1946 – 2015

NORWAY — Robert Douglas Haddock, 68, of Bethel, died Monday, July 20.

Born Aug. 4, 1946, in New Rochelle, N.Y., Bob graduated from Ridgefield High School in Connecticut in 1964; studied psychology at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., ranking fourth in a class out of 405; and graduated in 1969 from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in English.

As a journalist, he was a reporter at the News-Times (Danbury, Conn.) and the Hartford Times (Hartford, Conn.). He pursued a career as a freelance writer, ghostwriter and editor. Eventually, he owned and operated Appleridge Co., a wholesale distributor for many years. In 1985, he moved his business and settled in West Bethel.

A client wrote of Bob: “It has certainly been one of the truly good experiences I have had in the last 7 years to be dealing with you. I appreciate your utmost patience and trust.”

Bob followed politics, music, religion and literature. He delighted in analyzing and identifying Wall Street opportunities. He enjoyed the outdoors with his golden retriever, Red, a stray he had rescued, as well as canoeing, fishing and driving his vintage white Cadillac.

Independent and intelligent, kind and humorous, Bob loved and amused his late parents, Esther and Doug; and his brother, Doug, and sister-in-law, Lorraine, of Torrington, Conn.

We are grateful to God for the life he gave Bob, and for the peaceful death he was granted on July 20. We are thankful for the care and concern provided by Ledgeview Living Center staff. We appreciate the many kindnesses shown by the doctors and nurses at Stephens Memorial Hospital; the chaplin services provided by Fred Jordan, M.D.; the guidance of social worker, Robin Green; and, for Last Rites given by the Rev. Innocent Ozoki of St. Catherine of Sienna, Roman Catholic Church, Norway.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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