Robert William REGAN
February 29, 1928 – August 23, 2021
Robert W. Regan 93, Tampa, Fl. The dear Lord took Bob into his arms on August 23, 2021 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s. He fought for his life like the true warrior he was.
Bob was born on February 29, 1928, Bayside, Queens, NY. His parents Thomas J Regan and Catherine Gilligan Regan of Jersey City, N J. He was preceded in death by Norma Marie Allen Regan, his loving wife of 53 years. Brothers: Thomas of Connecticut, Kenneth of Massapequa, New York, Lawrence (Larry) Wantagh, NY; His dear sisters: Joan of Virginia and Gail of Cairo, NY. His sister Joan was a "pioneer" for women, working in Bellevue Hospital ER, in NYC. Gail preceded Bob's death in Upstate NY after a short illness with Covid-19.
His family was a tight knit stereotypical Irish Catholic family. Four of his brothers served on NYC
Police Department with him and after him. He wanted to announce his passing as"Be Happy I am going to join my dear loving Norma"! Robert served in the Army in post-war Germany and fought in the infantry in the Korean War receiving 2 Purple Hearts. Bob was to receive the Silver Star for Valor during the Korean War - but declined it since they refused to give the same to his buddy who fought beside him.
Robert was a retired NYC Policeman and a member of Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, The Disabled American Veterans Association, NYC Police Dept. Honor Legion, Knights of Columbus 3rd degree - Chapter 2112, Elks Club # 1830, NYCPD 10-13 Club, Sts. Peter & Paul Men's Club and Eucharist Minister.
He lived his last several years (2018) at Renaissance Tampa, in the Memory Care Facility where he was known to greet everyone with a cheerful "Good morning!" and a smile. The staff there were beyond good and caring to him and will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
He is survived by his sister Katherine of Bayside Queens, NY, our matriarch and our loving confidant, and his youngest brother Patrick, retired NYC policeman, from Massapequa, NY. His loving daughters: Norine Regan Groscurth (Rusty) Ellyn Regan Coalter (Brad) Linda Regan Hawhurst (Michael). Grandchildren: Russell, Robert, Caitlin, Regan Marie, Jennifer, Gillian, and great-grandson Deacon.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Baldwin-Fairchild on Aloma Ave., Goldenrod, Fl. Viewing on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 from 5pm - 7pm. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection at 11am on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, Fl.
In lieu of flowers the family invites you to please consider a donation to St. Jude's Children Hospital at: www.stjudes.org. Or the Alzheimer organization, www.alz.org Condolences may be offered at www.Baldwin-Fairchild.com.
We will truly miss Bob's kind heart, deep faith in his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and his hearty laugh and strong embrace.
Robert W. Regan
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Robert W. Regan
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Robert William REGAN
September 2, 2021
I’m so sorry to learn about the passing of Bob. He and Norma meant the world to my parents for a very long time and my heart hurts to know he’s met my daddy once again. Sending my love to all of you
August 30, 2021
Your Dad was a phenomenal man. His commitment to his family, his country and to his blue blood comrades was admirable. Richard shared so many wonderful memories of times he and your Dad spent together. I remember when we bought our house in Florida and your Mom and Dad came and spent the weekend. We had a lot of laughs and did a lot of reminiscing. Your father will always be remembered for the kind and loving man he was. His legacy will live on in all who were blessed to have known him and loved him. My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. My love, thoughts, prayers and hugs are with all of you.
August 29, 2021
Miss you already dad. So so sorry you had to endure the last six years. Alzheimer’s is a cruel cruel disease. I know you are finally at peace. There is probably a huge banquet going on in heaven, including all your friends and family! (Remember the stops after Grandma Regan’s house to the White Castle???) Your faith, loyalty and honesty will never be forgotten. Your clear mind as to what is right and wrong , what you should or shouldn’t do , will stay with me. I never met a man who had more “true friends” than you!! Be at rest and comfort…..no one deserves it more than you. You fought like a true warrior. I love you, Nor