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Robert J. Neilson

September 28, 1948 ~ August 11, 2018 (age 69)

Robert Joseph Neilson, 69, of Colchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones Saturday (Aug. 11, 2018).

Born Sept. 28, 1948 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Anna (Copjak) Neilson.

Mr. Neilson served proudly with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam war.  While in active duty, he was awarded two purple hearts.  He was an active individual, who especially loved the outdoors, so his work as a landscaper was a perfect fit. 

He leaves three daughters, Jennifer Hein and her husband, William of Jacksonville, FL, Michelle Cooper and partner, Michelle Smith of Otisfield, ME and Tiffany Neilson of Montville; three grandchildren, William Hein, Julia and Wyatt Cooper; his sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Culhane of Colchester (with whom he most recently made his home); and their two sons, David, Thomas and wife Kristen their children, Ian and Nathan, and numerous extended family and friends.

The family will receive guests Friday, August 24th beginning at 9:30 am at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester before a Chapel Service at 11 am with full military honors.  Burial will be at 2 pm in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.  For online condolences, please visit

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