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Robert Cormier

Robert P. "Bobby" Cormier

Monday, June 22nd, 1964 - Friday, July 26th, 2019
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Robert “Bobby” Cormier, 55, of Springfield, MA, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep from natural causes at home on July 26, 2019. Bobby was born in Hartford, CT, to Jean Casey Cormier and Paul Phillippe Cormier. Bobby graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1982 and went on to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Central Connecticut State University.For many years Bobby worked as a residential counselor and group-home coach in the Springfield area, assisting individuals with disabilities. Bobby also volunteered for the Springfield Public Library.
He leaves behind his mother Jean and her partner Phil; his father Paul and his wife Linda; his brother Ken Cormier and wife Emily; his nephews Theodore and Charles Cormier; his aunt Michelle “Mickey” Cormier; his aunt Lynette Cormier; his uncle Gerald “Jerry” Cormier and aunt Denise; his aunt Elinor (Casey) Eastman; his uncle William “Bill” Casey and his aunt Joanie.Bobby also leaves behind several cousins and many close friends.
Music was one of Bobby’s passions. At the age of seven he began to play the bass drum in the Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps and went on to be a Northeastern States Champion bass drummer. In addition to the bass drum, Bobby played piano, keyboard, guitar, and percussion. Bobby’s music was remarkable for its inventive use of sound and wildly imaginative lyrics. Bobby also produced music with several groups in Connecticut and around New England.
Bobby was a visual artist, poet, songwriter, music producer, Brian Wilson & Bob Dylan superfan, pop-culture aficionado, and font of music, film, and art knowledge. Bobby was also a dedicated LGBTQ activist, steadfast vegetarian, and cat lover. Bobby will be remembered for his kind heart, unique wit, warm nature, and brilliant sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PFLAG Hartford, P.O. Box 230733, Hartford CT, 06123. Calling hours/services will be held at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT, on Saturday, August 3, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    Address
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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Darin Scott

Posted at 09:38pm
I am saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I send my condolences to Bob's family and friends.
He had an original sense of perspective and a great sense of humor. Sometimes he had his own orbit.
I thank him for his passion to share his wide wealth of knowledge, and imagination. He seemed to love turning people
onto things
Bob and Marek and I were roommates at art school in NYC. Certain things I know today I know because of Bob...music, books, words, movies, art, humor, poetry, and facts (true and made up).
Two years ago I painted the exterior of Jack Kerouac's sister and brother in law's old house down here in North Carolina, where
Kerouac wrote some and got word that On The Road was to be published. Every day there I thought of Bob.
My first inkling Bob might be a funny guy was the first year in NYC. We were someplace and I said was walking back. Bob said he was staying. After I started walking home, he must have run out, hailed a cab, and rushed into the building. Just so he could
non-chalantly walk past me, look up and say...."Oh hello". And continue walking down the street. What commitment.
What a sweet, funny, smart guy.
Thank you, Bob.
To his family, I am sorry.
Bob will be missed.
KR

Kathy Rushby

Posted at 11:07am
We are so sorry to hear that Bobby has passed. He was a great neighbor and we always looked forward to seeing and talking with him. His breadth of knowledge was astonishing and he had a great sense of humor. We will miss him. Sincerely, Kathy and Carol Rushby

Frederick Wemyss

Posted at 10:04pm
Bobby was one of the few people I ever met who understood the importance of creativity. I had commented on a Youtube video of Ella Fitzgerald. I forget if it was a song he'd posted or if we were simply commenting on someone else's Ella Fitzgerald post. But she was singing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve." I commented on it and there was a reply to my comment from Bobby, in which he said he'd been looking for years for a different version she'd done. This was in 2013. We became Facebook friends. Several times, one or the other of us would bring up that song and neither of us could track down the great alternate version Ella had sung. But in the meantime, we had several discussions about music and film. Bobby lent me a crazy western filmed in Poland. What I remember most though, were Bobby's vibrant drawings. I got to meet him once, visiting him one afternoon in Springfield. We drove to Northhampton and Bobby told me a lot about recording studios. Quite unique was that he took the time to read two books I'd self-published. He called me after the second one and gave me detailed thoughts about the book. I've heard feedback over the years on things I've written, but only two or three people I've ever known have taken the time to talk to me about them. He was a friend.
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Mark Caufman MEd

Posted at 08:39pm
To the Cormier family ~ RIP Bobby. You were an exceptional person and wonderful with sounds. So glad I had the honor of working with you so long ago.
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