Obituary: Robert W. Malarkey, 58, of Fairfield
Robert W. Malarkey, 58, of Fairfield, CT, beloved husband of Patricia and loving father of Marissa and Rebecca passed away peacefully December 19, 2014, surrounded by love and the recorded music and singing of his cherished mother, Mary.
Born June 7, 1956 in Milford, Ct he was the son of the late John and Mary Malarkey.
Bobs siblings John Malarkey from Evanston, IL, Elizabeth Malarkey Maroney (James) of Milford, and David (Kathy) Malarkey of North Carolina, his brothers-in-law James and Genio Chiappa of Trumbull and Milford along with special nieces, nephews and cousins and his Aunt Margie McNair all hold a special place in his heart.
After graduating from Milford High School he went to the University of Bridgeport where he achieved a BS degree in Marketing. But it was in sales where he truly shined. Working for the AAA Motor Club early on where he learned the skills to eventually end up at his final position at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network where he was a financial Rep specializing in Long Term Care Insurance.
Bob’s incredible ability to listen — truly listen to his clients about what was important made him not only successful but loved and admired by all. He was the President of his National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors 2004 and received the Richard Wilsey Award 2005. When his health issues became too overwhelming this year, Bob reluctantly ended his voluntary 10 year position on the Pension Board of Fairfield; holding the office of Chairman for the past several years. His most recent award came the day he passed for he was given the Philip Pierz award — the highest given out by his Agency. This award reflects “Do you have any idea of the impact of what you say and do have on those around you.”
For many years, Bob was either head or assistant Soccer Coach for his two daughters teams as they grew up. Even then, he knew the impact of “what you say and do” around those kids. His gifts of guidance and acceptance at any level of play was what endeared him to not only the children but their parents as well.
We would like to think Bob is catching a good baseball or hockey game right about now. Or maybe sitting front and center to a jam session done by George or John. What is evident to all who knew him is his overwhelming love of family. But Bob made everyone he met feel special. That’s his legacy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on December 23, 2014 at 11 am at St. Gabriel’s Church. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Friends and family may call from 4-8pm on Monday, December 22nd at Cody-White Funeral Home 107 Broad St. Milford, CT 06460.
Bob had special charities that were dear to his heart. Contributions can be made to: Alzheimers Association CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill CT 06067 or Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
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