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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Robert Lowndes

Robert Martin Lowndes

May 31, 1935 - March 4, 2021
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Robert Martin “Red” Lowndes, 85, of Tariffville, husband of the late Irene (McVeigh) Lowndes, died Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by family. He was a man who touched many lives and was loved by his family, campers, and neighbors. He was born May 31, 1935 in New Haven, son of the late Robert Francis and Cecelia (Roche) Lowndes. He grew up in Hartford with his best friend and brother Ed. He lived in Tariffville most of his adult life raising his 5 kids with his Wild Irish Rose Irene. He was a veteran of the Cold War having served in the U.S. Army. Bob was a graduate of Springfield College, Class of 1957, having received his Bachelors of Science in Biology. He also earned his Masters Degree at Springfield College. Bob was the Camp Director at Harkness for 60 years where all 5 kids spent summers and worked as counselors for Dad. As much as he loved his job, he never felt he like he worked a day in his life. He loved pitching infinite innings of baseball and spending afternoons standing ankle deep in Long Island Sound. He was a Teacher at Oak Hill School for the Blind for 50 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Simsbury, the Knights of Columbus and a proud member of the Fairchild Rd. Christmas Choir leading the revelry around the neighborhood. Dad was fond of gardening and travel and most of all enjoyed spending time cheering his grandchildren on in their respective sports and activities.

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Hollar and husband Blake of Charlotte, NC, Michael Lowndes and wife Vicki of Simsbury, Kevin Lowndes and wife Jennifer of Bethesda, MD, Elizabeth O’Brien and husband Kevin of Trumbull, CT and Daniel Lowndes and wife Samantha of Fort Collins, CO; his grandchildren, Bridgette and Andy Hollar, Michael, Kylee and Jeffrey Lowndes, Robert and Charlotte Lowndes, Samantha and Christopher O’Brien and Maggie and Luke Lowndes. He was predeceased by his wife Irene and brother, Ed.

There are no calling hours. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 9th. Those who wish to attend remotely can do so by visiting his “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com . Donations in his memory may be made by sending a check to Oak Hill Camp Memo: Bob Lowndes, 85 Jones Street, Amston, CT 06231. The Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury is caring for the arrangements.
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    March 9, 2021 | 11:00am
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    SIMSBURY, CT 06070
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    Simsbury, CT 06070
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Murph Murph

Posted at 12:24pm
It is with Great Sadness that I heard about Red's passing. Hate to beat the same Cliche Drum as Everyone else but He was truly one of the Great People. As was Brother Ed. There wasn't two Kinder, Compassionate, Cooler Guys with Great Senses of Humor than Ed and Red. And such Snappy Dressers too! The World is certainly a Helluva' lot Sadder Place without them. Red was such a Good Man. All Heart. Ed too. The Best. Now that the World is a helluva' lot Crazier and Unkind, they are certainly 2 Guys We desperately need. I know I Speak/Write for All The Murph Mafia Rat Pack in my thoughts - David (Uncle Leo), Vince!, George (Geaaggee!), $, Captain Al, Young Jeffery, Doc Nash, Tommy Mandel, Ap and the Cast of 1000's (Staff & Campers) that were lucky enough to spend many Magical Harkness Summers together with Red and Ed. Christ! Now I have to stay on the Righteous Path so I can catch their Act Upstairs in the Afterlife. Big Hugs All Around to Katie, Her Brothers and Sisters, Noni, MK, Eddie and more. Happy Trails, Red! Tell Ed that it's His Round.
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Helen Dewey

Posted at 10:31am
Bob was a wonderful mentor and teacher at Oak Hill School for the Blind. The students loved him and they especially liked going to Camp Harkness in the summer where Bob was Camp Directlor. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was such a dedicated teacher, a role model for us. He will be missed, but his legacy will continue on in our memories. Helen and Richard Dewey

Tom Terragna

Posted at 10:25am
Our Deepest Sympathy To The Lowndes Family & Friends.
Bob was my Gym Teacher at Oak Hill 52 years ago.
& I also went to Camp Harkness every Summer to see him.
A great guy that will be missed by many.
Rest In Peace Bob
D

David Woodworth

Posted at 07:51pm
I spent three summers as part of the cafeteria and service staff at Camp Harkness. I have fond memories of Mr. Lowndes as being the nicest and most gentlemanly of the four camp directors with whom I interacted. He truly cared for his guests in a way some of the others did not. I am very sorry for your loss; my condolences to the family.
BS

Barry Simon

Posted at 01:09pm
To the Lowndes, O'Brien and Hollar Families,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. As the third, or possibly fourth, President of Oak Hill that had the good fortune to know Bob, I certainly feel blessed to have met and seen him in action during my first couple of years. He was thrilled to be driving the tractor pulling the train around Harkness. He was such a wonderful person dedicating so much of his life to Oak Hill and the people we serve. In my brief time with him, I was lucky to have seen firsthand his impact and the joy he brought to so many. He definitely made this world a better place, A wonderful man indeed! On behalf of all of us at Oak Hill, may the loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.
Barry Simon

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