Robert Groth Obituary

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Robert Groth

June 3, 1922 - October 6, 2012
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Clinton Robert George Groth, 90, of Deep River, CT, husband of 60 years to the late Barbara (Burdick) Groth, left this world to be with our heavenly father on October 6, 2012 and will be missed greatly by his children and grandchildren. Robert was the son of the late Arthur F. Groth and Mary (Chuba) Groth. Born in New Britain, CT on June 3, 1922, Bob attended New Britain High School and graduated from the Teachers College of Connecticut (now Central Connecticut State University) in 1943. He became a Naval Aviator and served as a flight instructor, conducting basic flight training using the popular SNJ-5 trainer aircraft. After his...
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Robert George Groth, 90, of Deep River, CT, husband of 60 years to the late Barbara (Burdick) Groth, left this world to be with our heavenly father on October 6, 2012 and will be missed greatly by his children and grandchildren. Robert was the son of the late Arthur F. Groth and Mary (Chuba) Groth. Born in New Britain, CT on June 3, 1922, Bob attended New Britain High School and graduated from the Teachers College of Connecticut (now Central Connecticut State University) in 1943. He became a Naval Aviator and served as a flight instructor, conducting basic flight training using the popular SNJ-5 trainer aircraft. After his marriage to Barbara in 1945 and the end of WWII they settled in Deep River, CT and he began to teach Industrial Arts at Deep River High School. Bob was remembered fondly for directing all of the school choral performances at the Deep River Town Hall. During this time, inspired by his early study of military drum technique, he organized the Deep River Junior Fife and Drum Corps. When Valley Regional High School was completed in 1951 Bob developed the Industrial Arts Department and remained its Chairman until his retirement in 1981. Many remember his contributions as YMCA Day Camp Director and swim instructor, school bus driver, drivers education teacher and timekeeper at basketball games. Bob composed the "Alma Mater" for Valley High. Bob's family fondly remembers their many summer camping trips, including a 10 week trip across the country in 1964. In 1971 Bob founded the Chancel Handbell Choir, at Deep River Congregational Church and remained its director for 35 years. Seeing the need for a practical system for small groups, he created the "Porta Bell" system for four bell ringers and a publishing company to accommodate his arrangements. He was honored to be a member of the Rotary Club as an independent publisher/arranger and was elected a "Paul Harris Fellow" in 1990. At Deep River Congregational Church Bob was a Deacon and regularly active in the life of the Church, especially the senior and junior choirs. In his retirement Bob gave charitably of his time by using self-taught skills on piano and organ to conduct sing-alongs at convalescent homes and also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. On January 19, 2005 Bob was honored by the Deep River Historical Society with "Bob Groth Day." In addition to his parents and his beloved wife Barbara, Bob is predeceased by his sister Shirley Stannard, and brothers Art and Ken. He is survived by his daughter Susan Miron of Deep River, sons Robert Jr. and wife Sue of Pine Bush, NY, William of East Lyme, CT and Thomas and wife Deborah of Clinton, CT. He also leaves four grandchildren; Linnea Miron, Chelsea Combs, Tim and Jeremy Groth and four great grandchildren. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Peregrine's Landing in Clinton, CT and those at Vitas Hospice for the love and expert attention they provided Bob in the last two years of his life. Family and friends will be gathering for a memorial service at the Deep River Congregational Church, Church Street, Deep River, CT on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the Deep River Congregational Church, PO Box 246, Deep River, Ct 06417. For online tributes and condolences, please visit www.swanfh.com.

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