Robert Sinagra Obituary

Robert  Louis  Sinagra
Robert Louis Sinagra

August 15, 2017
Born in New London, Connecticut
Resided in Niantic, CT


Robert Louis Sinagra

Robert (Bob) Louis Sinagra 83 of Niantic passed away on August 15 lovingly surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in New London on March 24, 1934, the son of the late Louis F. and Marion (O’Neill) Sinagra.

He was united in marriage to Rose M. Campagna on May 1, 1954, at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in New London.

Mr. Sinagra attended St. Joseph School in New London and was a member of the first class to attend all years, kindergarten through eighth grade. He attended Bulkeley School before it merged with Chapman Tech to form New London High School, graduating from NLHS in 1952. During this time, he was elected class president all four years. He was a pitcher for baseball teams at both Bulkeley and NLHS, recording 11 wins against two defeats during the first full baseball season for NLHS. Mr. Sinagra lettered at Bulkeley and NLHS in baseball.

In 1956, Mr. Sinagra graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. degree from the School of Business. He was the Most Outstanding Army ROTC graduate, earning a regular Army Commission, receiving his Officer training at Fort Knox, KY. He served with the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Calvary and the 14th Infantry Battle Group, and 25th Infantry Division until his Honorable Discharge in 1960. Following his discharge, he served in the Army Reserve, and resigned with the rank of Captain.

Mr. Sinagra worked as an accountant for Electric Boat, and later at Federal Paperboard Company. In 1965, he joined Robertson Paperbox Company in Montville, progressing through positions in data processing and accounting, culminating in the position of Financial Vice President. He was also Financial Vice President of the Robertson Group, Inc., and later served as Vice President of Connecticut Printers, Inc., in Bloomfield.

For many years while living in both Madison and East Lyme, CT, he spent time as a Little League Umpire, serving the young people of the community.

Mr. Sinagra was a member of the Data Processing Management Association and served as President of the Eastern Connecticut Chapter. He was a member of the International Management Association, formerly National Association of Accountants, and served 2 terms as President of the Eastern Connecticut chapter. Mr. Sinagra also served as a Regional Director, which encompassed chapters throughout New England, and later served as one of 13 National Vice Presidents, as well as a National Director.

Mr. Sinagra served as Trustee and Treasurer of Mitchell College in New London under three presidents. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Matthias Council, East Lyme, 11173, and also held the Fourth Degree, Rev. George Deshon Assembly, 110. He was a Charter Member of the Sacred Heart Council, Knights of Columbus, in Madison, CT. He served 3 terms as Faithful Navigator of the Rev. George Deshon Assembly, and has served many years as Treasurer of both the Council and Assembly.

He was a member of Saint Matthias Parish, East Lyme and served many years as a member of the Finance Council and as a Lector. Bob was known by many as the Pancake Man, having made the Pancakes for the Knights of Columbus Monthly Pancake Breakfast for many years.

Mr. Sinagra served as a member of the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation during the time of planning and construction of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk, as well as serving several years as Treasurer.

He became a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944, and continued to follow the team after it moved to Los Angeles. He had been a follower of the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Celtics. He very closely followed his Alma mater, the UCONN men’s and women’s Basketball programs, along with the Connecticut Sun.

Mr. Sinagra leaves behind Rose, his wife of 63 years; his children, Robert and wife, Sue, of Middletown; Linda Smith and husband, Frank, of Huntingtown, MD; Debra Waido and husband, Ed, of Niantic; Ronald of New London; Rosanne of New London; Steven and wife, Justine, of Quaker Hill; Sandra Brunner and husband, Jeff, of Douglassville, PA; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and dear friends Mary Ann and Al Taday. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy (Dot) Sinagra Wilson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 11 O’clock at St. Matthias Church Chesterfield Rd. East Lyme. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New London. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday evening from 5 to 7 at St. Matthias Church.

Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




Calling Hours
Calling Hours
317 Chesterfield Rd.
East Lyme, CT United States 06333
Friday, August 18, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Matthias Church
317 Chesterfield Rd
East Lyme, CT US 06333
Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00 AM

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