Robert Emery Obituary

Robert Edward Emery
Robert Edward Emery

July 2, 2017
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire
Resided in Waterford, CT


Waterford - Captain (U.S. Navy Retired) Robert E. Emery Sr., 86, beloved husband of Eleanor (Muldoon) Emery, died peacefully, on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 in the presence of his loving family.
Bob was born in Manchester, NH, on January 11, 1931 to Harold and Teresa (McGuigan) Emery. After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in Manchester, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While enrolled in Electronics and Technician School, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. which was followed by attendance at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
His first assignment after graduating from the Naval Academy was on board The USS Columbus home ported in Long Beach, CA. Upon completion of a deployment to the Western Pacific, Bob returned to Lawrence, MA to marry Eleanor Muldoon. They returned to Long Beach and The Columbus before receiving orders in 1957 to report to The USS Hopewell, home ported in San Diego, CA. Serving as the CIC Officer, The Hopewell embarked on a deployment to the Western Pacific, which included a port visit to Sydney, Australia. While deployed, Bob received transfer orders to report to the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT beginning a long career as a Submariner.
Bob’s introduction to submarine sea duty began in 1958 aboard the USS Piper in Groton where he served as Weapons, Engineering and Operations Officer. This tour of duty included a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and operations with several ships of foreign navies. It also included a visit to Naples, Italy and a trip to Rome, where he attended a Christmas morning Mass celebrated by the Pope. In 1962, Bob reported to the Naval Submarine School to become an instructor in the Engineering Department. Bob transferred to the USS Blenny in Groton in 1964, where he served as Operations Officer, Navigator and Executive Officer. He received orders in 1966 to report to Washington, D.C. to serve as a part of the Chief of Naval Operations Submarine Warfare Division within the Pentagon’s Puzzle Palace. A submarine command tour followed in 1969 aboard the USS Cubera stationed in Key West, FL. He received orders in 1971 to return to Groton to serve as Operations Officer on the staff of Commander Submarine Group Two. Bob returned to the U.S. Naval Submarine School in 1974 as the Director of the Basic Enlisted Submarine School which was followed by appointment as the Executive Officer of Submarine School.
Bob retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980 and opened a successful appliance service business operating in New London County for over twenty years. Bob was also a devout member of the Saint Paul Parish in Waterford for 50 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus and a coach in Waterford Little League.
Bob leaves his wife of 60 years, Eleanor of Waterford; his son Michael Emery of Waterford; his daughter Laurie Fucigna and her husband James of Hopkinton, MA; his daughter Elizabeth Arnold and her husband Eric of Hebron, CT; and his son Robert Emery Jr. and his wife Karen of Avon, CT. He also leaves fourteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren; Brian and Thomas Emery; Alex (Fucigna) Green, her husband Ben and two children Miles and Emmett ; Sarah (Fucigna) Wilbur and her husband Bryan; Erin, Abby and Peter Fucigna; Stephen, Lauren, Ryan and Adam Arnold; Kathryn, Kyle and Kristen Emery; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother Harold and his sister June.
Captain Emery’s funeral will begin on Friday, July 7th, at 9:15 a.m. at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Church, 170 Rope Ferry Road in Waterford. He will be laid to rest in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association …
The family would like to thank the staff at Atria Assisted Living, the wonderful Hospice nurses of Vitas and all of their friends and family for their ongoing love and support. A very special thanks to Lali Samkharadze who took care of their father with such loving care during his illness.




Calling Hours
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, July 6, 2017
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Paul Church
170 Rope Ferry Road
Waterford, CT US 06385
Friday, July 7, 2017
12:00 AM
Jordan Cemetery
240 Boston Post Road
Waterford, CT US 06385
Friday, July 7, 2017

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