Robert Hyland

Robert E. "Bob" Hyland

Friday, September 15th, 1944 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Robert E. "Bob" Hyland, of West Hartford, passed away on January 1, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at the UConn Health Center, after a brief illness.
Bob was born in West Hartford on September 15, 1944, during the Great Atlantic Hurricane. He attended Our Lady of Sorrows School in Hartford and graduated Hall High School in West Hartford (Class of 1962). He served in the 3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Germany from 1968-1970. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
He made his career, first at Aetna and then at Travelers, Inc., as an attorney, until his recent retirement after 55 years of service.
Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Harriet (Rosenstein) Hyland of West Hartford, and four children and three grandchildren: Rachel Hyland and her husband Steve Ersinghaus (and Steve’s son, Sam) of West Hartford; Sarah Hyland and her husband Richard Rochlin (Rex, Ruby, and Riley) of Farmington; Lindsay Hyland of Newington; and Daniel Hyland of New York. Bob also leaves his brother, Richard, and his wife Barbara of Kenner, LA, and dear friend and mother of Rachel and Sarah, Carol Hyland of Rocky Hill. He was pre-deceased by his parents William and Elizabeth, and a son-in-law, Pete Letizia.
He served as Judge Advocate for American Legion Post 96. He was an avid reader of military history, enjoyed old movies on Turner Classic Movies and was a lifelong fan of the Red Sox.
Bob was a kind, thoughtful, generous and funny man who dearly loved his grandchildren. He loved all animals will be missed by his dog, Charlie (the little monkey), and especially by his faithful cat, Iz.
Calling hours will be at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford on Sunday, January 5, from 2 to 5 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to an animal charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at
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    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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    Memorial contributions may be made to an animal charity of the donor's choice.


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Robert Kloiber

Posted at 12:09pm
Harriet and family.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I first met Bob at the Aetna Hartford Branch at 111 Pearl St in the early 70's. Needless to say, we go back a long way. He was a mentor, a coach and a great friend to all that he came in contact with. I can't say enough about how he helped me in the early stages of my insurance career. We always stayed in touch reminiscing about all of the practical jokes and events we were a part of during our work days together. Bob had a great sense of humor and always appreciated a good story or joke. Bob had many attributes: Honesty, loyal to a fault, funny, knowledgeable, sincere, honest, reliable and most of all a huge heart. I spoke with Bob two weeks before he passed and asked him if Ken Katz and I could take him to lunch since we were unable to make his retirement party. He wanted us to hold that thought until after the 1st of the year. I had no idea that would be the last time I would speak to him. Bob will always be in my thoughts and forever in my heart. I won't be able to attend the reception today because I am in Florida. To Harriet and family, Bob's life was a blessing. Treasure the memories. He was loved beyond words and remembrance will always keep him near.. RIP Robert.

Tony Forcucci

Posted at 10:25am
I grew up with Bob, went to high school together. We both worked together at the Prospect Market as teenagers. Unfortunately we drifted apart and we bumped into one another now and again. My wife has fond memories of driving to work with Bob when they both worked at Aetna. He was a wonderful, compassionate and loving person. A very caring friend that could always be relied on. He will be sorely missed by all.
Tony & Doris Forcucci

Joe Cannon

Posted at 02:27pm
Harriet & family;
So very sorry for your great loss. Your family and friends will be with you during these difficult days and will remind you of the good times and wonderful memories, as Bob would want. He was a friend to so many, and will be tremendously missed by all. His skill and knowledge of so many things, in addition to his great sense of humor, was his trademark. The Aetna/Travelers should build a statue for Bob Hyland. He was a friend and counsel to so many, many of his "co-workers" and he was always a stabilizer to so many complex and difficult business situations. His personal influence was always positive for everyone around him. He was appreciated and loved by all, as evidenced by his many, many friends who he always found the time to keep in touch with.
I am very sorry that I am unable to get there for the services. May he rest in piece.

Joe Cannon
Hudson, OH

michael riley

Posted at 08:49pm
Bob was a mentor, good friend and a font of sage advice. Hard to believe he is gone. I went to his retirement party barely six weeks ago. He asked me to call and set up lunch after the first of the year as it was so busy at the party. I am so glad I made the party. Never thought it would be the last time that I saw him. I guess it is true that you never know the hour or the day. We lose sight of the fact that you really need to seize the moment as life is so fleeting. Rest well good friend!

gus olander

Posted at 07:01pm
I have known Bob since high school. He had a gentle way in talking to people
and was well respected by whose lives he touched..
Gus Olander

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