Robert Charles Oswald, 57, of Collinsville (Canton), loving husband of Kristina Wadman Oswald and father of April and Charlotte Oswald, died suddenly December 17, 2019.Bob was born on October 9, 1962, in Manhasset, NY to Suzanne Oswald Ramsdell and the late Donald Oswald. He graduated from Sheehan High School in Wallingford, CT, earned a B.A. in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and later earned a music degree from Central Connecticut State University. He was in his twelfth year in the Life Insurance Underwriting Department at Prudential Financial and had been recently promoted to Underwriting Officer. A talented musician, Bob played in several local jazz, rock, and funk music groups and was a significant contributor to music programs at First Congregational Church Canton Center, including the hand bell choir and children’s music groups. He was also a guest conductor for a Wallingford Symphony Orchestra summer concert. Bob loved to travel, hike, kayak, birdwatch, and complete projects around the house and yard. Bob’s family was the center of his life and in recent years they took family trips to Cape Cod, Costa Rica, and many National Parks. Bob especially loved Cape Cod where he spent many childhood summers and where the family vacationed every year. He and Kristin also traveled to Austria, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and many U.S destinations. Through business and pleasure, Bob had traveled to 48 of the 50 states. He was loved by all for his kindness, wit, generosity and sense of humor.
In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his mother Suzanne (Noe) Ramsdell of Wallingford, brothers Jeffrey (Gina) of Farmington, Michael (Dianne) of Wallingford, and Timothy of North Haven, brother-in-law Bruce (Shannon) Wadman of Minneapolis, MN, sisters-in-law Erika and Sonja Wadman, both of Auburndale, MA, mother-in-law Sally Wadman of West Newton, MA, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and first cousins, and his father’s wife, Linda Oswald of Southington. Bob was also pre-deceased by his father-in-law Grosvenor Wadman.
A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road, Canton, CT 06019 at 1pm on Saturday, January 4, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bob’s honor to the CT Humane Society, First Congregational Church Canton Center or Outdoor Classroom in Memory of Brigid Curtin at Westmoor Park. Please visit Bob’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.