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home : obituaries : obituaries May 26, 2018

4/17/2018 7:02:00 PM
Robert R. Sweet July 22, 1922 - April 8, 2018

Robert "Bob" Sweet, 95, died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Springfield, on April 8.

His influence on other people in his life is well characterized by his son Matt, who says this: "About a year after Megan died I asked Pop if he ever gets bored. He said without a moment's hesitation; 'I've never been bored a day in my life.' I was impressed, and yet not surprised. I think of what he said often. I think that he meant that there is virtually no end to the opportunities afforded us in this life to seek, explore, contemplate and ruminate over. In other words, life is what you make of it, and we all have the ability to choose to "never be bored a day in our life." I was inspired by this simple sentence to always look for the interesting in the mundane, and to appreciate life for what it brings to us every day."

Bob was happily married to Megan Sweet for 35 years. She predeceased him in 2015. He is survived by daughters Kathy Miles and Dinah Kennedy of Colorado, Stephanie Jevons and her husband, Tom O'Meara, of Connecticut, Jennifer Sweet of FL; sons Timothy Sweet of Martha's Vineyard, MA, and Matthew Sweet of New Hampshire; his children's mother, Patricia Sweet of Colorado; also a stepson, Clifford Clark of California, a stepdaughter Tisha Thompson of Mill Valley, California; and his very special stepdaughter, PJ Clark of Florence, Oregon (who lovingly tended to her mother's needs until her mother's death and to Bob's needs since then).

He was predeceased by his best friend and brother Charles Sweet, and by his son-in-law Jim Kennedy. Bob also leaves 12 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, plus three nephews and their families.

Bob was born to Emily Ransom Sweet and Charles Atwater Sweet on July 22, 1922 in Fairfax, Alabama. His parents and he moved to Bronxville, New York, when he was 8, and he attended schools there. He then went to Colorado College until World War II broke out when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater as a lieutenant until the end of the war.

He was employed for many years by Aetna Property and Casualty in Hartford, Connecticut, and eventually became its Secretary of Underwriting. In the 1980s he transferred to the company's San Francisco branch where he met and married Megan. Upon retirement, Bob and Megan moved to Camp Sherman, a dream place for the outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman that he was. Bob was also a voracious reader and enjoyed his crossword puzzles. In keeping with Bob's wishes, there will be no memorial service.

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