Robert Wayne Tanner, Jr. of Torrington, CT passed away Friday, March 5, 2021. Bob was pre-deceased by his wife Rose Tanner, his mother Priscilla Tanner, his father Robert W Tanner, Sr. and his brother-in-law Vincent Greco. Bob had been a loving husband, a fantastic dad and a great brother and uncle. He leaves his daughter Jennifer Chambless, grandson Spencer Larson, granddaughter Ophelia Rose Chambless and grandson Theodore Chambless. He also leaves his sisters Kathy Tanner, Gail Greco and Carolyn Mitchell, his niece Amanda Batta and his nephews Justin Batta and Gary Gugliotti. In addition he also leaves several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob served in the US Navy from April 1, 1970 until December 29, 1974. He was aboard the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War and served his country proudly. He was a chef for over 40 years and was best known for his extensive time as Chef for Avon Old Farms Inn. The brunch at that time was amazing and Bob proudly ran the kitchen. Bob had a great since of humor and loved to laugh. His laugh was infectious and contagious to those around him. He was competitive to the core. Bob would give his best whether he was participating in a softball game with friends or playing a game of cards or lawn game with family. He showed no mercy whether you were 5 or 55 he was prepared to win. He loved listening to music. From folk and blues, to rock to country he loved it all. He used to imitate Johnny Cash singing Ring of Fire bringing tears to our eyes we would be laughing so much. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in his name to either Wounded Warriors or The Parkinson’s Foundation. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Torrington, CT at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021 and is open to all family and friends.