Robert J. Larsson

  • Died: February 13, 2018
  • Location: Newington, Connecticut

Newington Memorial Funeral Home

20 Bonair Avenue
Newington, CT 06111
Tel. (860) 666-0600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather

Robert J. Larsson, 89, of Newington died on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Iris (Bauer) Larsson, for 53 years. Born in Jersey City, NJ, he lived in Newington for the past 53 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received his Bachelors and Master's Degrees from Central Connecticut State University. Robert taught social studies at New Britain High School, New Britain for 30 years. He was an active volunteer at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library for 25 years, where he was responsible for creating the "summer movie series". Bob was a devoted fan of Bing Crosby. Besides his wife, Iris, he leaves his daughter and son-in-law Dawn Larsson Kelly and William, his two grandsons Ethan Keith and Colin Robert Kelly all of West Warwick, RI. He was predeceased by his son Keith Larsson. Bob's family would like to thank the staff on the Burnham wing of the Jefferson House, for all the care and compassion they gave Bob, during his brief stay there. Family and friends are invited to call at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington on Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by a service beginning at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest, with military honors, in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111. To share a memory with his family, please visit us at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I only today learned of Bob's death, and am saddened. I knew Bob best from my visit with you the summer after Ellen's death (1997): Bob's great pride in his Library accomplishments (always the servant and educator) and fondness for the art and character of Bing Crosby. He had no grandchildren then, but Facebook entries shared his love for them as for Dawn. May you find peace and joy in having known Bob and experienced his love.

Posted by Carl Jordan - Athens, GA   August 01, 2018

Dear Iris and Family ~
What a meaningful and full life Bob had! The best part surely was love for his family. Wishing all of you the peace that passes all understanding as you savor the best memories you've shared.

Posted by Bob, Lynette and Bobby Grande - Bloomfield, CT - Friend   February 19, 2018

I am so sorry that Bob has passed away. For several summers, I greatly enjoyed his film series at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library -- Bob had such a wealth of knowledge about movie history, and his commentaries at the series were so informative and delightful. My heartfelt sympathy to all his family -- may Bob rest in peace.

Posted by Nancy Jordan - Newington, CT - Acquaintance   February 17, 2018

Mr. Larsson was one of the best teachers I had at NBHS. His love of American history led me to later major in history at CCSU but later became a elementary school teacher in New Britain for 35 years. His classroom presentation each day with a handwritten outline of that day's lesson made us all better note takers and helped us organize our thoughts. He definitely made me a better student. I am so sorry that you have lost him but you must have so many fond memories.

Posted by Alice Hinchcliffe - East Haddam, CT - Student   February 17, 2018

I have such fond memories of "Mr. Bob"...what a special man. My sympathies are with you Iris and with Dawn and her family...bless you.

Posted by Katherine Merlino - Clarkdale, AZ   February 15, 2018

Our family offers our continuing love and support. We have shared and cherish our experiences in youth, growth, adulthood, and now, in life's most profound loss.

Bob has been in our prayers; for God's will to give you strength; to grant you remembrance of Bob's gifts, freely offered, his love of family and the pleasure he brought to those who knew him.

Posted by Bill & Susan Jordan - Tallahassee, FL   February 15, 2018

Dear Bob,Thank you for making my friend Iris so happy. Your life together certainly had its sorrow, with the illness and tragic loss of Keith, but the joys had to have been epic. May you dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Amen.

Posted by Roberta Laguna - Phoenix, AZ   February 15, 2018

Iris & Family
We are so sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
May the love of family & friends bring
you comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Sue,Sharon,Chris,Pat Business Office at Jefferson House - Newington, CT   February 15, 2018

Iris and family, my prayers and thoughts go out to you all. I always looked forward to those mornings in the library with Bob. He cheered us up, loved being one of us. I learned so much from him.

Posted by Susan Bethune - Lebanon, CT - Family   February 15, 2018

Iris, Dawn, Bill, Ethan and Colin, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a quiet gentle man who loved his family dearly. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

Posted by Denise Plante - West Warwick, RI   February 15, 2018


Our thoughts and prayers go out to you dear Iris in this time of sadness . With deepest sympathy
Ursula , Christine , Jason

Posted by Ursula Rychert - berlin, CT   February 15, 2018

With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.

Posted by Newington Memorial Funeral Home Duksa Family Funeral Homes - Newington, CT   February 15, 2018

I was fortunate enough to meet Bob and spend time with Iris and their friends on Sanibel Island. Bob left me with indelible good memories. He will be missed. Prayers for his family and friends.

Posted by David Giraitis - AURORA, CO - Friend   February 14, 2018

Bob was a dear friend of my late father, Artie French. I was so blessed to know Bob, who was a kind and bright, bright man- truly a wonderful person devoted to his family and to knowledge. I had many interesting conversations with Bob about history, politics, and of course Bing, and was fortunate to visit him most recently in October. My brother Ken and I express our heartfelt condolences to Iris, Dawn & Bill, Ethan and Colin. We will miss him too. A good man. ~Kathy French

Posted by Kathy French - Tampa, FL - Family Friend   February 14, 2018

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