Robert Bernard Brysh, 87, husband of Corinne Purcell Brysh, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Masonicare. Born in Meriden on May 4, 1930, he was the son of the late Theodore B. and Florence (Lynch) Brysh and had graduated from Cheshire Academy, Class of 1948. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, NC and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Mr. Brysh was the owner of Challenger Freightways from 1961 to 1995 and continued working there with his son who became the owner until his retirement. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he participated in atomic testing at Camp Desert Rock in Yucca Flats, Nevada 1952. He was a former member of St. Rose of Lima Church, where he served as a lector and also was a member of The Church of Mary Our Queen in Plantsville, where he served as an usher. When he moved to Yalesville, he was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish and was currently a member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish, St. Joseph Campus. He was a member of The Motor Transport Association of CT and the Atomic War Veterans. Robert’s main delights in his life were his family, Notre Dame Football, reading the New York Times and vacations in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Besides his wife of fifty-eight years, he is survived by a daughter, Kathleen B. Davenport and her husband, Morris of Avon; a son, Theodore R. Brysh and his wife, Marcia of Guilford; five grandchildren, Caroline Davenport, Meredith Davenport, Andrew Brysh, Blake Brysh and Grayson Brysh; a sister, Marylou B. Kumnick of Vero Beach, FL; a brother-in-law, Thomas J. Purcell and his wife, Ann of Meriden, five nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. He was predeceased by a sister, Janet Brysh and a brother-in-law, William B. Kumnick.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels, St. Joseph Campus, 22 Goodwill Avenue, Meriden. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial will be private and there are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association https://alz.org/. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450.