Robert Burton “Bob” Jennings, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at home in Englewood, Fla., with his wife of 66 years, Shirley, and son, Christopher at his side.
Bob was born July 31, 1923, in Bridgeport, Conn., the son of Lorrin Hull and Ethel K. Jennings.
He was a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as an officer aboard the USS Kretchmer in the Pacific Theater. Bob met the love of his life, the former, Shirley Narvesen, in Hartford and they married in the Trinity College Chapel, Aug. 30, 1947. Most of his professional career was in the carpet industry, culminating in the position of president and CEO of Bigelow-Sanford, Inc. After “retiring” to Grafton in 1972, Bob became president and CEO of Reifenhauser-NABCO, Inc. in Springfield, Vt., where he served until 1983.
While Bob’s presence will be remembered by his physical stature, his magnanimous personality cannot be understated. Throughout his life, Bob was involved in community, professional, and civic organizations. He was a Rotarian, a former board member of the Gunlocke Company, Lea Industries, Bigelow-Sanford, Wee Burn Country Club, the Springfield, Vt., IDA, the Carpet and Rug Institute, and the Home Furnishing Council and a longtime member of the Union League Club in New York City, N.Y., and the Tokeneke Club in Darien, Conn. Bob was also instrumental in the rehabilitation of the Hartness State Airport in Springfield, in 1982.
He is survived by his wife; four sons; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by both parents; and his brother, Donald.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Grafton, Vt., where his ashes will be interned at the family site. To express your lively memories of Bob please consider Trinity College Alumni Fund, Tidewell Hospice of Florida or a charity of your choice.