Robert John Naedele

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Obituaries/ News -

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, 2018, Robert John Naedele, fin­ished his in­spir­ing jour­ney here with us, hav­ing passed away af­ter hav­ing filled 64 and 1/ 2 years with life, love, and im­pact. A lov­ing hus­band, Bob, was blessed to have his high school sweet­heart, wife of 43 years, and be­drock, Ch­eryl, by his side every step of the way. An amaz­ing and very proud fa­ther, Dad, was adored, cher­ished and will al­ways be re­mem­bered by his 3 chil­dren, Robert Jr., Shaun, and Shan­non – as well as his 3 chil­dren- in- law, Kate, An­nie, and Quinn. A loyal son and brother, Bobby was com­forted along his jour­ney by his mother, Doris, and his sis­ters, Mary Ellen Sa­matul­ski, Pa­tri­cia Gray, Joan Carr, and Terri- Ann Plude. Robert is now joy­fully re­united with his fa­ther, John Fran­cis, and older brother, Ger­ald Fran­cis – both of whom pre­de­ceased him. Born in 1954, in Bridge­port, CT, Bob was an out­stand­ing friend and ath­lete as a young man. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Notre Dame in 1972, Bo sur­vived a lifechang­ing mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in 1974, mar­ried Ch­eryl in 1975, and then joined the Bridge­port Po­lice De­part­ment in 1978. Pro­gress­ing rapidly from Pa­trol­man to De­tec­tive “BoJack”, Bob served for 23 years, re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous com­men­da­tions from the City of Bridge­port, the State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, the City of New York and the NYPD, as well as the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice for his ex­cep­tional re­sults and ex­em­plary ser­vice. In 2001, Bo re­turned to the com­mu­nity as a State Ju­di­cial Mar­shall, where du­ti­fully served in Court Op­er­a­tions for an­other decade. In­spired by leg­endary Coach Don Shula, Bob was, and will be, for­ever a teacher and leader of young men. Over 40 years, Bob in­vested so much in so many. From Bridge­port Pop Warner, Notre Dame High School, and Shel­ton High School Foot­ball to North End Lit­tle League and Ox­ford Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball as well as the Boy Scouts, Coach Bob loved to be on the field and in the mix. Sun­days in the Fall were for his beloved Mi­ami Dol­phins, and every day in­cluded his fa­vorite ath­lete, Dan Marino. Satur­days in the Fall were for deer and turkey hunt­ing with his bud­dies at the Cabin, while Spring marked fish­ing sea­son and his renowned Ir­ish Soda Bread. Grampie’s legacy of self­less­ness and ser­vice, grit and per­se­ver­ance, tough­ness and kind­ness, pride and love will live on through his 5 grand­chil­dren, Ju­lia Frances and Ella Maeve Naedele, John Jerome and Grace Anne Naedele, and Macken­zie Jo Levey. Robert’s life, love, and im­pact will be cel­e­brated at 11 a. m. on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15th, 2018, at Our Lady of the As­sump­tion Church, 545 Strat­field Road, Fair­field, CT. Call­ing hours will be held on Wed­nes­day from

4- 7 p. m. in the Lesko & Polke Fu­neral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fair­field Cen­ter. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be di­rected to the Bob Naedele ‘ 72 Stu­dent Ath­lete Schol­ar­ship, Notre Dame High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fair­field, CT 06825. To sign an on­line reg­is­ter or to get travel di­rec­tions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuner­alHome.com

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