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Obituary: Robert Archambault

July 2, 2024
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Robert Archambault

Robert Archambault, age 92, beloved husband for 62 years to Marilyn Ekblade Archambault of Orange, entered into eternal rest on March 14, 2024 at Branford, CT.

Son of the late Clarence and Mary Appleby Archambault, he was born on November 1, 1931 in New Haven, CT.

Robert graduated from The Hopkins School in 1949 and is currently the Class Secretary. He received his BS degree from Providence College in 1953, and subsequently served as President of the New Haven Club of Providence College. Bob served with the United States Air Force as an Aviation Cadet, and then worked for SNET and AT&T for 31 years, retiring in 1987 as a District Manager. While employed, Bob was active in the Telephone Pioneers and served as a President of the Morris F. Tyler Chapter #9. He is also a Past President of the Connex Credit Union. Bob was one of the “founding fathers” who organized the SNET Retiree Association (SRA) after the takeover by AT&T and stayed on as Treasurer for several years.

For many years, Bob was the Chairperson of the Town of Orange Elderly Housing and oversaw the committee that built Silverbrook Estates, the first dedicated senior housing in Orange. He then served as President of the Silverbrook II Condominium Association for ten years.

In 1998, Bob was honored by the Rotary Club of Orange for his years of service in the community. In 2006, he was honored with the first group of recipients of the Living Treasure Award for a lifetime of outstanding service to the Town of Orange.

Bob is currently President of The Orange Foundation, which distributes scholarships and grants to deserving Orange residents.  He is Past President of the Orange Exchange Club, and the Orange Chamber of Commerce from which he has received four outstanding service awards. He was a volunteer with the Orange Country Fair Committee, and a trustee for the Orange Volunteer Fire Association. He was also a member of the Orange Economic Development Corporation which honored him in 2007. Bob was also an active member of the American Legion, Post #127 which also honored him in 2007.

Bob is a past President of the Surf Rider Timeshare Association in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he enjoyed over 30 winter season vacations with his family. For many years the family, and his sisters vacationed together for a reunion week on Cape Cod.

In addition to his devoted and loving wife of over 60 years, Marilyn, Bob leaves two beautiful, unique, extraordinary daughters, Elizabeth Archambault of Providence, RI and Sharon London of Scotch Plains, NJ and three grandchildren, Emily London, Olivia London and Matthew London. Bob also leaves a sister Suzanne Archambault of North Andover MA, nephew C. Edward Gugler of Beverly, MA and niece Tricia Gugler and her husband Tom Burke. He also leaves a sister-in-law Elaine Benoit of Hamden, CT, her daughters Patrice (Brian) Franco of Rhode Island, and Michele (Brian) Koski, and their children Siobhan (David) Somerville, and Brenna (Brett) Sullivan of RI, and Jonathan and Georgia Koski of FL. He was also predeceased by his sister Mary Jane Gugler, stepmother Denise Hill Archambault, and his niece Barbara Lynn Benoit.

Calling hours will be Thursday March 21, 2024, 4pm-6pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford. A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday March 22, 2024 at 11am at Holy Infant Church, Orange (Meet directly at church). Interment with Military Honors will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Orange Foundation, P.O. Box 729, Orange, CT 06477 to the Archambault Family Scholarship Fund.

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