OBITUARY

Robert Sibley Birge

May 9, 1947June 28, 2018

WATERFORD – Robert S. Birge “Capt. Bob”, 71, died peacefully at his home on June 28th after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Hartford, CT on May 9, 1947 to the late Wesley and Gertrude (Sibley) Birge. After graduating high school, he worked as a small engine mechanic, and then attended Thames Valley State Technical College receiving his degree in engineering and working for Pratt and Whitney for a short time. He decided to couple that with his strong desire to help people. With this thought in mind, he joined both the Connecticut State Police and the Army National Guard. His Connecticut State Police career saw him retire as a Trooper First Class from Eastern District traffic unit. While he was in the National Guard he spent most of his career with 242nd Engineering Group. He received an Honorable Discharge holding the rank of Major from Headquarters STARC in Hartford, CT, giving selflessly of himself to others throughout his career. Bob served his country and his state with pride and professionalism. After an early retirement, Bob exemplified lifelong learning by earning a BA in Business Management, a Real Estate license, and a certified Broker license, owning and operating his own real estate business.

Bob also spent a lifetime of fishing the waters of Long Island Sound, which began at an early age mating on his father’s boats until he became the Captain of his own boat. Captain Bob greatly enjoyed taking his family and friends on many fishing trips and pleasure cruises, and more recently developed a passion for Florida fishing. He also used his Captain’s license ferrying boats in Long Island Sound as well as up and down the East coast. Bob also enjoyed pistol shooting in his free time. He was involved with the CSP Pistol Team and was an active member of the Quaker Hill Rod & Gun Club. It was at QHRGC that he continued with his pistol competitiveness, as well as being a benefactor of the N.R.A. Bob enjoyed gardening and cooking in his spare time, trying to grow the biggest, most delicious tomatoes, and his Baked Stuffed Shrimp recipe was published in a local cookbook.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susan (Trantalis) Birge, his daughter; Kimberly Birge-Liberman and husband Phil, step-son; Christopher Paradis and wife Tammy, and grandchildren; Wesley & Norah Birge-Liberman and Jacob & Hayley Paradis as well as his sister Betty Tonnuci and nieces and their families.

Bob’s family wishes to express their gratitude for the professionalism and exemplary care provided over these past two trying years to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Brigham & Woman’s Hospital, Hope Lodge in Boston, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and Emergency Department, Bayview Nursing and Rehab., the V.N.A. of Southeastern CT, members of the Goshen Fire Department, Hospice of Southeastern CT and the Doctors, Nurses, and Heath Care Providers where Bob made fast friends. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Bob to support sarcoma cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, P.O. Box 849168, Boston MA 02284, Hospice of Southeastern CT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or a charity of your choice.

Please join us for a Celebration of Bob’s life to be held on July 28, 2018, at 5:00 PM at Camp Niantic Army National Guard Base, 38 Smith St., Niantic CT. 06357.

To leave a condolence or share a memory, please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 28, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

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Amanda Gates-Lamothe

July 27, 2018

What a great neighbor Bob was to the kids and I. Always happy to see how we were all doing, offer advice about the vehicles and share a laugh. I’m sorry we were away and didn’t get to visit one last time. Sue you know we’re all here for you and appreciate and feel blessed being neighbors to you both. Our condolences to you and the family during this difficult time. Bob was one of a kind! Xoxo.

Eileen Houlihan

July 24, 2018

Dear Sue, you and Bob have been in my thoughts and prayers often, and I was very saddened to hear of his death. May your memories provide you comfort. Peace, Eileen

Mariann and Miles Weiner

July 24, 2018

We were blessed to know him. Loved all the fishing times we had. Sue, you have been a wonderful mate to him and took such great care all through his illness. He will be remembered, well. Blessings on you, and all the kids.
Mariann and Miles

Janice Modon

July 19, 2018

Bob had been in my prayers and now is in my heart. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I understand your pain and loss. God Bless!

Lenny Welch

July 19, 2018

RIP Bob you were a true patriot.

Vicki & Tom Bria

July 19, 2018

Dear Sue
It's is with a heavy heart we send our deepest sympathy.
Sincerely
Vicki and Tom Bria

RICH & DEBBIE BERNARDO

July 19, 2018

Sue & Family,

Sending healing prayers and our biggest hugs. We are so sorry for your loss of Bob, Sue. Know that we're holding you in our hearts and hoping that you find some comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Debbie & Rich Bernardo

Ray & Gail Munn

July 19, 2018

Sue -
We each offer our sincere condolences upon your loss of Bob and the ordeal you both have endured over the past couple of years. We trust that your many memories highlighted in Bob's obituary will give you and your kids and grandkids strength to live through your loss and provide a model for your grandkids to live by.
Our best,
Ray & Gail

Lee Wildes

July 17, 2018

I have be friends with Bob since we were classmate at OCS in 1976. Another funny story with Bob. We attended The Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir in 1977. After a week of classes and hard work we were ready to go out for a drink. Masons Oyster Bar in Alexandria was highly recommended. We got there and we ordered a vodka tonic and draft Budweiser 1977 prices $3.50. A little later we stopped at one of the local officer clubs in the DC area. Bob’s turn to buy. He ordered the same round. The bartender quickly served us the drinks. Bob reached for his wallet the bartender said it that will be 75 cents. Bob in a little loud voice asked “75cents ??!!” The bartender snapped to attention and said sorry sir you just missed happy hour. Happy hour prices would have been 55 cents. We found a new watering hole.

Mike Collins

July 17, 2018

RIP Bob. As a younger Trooper I always respected the time you took to explain the importance of the job to the new guys.