Robert Forrest Longley, beloved husband of 53 years to Joan Marie Longley died peacefully on January 14, 2020 at the West Haven Veterans Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Devoted father to Joan Denise Wyzukovicz (John) of Elgin, Illinois and Robert Forrest Longley, Jr. (Maria) of Oxford. Loving grandfather of Emily Wyzukovicz and Makayla, Isabelle, and Robert Forrest Longley III. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Carr (Bob) and twin Joan Charbonneau, both of Wallingford, and was predeceased by his sister Gail Longley. Born in New Haven on March 5, 1942, he was the only son of Virginia and Gerald Longley. Robert was an Electrical Engineer at SNET for 27 years and served in the Navy on the USS Newport News during the Cuban missile crisis. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Hamden for over 50 years. He served on several committees of local civic groups, including the Hamden YMCA Y's Men's Club, and participated in the MS Group at the West Haven Veterans Hospital for many years. Robert was a very special person and a wonderful father. Full of life, love, and laughter; he will always be remembered for his good humor and generosity. The family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses who took care of Robert during his stay in the West Haven Veterans Intensive Care Unit. Calling hours will be Sunday, January 19th from 4-7 p.m. at Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 20th at 10:30 a.m. in the Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, 15 Church Street, Hamden. Committal of ashes will be coordinated by the Navy Burial at Sea Program. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org, or to your favorite charity.

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  1. I remember playing the game HORSE in basketball with Mr. Longley. However, he would only let me play AFTER he tutored me in Algebra. He was truly the father I never had and I will miss him greatly.

  2. Joan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be forever grateful to you and Bob for the many times that you brought my parents to the casino. I am sure that they are together now talking about it. May he rest in peace.

  3. I worked with Bob at SNET in the Plant Dept, Court ST building, New Haven in the mid 1960s. I remember him as a friendly, gentleman of integrity. In later years, he included me on his email contact list often forwarding messages. I’m fortunate to have known Bob. Bill Lang

  4. Dear Joan and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Rob was a very nice guy and a true gentleman. God Bless him for his years of courage and inspiration, and for the loving care and support you gave to him. Sincerely, Rosemary (Roe) Schaeffer & Family

  5. Tia keeps me posted on what’s happening. I’m so saddened by your loss. You were an amazing couple, traveling as much as you could, fighting the disease. I always found it difficult to believe Rob’s age, he looked so much younger. Much love to you. I loved seeing the MS group mentioned. Elizabeth

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