Robert N. Ahern
Robert N. Ahern, 74, of Avon, beloved husband of Miriam (Knowles) Ahern, passed away peacefully Friday, February 24th, 2023. Born January 10th, 1949 in Hartford, he was the son of the late Edward and Norma (Artese) Ahern. Bob was a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he earned his BS degree in Civil Engineering and excelled at calculus. He was actively involved in his fraternity Delta, Sigma, Tau and played on the softball team. After graduation he worked as a Town Engineer for the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. He then relocated to Sausalito, CA and Orlando, FL, pursuing his career in Project and Design Engineering. Bob lived in Saudi Arabia for seven years working as a Cost Engineer for ARAMCO. He embraced his life in the desert and loved exploring the surrounding areas. He met the love of his life, Miriam, while visiting Switzerland at the end of his contract. He stayed with her in Geneva for three years before they moved to the USA.
Bob lived a long and fulfilled life. He was an avid skier and enjoyed the high slopes of the Swiss and French Alps. He also loved snorkeling in the Caribbean, parasailing in Thailand and going on safaris in Africa. He was a world traveler. He enjoyed driving around in his Corvette and riding his motorcycle until family life required a more practical set of wheels. He had a deep fondness for animals and some of his favorite activities as he got older were bird watching and feeding the ducks by the Farmington River. He also had a special love for a family of opossums who visited the backyard daily.
He retired from the Avon Water Company.
Besides his loving wife, Bob is survived by his daughter Lauren Ahern and her husband Andrew Parada of Wall Township, NJ, his stepson Olivier Solanet and his husband Andrew Spitaleri of Clinton Corners, NY, his cousin Gina of Avon and his cousin Barbara of Florida. He was awaiting the arrival of his first grandchild, Sophia, due in June. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the hospice team and medical and nursing team at John Dempsey Hospital for the wonderful and loving care given to Bob and a special thank you to Deacon Ken Bangs and his wife Mary from St Patrick's Church Collinsville for being there at Bob's final time of need.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.