Waterford - Robert James Conley, 99, of Waterford, died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, after a brief illness and an exemplary life. He was born Dec. 23, 1917 in New London. He attended New London public schools and graduated from the Bulkeley School in 1937. Before World War II, he served in the CCC and worked for the WPA. After the war, he was employed by Aben Hardware and Kaplan Hardware; he then worked at Electric Boat, retiring after nearly 30 years. Mr. Conley is a veteran having served in the U.S. Army, yankee division, during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He married Cecelia Massad, on April 10, 1948, at St. Ann Melkite Church in New London. She survives him, as do four daughters, Joan (Ned) Pendleton, Maureen (Walter) Sherwin, Roberta Conley and Theresa Conley. He is also survived by four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by Fred and Maude Reid, who raised him; a brother, Warren Conley; and a sister, Mary Lasky. Services are private. Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting with the arrangements. To honor his memory, please consider donating to the Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371 for large-print books or to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168, or simply be kind. Please visit www.Byles.com to sign the guest book or to share a memory.
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