Robert E. Conlon, 87


Shrewsbury – Robert E. Conlon, 87, died peacefully at home Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 with his beloved wife, Janet (Asselta), by his side.

Born in Boston, he was the youngest of five children and the third son born to Frank J. and Mary V. (McManus) Conlon. He was the brother of the late Mary V. Powers, Rita E. Conlon, Francis J. Conlon and Albert V. Conlon, all of the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Besides his wife, Janet, he leaves brother- and sisters-in-law, Anna Alano, wife of the late Carlo Alano, Gloria and Paul Sullivan, Rose Conlon, wife of the late Albert Conlon and Emma Cariglia, wife of the late Leonard Cariglia. He was also survived by several nieces and nephews, including his cherished niece, Linda Powers, Lori Cumberland, Rosemary Donahoe, Marianne Conlon, Brian Conlon, Mary Burton, Martha Frazier, Frank Conlon, Stephen Conlon, Paul Conlon, Cathy Vallan, Kristina Cairns, Tina Alano and Lisa McCarthy.

Mr. Conlon grew up in Braintree and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Weymouth. He served his country during World War II in Foggia, Italy and North Africa. During his tour of duty, he serviced B-9, B-17, B-24, and B-29 bombers.

Upon returning from the war, he continued his education and became a design engineer and later a consulting power engineer for power plants. He was part of the team who worked on the nuclear power plant at Rowe. He retired from the Boston office of Stone and Webster Engineering Corp.

He was a summer resident of Falmouth for over 50 years and was an avid all-season sportsman. In the winters, he enjoyed competitive skiing in Cannon Mountain in N.H. and in the summers, he spent his leisure time golfing, sailing the waters off Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and cycling the many bike trails of Cape Cod. It was on a beautiful summer's day on Cape Cod when he met his lovely wife, Janet.

Mr. Conlon was a communicant of St. Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury, where he volunteered his time as a greeter at weekend Mass.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit with Mr. Conlon's family Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. His funeral will be held from the funeral home Wednesday, Dec. 7, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery of Shrewsbury.

Memorial donations can be made to the Saint Mary's Church Capital Campaign, 20 Summer St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or to Abbey House, 52 High St., Worcester, MA 01609.