Obit – Dr. Robert S. Thorsen, 60

obit-robert-thorsenDr. Robert S. Thorsen, age 60, passed away on November 11th, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He fought the disease to a remarkably advanced stage but was able to pass peacefully surrounded by his loving family who never left his side.

Robert was born on November 28, 1955 in Mineola, NY, son of Raymond and Margaret Villiger Thorsen. Besides his parents, he leaves his brothers, Richard (Sharon) Thorsen of Monroe, NY and John (Tracie) Thorsen of Lancaster, PA; his two sons Tyler (Amanda) Thorsen of Newport News, VA and Adam Thorsen of State College, PA and their mother Gail Thorsen of Southington, CT.

As a neurologist, Robert had his own medical practice in Southington for 26 years, where his devotion to the care of others affected countless lives. He was known for his impeccable organization and structure, instilling these skills in his two sons who coined the phrase “Bob Mode”—a rapid, ultra-efficient, and often excessively thorough procedure to accomplishing a task. He loved the beach and often traveled to Stone Harbor, NJ, the annual vacation spot of the Thorsen family. He was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed constructing beautiful pieces of furniture and refinishing antiques. Robert also loved reliable cars with tight steering (his ‘97 Volvo 850 is still in use), reinforced furniture, baseball, Penn State football, a good Italian dish, saltwater taffy, Omaha Steaks, pretzels, Twizzlers, lemonade, and root beer. Most of all, he loved his family.

Calling hours to celebrate Robert’s life will take place on Saturday Nov. 19 at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington from 2:30pm – 4:30pm with a final blessing at 4:15pm by Minister Doris Walker. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (

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