Robert 'Bob' Pope, 73, born on January 28, 1946 in New Haven, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15th at the WHVA Hospital after a very long battle with numerous medical conditions. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Warren and Olga (Konopacke) Pope. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Wargo of Middletown and Lindsey Pope of Kensington, along with his grandchildren Amelia and R.J. In addition, he leaves his two brothers; Arthur of Old Saybrook and Warren of Daytona Beach, Florida, and a sister, Diane of Guilford. Bob was a quiet man who kept to himself for the most part, however, once he felt comfortable with you and let you into his 'little bubble' he considered you family. Besides his biological family, he leaves a very special family; Audrey, Dan, Ashley and Rachael Case. Over the years they became a large part of his daily life, whether it was phone calls checking in on him, moving furniture for him (only to move it again ten minutes later), celebrating birthdays because he loved parties no matter the occasion, or just sitting next to his bed for hours during one of his numerous hospitals stays making him laugh and feel comfortable with all of the love and support we always showered him with. If the girls learned anything from him, I hope it was not to put their hands on the walls! Before his retirement, Bob enjoyed a long career as an auto body technician/painter. He still found joy in going down to J.M. Montesanto's every few weeks to see what the guys where up to and truly missed being a part of the team. Bob enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and all who knew him knew he needed nothing more than a Bud Light and a pizza to make him happy. He especially loved looking for 'treasures' and could always find the beauty in something. He had the knack for making it shine again no matter how old and rusty it may have been. One of his favorite pastimes was going on car rides with his daughter Lindsey, taking in the fresh air, having a few drinks, and looking for Pick Your Own Vegetable farm stands, where he was sure to always receive the 'senior discount.' Bob also had a unique sense of humor, and enjoyed giving you a good chuckle. He had a mischievous smile that you couldn't help but smile back at. There are no words to describe how much he will be missed. Bob's daughter Lindsey would like to say thank you to his neighbor Linda for all the care and love that she showed him throughout his long illness. Daddy always counted on you to make him laugh even on days when he didn't think he had it in him. Lindsey would also like to thank the outstanding medical staff at the WHVA for all of the love and support they showed both Bob and herself on a regular basis, for the exceptional care that he received over the past several years, and for making him feel right at home each and every stay. Over the years you became more like his extended family rather than a team of medical professionals. Thank you again for making the WHVA his 'safe place,' as he always called it, and for always helping me feel better even on my darkest days. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 22nd between 3 and 5 p.m. at Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately. Please join us to celebrate Bob with some of his all-time favorites: salad, pizza, root beer floats (also known as 'belly busters'), and Bud Light, because 'what's a party without beer!' And of course, anyone who knew Bob knows no party can ever start without exclaiming 'Let the Festivities Begin!' In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the West Haven VA Medical Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. Robert, I will miss your smile and the eye roll you’d give when I said something dumb (you were always rolling your eyes at me. Hmn?) Lindsey said you loved finding treasures but you, you, were the real treasure. Quirky, sometimes grumpy but we always wound up laughing in the end. For all the years you and Carol opened your home to me and put up with late night whispering and creaking floors. Thank you, your family was family to me. Sometimes my own .safe place.. Flash forward to recent years spending time making wreaths. Laughing with (mostly at -haha) me. The many late night ER trips and hospital visits I can honestly say are some of the best times as odd as that sounds. Those were times when we needed laughter the most and We always found a way to laugh big belly laughs. And the parties full of the same laughs. Thank you for allowing me to share my girls and Dan with you (they got such a kick out of you) And yes… it was the full size hairspray! You finally got the answer. Sorry for all the .BS. when we were kids. And I’m not telling fairy tales when I say I’m going to miss you more than words can say. But I am grateful to you and Lindsey for allowing me to be part of your journey. I could go on forever listing memories that would probably make absolutely no sense to anyone. Those are my treasures.I love and miss you my friend. To Lindsey and all those who love him, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Hold your memories close and focus on the smiles.

  2. Robert, I will never forget the time we were all sitting in your house for your birthday party. We were eating dinner and of course, Mommy (Audrey) was making you laugh. I remember you laughing so hard you spit your crouton out into Lindsey’s pizza. It was probably the highlight of the night because we were all laughing for probably ten minutes. Thank you for so many happy memories and always watching our dances at holiday parties. Also, thank you for giving my mom so many laughs and always being able to make her smile even on the worst of days. You will be missed by so many, especially our family. Love, Ashley Case

  3. Robert, I will miss you so so much. There was never a dull moment when mom, Lindsey and you were all together. I will miss visiting you and hearing you make fun of my mom and Lindsey. Thank you for watching Ashley and me do all our dances for you, it always seemed like you enjoyed it. Thank you for always welcoming me and my family to all your awesome parties, we sure will miss those. Thank you for all the great moments I will never forget like when you spit your crouton onto Lindsey’s pizza. Anyways thank you for all the laughs over the years. You will be missed by many, especially me. I’m so glad I was able to know you and spend time with you. I love and miss you -Rachael Case

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