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Robert Michael Tarnowski

October 8, 1939 ~ June 12, 2017 (age 77)

Robert M. Tarnowski, “Bob”, 77, of Salem and formerly of Colchester, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 12, 2017, with his family by his side. Born October 8, 1939 in New London, he was the son of the late Henry and Mary (Ruszala) Tarnowski. Bob married his beloved, Marie Ann Skut, on October 14, 1961 in Colchester and made their home in Salem.  He was a professional truck driver for Teamsters Local 493, and later worked for Wal-Mart in Norwich, retiring several years ago. Bob was a life-long farmer.  He loved his garden, crabbing in Groton and Old Saybrook, playing Solitaire and feeding the birds outside his home.  Bob was an avid fan of all sports, but especially UCONN Huskies Girl’s Basketball and NASCAR.  Most importantly, he will be remembered by his family as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Marie, Bob leaves two daughters, Louise Plack of Oakdale and Linda Tarnowski and husband, Patrick Baxter of Oakdale; two grandchildren, Samantha Barbaro and husband, Steven of Guilford and Allie Plack of Manchester, NH; two brothers, Albert and Frank Tarnowski, and numerous extended family and friends.

Honoring his request, the family will hold funeral services privately.   Because he always had a dog companion, donations in his memory may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111.  Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.


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