Robert "Bob" W. Voight, 86, of Terryville, Conn. A former Winsted resident, passed away on Thursday (Sept. 17, 2009) at St. Francis Hospital after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Walter and Mary (Roach) Voight and the husband of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (O'Brien) Voight.
Bob was born April 12, 1923 in New Britain, CT and served in the Navy at a military base in Hamilton, NY during WWII. He graduated in business from the University of Connecticut in 1948. After graduation from UCONN he began his private sector career with International Harvestors' Motor Truck division in Hartford. Bob worked as a salesman and zone manager.
His second venture into private enterprise came when he opened a hardware store on Main Street in Winsted. He changed the hardware store into a paint store after a few years.
Bob was also attending the University of Hartford, and in 1962, received a master's degree in education. He continued studying and received a certificate of advanced graduate study in educational administration in 1967.
Bob taught fifth grade at the William H. Batcheller School in Winsted for two years, seventh grade science for seven years and then served as the principal of the Isabelle M. Pearson School for 15 years. He also served as interim superintendent in 1976 and 1983. Despite retiring in 1984 he returned to fill in as principal of the Pearson School in 1989 and then again for the last time as interim superintendent in 1992.
Bob had a warm smile and a cheery hello whenever one saw him. He mixed his great sense of humor with the seriousness of the job that had to be done. He always said, "The most important thing is working with kids. They keep you young and keep you hopping"
Bob was a member of the Winsted Kiwanis Club for many years in Winsted and when he moved to Terryville joined the Terryville Lions Club.
In addition to his beloved wife of 61 years he is survived by one son, Robert J. Voight of Avon, two daughters, Paula Voight-Jause of Hudson, NY, and Marta Voight of Terryville; three grandchildren, Jeremy Lawson, Meghan Dummitt, and Beth Anne Voight-Jause; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Paul "PJ", Chaeli and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday 10:00am from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Terryville. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: The W. Gilbert Scholarship Fund, in memory of Robert W. Voight, 200 Williams Ave., Winsted, CT 06098