Robert Nicholas Gimbel, 74, of Meriden passed away at MidState Medical Center on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Robert was the beloved husband of 47 years to Carolyn Deal Gimbel and had resided in Meriden since 1973. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 7, 1939, a son of the late Nicholas M. and Elizabeth Whitman Gimbel. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy M. Gimbel, also of Meriden. He is predeceased by his brother, Frederick. He was employed as an appliance repairman for many years, and later worked for Kinko's. In his retirement he enjoyed being a courtesy driver for Richard Chevrolet. He was also a very active member of Center Lodge #97 A.F. & A.M. since 1998, serving as the Lodge Secretary for 14 years. He was a member of O.E.S. Meridian Chapter #8, and also Sphinx Temple, Shriners of Newington. Robert enjoyed HO Trains, traveling, and photography; photographing many weddings alongside his daughter Nancy. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, May 17 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Meriden, CT, 06450. Friends may visit with Robert's family at BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, 06450 from 8:30-10:30 AM Saturday morning. A Masonic service will be held at 10 AM. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert's memory may be sent to the Masonic Charity Foundation, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT, 06492, or given online at www.masonicare.org/mcf.

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  1. Bob I( have had the honor to know you because of your dedication to Sphinx Shrine Club.I will miss you and this world is a better place for all you did. May our Heavenly Father Welcome you into his Kingdom. Brother Kenneth Anderson

  2. Bob was a great friend and brother who I will deeply miss. I hope I can carry on his legacy and do honor to his memory through my future endeavors at Center Lodge. God bless.

  3. Dearest Carolyn & Nancy, We were saddened to learn that Bob has passed away and are sorry we cannot be with you at this time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that Bob will remain very much alive in our fond memories of him. Wh

  4. Nancy & Family: Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your father. Fathers are special. May the memories of you and your father and your lives together sustain you in the days ahead. Most sincerely, Jean

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