Robert Courneen

Robert E. Courneen

Sunday, May 31st, 1936 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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Lt. Colonel Robert E. Courneen, US Army Ret., 83 of Glastonbury, passed away April 30, 2020 at The Hearth in Glastonbury. He was born in Hartford on May 31, 1936, son of the late Martin B. and Jane (Foley) Courneen. Bob was a graduate of Bulkeley High School and was very active in Hartford prior to joining the Army. He was President of the Hartford Young Democrats. Bob went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska and later achieved his Masters Degree from Long Island University. He enlisted in the US Army in 1965 and served in Vietnam and Korea. For his exemplary service he was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from active duty as a Lieutenant and moved to the US Army Reserve and served as a Division Chief, Deputy Chief of Staff for Security and Intelligence, and US Army Depot System Commandant. He retired from military service as a Lt. Colonel, Military Police Corps in 1996. Bob was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg, PA and the Reserve Officers Association of the US. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed gardening, cars and his faithful bird companion, Charlie ; Bob was also a survivor of the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944.
Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother Martin B. Courneen and his wife Marge and his sister MaryJane Strong and her husband Louis. He leaves his beloved nieces and nephews, James Courneen, Linda Cowles, Diane Marrero, Sharon Courneen, LoriAnn Bender, Edward Strong, Robert Strong, John Strong and Brian Strong, as well as many loving cousins and friends including Eleanor Nuffort, William Foley, William and Maureen Sullivan and Kenneth Vardion. Bob’s family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to The Hearth and HomeAides especially Keisha and Comfort for all the love and support they gave to him during his illness.
Charities held a special place in Bob’s heart including the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Catholic Church and through his legacy many will benefit from bequests he has made. Donations in his honor may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, Alzheimer’s Association and/or Food Share or your local food bank in honor of the current crisis in our country and our world.
Due to health concerns, a private burial with military honors will be held in Cedar Hill Cemetery. It will be available through livestreaming at 11:00am Tuesday May 5, 2020. For further information or to extend condolences, please visit

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    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
    Cedar Hill Cemetery
    453 Fairfield Avenue
    HARTFORD, CT 06114
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    Cedar Hill
    453 Fairfield Ave.
    Hartford, CT 06114
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Emily Dunn Leary

Posted at 03:52pm
Bob (he will always be Bobby to me) and I were friends from the early teen age years in Hartford. We were each others "go to" in that when I needed an escort, it was him, and vice versa. We had many wonderful times together through the years, and he was a friend of my entire family. His late brother, Marty, called me when he was bringing him back from PA. I had suspected that there was something amiss because we never missed our Christmas contact. The last time I saw him was in February. He claimed he knew me, and I believed him. He will be in my heart forever. God love you Bobby, as I do.

Lori Bender

Posted at 02:12am
My Uncle Bob.... In my eyes there was not a finer Man than he. I always adored my Uncle growing up and would look so forward to him coming to Ct. for visits to my Grandmothers house on Monroe St. and later years to every Christmas that the Strong family hosted. When my Mom Mary Jane Strong passed and I was in my 30s and having lost both parents. Uncle Bob became my rock!! I was very honored that He walked me down the aisle at my wedding in 2007 ❤️
We stayed in close contact w emails and phone over the years. I regretfully only visited his home once in Pa.until it was time to pack up his home for his move. But made the Best of seeing the sights and Gettysburg. He was a very gracious host. Except when Charlie would a squawk at 5:30 in the morning. Haha. My favorite thing about Uncle Bob were his twinkling blue/ green eyes and his Cheshire Cat grin. That will forever be ingrained in memory. My last visit 6-7 weeks ago he gave me that smile when I walked in his room and that is what I will remember. We got to have him in Ct. for almost 3 years and not exactly the way we would have wished for. But we got to show him the Love that he deserved and hopefully made his trying days with Dementia a little easier. Rest in God hands now Uncle Bob. You were the Best of Men and you will live on forever in my Heart ❤️

Bob Hilliard

Posted at 08:21pm
To the Courneen Family.
We were saddened to learn of Bob's passing. But at the same time there is a sense of relief to know that his ordeal is over and that he is in a better place. Bob was a good friend for some 70 years and he was a part of so many happy memories over those years. He was always the gracious host when we visited at his Penn National home and a pleasure to be with. Our wish for him is that he now rests in peace with the Lord.
Bob and Pat Hilliard

Arnold Daxe, Jr

Posted at 08:20pm
Bob was a heck of a guy. I first met him when he returned from Vietnam to Ft. Dix NJ where I was assigned before I, too, went off to Vietnam. When I returned, we both were headed to the MP Officer's Advance Course at Ft. Gordon and decided that together we would rent an apartment for the year and each of us would sponsor an allied officer; he a Vietnamese Lt and me a Malaysian Capt. I would have been upset if he had sponsored a parrot! Bob was the ideal roommate - quiet, thoughtful, respectful and caring. Those attributes would carry him far. Amazingly enough, I ran into him again during my last assignment in 1991 when assigned to the Military Traffic Mngt Command, me in DC and he at the eastern port in Bayonne NJ. We corresponded for years and eventually I met Charlie when I visited him in Fayetteville PA. I though and still do that they were meant for each other. The last time I visited him was when he was living at The Hearth and had lunch with him and his brother for my short stay there. I had meant to visit him last year but my wife got ill and I had to cancel out. All should know that Bob was a fine man, a devoted family member and as fine and respected U.S. Army officer anyone would ever hope to meet. My sincere condolences to Sharon and the entire Courneen clan. I will miss my dear friend.
Col, USA Retired
Burke VA

Lori Bender Posted at 01:44am

Thank you so much for being such a dear friend to our Uncle Bob. He loved his boy Charlie. When I went to visit him in PA. I brought him some bird toys. After all he was like a child to him. My prayers for you and your Wife. Lori Bender (strong).

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