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Robert Bob Zera, 64, of East Hartford, died peacefully on Tuesday, (April 18, 2006) at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hartford, son of Bernice (Zomek) Zera of East Granby and the late C. Leon Zera, he lived in Windsor before moving to East Hartford in 1986. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Bob was an aerospace engineer employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford for 36 years. Bob earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut. He attended St. Bernard's Church, Tariffville. Bob was an avid golfer and was a participant in the JT-8D Retirees Golf League. He loved gardening, cooking, bowling, family vacations at Cape Cod, and being with family and friends. Above all, his children were his greatest joy. His family wishes to thank the staff at St. Francis Hospital for their excellent care. Besides his mother, he is survived by his beloved children, Stephen Zera of Somerville, MA and Marcie Zera of Los Angeles, CA, and his former wife and friend, Gayle (Gromada) Zera of Windsor. He was predeceased by his sister, Laura Zera. His family will receive friends at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 365 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, on Friday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m. Family and friends may gather Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, Maple Street, Tariffville. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery.