Robert Swisher Iliff
July 7, 1926 ~ October 19, 2014
Robert Swisher Iliff, 88, husband of Lillian Warren Iliff, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by generations of family on Sunday, October 19th.
Robert was born on July 7, 1926 in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Iliff and Carrie Swisher Iliff as well as six siblings: Regis Wannamaker, Charles A. Iliff Jr., Miriam Wood, Ruth Applegate, Richard Iliff, and June Strolin.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was also a Past Master of Old Well Lodge 108. He and his brother Charles operated the Wilton Food Shop and later owned and operated Orem’s Diner in Wilton for 15 years. He then opened Bob’s Gun Rack in Norwalk where he instituted the legendary “Big Buck Contest.” After selling the gun rack he worked for Wilson’s Hardware in Wilton for 20 years before “retiring” and opening Bob’s Repair Shop. In 2002, Robert received an honorary high school diploma from Norwalk High School. In his spare time he was an avid hunter and target shooter, teaching both his children and grandchildren gun safety.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian, of 59 years, his daughter, Valarie (Mel) Solis, and his son Robert (Debbie) Iliff. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Michael (Kai), Justin, and Lindsay (Kelli) Solis, Dan, Benjamin, and Sarah Iliff as well as one great granddaughter, Savannah Solis, and 41 nieces and nephews. He was also an honorary grandfather to Jacqui, Kelsey, and Maddie Locher.
Services will be held on Sunday, October 26th, at 4:30 PM in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. The family will greet friends, family, and loved ones on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30 PM in the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank the Connecticut Hospice, Dr. Caroline Kurtz, and Dr. Robert Altbaum for their attentive care. They would also like to thank Orem’s Diner for their caring and generosity. Donations in Robert’s name may be made to Connecticut Hospice or Whittingham Cancer Center.