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Alexander Robert Haas

October 27, 1948 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 72)


Alexander R. Haas, born October 27, 1948 to Alexander and Eleanor (Geraerdts) Haas, died January 07, 2021, due to covid complications. Named after his loving father, he was known as Alex to all but his close family who called him by his middle name, Robert. Robert was born in Bronxville, NY. In his youth, he moved to a couple of different facilities, eventually moving to Southbury Training School at 18 years of age. While there, he lived on the farmland for several years and took great interest in all the tractors, animals, and equipment. At STS, he moved around to several different cottages making friends with all that he met.  He never forgot a face!

Recently, he moved to a group home in Thomaston where he enjoyed his private room looking out the window at all the trucks.  He loved drawing, listening to country music, going for long scenic rides, and visiting the firehouse. One of his most cherished adult experiences was being recognized by the Waterbury Sportsmen's Club for Special Olympics in 2018. Holidays were always special to Robert - he couldn’t wait for Christmas and spent this time with his sister Kathy’s family. Many other holidays and his birthday were spent with his brother Steve and his family. He was always receiving special little surprise gifts from his sister Florence who lived too far away for regular visits. Alex is survived by his sister Kathy Ryan (Kevin) of Naples, FL, his brother Steven Haas (Holly) of Washington CT, sister Florence Metz (John) of Daytona Beach, FL. His nieces and nephews, Michael (So Young) and Patrick (Stephanie) Ryan, Kristin Haas Zabroski (Matt), Nicholas Haas (Sarah), Kendra Metz Winge(Jason), and Brittany Metz McClelland (Dennis) and seven great-nieces and nephews….and his “best bud” George Skidd.

Robert embodied the idea that a disability does not touch the beauty of one’s soul - his is shining and full, and we are certain that it will remain so in eternal rest. We will dearly miss his smile, his playful ways, and always cherish the memories of our time with him. There are so many to whom we are grateful: His staff at STS and Babbitt Group Home; as well as the many friends who welcomed him into their lives and took him on adventures, and the doctors, nurses, and hospice team at Charlotte Hungerford where he was kept comfortable in his final days. Donations can be made to Southbury Training School Home and School Association, Waterbury Sportsmen's Club or a volunteer Fire Department of your choice.

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Home and School Association of Southbury Training School
P.O. Box 872, Southbury CT 06488
Tel: 1-855-200-0490

Greater Waterbury Sportsmen's Club
P.O. Box 4930, Waterbury CT 06704

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