Robert J. (Bob) Garcia, 76, of Hamden, CT passed away April 3, 2019 after a brief illness. Born in New York, NY on May 20, 1942, he was a son of the late Manuel and Carmen (Martinez) Garcia. Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris (Costas) Garcia; his daughter Michelle (Edward) Kissner of North Haven; his sons Mitchell Garcia of Plainfield, IL and Marc Costas (fiancee Dawn Garcia) of Ladera Ranch, CA; granddaughter Alexa Kissner; brothers Rene (Blanca) Garcia and Gilbert (Nellie) Hernandez; sister-in-law Middy Garcia; brothers-in-law Frank (Leticia) Costas and Dennis Costas; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by two brothers. Bob was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served most of his time in South Korea and California. He was a Credit Manager in the food service industry for many years, and spent his remaining career working for over 25 years at Connecticut Shellfish Co. in Branford, CT. Bob had been a resident of Hamden for over 30 years, prior to that he resided in Willingboro, NJ. He was an honest, dedicated, hardworking family man who always enjoyed time spent with his co-workers and friends. In his leisurely time Bob was an avid reader and a TV and movie buff. He will be missed immensely by all who knew him. For those who knew Bob, he never liked being the center of attention. He was a proud, private man. Per his wishes, there will be no services. To honor his love of animals, contributions in Bob's memory may be made to Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 956, Manchester, CT 06045. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.

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  1. Bob was a great person and friend. Gone but not forgotten. May he rest in peace. Until we meet again in Heaven Norma Araujo and family

  2. How painful it is to learn of friend’s passing. My deepest sympathies go out to his lovely wife Doris and all of his family. Bob was my Credit Manager back in the early eighties at PYA Monarch in Philadelphia. I hired him because he was by far the most qualified person and I formed an instant friendship with him. For five years we worked together in an environment that would have scared away many a lesser man, and we carried our relationship away from the workplace into sharing our lives with each other over the following years as we visited each others homes. Bob was one of those guys that one just instantly liked. He was smart, dedicated, faithful and a good soul. I am proud to have called him my friend and proud that he considered me one of his. The world is already a little more lonely. God Bless.

  3. Catherine Law
    You will be missed Bob from Mary and Myself and all
    the good times we had here in Willingboro.

  4. From neighbors in Willingboro, to sharing a cousinship via marriage of Doris’ brother, to my first cousin… to sharing my birthday of May 20th.. great memories will always unite our families. Truly a dedicated -workaholic-, who took pride in his work, even while clearly suppressing his own symptoms. Bob leaves behind a truly unique and devoted wife, children and many loved ones. Doris has been an invaluable support to us since the July passing of my Mother and I can only hope I can do the same for her. Rest in God’s peace, Bob. Ron Rodriguez & fa.

  5. My good friend Bob,
    I have known you for such a long time. From being my next door neighbor and friend and working with you as your Ass’t Credit Manager & protege at PYA/Monarch Foods and Tartan Foods. Although we were many states apart for along time, we kept in contact. We shared the same outook on many things, disagreed on some things (politics), but always had mutual respect and friendship. We shared the same warped sense of humor sometimes and often laughed at the wonderful and strange world we live in. I spoke with you about 2 months ago before I retired. How ironic, I told you that you would die working. Probably the best Credit Manager that I have observed and worked with, you have taught me well and I have had a good career in no small part without the knowledge and expertise I have learned from you. I will miss you my friend, my condolences to your lovely wife and children. Rest in peace…until we meet again. God Bless, Alan Downes & Family

  6. Rest In Peace Mr. Garcia, I will always remember the good times here in Willingboro. You were a good friend to my Dad (and I know you are finally catching up with him now) and the rest of my family. My Aunt & Grandmother couldn’t have ask for better neighbors! We will keep you always in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. i have known Bob as long as I lived. He was always a kind and generous man. He will be missed by the Soto Family. Especially my Mother Beatrice Soto. My Deepest Sympathy to his Wife Doris and his children Mark, Mitchell and Michelle. May he Rest in Peace until we all again in the Lord’s Kingdom.

  8. MY DEAR COUSIN , BROTHER IN LAW BOB. WE’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR OVER 53 YEARS’
    SHARING SO MANY MEMORIES; FROM YOUR WEDDING TO MY SISTER, DORIS AT ST. ANSELM’S
    CHURCH TO THAT GREAT RECEPTION AT BEA’S HOUSE IN THROGS NECK. WE WERE NEIGHBORS AT 950 EVERGREEN AVE WHERE YOU FIRST LIVED AND WHERE YOUR FAMILY BEGAN TO GROW.. DENNIS AND LOVED BEING UNCLES TO YOUR CHILDREN,…PICKING THEM UP AFTER SCHOOL, BABYSITTING SO YOU AND MY SISTER COULD GO OUT TO A MOVIE ONCE IN A WHILE AND ASSUMING THE ROLE OF SANTA CLAUS AT CHRISTMAS TIME.. WE SHARED MANY A DAY WATCHING A YANKEE GAME , HAVING A FEW BUDS . MANY A TIME WE JUST CHILL..TALKING ABOUT THE LATEST MOVIE WE SAW OR NOVEL WE’VE READ. THOES YEARS SHALL ALWAYS REMAIN TREASURED MEMORIES FOR ME AND DENNIS. YOU HAVE LEFT US MUCH TO SOON AND LEFT A VOID IN OUR HEARTS. GOODBYE DEAR BOB; GOD KEEP YOU AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

  9. Rest in peace Bibi. You were so brotherly to Manny .and me. My condolences to Doris and all the family. They will miss you dearly.

  10. Rest in peace, Mr. Garcia. My heartfelt condolences to the entire Garcia family. God Bless and Best Regards, Steve Guido (Mitch’s friend from Chicago).

  11. Dearest Doris n children n all family: May God comfort you through this devastating loss of your hubby n father. May Bob Rest In Peace embraced by the LOVE and LIGHT of our Lord that welcomed him HOME, Eternal light grant unto him O Lord. Love Jenny Flores from California

  12. Dear Doris and family:
    Our sympathy and heart felt wishes go out to you during this difficult period of time. In remembering family, we know that he was a good provider, husband and father. We are certain he is missed. Such a tribute in his name is who he has left behind. his wonderful wife and dear friend to us cousin Doris and the rest of her exceptional family. RIP eternally Bob.
    With all out love,
    Bob and Terry

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