Robert "Bob" E. Bosch, 83, a longtime Westport resident, husband of Jean Carter Bosch, father of three sons and a daughter, died Saturday night at the Carolton nursing home. Bosch was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Carl and Elizabeth Babson Bosch on Feb. 22, 1926.

He was a graduate from RPI with a B.S. in engineering. Prior to college, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Germany immediately after World War II.

He was a long-time member and past commander of the Saugatuck Power Squadron, where he taught engine maintenance, weather, boating safety, and navigation courses. He was also an active member of the Y's Men, the Westport Rotary, and the Minuteman Yacht Club and was a member of the Masonic Temple.

He worked for GE, Perkin Elmer and United Technologies where he received several Patents for his work in Engineering. He enjoyed recounting his experience as a crew member on the fastest helicopter flight in history.

After retiring he worked as a member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church Rebuilding committee lending his engineering expertise.

Bosch was loved by many for his willingness to lend a helping hand, his sense of humor and good natured spirit. He was passionate about many things, including sailing, Westport and Nantucket, building things in his shop, travel and a dinner out with friends and family. His family and friends will miss his loving support and willingness to listen.

He is survived by Jean, his wife of 58 years; his three sons and his daughter, Jeff and Helen of Madison; Eric and Diane of Westport; Steve and Mary Sue of Redding; and Robin Bosch of Old Greenwich; and eight grandchildren, Greg, Leah, Kate, Carter, Nick, Will, Michaela and Dean. Also survived by his brother John Bosch and his wife Marna of Kettering, Ohio, and predeceased by his twin sister, Barbara Wright.

A memorial service will take place Friday, Nov. 27 at noon at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road E., Westport.

The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bosch's memory may be made to the Saugatuck Congregational Church 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT. 06880; or the American Diabetes Association Suite 105, 306 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457.


Jerry Davidoff, 83, of Norwalk, died Nov. 7, 2009, at the Connecticut Hospice unit at Norwalk Hospital, of complications from encephalitis, a virus of the brain.

Davidoff was an attorney by profession, a former elected official in his long-time home of Westport, a champion of civil liberties and a nationally active lay leader in the Unitarian Universalist faith movement.

Born July 1, 1926, in New York City, the son of a physician, he was raised in the Sunnyside section of Queens, N.Y., and educated at Little Red School House in Greenwich Village, Bronx High School of Science, the Horace Mann School in New York City, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yale Law School.

While practicing law in New York City from 1950 to 1958, Davidoff met and in 1955 married the former Denise Ellen Taft of Brooklyn, N.Y., who later owned an advertising agency based in Fairfield, and later in Westport. A former presiding officer of the national Unitarian Universalists as their elected "moderator," Denise Davidoff is also a former board member of the Interfaith Alliance and a past chair of the Interfaith Alliance Foundation. She is now a senior consultant to Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

The marriage of Jerry and Denise Davidoff produced two sons. Douglass, born in 1957, lives in Arlington, Mass., and is a public relations and marketing consultant. John, born in 1960, lives in Evanston, Ill., and owns Davidoff Communications, a strategy, sales and marketing consultancy located in Chicago.

Relocating from Manhattan in 1958, Davidoff established a law practice in Westport that lasted until his retirement in 1996. During that time, he served the town for nine years as an elected member of the Board of Education on the Democratic ticket, including two years as chair, and served four years as an elected nonpartisan member of the Representative Town Meeting. He also served his colleagues in Westport as president of the Westport Bar Association. In 1960, he ran unsuccessfully for the Connecticut House of Representatives from Westport.

It was in his work for not-for-profits, especially religious organizations, that Davidoff advocated for civil rights and civil liberties, explored the possibilities for lay leadership in a faith characterized by congregational polity, and advocated for support of professional ministers to transform lives of their parishioners.

At the Unitarian Church in Westport, his religious home for nearly a half-century, Davidoff served as church newsletter editor, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Building Committee, Ministerial Search Committee, Endowment Committee and Long Range Planning Committee. He was chair of the Ministerial Sabbatical Committee, and served twice on the church Board of Trustees.

In the Unitarian Universalist (UU) denomination, he was chair of the Election Review Committee, which was concerned with how denominational election campaigns might be improved. He was also chair of the Election Campaign Practices Committee, concerned with monitoring and mediating between candidates in contested denominational elections. He served a six-year term as a member of the Commission on Appraisal, and as such was a co-author of "Our Professional Ministry," a study of the gatekeeping functions for UU ministry. He was a member for eight years of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, nationally responsible for credentialing UU ministers and, when necessary, disciplining them.

Davidoff was also a trustee of the Alban Institute, a consulting, publishing and research organization based in Herndon, Va., with the mission of assisting the development of churches and church leadership. He had served as secretary of the board and a member of its Executive Committee.

A founder and board member for both the Connecticut Women's Educational and Legal Fund and the Connecticut Divorce Mediation Council, he also served as board chair for the Westchester Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Davidoff was an avid sailor who owned three sloops during his life and cruised extensively on the coast of New England, from Maine to Connecticut, as well as in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Sea. He played tennis and enjoyed words and literature. He had an extensive catalog of poems memorized and typically directed his children and other young adults to his copy of Webster's Third New International Dictionary to look up the meaning or etymology of words.

Frequently adorned with a bow tie until his retirement, Davidoff presented a professorial affect and did not lightly suffer lapses in grammar, word usage, nor courtesy, often loudly and aggressively correcting transgressors. On Sundays, he wore red socks in honor of Unitarian Universalist ministers, selecting red because many of his favorite UU ministers were formed under the crimson colors of Harvard University Divinity School.

With his wife, Denise, Davidoff was granted the Distinguished Service Award by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2006.

He treasured scores of friends who dated to his boyhood days in Queens, N.Y., and his university days in Chapel Hill and New Haven. He befriended young adults, many of whom were disaffected from their parents or had lost their parents due to early deaths. Later, he served as mentor to young adults entering the ministry. He had hundreds of friends across the country, many in UU churches, whom he met during the course of his work in the denomination as well as attendance at 40 years of annual UU general assemblies.

As a family patriarch, he paid special attention in his later years to relatives who could have felt disconnected from the family because of the loss of a parent early in life.

Davidoff was predeceased by his parents, Bernard and Mildred Davidoff of New York, Westport, and Palm Beach, Fla.; as well as by his brother, Paul Davidoff of Brooklyn, N.Y., a noted urban planner and social advocacy theorist.

In additon to his wife and sons, Davidoff is survived by his daughter-in-law, Jacki Gelb Davidoff of Evanston, Ill.; four grandchildren, Robert Davidoff and Sarah Ellen Davidoff of Cincinnati, and Joshua and Jasper Davidoff of Evanston; and Douglass Davidoff's partner, Marta Flanagan of Arlington, Va. He is also survived by four neices and nephews, Susan Davidoff of Newton, Mass.; Carla Davidoff of New Paltz, N.Y., Daniel Kirk-Davidoff of Columbia, Md., and Thomas Davidoff of North Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada; as well as two first cousins, Judith Dawidoff Fresco of New York City and Robert Dawidoff of Los Angeles.

A memorial service to recognize and remember Davidoff's life will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, with the Revs. Marta Flanagan and Olivia Holmes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Living Tradition Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston, to the Interfaith Alliance Foundation in Washington, D.C., or to the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund in Hartford.