In Loving Memory of Robert W. Arel

April 06, 1936
Crookston, MN
August 02, 2020
Fairfield, CT
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


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Robert W. Arel

Robert W. Arel, of Fairfield, beloved husband of Judith Arel, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 2, 2020 in his residence. Happily married for 60 years. Born in Crookston, MN, the son of the late Walter and Melina Arel, he had been a Fairfield for the last 50 years. Bob received a BS Degree in Engineering from Marquette University and worked as an engineer his entire career. He was a devoted and active volunteer at Operation Hope, The MS Society, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he was recognized with the Volunteer of the Year Award, and served as a Eucharistic Minister. Bob enjoyed wood working model trains, puzzles of all kinds, travel and working on projects around his home. In addition to his loving wife, Judy, Bob will be sadly missed by his son, Mark Arel and his wife Linda of New York, NY; four grandchildren, Victoria Cook and her husband, Alex, Kelly Arel, Stephen Esposito and Michael Esposito; a great-granddaughter, Eleanor Cook; a brother, William Arel and his wife Barbara of NC; three sisters, Jeannette Graham and her husband John of UT, Mayme Beauto and her husband, Anthony of AZ and Edith Dietz of OK; a brother-in-law, Joel Homar of TN; a brother-in-law, Neil Woods and his wife Niki and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kim Arel and a sister, Claire Homar. Due to current conditions a private funeral service will be held. A public service will be held in the future when safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. To offer an online condolence please visit

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9 Guestbook Entries for Robert W. Arel

  1. So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob at Remington for many years and often admired what a perfect gentleman he was along with his intelligence and expertise as a well-respected engineer. Bob was always a pleasure to work with.

  2. Dear Judy we share in your profound grief and count ourselves truly blessed to have know Bob and you too, dear friend. Please be sure to take special care of YOU!
    All our love,
    Bob & Gail Buccino

    • Thank you for remembering Bob. He was the most gentle and kind person I have known. Life is quite different for me now, but I hope to get back to St. V’s as soon as the virus situation improves. I still remember that you, Bob, were one of my best customers. I hope you both are well.

  3. Dear Judy,

    Please know how sad I was to learn of Bob’s death. He and all who loved him are in my prayers.

    Fr. Charlie Allen, S.J.
    Campion Health Center
    Weston, MA

    • Thank you Father for remembering Bob in your prayers.
      I hope your health is improving day by day.
      I keep you in my prayers also.

  4. Judy, our condolences to you and your family. We will keep Bob, as well as, you and your family in our prayers. We hope happy memories will give you some comfort during this time of grief and sadness.
    Kathy & Winston

  5. We were so sorry to hear of his passing. He was always such a welcoming person and I’m sure will be sorely missed. All our thoughts and prayers to the Arel family

  6. Mrs. Arel (you will always be “Mrs. Arel to me!) , Mark, Linda, Victoria and Kelly, I was so very sorry to hear about “Mr. Arel’s” passing. I remember him very fondly as one of the influential men in my young life. He always welcomed all of our gang into his home, let us play pool into the wee hours of the night and put up with our shenanigans. His calm demeanor meant we could simply chat with him like a friend. I remember so well the firecracker incident where we blew up a piece of firewood in the back yard and he came out of the house. We fully expected to get a strong talking to but instead a sly grin came over his face and he very uncharacteristically chuckled at us and said “mother just about hit the ceiling”. My sincere condolences to you all.
    Tom and Darlene Stansfield.

    • How very nice it was to hear from you. The memories you shared in your message brought a smile to my face. Needless to say, I will miss Bob forever. Mark is working in China now and has been there for over a month. He has not been here for me and that makes it even harder for me.
      Mark has no idea of when he will return to the states. I think back to all the happy memories we has with all his high school friends. We have moved into an assisted living facility in Fairfield and I am happy to have some people around. Love to you both.