Father Robert J. Lord, 83, of Milford and Singer Island, Fla., died on Dec. 30, 2017, at Masonicare Hospice in Wallingford.
He was born on March 9, 1934, in Waterbury, one of seven children of James A. and Mary F. (Hayes) Lord. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1952 and then attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University in 1956 and a master's degree in divinity from Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure in 1960.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford on May 26, 1960. He served temporarily as an assistant at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harwinton, then at St. Augustine Church in North Branford from 1960 to 1962. He assisted at St. Vincent de Paul Church in East Haven for five years, then at St. Paul Church in Kensington.
In December 1973, Father Lord was appointed co-pastor and administrator of St. Rita Church in Hamden, where he ministered eight years. During that time, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
Father Lord also served as temporary assistant pastor at St. Gabriel Church in Milford and St. Francis Church in Torrington. In September of 1982, he was appointed Catholic campus minister at Central Connecticut State University, where he served for 12 years.
He was appointed parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge in July of 1996. He retired in May of 2004 and resided at his home in Milford.
In his later years, Father Lord was active on numerous boards including the American Red Cross, Easter Seal Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center, United Way, Notre Dame High School, Friedsam Memorial Library and the Seagrape Tower Condo Association. He also served as Chair of the National Catholic Campus Ministry Association.
Father Lord was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit in 2009 from the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta.
Father Lord was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Jim and George. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Jerome Lord; his sisters, Mary Dooley, Patricia O'Hara and Helen Lord; many nieces and nephews; and countless others.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat., Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held on Fri., Jan. 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford.
Contributions in Father Lord's memory may be made to Be Like Brit Orphanage, 66 Pullman Street, Worcester, MA 01606; The Rose Hill Center, 5130 Rose Hill Boulevard, Holly, MI 48442; or another charity.