January 16, 1934 ~ September 7, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Albert “Al” Richard Dobie, 86, of Hamden passed away after a short illness, on September 7, 2020 at his home. Born in New Haven on January 16, 1934 to the late Albert and Elizabeth Kuehn Dobie, Al grew up in New Haven before raising his family in Hamden, where he had lived for the last 60 years. For many years he managed the school food services at Yale University before becoming the Director of Operations there, and then moved on to the Hospital of St. Raphael’s, where he served as Vice President of Operations. Al was chairman of the Archdiocese of Hartford School Board, President of the Parish Council at St. Rita’s Church, and President of the National Association of College Food Services. When not working or dedicating time to an organization, Al loved to read, argue politics, share stories, and spend time with his family.
Besides his wife of 65 years, Kathryn Shoot Dobie, Al will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Kathleen Dobie (James Hamilton) of Brooklyn, NY, Cynthia Dobie (Bruno Masciana) of Milford, and Elizabeth Ann Dobie of Andover, NY; sons, Michael (Cathy) Dobie of West Babylon, LI, William Dobie (Maura Weed) of East Haven, and Stephen (Kim) Dobie of Cheshire; grandchildren, Cara, Tracy, Jamie, Corissa, Alana, Nicholas, Julia, and Matthew, great-grandson, Ryan Brown; and sister, Barbara Dobie of Hamden.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at Divine Mercy Parish-St. Rita’s Church on Saturday, September 12th at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be private. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangements. Contributions in Al’s memory may be made to www.covenanthouse.org.


Mass of Christian Burial: September 12, 2020 10:30 am

St. Rita Church
1620 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517


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  1. We are saddened to hear of Al passing. Pat and I have fond memories of Notre Dame HS and the “Big Six”. Al, myself, Don Scharf (rest in peace), George Roberts, Dan Doody (rest in peace), Wayne Burwell (rest in peace). Our sincere condolences to Kay and the family.

  2. The best grandfather anyone could ever ask for and an amazing role model. You were deeply loved and will be missed ❤️

  3. We are saddened to here that Al has passed. Carol and I enjoyed his company and banter during the gourmet days. Our thoughts are with Kay and the family.

  4. Dear Kay and family,
    My deepest sympathy to your family and you on your loss. I have many memories of working with Al when he was president of West Woods Neighborhood Association especially with Quinnipiac University. They will not be forgotten.
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. So sorry for the entire family , he was a great man and I had the pleasure and honor of being his visiting nurse for quite some time and we exchanged a lot of laughs enjoyed every minute of it !

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the Dobie family on the loss of Al. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    The Cusano family

  7. Bill and family, I am very sorry to hear about Al. My thought are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Dear Dobie family,
    I have very fond memories of working in the Food Service Dept of the Hospital of St Raphael when “Mr. Dobie” was our Vice President. He was always supportive of our department, especially, Jane Fitchett, the Food Service Director. I was saddened to read of his passing but will always remember him and be thankful I worked in that department guided by him. I am now a professor at the University of New Haven training future registered dietitians.

  9. To all of the Dobie family:
    Very recently I thought of your husband/dad. I had been scanning old pictures and recalled wonderful gatherings of our families. This morning I was thinking of your family and decided to Google his name and came to this. My dad died on December 29, 2012. He contracted pneumonia and died in 2 days after spending a wonderful Christmas with us. I still miss him everyday. I have so many memories of dad and Al Dobie laughing and telling stories and what wonderful friends they were. My dad and my family truly loved visiting y’all and we all thought that Al was an incredible person. My mom died last October and so I am writing on their behalf as well to tell you how sorry we all are that you are having to deal with his death during this incredibly stressful time in our world. I just want you to know that I believe that dad and Al are telling stories and laughing in heaven together. My heart goes out to all of you. I’ll keep you in my prayers. With a virtual hug, Judie

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