Robert Hadden (1931 - 2015)

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Robert Hadden
1931 - 2015
April 14, 1931
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey United States
March 8, 2015
Rockville General Hospital 31 Union St, in Vernon, Connecticut United States 06066
Last Known Residence
Storrs, Connecticut United States
Robert Hadden was born on April 14, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey United States. He died on March 8, 2015 at Rockville General Hospital, Vernon, Connecticut United States at age 83. We know that Robert Hadden had been residing in Storrs, Connecticut United States.
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Robert Hadden had a rather forceful personality, which probably stemmed from his childhood milieu and his army service.
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Robert Hadden
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Storrs, Connecticut United States
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Robert Hadden was born on in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey United States
Robert Hadden died on at Rockville General Hospital 31 Union St, in Vernon, Connecticut United States 06066
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March -2015
East Cemetery in Manchester, Hartford County, Connecticut United States 06040
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Ethnicity & Lineage

Robert was of Irish ancestry.

Nationality & Locations

He moved to Manchester and spent many years there before a final move to Storrs.


Robert may have finished high school but may not have enrolled in a college.


Robert was presumably catholic but to my knowledge wasn't very religious.


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Robert was with the Custodial department of the Glastonbury Board of Education. He was also a substitute teacher at Illing jr high.

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Robert was once commander of American Legion Post #102 in Manchester CT, and was also with the VFW, DAV and Washington Social club there. He was married and had a daughter, Kimberly, and two stepsons.

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Yes he was a Korean War vet.

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Tim Donovan commented on Jun 27
I never really knew Robert Hadden but saw him at least once, when he "subbed" for Mrs. Hathaway (an 8th grade US History teacher at Illing jr high in Manchester CT) sometime during the 1971-72 school year. Hadden had a robust voice and came on strong. "I demand very strict attention" he told the class at the outset of the period. He seemed rather intimidating, a natural authority figure. Too bad a limited intellect consigned him, for the most part, to custodial work...If he only had had more brains he might've become a General or chief of police. It's not surprising he was the "commander" of American Legion Post #102 (a position which probably didn't require formal qualifications). With his forceful expression, Hadden certainly made an impression on the kids. Not long afterwards a classmate, Tim Neumann, said "remember that Irish guy??" And when one day, we heard a recorded voice that sounded forceful a kid said "it sounds like the substitute teacher."
Tim Donovan commented on Jul 01
I once heard Robert was also a substitute gym teacher back then, and he clashed with a student--Russell Barber--who ripped his tie off(?).
Tim Donovan commented on Jul 01
While substituting for Hathaway, Hadden spoke of diversity and freedom of belief. "You can worship the sun….What a jew believes is different from what an Irish person believes…I'm Irish." He also bemoaned the treatment of Indians. He asked a question and when a kid answered "Jim Thorpe" he said "You better believe it." Hadden gave the class an assignment--find out the names of two Indian tribes that used to live in Manchester. He gave one name--Podunk Indians, who used to live in Center Springs. I couldn't find the other name but it didn't turn out to be a real assignment; there was no followup.
Tim Donovan commented on Jul 01
When I was at East Catholic 1972-73 there was a girl surnamed Hadden seated behind me in Spanish class. She was about average height, with fairly short, dark hair. I thought her first name was "Kathy" but it could've been Kimberly, in which case she was Hadden's daughter. The person evidently didn't graduate from East Catholic as she isn't in the '76 ECHS yearbook. She must've transferred to another school or dropped out altogether. Miss Hadden gave the reason herself. Addressing friends in class, she said "I'm flunking." If her father was the custodian Robert Hadden, and she had his genes…that would explain it. By the way, Miss Hadden had an unusual way of attracting attention. At least twice, she knocked my books (then in a basket under my chair) to the floor. She said "sorry" but I don't think it was an accident.


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Robert Hadden died on March 8, 2015 at Rockville General Hospital, Vernon, Connecticut United States at 83 years old. he was buried in East Cemetery, Manchester, Connecticut United States. He was born on April 14, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey United States. We have no information about Robert's immediate family. We know that Robert Hadden had been residing in Storrs, Connecticut United States.
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In 1931, in the year that Robert Hadden was born, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1944, Robert was merely 13 years old when on November 7th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a fourth term as President of the United States. Running against Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, Roosevelt won 53.4 of the popular vote, Dewey got 45.9%.

In 1957, he was 26 years old when on September 24th, the "Little Rock Nine" (nine African-American students) entered Little Rock High School. Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus had previously prevented the students from entering the school at the beginning of the term with the Arkansas National Guard - they blocked the door. President Eisenhower ordered federal troops - the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army - to guard the students and allow them entry.

In 1987, at the age of 56 years old, Robert was alive when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

In 1998, he was 67 years old when on December 19th, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment charges against U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate on February 12th.

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