Robert “Bob” Arvid Paulson, 86, of Rockfall, husband of the late Elizabeth “Betty” (Wells) Paulson, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022 at his home. Born and raised in Middletown, he was the son of the late Erhard and Olga (Carlson) Paulson.
At eight years old, Bob learned to play the trumpet. By twelve, he was playing with the Middletown Symphonic Orchestra and continued playing in the band at Woodrow Wilson High School and was Band Captain. He graduated Class of 1955 and went on to serve three years of active duty in the United States Army.
In 1959, Bob married Betty Wells and they moved to Rockfall. He worked for Standard Knapp for two years, was the owner of Paulson’s Sport Shop in Middletown for five years and owner/operator of Reliable Painting and Repair for over forty years. He coached softball in Middlefield, was active on the Coginchaug Regional High School Scholarship Committee, loved camping in New Hampshire and spending time with his grandchildren. Bob was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Middletown.
Bob is survived by a son, Christopher Paulson and his wife Fran of Rockfall; his daughter, Deborah Kulpik and her husband John of Middlefield; four grandchildren, Nico and Kiyah Kulpik, Alex and Luke Paulson; sister-in –law, June Paulson; special nieces, Heidi Abbott and her husband Al of Portland and Eloise Ebbighausen and her husband Harry of MA; nephews, Paul Paulson of MA and Jon Paulson of NJ; special grand nephew, Joshua Abbott and many close friends.
Along with his wife and parents, Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen E. Paulson.
The Paulson family would like to say a special thank you to Debra Oliver for the wonderful and compassionate care she gave Bob.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 300 Washington Street, Middletown where masks are optional. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded.
Family and friends may call Wednesday morning before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Kathleen E. Paulson Cochinchaug Regional High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 120, Durham, CT 06422. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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