Robert (Bob) L. Cartier, 93, formerly of West Haven entered into eternal rest on Sunday,
September 27th, 2020. He was the husband of the late Giselda DiProfio Cartier. Bob leaves behind his son, Anthony (AJ) (wife, Deborah), his daughter, Caren Cartier, and his granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Cartier (fiance, Kevin Shea). Bob was predeceased by his granddaughter, Amanda Kathleen Cartier. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews who still refer to him as, “Uncle Bob, or Unc.”
Bob was born on January 1st 1927 in Haverhill, MA to Josephat & Regina Arel Cartier. He was one of nine children, and leaves behind his youngest sister, Jeanette Barlow. He was predeceased by 7 siblings, Armand, Donat, Irma, Lydia, Pauline, Aurea, and Sister Rose Alpha.
As a boy, Bob shared many fond memories of the “Alley on Granville Street” & “The Old River.” It was there that he, his siblings and neighborhood friends learned to swim, play hockey, fish, and just hang out together. Bob had to leave school in the 8th grade to help support his family. He held a variety of jobs including working at his father’s bicycle repair shop, a shoe factory, a farm, at Puritans Ice Cream Shop, and at a local grain store. Bob was always a very hard-worker. At 17 years old, Bob joined the Merchant Marines. He spent a year on cargo ships in the Mid-Atlantic, despite having severe sea sickness. At 18 years old, he joined the Army, where he worked as a Ward Attendant during World War II (Germany). After his return home to MA in 1946, he met the love of his life, Giselda DiProfio. Bob and Giselda moved to Connecticut in 1950 where they raised their family.
Bob worked for various contractors. He spent many years as a storm window installer before
starting his Window Installation business, Anthony & Cartier. He was well known for his work and respected in the community. Bob retired from his business at 79 years old. It was then that he began Country Line Dancing with all of his friends on the boardwalk at West Haven Beach. “The Boardwalk Boppers” met on Sundays, but if there was a dancing event in CT, he was there! Bob was a very content and selfless man and had a strong Catholic faith. He was always happy with what he had and shared with those less fortunate. He was a big supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, even taking on extra work so he could donate to St. Jude’s, a cause very close to his heart. He will be sadly missed by all of his family, and his friends at Solstice Senior Living in Guilford, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his honor at Our Lady of Victory, on Friday, October 2 at 11:00 am. Interment, with full military honors will follow, in Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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