Pomfret – Robert P. McElroy, 82, of Blossom Dr., died Monday, December 29, 2014 in UMass Memorial Hospital. He was the loving husband of Gail (Sutherland) McElroy who he met when she was 12. They were married for 59 years. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Frederick and Irene (Talbot) McElroy.
Mr. McElroy was a Korean Army Veteran. He worked as a manager of online telecommunication systems and software for several companies such as Barden Corp., American Chain & Cable, Young & Rubican Advertising and Continental Insurance Co. He also taught computer classes for IBM. He was a coach for the Ridgefield Little League Association and was the President of the Ridgefield Speed Skating Association. He enjoyed playing the piano, listening to classical music and “tinkering.” He also enjoyed volunteering at Westview Health Care Center, St. Joseph Living Center, and the Norwichtown Rehabilitation. He always made sure that his family came first.
In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his sons, Kevin McElroy and his wife Lynell of Danbury, CT, and Kenneth McElroy of Pomfret; his brothers, Richard McElroy and his wife Eloise of Woodstock, John McElroy of Randolph, NJ, Joseph McElroy and his wife Glenda of Sunlake, AZ, and William McElroy and his wife Marilyn of Danielson; his grandchildren, Caitlin McElroy, Kelly Jean McElroy, Jonathan Sakolski and Russell Sakolski. He was predeceased by his brothers, Frederick, Francis, and James McElroy; and his sisters Mary Victory and Irene Kernan.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Robert’s family from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday January 10, 2015 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam with a funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30am in Most Holy Trinity Church, Pomfret, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the activity funds at Westview Healthcare Center, St. Joseph Living Center or to a charity of your choice. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.