Robert (Bob) Thomas Bagenski, peacefully passed away on September 22, 2023, at the age of 77 in West Haven, Connecticut at the VA Hospital surrounded by family. He was born on February 20, 1946, in Middletown, CT. Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Theresa (Teeka) Bagenski, his children Florence Bagenski, Thomas Bagenski, and Heidi Bagenski, as well as his cherished grandchildren Rebecca, Danah, Emma, Devyn, Alexis, Chloe, Luke, and his precious great-granddaughter Iris. He is also survived by his brother Michael Bagenski and his wife Cecelia, along with their children, as well as his in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bob was predeceased by his parents Michael Bagenski and Florence Johnson Bagenski and his adopted brother Robert Steucek.
Bob had a passion for horses at a young age and spent time riding and showing his horses, Honey San and Prince with the 4H throughout Connecticut and New England winning numerous blue ribbons and awards. He always spoke fondly of this time in his life. Bob also enjoyed reliving stories of his time playing with his band The Beta Tones at events in and around Middletown, CT.
After graduating from Middletown High School, Bob honorably served in the Air Force for four years from 1965 to 1969, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He often recalled those days living abroad in England while in the service. Following his military service, Bob embarked on a fulfilling career in furniture sales, where he excelled until his retirement.
In his leisure time, Bob found enjoyment in playing the lottery and scratch-off tickets. He and his beloved wife, Teeka cherished weekend getaways, creating memories together. However, his greatest joy came from being a devoted grandfather, affectionately known as "Papa-Uber."
Bob spent his last eight months at the CT Veterans Hospital in West Haven battling illnesses related to his diabetes. His family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the exceptional care and love that Dr. Kumar and her team of nurses, caregivers and physical therapists gave to him during his time there.
A small service for immediate family will be held at a later time, allowing loved ones to gather and remember Bob's life. In honor of Bob's memory, it is suggested to "relish" a hot dog at Guidas in Middlefield, CT, or Capitol Lunch in New Britain, as Bob knew the secret sauce of life was enjoying these culinary delights and every delectable moment.
Robert Thomas Bagenski, or Bob, will forever be cherished in the hearts of his family and friends. May his soul find eternal peace and may his memory bring a smile to us all.