Obituary: Robert R. Craw Jr., age 57

Robert R. Craw Jr., age 57, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He enjoyed 30 years of marriage to the love of his life, Sheila Byrnes Craw.

Along with his wife, Robert is survived by his loving daughters, Meghan L. Craw and Erin S. Craw of Monroe.

Born in Bridgeport on November 26, 1956, he was the son of Robert R. Craw Sr. of Sebastian, Florida and the late Leona Semonich Craw.

A graduate of St. Joseph’s High School class of 1974, Bob went on to study at the University of New Haven where he earned a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. He then joined the Bridgeport Police Department in 1978, devoting 36 years of service. He served as a patrolman and quickly rose through the ranks to captain, where he last served as Captain of Central Command, Patrol Division. He was always proud to serve and protect the City of Bridgeport.

Bob was also a member of the Msgr. James F. Murphy # 0140 Council Knights of Columbus, serving St. Patrick’s Parish for 30 years. He was a past member of the Bridgeport Elks, Moose Club of Bridgeport and the Germania Schwaben Club. In addition to his beautiful wife and children,

Bob is survived by his brother Daniel Craw and his wife Michele of Stratford, Thomas Craw and his wife Karen of Milford, and his sister Aileen Craw Madar and her husband John of Stratford. He is also survived by his aunt Ruth DeMott of Bridgeport and his aunt- in-law Sister Mary Agnes O’Neil of Albany, NY, also several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, several nieces and nephews and two grand nephews.

Our tomorrows with him are gone but the memories will live on forever.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:00am, from the Redgate - Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull, and at 11:00am, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick Church, 851 North Avenue, Bridgeport. Interment with Police honors will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Newtown. Friends may call Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, from 3 to 8pm.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Neal Fischbach and all of his staff in the Fairfield office, along with the nurses of Tower 7 and the level 9 MICU at Bridgeport Hospital. They would also like to thank VITAS Hospice care nurses for the home care they gave him the last four days of his life.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Craw Children’s Education Fund c/o People’s United Bank of 888 White Plains Rd., Trumbull, CT. As well as Swim Across the Sound, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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