. Came home to his Wife, Viola. Had Three Sons and Two grandchildren. Retired after 25 years of service with the Missouri Dept. of Transportation Highway Maintenance in 1982.
My Uncle didn't talk much about his service time but the Family knew he was proud of belonging to the 94th. Later years he would speak of some of what took place during those 209 combat days and the loss of many Friends.
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Subject: Fritz W Petersen, 88
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007
I would like to post my fathers name in taps 94th infantry
He died Feb 10, 2007 in Stockton, CA. He will be buried at East Union
Cemetery in Manteca, CA, at 1:00 pm feb.16,2006
|Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2007
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Subject: Robert P. Thorp 80
I would like to submit my fathers name to be posted on the 94ths TAPS page with his brothers in arms. If anyone knew him please contact me at 203-537-2305 or via email. Thank you.
Robert P. Thorp 80 of Meriden, formerly of Hamden and Bridgeport died on Tuesday Oct. 24, 2006 at Mid State Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. He was the husband of the late Marguerite D. Thorp who predeceased him on Tuesday Oct. 26, 2004.
He was born in Bridgeport, Conn. On May 21, 1926 the son of the late Benjamin R. and Gertrude E. Thorp. He is survived by his son Lieutenant John Thorp of the Meriden Police Department and his wife Kimberly with whom he lived. He also leaves behind his former daughter in law Nancy who assisted in caring for him in his final days, a sister Gertrude Pooley of Newtown, a brother Benjamin Thorp of The Veterans Home and Hospital Rocky Hill and his adopted grand children Mary Jo O’Brien and Scott Semrau. Last but not least Clyde his four legged recliner buddy who visited Robert at the hospital Monday evening just hours before his death. He will be missed by many close friends and extended family members including City Councilman Anthony Tomasetti.
He was a proud veteran of WW II serving with the US Army in the European theater of operations from 1944 to his honorable discharge in Fort Dix N.J. on, 7 March 1947. He served with the 376th Infantry Regiment 94th Division Company “F” 2nd Battalion as a Rifleman, Truck Driver and Military Policeman. When he returned from the war he began a life of continuous public service that did not end until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 75. In 1948 he began working at Bridgeport Ambulance as a driver; he managed Parent’s New Haven Ambulance, opened Gold Cross Ambulance Service in Hamden, worked for Flanagan Ambulance, Cheshire Ambulance and North Haven Ambulance. He was one of the states first Emergency Medical Technicians. In later years he worked as an armed security officer, a special police officer for the City of Meriden at Veterans Memorial Hospital. When he retired he was a security supervisor for National Amusements. He was a member of The Meriden Police Benevolent Association.
The family would like to recognize all of the medical professionals from Mid State Medical Center for the excellent care they provided Robert. Without the care provided by Doctor Giosa, Doctor Nair, Doctor Nadkarni and their staffs we would have lost Robert two years ago. A special thank you is extended to the entire respiratory therapy department and the staff of Pavilion C, especially Rose Fontanella RN who made Robert’s final hours a time of comfort and dignity for him. To the men and women of the Meriden Fire Department who always got there in time and the 911 dispatchers that answered our calls thank you for always being there for dad.
At Robert’s request there will be no calling hours and his burial will be private. In his own words he said “I want people to remember me as I was, not as I am now.” He spoke those words to his son on the morning of his death. There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 11:00am at the First United Methodist Church 159 East Main Street Meriden. The Rev. Eric Henderson will officiate. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army 23 St. Casimir Drive Meriden, Connecticut.