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“I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear about bob. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Peggy pedwano

“Becky On behalf of Brian and myself we are very sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Vail

“My deepest condolences to you, Molly, Maggie and Jackie. ”
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“Becky so sorry for your loss.... ”
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“Offering our sympathies at this time. ”
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“I had the pleasure of knowing Bob many years ago and considered him one of my closest friends while we worked together at Cliggott Publishing. His...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Ken Sylvia

“Becky, I am so saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you all go through this very difficult time. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Diane Carpenteri (D'Alessandro)

“The women of Sullins College/Class of '70 send our love and condolences to you, dear Becky, and to your entire family. ”
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“So sorry to you all for the tragic loss of your loved one. ”
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Robert William Gahagan, age 68, of Bridgeport, beloved husband of Becky Karr Gahagan, passed away on January 22, 2017 at West River Rehabilitation Center in Milford, CT. Bob was born in Bridgeport, CT and grew up in Stratford, CT and White Plains, NY, then also lived in Great Neck, NY, Mamaroneck, NY; Milford, Madison, New Canaan, and Bridgeport, CT. Bob graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in 1966 with a New York State Regent College Scholarship, a National Merit College Scholarship, and as a Championship Tennis Player. He furthered his education by attending Brown University, having graduated in 1971. Bob had worked as a writer and journalist, primarily for Medical Journals. In his youth, Bob loved playing the clarinet. He was an avid reader, enjoyed puzzles, and playing golf and tennis. Bob took pleasure in horse racing, which began with his paternal grandfather, Will Gahagan, who was the First Editor in Chief of Hoof Beats and Bob's father, Neil Gahagan, who followed Will as the Secretary of the Grand Circuit, as well as Registrar of the Trotter's Association. Reading about Will, you can see that Bob had inherited Will's sense of humor and gift for writing. Spending time as a child at the tracks in Goshen, NY gave Bob his lifelong love of horse racing. Bob loved to travel. In particular, he loved the beach in Cape May, NJ, where he spent summers as a child, Cancun, Mexico, and Cape Cod. His favorite thing on vacation was to find great places for breakfast. His favorite sports teams were the New York Giants, Detroit Tigers, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. One of the highlights of his life was walking into Notre Dame Stadium to see the Irish play. As a father of three girls that he adored, it was very different as each of his four grandsons were born. His love for his boys was boundless and he was so proud of each of them. A loving husband, father, and Pop-Pop, Bob's memory will lovingly be remembered by his devoted wife, Becky Gahagan, of Bridgeport, with whom Bob had celebrated 30 years of marriage in November 2016; three daughters, Maggie Gahagan Rylski, her husband, Scott, and their sons, Cole and Ryan, of Clermont, FL, Jackie Gahagan Haffey, her husband, Andrew, and their sons, Griffin and Spencer, of Waterford, CT, and Molly Gahagan, of Bridgeport, CT; a brother, Peter Gahagan, and his wife, Carol, of Ridgefield, CT, their three children and families; a sister, Carolyn Gahagan Carroll, of Missouri City, TX, her two children and their families; cousins Anne, Ellen, and Stephen Gahagan, of Michigan; cousins Cathi O'Neill and Tom McCormick, of California; his ex-wife, Kathleen Foley Gahagan; and Tara, his beloved Cocker Spaniel who made him so happy the last 10 months of his life. He was predeceased by his father, Neil Robert Gahagan; his mother, Eleanor McCormick Gahagan; a brother-in-law, Michael Carroll; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06825. All other services will be held privately. Memorial contributions may be directed to Saint Mary's College, 110 Le Mans Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Checks should be written to Saint Mary's College with a note on the memo line: Robert Gahagan Memorial Fund. Online gifts may be made at saintmarys.edu/donate: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1611/index.aspx?sid=1611&gid=5&pgid=465&cid=1096 Indicate the $ amount in the "Other" field and type in Robert Gahagan Memorial Fund in the comment field below where it says: Direct to other fund. Or to Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, P.O. Box 545426, Flushing, NY 11354 or visit http://www.nyabandonedangels.com/