portrait picture for Robert J. Van Veghel

Calling Hours:

Friday, November 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.


Saturday, November 16, at 10:00 AM at St. Jerome Church, 23 Half Mile Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.


Hillside Cemetery, Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Norwalk Hospital Foundation and specify The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

Robert J. Van Veghel

Robb Van Veghel passed away suddenly on November 11, 2019. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Ronna, his daughter, Katie, his son Hunter and his beloved dog Oliver. He is survived by his immediate family in Wisconsin, his sister Barbara Kleine, and his brothers Steve, John and Mike Van Veghel (Annette). He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sue Grey of Ridgefield and Marge Grey and her husband Michael Henderson of Elk Grove, California. He also leaves his mother and father-in-law, Betty and Lou Grey. In addition, he leaves many nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews. He was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on April 10, 1954 to his parents Catherine and John “Snipe” Van Veghel.

Robb came to Norwalk in 1985 to become the Aquatic Director of the Norwalk YMCA. He then worked as Vice-President of Scott Pools, at Glen Gate Pools and lastly at All American Pools. His unique skills and knowledge of the proper construction and building of pools made him a leader in his field.

Robb was an avid sports fan. He followed football, basketball and baseball religiously.

He ardently cheered on his hometown team, the Green Bay Packers and also the UCONN Women’s basketball team. He instilled this love of sports in his children and they would watch events together every weekend. In addition, he was a prolific reader who especially enjoyed political thrillers.

He was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed family trips especially back to Wisconsin to visit with his large family. In addition to his family, Robb had a wonderful network of friends that he saw on a regular basis. He will be dearly missed by all.

There will be a Wake on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Collins Funeral Home on 92 East Avenue from 4pm to 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Jerome Church on 23 Half Mile Road in Norwalk. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Norwalk Hospital Foundation and specify The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

  1. Although, I did not have much contact with Snipe in recent years, there will always be fond memories of those times through our early college years. A Snipe story actually came up in conversation last Saturday. Those will always remain because of his personality and friendships. Praying for God’s comfort in your lives as you all celebrate Robb’s life in the upcoming days.

    November 13, 2019
    Dewey Otten -
  • My sister Katie’s first child, and my first nephew, Rob was a trailblazer for his siblings who followed. They are a tight knit and fun-loving
    family who Judee and I love to visit. Wanting to be a loving uncle to Rob, I remember taking him to see his first train coming into my hometown depot. It scared the bezeesus out of the little guy. He grew into a large personality that we love and will cherish the memories.
    Ever grateful for Ronna and Rob taking us to 9/11 memorial one Sunday. They could have made it as tour guides. Rest In Peace dear Rob.

    November 13, 2019
    Fred/Judee Moors -
  • Our deepest sympathy to the Van Veghel family. May you all find strength and support in the love of family and friends, and the memories in your hearts help you through this difficult time.

    November 14, 2019
    Gary and Monica Sterk -
  • Ronna, Katie, Hunter, and Oliver;
    Working with your father was an amazing honor, our days were full of laughter and stories about our families. He loved you all so much, and was so proud of his wonderful family. He will be missed by every person that he touched in life. Treasure your memories and know that he is watching over you all.

    November 14, 2019
    Angela Lepore -
  • Robb, Dr. Snipe, was our fraternity brother at UW-LaCrosse. Many of us have talked about Snipe these past few days. We loved him and he truly is our brother. Rest In Peace Dr. Snipe.

    November 14, 2019
    Pat Van Rossum -
  • Dear Ronna and family,
    It is never easy to lose someone, especially when it is sudden and unexpected. Know that you are in my prayers.
    Cathy Smith

    November 15, 2019
    Catherine Smith -
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