February 15, 1938 ~ December 25, 2008
Meriden - Robert W. Rader, beloved husband of 42 years of Janet Gai Rader died on Thursday, December 25 at home with his family by his side. He was born February 15, 1938 in Meriden a son of the late Elmer and Helen (Haugh) Rader. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1956, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and his Bachelor of Science and Master's Degree from the University of Conn. He retired as the Principal Purchasing Officer of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Supplies and Equipment for the State of CT. He always pursued his love of Pharmacy and helping others by working part time in several local pharmacies, including Berlin Pharmacy, Shop Rite, Graeber's and most recently CVS. Robert was active in many professional organizations including the CT Pharmaceutical Association, American Pharmaceutical Assoc., Past President of the Meriden, Southington, Wallingford Pharmaceutical Assoc., a member of the American Assoc. of Advancement for Science and was Secretary Vice Chair of the Committee E41 on Lab equipment and apparatus for the ASTM and ISO tag unit 48. He was also an Associate Board Member of the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospital in MA, Past Potentate 2003 Sphinx Shriners in Newington, member of the Masonic Meridian Lodge, Scottish Rite, Life member of Sphinx Shriners Motor Patrol, life member of the Sphinx Shriners, President sphinx Shriners Cabiri, a member of Arabian Shrine Club, Caravan Shrine Club, the Royal Order of Jesters, a charter member of the 'Q', UConn Alumnae life member and past president of the Benjamin Franklin School PTA. Robert loved the First Congregational Church and was past Co-Chair of the Music Committee and a member of the church Hand Bell Choir. His love of music spanned his lifetime. He played many instruments including the piano and organ for local churches and for several dance bands. He even appeared with the Continentals on the Original Ted Mack Amateur hour. He loved his family and friends and was a wonderful father and husband. He was kind and generous with a great sense of humor. He genuinely appreciated all who supported him throughout his difficult battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He had hope of receiving a lung transplant and hopes research and technology will help others. In addition to his wife Janet he is survived by a son Russell W. Rader of West Hartford and a daughter Dr. Laura A. Rader of Mamaroneck, New York. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden. The Rev. Dr. Robert W. Clarke will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations in Robert's memory may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104, or to the Music Program, First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451. The Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden is in charge of the arrangements.