Robert W. Erff Sr., age 85, husband of Alida Duffy since 1950 of West Haven passed away October 5th, 2018 at the Curtis Home after a long illness.
Robert was born January 28, 1933 in West Haven CT to the late Helen and Joseph Erff previously residing in West Haven CT.
Robert was employed by Olin Winchester retiring in 1995. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the US Navy. Prior to his illness Robert was a parishioner of the 1st Baptist church. He was active in many organizations including the New Haven County Fire Chief Association, American Legion, VFW, 40/8 and the D.A.V.
Mr Erff also volunteered at Milford hospital, Saint Raphael's, the VA hospital and the West Haven Fire Department. He also participated at the VA Golden Age Games and won many medals.
For many years Robert enjoyed making people happy as he played Santa Claus. As Santa Claus he would go to hospitals, various organizations, parties and visit people's homes.
Robert was a lifelong resident of West Haven. He married Alida Duffy and they made their home in West Haven CT. He was a devoted husband and father who cherished time spent with family. In addition to raising their children Robert and his wife also fostered many children.
He enjoyed people and spending time in Maine. Robert will be remembered for his friendliness and helping others.
In addition to his wife Alida, he is survived and will be dearly missed by 2 sons, Eugene of West Haven, Christopher and his wife Angie of Georgia. 3 daughters, Corrinda Soares and her husband Michael of West Haven, Alida Brown and her husband Tom of Woodbridge and Sandra Wallace and her husband Cordell of Cheshire, 2 brothers Frank and his wife Marilyn of Hamden and Philip Erff of West Haven. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren , 9 great grandchildren and many special nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Robert was also predeceased by 2 sons Robert Jr and John. 2 Brothers Joseph and George and 1 sister Patricia Eyler.
Robert was a proud Veteran, a true Patriot who loved his country and will be missed dearly.
Robert's family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Curtis Home of Meriden and the VA hospital staff.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.