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Robert Judd Bertini Jr.
December 14, 1937 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Robert (Bob) Judd Bertini Jr., 86, of Meriden, CT, and formerly of Avon and Guilford, CT, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024 at The Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. He was born in New Britain, CT, on December 14, 1937 the son of the late Robert Sr. and Sarah (Rowley) Bertini. Bob is predeceased by his beloved wife of 41 years, Lorraine (Malnati) Bertini. He leaves behind four children and their families: Deborah B. Tice and partner Greg Jackson, Robert J. Bertini III and wife Karen, Suzanne Peterson and husband Rob, Linda A. Diskin and husband William; seven grandchildren, David S. Tice and wife Marilyn, Robert J. Bertini IV and wife Janelle, Brian T. Bertini, Andrew T. Bertini, Robert J. Peterson III and fiancé Jenna Schroen, Genevieve S. Peterson, and Elizabeth R. Peterson; and two great grandchildren, Madilyn C. Tice, and Russell E.S. Tice.
Bob graduated from New Britain High School in 1954 and obtained a BS degree from the University of Hartford. Bob married Carol Matascik at 21, and immediately had 3 children while working and obtaining his MBA at night. He worked in multiple accounting and auditing roles and continued to grow his career while raising his 3 children. He took the lead parent role for his children when he and Carol divorced. Bob found love for the second time with Lorraine; they married in 1979, he gained a “bonus” daughter and had a beautiful life for 41 years. They traveled to Hawaii regularly and bought a ski home in Vermont where they spent many winters with the Chimney Hill Association, skiing, socializing and enjoying the tranquility of the mountains.
In 1989, Bob and Lorraine moved from Avon, CT to Long Hill Farm, in Guilford, CT where they lived blissfully for 30 years. Bob held multiple roles on the Long Hill Farm homeowner’s association board, including President, Treasurer, and Historian. Finance and numbers were his passion, and he generously shared his love and knowledge with anyone who showed interest. Bob had a long and fruitful career in finance and accounting for the United Technologies Corporation family of businesses until his retirement in 1999. In 2019, Bob and Lorraine moved to The Village at Kensington Place in Meriden, CT. Once again, he fully embraced his new community where he made many friends, led the Resident Council, and enthusiastically enjoyed all aspects of community life including exercise classes, bingo, activities, and off-site excursions.
Bob loved many things, but his extended family was the heart and soul of his world. Bob took many road trips to the Midwest to visit grandchildren, hosted many holiday gatherings, and attended many dinner parties with his big, crazy local family. After family, Bob’s happy place was being outside: snorkeling in Maui, skiing in Vermont, or swimming in their backyard pool. Bob’s love of the water started at a young age on his family’s boat, and grew throughout his life with swimming, water skiing, snorkeling, and fishing his passions through many years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Veteran’s association or organization of your choice.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home of Berlin, 111 Chamberlain Hwy., Berlin. A memorial service for the residents of the Village at Kensington Place will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 2:00 PM. A private burial will take place in Stafford Springs Cemetery.