Robert Beaudoin

Robert Beaudoin

Friday, December 4th, 1942 - Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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WATERBURY – Robert Emile Beaudoin, age 77, of Wolcott, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the Vitas Innovative Care Unit of Saint Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family, after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of JoAnn (Conway) Beaudoin.

Robert was born December 4th 1942 in Cincinnati, OH, the son of the late Conrad and Lucie (Bedard) Beaudoin. He was raised in Waterbury and was a graduate of Croft High School. Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War Era. While stationed in S. Korea, Robert started learning the art of Martial Arts and received his black belt in karate which would lead him to a career in the Karate industry later in his life. Robert had felt that education was very important and after returning from the service he continued his studies and received his BS from UCONN, his Masters degree in Education from Trinity College and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Sarasota. Robert taught at many colleges and university throughout the area including the University of New Haven, Post College, and UCONN to name but a few. It can be said of Bob, that he embodied the words of Albert Schweitzer; “Teaching, especially by example, is not the main thing in influencing and helping others to develop. It is the only thing”. Robert was also the Owner and Operator of REB Associates, Quality Consulting providing consulting work for many area businesses. Robert also established his own karate dojang in 1965 The Beaudoin Academy of Karate in Waterbury and was the Grand Master of World Tang Soo Do Association.” Robert was a longtime, active parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul Church, where he was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers and would often assist the church with weekly Mass readings. He was also a devoted member of the Waterbury Elks Club, the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.

Left to cherish his memories and honor Roberts’s love and legacy, besides his wife of 55 years, JoAnn (Conway) Beaudoin, are his son, Eric Beaudoin MD of Southport, CT and his daughter, Jennifer Roberts and her husband, Kevin of Southington. Robert and JoAnn were blessed with a grandson, Tyler DiTunno. He also leaves his brothers, Charles Beaudoin of Waterbury, James Beaudoin of Prospect, and his sister, Barbara Plouffe of Meriden and several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many friends.

Funeral Services for Dr. Bob/Grand Master Beaudoin will be held on Tuesday, February 4th 2020 at 10:00 at Mary Mother of the Church Parish, Saints Peter and Paul Church 67 Southmayd Rd. Waterbury to celebrate a Mass of Christina Burial. Those planning to attend are kindly asked to meet directly at the church. Burial with full military honors will follow in New Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury. Relatives and friends may visit with Robert’s family on Monday evening from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 pm. at Casey’s Eastside Memorial Funeral Home 1987 East Main St Waterbury, CT 06705. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Robert are encouraged to be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 USA / Memories last only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Beaudoin family on Robert’s tribute page at The Casey family has been honored to serve the Beaudoin family.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Casey's Eastside Memorial Funeral Home & Tribute Center
    1987 East Main St
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 10:00am
    Saints Peter & Paul Church
    56 Southmayd Rd
    Waterbury 06705
    Thos planning to attend are asked to meet directly at the church
    Rev. John Lavorgna
  • Interment

    New Pine Grove Cemetery
    850 Meriden Rd
    Waterbury, CT 06705
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Kennedy Rice

Posted at 10:43pm
GrandMaster Beaudion, I was privileged to have you present at my black belt test, and to share veteran status with you as we both served in the US Air Force. Rest in eternal, heavenly peace sir...Tang Soo!!!

Rachael Marie

Posted at 10:18pm
I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. B while he worked as a substitute teacher in my classes in the Wolcott School System. He was always so kind, positive and caring. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family through this difficult time.

Sedeno family

Posted at 09:01pm
Thank you so much gran master Robert , we will miss you also in Mexico, we are concerned and you are now with God for sure Tang Soo , Sedeño Barreto family from Toluca Mexico

The Nelson Family

Posted at 08:28am
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, I know this is the hardest time of your life’s but would love to share with you Master B will always hold a special place in our family’s hearts.

Theresa Stancliff

Posted at 07:50am
In memory of your strength, support, and quiet nurturing of those around you. Rest in peace Grandmaster Beaudoin.
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