NAUGATUCK — Robert “Bob” Anthony Lenkowski, CPA, formerly of Middlebury and Waterbury, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his family. Bob was born March 2, 1936 in Waterbury, son of the late Sigmund F. and Antoinette (Guilmette) Lenkowski. Bob married his true love, Antoinette (Lasprogata) Lenkowski on May 5, 1978, whom he adored and enamored endlessly for 13,444 days.
Also surviving are his children, Michael Lenkowski and his wife Pamela of Middlebury, and Elizabeth Walls and her husband Eric of Suwanee, Ga.; his two grandchildren, Evan and Ella Walls; his nephew David A. Lenkowski; several cousins; and his stepdaughter Barbara Zulkeski and her children, Robert and A.J.
Bob was predeceased by his brother, Richard Lenkowski Sr; and his nephew, Richard Lenkowski, Jr.
Bob is the founder and retired managing partner of one of greater Waterbury’s largest accounting firms, Lenkowski, Lonergan and Company. Bob’s leadership, integrity and dedication provided the foundation for the firm’s success as the premier provider of professional accounting services to local business and individuals since 1965.
Bob received a bachelor of science in accounting from Bryant University in 1958 and bachelor of science in management from Quinnipiac University in 1963. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1965. Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Connecticut Society of Certified public Accountants (CSCPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public accounts.
Bob’s role as a steward of the community is demonstrated by his ability to passionately embrace opportunities to be a valuable resource to local charitable and civic organizations. During 2010, Bob was the proud recipient of the most prestige recognition for extraordinary contributions and impact for St. Mary’s Hospital, the Slocum Award. Bob is a former member of the executive committee for Naugatuck Valley Surgical Center. Through Bob’s drive and commitment our community has been able to progress to the next level. His prior roles as an enthusiastic leader of the corporate governance arena include involvement in boards for St. Mary’s Health Systems, Ambassadors of St. Mary’s Hospital, Easter Seals, Colonial Bank, Waterbury Legal Aid, United Way of Greater Waterbury, Connecticut Jaycees, and CSCPA.
The prominent mold and legacy of the Lenkowski family is spirited through the remarkable drive and dedication instilled by Bob. Bob was a visionary, whose passion for living life to the fullest has motivated and provided the building blocks for all of those he touched to embrace challenges and succeed beyond expectations. Bob made it a supreme objective to truly value family and friends as he encouraged all of us to see things from a different perspective in order to overcome our obstacles and embrace each and every opportunity in life. We are truly fortunate to have had you as a devoted husband, an outstanding father, an awesome uncle and a captivating grandfather but more over we were all blessed that you have been our best friend and role model who gave us a gift each and every day we experienced the love you had for all of us. We take an immense level of pride as we celebrate your life, and we cherish the magnificent bond you have championed and inspired.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the compassionate and skilled talent at the Village at East Farms and Visiting Nurses Association of Waterbury for their support in his final days.
Visitation will be held at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck on Monday, Aug. 26 from 5to 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Church, 1187 Whittemore Road, Middlebury. Please meet directly at the church at 9:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Middlebury Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following organizations: Visiting Nurses Association, 50 Brookside Road, Waterbury, CT 06708; Abilities Without Boundaries, 615 West Johnson Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410; Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department, 65 Tucker Hill Road, Middlebury, CT 06762.
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