Robert "Bob" Cowles

April 11, 1945October 18, 2020

WOLCOTT- Robert "Bob" Cowles, 75, longtime dedicated member of Wolcott Fire Department Company 1, passed away on Sunday October 10, 2020 at Shady Knoll Health Center in Seymour. Robert was born in Waterbury on April 11, 1945, born the son of the late Benjimin and Ellen (Corbett) Cowles. He was a lifelong resident of Wolcott and a 48 year member of Wolcott Volunteer Fire Dept. Company 1. Bob was employed by Bushka Lumber as a trusted driver in his younger years. He also drove a bus for Daniel Goffred's bus company in Wolcott for many years, as well as being a driver for the Cheshire bus system. Robert was very proud of his service with the US Navy, in which he served in the Vietnam War Era, and was assigned to the USS Simon Buckner, which was a crew transport carrier. Robert was one of a kind! His cheerful disposition could be seen throughout town at his favorite restaurants which included El Cafesito, where he met his pals Alex and Leo for breakfast, Vito's Pizza, Hitchcock Pizza, and East Street Eatery. In his later life, he was given the gift of being able to travel. Robert was able to visit Ireland, Canada, Europe, and he was also able to go on a riverboat cruise which he so enjoyed. Robert never missed an opportunity to make YOU smile by saying either, "Hello young lady", "Have a Happy", or "Keep Smiling!", which were just a few of his trademark sayings. Robert leaves behind to cherish his memory, his special friend Chuck Marsella who watched over him in his later years. He also leaves behind his cherished brothers at the Wolcott Fire Department Co.l, as well as so many people that he met upon the way. We will truly miss you, our very special friend. Please join us for a Memorial Service will will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home 690 Woodtick Rd. in Wolcott. Calling hours will be on Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 AM. Burial with military honors will follow at the Woodtick Cemetery. Visit www.dellavecchiawolcott for online condolences and directions.



  • Calling Hours

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


  • Burial with military honors


Robert "Bob" Cowles

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lucienne Marsella

October 27, 2020

Chuck and I, and all of the Wolcott Fire Department members, would like to thank all of you that left a wonderful memory about our dear friend Bobby.
He certainly did touch so many people along his life's journey.
Bob had the ability to put a smile on anyone's face when he was speaking with them. Even at the end of his life, he never missed the opportunity to smile. He rarely complained. He cherished all of his friendships.
We will miss him dearly.

Michelle Harris

October 23, 2020

There are certain people that you meet in life that bring a smile to your face, Bob you were one of those special souls.... It was a pleasure getting to know you the years we worked together at Bushka Lumber. I will always remember the times you would stop by while I was making the coffee and ask me how it felt to be Mrs. America. Rest easy dear friend until we meet again.

Bushka Lumber

October 21, 2020

We here at Bushka Lumber of Waterbury really appreciate the hard work and dedication that Bob gave us to our company over the 20 plus years he worked. He was always uplifting with his smile and caring. He will sorely be missed by the Bushka Family, our staff and customers he served those years of work.
May God Bless Bob for all he has done during his wonderful life.
Will Love,
Steve, Ron, Rich, Terry Bushka and the Staff here at Bushka Lumber

Fred Angelone

October 21, 2020

My childhood very best friend. We did everything together from school, homework, baseball right to High School when I moved away. Sitting with his parents every morning before school was also precious.

GOD Bless you Bobby, forever in my heart.

Peter Wight

October 19, 2020

"Rest easy; sleep well Life Member Robert Cowles,
Know the line has held, your job is done,
Rest easy, sleep well,
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held,
Peace, peace, and farewell..."


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