Robert E. Stohl, 92, of New Britain, loving husband of Lee (Fazzina) Stohl, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.
A lifelong New Britain resident, he was the son of the late Oscar and Evelyn (Gable) Stohl. Bob proudly served as a B-17 bomber pilot who flew 17 missions for the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He later served in the Air Force Reserve for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Bob was employed at Ingraham Watch & Lock Company in Bristol and later was a production engineer at Raymond Engineering in Middlefield. He loved sports, especially baseball and was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain.
Bob attended exercise classes for cardiac rehabilitation three times a week for over 20 years at the New Britain YMCA. He was extremely grateful and appreciative of the caring support he received at the YMCA. He made many friends among those also attending the rehabilitation classes.
Bob met his future wife Lee when they were both 8 years old while living in a two-family house. He always vividly remembered the first time he saw her walking down the driveway. They both grew up in that same house and they continued living in the house after their marriage in 1947 until his passing. Bob always put his wife and family first, and he and Lee shared a wonderful, happy life together, always by each other’s side.
Besides Lee, the love of his life and his loving wife of 69 years, he leaves behind two daughters, Pamela Stohl of New Britain and Lori Stohl of New York City; several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by a brother, Edward Oscar Stohl and a sister, Elaine (Stohl) Davis. He will be deeply missed by his wife and daughters.
At Bob’s request, his funeral and burial with military honors will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Carlson Funeral Home, New Britain, is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com .