We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Celentano Funeral Home
Robert John Sweeney, 70, of Berlin, a devoted son and father, and a Connecticut trial attorney whose career in criminal and civil law spanned several decades, died Wednesday, July 13, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Born in Danbury on Feb. 10, 1952, Bob was the son of the late Jean and John Sweeney. He was a graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury, where he played football as a two-way lineman and put shot in track. He earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Providence College, where he also picked up a longtime devotion to Friar basketball, and then a law degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut.
Bob worked as a criminal defense attorney early in his career, serving seven years as a public defender in the Milford, Ansonia and Danbury areas. His expertise in juvenile justice and criminal law led to a lecturer role at Southern Connecticut State University for a number of years.
After going into private practice, Bob became a partner in the New Haven law firm later known as Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen. He specialized in cases of asbestos poisoning, representing hundreds of mesothelioma victims and their families as they sought compensation in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island courts.
Bob was an avid follower of his children’s sports activities, particularly soccer. He gained a lifelong attachment to the sport, closely following Premier League matches in his last days.
He was also a voracious reader, a student of history and a lover of books. Bookcases lined the study of his home, from floor to ceiling, all of them filled and still not nearly enough to accommodate his entire collection. In his many travels across the country to meet mesothelioma clients, Bob would always have a book, or two, close at hand to fill his down time.
Bob leaves behind his loving children Maria Sweeney and Stephen Sweeney; his devoted partner Jill Norton; a sister, Billie Jean Sweeney; and two grandchildren. He also leaves his longtime former wife, Doretta Sweeney. Bob was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kevin.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday July 19th in the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, CT at 12:00 Noon. A visitation will take place from 10:00 - 12:00. Interment will be private.