Robert J. Fortier, 90, formerly of Grafton


Grafton/Wallingford, Conn. – Robert J. Fortier, 90, of Wallingford, Conn., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at Hartford Hospital.

Robert was born Sept. 22, 1927 in South Grafton, the son of Wilrose and Mary (Bagin) Fortier. He married Marjorie (Briand) Fortier on July 25, 1953 in South Grafton.

Robert graduated from Grafton High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy, serving three years as Fleet Sonarman 3/c. He then attended and graduated from Syracuse University, 1953.

Prior to his retirement, Robert was Director of Corporate Advertising for Combustion Engineering, Stamford, Conn. and CHR, New Haven, Conn.

He was a dedicated Red Sox and Patriots fan, and enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife.

He will be missed by his wife, Marjorie (Briand) Fortier; sister, Annette (Fortier) Novak (husband, Emil); and four children, Stephen (wife, Vanessa) Richmond, Va., Denise, East Berlin, Conn., David, Glastonbury, Conn., John (Joanne) Wethersfield, Conn.; grandchildren, John Monaco, Laurie (husband, Danny) Santana, Chloe and Simone Fortier; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Leona Santana; and three nieces and one nephew.

All are welcome to gather with Robert’s family Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9-10 a.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton, followed by the celebration of his funeral Mass at St. James Church, 89 Main St., South Grafton. He will then be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton.

A Book of Memories to share a memory of Robert is available online at