Robert "Bob" Charles Lee, 80, a longtime resident of Washington, died July 10, 2009, at Candlewood Valley Health & Rehabilitation Center in New Milford. He was surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Dorothy (Swanson) Lee.

Mr. Lee was born March 11, 1929, in New Milford. After finishing school, he served in the United States Navy.

Mr. Lee retired from O&G Industries after more than 20 years of service as a crane operator. He also worked for Three Rivers Corporation in Woodbury and the town of Washington.

He was involved with the big cleanup operations during the 1955 flood in Washington.

Mr. Lee was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers for 50 years and a member of the American Legion.

He loved spending time outdoors and camping, and he had a special love for dogs. He rescued his last three dogs from shelters, and his last dog, Poquita, was rescued from Puerto Rico.

Besides his wife, Mr. Lee is survived by a sister, Sarah Lee Antoni, of New Milford; seven children, Cynthia A. Lappala, of New Milford, Stephen R. Lee, of Washington, Timothy M. Lee, of Marble Dale, Gregory C. Lee, of Roxbury, Jonathan E. Lee, of Bantam, Melissa J. Bronson of Brimfield, Mass., and Robert E. Lee of Washington; and several grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Colonial Funeral Home, 87 Park Lane Road, New Milford, followed by a noon memorial service.

Friends are invited to a luncheon reception at the Washington Legion Hall after the service.

Memorials may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776, or to the Washington Gage Zumpf Legion Hall, P.O. Box 468, Washington Depot, CT 06794.