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Robert Fell Rockafellow, 81, Longtime New Canaan Resident, Navy Veteran

Robert Fell Rockafellow
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Robert Fell Rockafellow (Bob), a 49-year resident of New Canaan, died Thursday, Nov. 21. He was 81.

Rockafellow was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Abington, Pa., to Samuel Fries and Dorothy Fell Rockafellow; he attended Wesleyan University, served in the Navy as a neuropsychiatric medic at Philadelphia Naval Hospital during the Korean War and graduated from Lafayette College in 1956. He was an international banker who began his career with Marine Midland Trust Company in 1956 and worked for Manufacturers Hanover Bank, American Express International Bank, Allied Bank International and Bahrain Middle East Bank before his retirement in 1988. He was involved in the New Canaan Senior Men's Club.

Rockafellow is survived by his wife, Robin Reynolds Rockafellow; daughters, Carolynn Rockafellow (Frank) López-Balboa of New York City and Southampton, Elizabeth Rockafellow (Luciano) Lazzarino of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren; brother, John David Rockafellow (Marion); and two nephews and a niece. He was predeceased by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at St. Mark's Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HomeFront, 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, Connecticut 06902. Please make a memo on the check, "Rockafellow Memorial."

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