portrait picture for Robert Reed Och

Services:

He will be buried at St. John’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Robert Reed Och


12/26/1933-4/10/2020

Robert “Bob” Och was a kind, loving, generous, lifelong resident of Norwalk. He died of natural causes April 10th. He graduated from the NHS Class of 1952. He was voted “most musically talented” by his NHS class of 52′ and received a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music in NY. When his mom became sick in 53′ he had to leave Juilliard and started working at Perkin-Elmer where his skill as a Master Optician advanced X-Ray Astrophysics discoveries and furthering understanding of black holes in the universe. His work included polishing the secondary mirror on the HUBBLE space telescope as well as other high precision optics used in advanced micro lithography tools to make todays most advanced computer chips.

His work and dedication has greatly advanced todays technology and made our world a better place. Evan at 86 years young he loved streaming music listening to his favorite Big Band channel or watching documentaries on Youtube. He kept himself sharp.

As a Musicians Local 53 member Bob played trombone over 4 decades with many of Fairfield Counties best bands including Vig Vigdors Concert Band, The Bix Santella Orchestra, The Sentimental 17 Big Band and many more.

He is predeceased by his wife Helen Gunzy Och, his mother Bessie Reed Och, his father Charles Robert Och, brothers Karl, Arnie, Donnie, his sisters Betty Shanko and Dorothy Post and grandson Matthew Miller. He is survived by his longtime girlfriend Doris Faucher. His sons Bill Miller and daughter in-law Pam Vagnieres of Louisville Colorado, Reed Och of Vista CA and Drew Och of Huntington Beach CA, granddaughters Erin Och of Vista CA and Paige Houston of Carlsbad CA, grandsons Jason Miller of Denver Colorado and Willie Joe Miller of Louisville Colorado and his 2 great grandsons Greyson and Jackson Houston of Carlsbad CA.

He will be buried at St. John’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

  1. Condolences from our family to yours. Bob was a really sweet guy who loved everybody and was loved back by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

    April 15, 2020
    Mike Drasky -
  • Thank you so much Mike! My family appreciates this. Reed Och

    April 15, 2020
    Reed -
  • HI – Bob (& Helen) were great neighbors.
    His daily walks brought hellos, smiles & conversations.
    He was an important part of the Marvin Beach 4th of July band/”orchestra”
    We will miss Bob , Carol Kellogg

    April 16, 2020
    carol kellogg -
  • Thank you Carol! ❤️

    April 16, 2020
    Reed -
  • Hi Reed
    Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My condolences too you and your family. I have so many great memories of hanging out at your house and riding around in your convertible. You had wonderful parents, again I am sorry for your loss.

    April 16, 2020
    Barry Polley -
  • Hi Reed. I’m very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Hope you’re doing okay.

    April 17, 2020
    Tom Flynn -
  • Thank you Barry❤️

    April 17, 2020
    Reed -
  • Thank you Tom❤️

    April 17, 2020
    Reed -
  • Doris,
    My most heartfelt condolences. Between the senior trips and concerts at the beach,always had a smile on his face. Loved talking to him.
    If I had only know about the astrophysics and black holes, probably would still be talking with him. God Bless….Take Care..
    Tom Mansy

    April 18, 2020
    Thomas Mansy -
  • Dear Reed & Drew, So sorry to hear about your dad. I have fond memories of him from oicnics at Auntie Audrey’s. & Uncle Jimmy’s. Thinking of you & wishing you well. Allison Mangels

    April 19, 2020
    Allison Mangels -
  • Thank you Allison❤️

    April 19, 2020
    Reed -
  • Thank you Thomas, I’ll pass the word to Doris❤️

    April 19, 2020
    Reed -
  • Dearest Drew and Reed,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I remember Bob at many of our family gatherings as he had a great sense of humor and was fantastic on the horn. He was a good guy ❤️

    May God bless his soul, and he will be missed.

    Big hugs and love to both of you and your families

    April 21, 2020
    Donna Gunzy-Weinstein -
  • Reed and Drew, sorry for your loss, I think about all the great memories of your dad at the family gathering at the beach, with your mom, unk Andy, Haz, and all the others! May God bless his soul. Brian.

    April 21, 2020
    Brian Gunzy -
  • Thank you so much Donna and Brian❤️❤️

    April 24, 2020
    Reed -
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