Robert C. Schullery, 96, died Oct. 11 at Danbury Hospital. He was the widower of Agnes Schullery.

He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Danbury, the son of Robert and Ludmilla (Smigala) Schullery. He attended Danbury High School, and joined the Seabees during World War II and later the U.S. Navy, serving on a minesweeper on the USS Eager.

He and his wife resided in Brookfield, where he helped to build his home 60 years ago.

He was an avid fisherman in his Boston Whaler on Candlewood Lake and Long Island Sound.

He ran his own plumbing and heating business for 40 years, which was a trade he perfected when he began as an apprentice at the former Lumb and Temple plumbing company.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, a life member of Elks Lodge 120, and in 1949, a charter member of the South Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department.

He served three years as chief of Center Company Volunteer Fire Department. He was a Connecticut State District fire warden for 35 years, a member of the building committee for Huckleberry Hill School, assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 5, and a member of the police commission of Brookfield. He was appointed to the Brookfield police advisory board in 1967 for the purposes of establishing a police department. He was also a member of VFW Post 10201.

He is survived by a son, Robert T. Schullery, and his wife, Susan, of Kent; two grandchildren, Evan R. Schullery and Dr. Matthew T. Schullery, and his wife, Dr. Amy Schullery, of Pennsylvania; and a great-granddaughter, Lydia, of Pennsylvania; and several cousins. His 17-year old cat, Walter, has relocated to Kent. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years in 2011.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 18 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury CT 06811.

To quote a naval farewell, "Fair winds and following seas."