Robert A. Conniff

Born: Sun., Sep. 17, 1933
Died: Mon., May 27, 2019

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 15, 2019
Location: First Church of Christ, Woodbridge

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Robert Arthur Conniff of Woodbridge, CT, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1933 passed peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 27, 2019. He is survived by his children Robert Jr. (Germaine), Cathleen Hubbard (Paul) and Laura Ranker (James), and his son in law Cliff Rosson. Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, his sisters Gerry Borgerson (Skip) and Christine Conniff, brother William Conniff, and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Rachel and his daughter Linda Rosson. Also, by his parents Geraldine and Arthur Conniff and his sister Mary Haskell (Rob). 


Robert graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1956 with a BS in Business Administration after which he married the love of his life, Rachel, on July 14 of that year. They built their home in Woodbridge where they shared a marriage of over 50 years. He worked at Bullard’s Furniture store, Conniff’s Gift Shop, The Berner Lohne Company and with Walt Rich before starting his own carpentry business, Conniff’s. He started Boy Scout Troop 907 in 1968 and was the Scoutmaster until 1973; remaining active in scouting until his death.  His dedication and service earned him many awards including the Silver Beaver award in 1997. He served for 44 years as an active member of the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Dept. where he earned the nickname “Crowbar”. He was honored by the Town of Woodbridge in 2018 with the Living Treasure award. He will be remembered by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as the greatest fly fisherman, carpenter and teacher, but mostly for his unconditional love and support of family and his service to community.


A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on June 15, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the First Church of Christ, 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge, CT with a reception immediately following at the Woodbridge Firehouse. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department: WFVA, US Postal Drawer F, Woodbridge, CT 06525 or The First Church of Christ Woodbridge, 5 Meeting House Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525. To sign the online guestbook please visit

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Renee Rausch
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
The Rausch family of Woodbridge has fond memories of Bob and Rachel and their family from square dancing days with Mox Nix square dance club. Their annual pig roast of many years will be remembered by many. Also, Bob built the deck and ramp at the Rausch home in Woodbridge, which we continue to enjoy. Our condolences to the Conniff family on the passing of their Dad/Grandfather/Great Grandfather..

Angie and Emil Mattei
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to The Conniff family. Bobby will be remembered by the many people he touched with his warm and fun loving personality. He was so generous with his time and talent to anyone who needed him. We shared many good times together at firehouse functions and always appreciated Bobby's great sense of humor and friendship. You'll be missed Bobby, but never forgotten You'll always have a special place in our hearts. 🌷❤️

Donald N. Berrie
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
I fondly remember Bob and Rachel. My thoughts are with the entire family.

Tammy Dumas
   Posted Fri June 07, 2019
To the Conniff family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Bob was such a wonderful man! He was a hard worker, dedicated family man and loved being part of the volunteer fire department. He will be miss by all. I know he is with his beloved wife- Rachel! I know how much they loved each other. I will miss both of them but feel comfort that they are both together again.

Tammy Dumas- Opportunity House

David Moore
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
30 years ago, Bob came to work on my house in Woodbridge and that was the first of many projects he did for me and with me. He was a real craftsman and a wonderful man. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.