June 3, 2020

Death of Russell C. Raymond of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME – Russell C. Raymond, 85, of Old Lyme passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 29, 2020. Russell was born in New London Oct. 31, 1934. He was the son of Asa and Leora Smith Raymond. Mr. Raymond was predeceased by his wife Jacquelyn in 2009.

Raymond worked for …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published on The Day.com.


Death of John L. Peeler of Old Lyme Announced, Former Member of OLFD

OLD LYME — John L. Peeler, 73, of Old Lyme passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Yale New Haven Hospital.

John was born Nov. 28, 1946, in Chicago, Ill. to James L. and Mary Ellen Peeler. He was raised in Hammond, Ind. and honorably served in the U.S. Navy.

John married Rosann Stragand July 8, 1967, in Old Lyme. …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published on May 29 on TheDay.com.


Death of Helen Tappan Hine of Old Lyme Announced

Helen Tappan Hine

OLD LYME – Helen Tappan Hine, 99, of Old Lyme, passed away from COVID-19 Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation Center, Niantic. Helen was born Feb. 24, 1921, in Baltimore, Md. to Benjamin and Elise (Gail) Tappan. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1943, with a Bachelor of Arts in fine art, and earned her RN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1946.

Helen was an exchange student in Switzerland in 1939, and was in Paris when France went to war. She planned to use her nursing degree to return and help rebuild Europe, but, in the spring of 1947, she met a dashing naval aviator, Thomas Hine. They were married that December and spent 53 years together, until Tom’s death in 2010. Along the way, they raised three children; and she worked as a nurse, including ten years at Connecticut Hospice, when it was new. She loved nature, especially flowers, knitted enough sweaters to circle the earth, and had an irrepressible sense of humor.

Helen is survived by her daughters, Pamela Hine, of Old Lyme and Nancy Hine Juliano (spouse Frank) of Morganton, N.C. Helen, Tom and Pam shared a home for many years and she was a vital and much loved part of her grandsons, Alexander and Peter T. Hine’s lives. Helen’s son, Peter L. Hine, predeceased her, but she will be missed by his widow, Candis Hine, and their children, Thomas Hine, Katherine Hine Smith (spouse Corey) and Theodore Hine (spouse Gwyneth); as well as her great-grandchildren: Kate’s Madeline and Ian Smith and Ted’s Luther, Calliope and Vivian Hine.

A celebration of Helen’s life is being planned for after the pandemic, when all the many people whose lives she touched can gather and throw a party as joyful as the legacy she leaves us all.


Death of Jacqueline (Jackie) Marie Opeka Announced, Long-time Old Lyme Resident

Jacqueline (Jackie) Marie Opeka, 76, of 1 Bittersweet Lane in Niantic, CT passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at L&M Hospital in New London, CT. Born on May 25, 1943 in New Britain, CT, she was the youngest daughter of the late Umbert and Sadie (Gostin) Fiorillo. A long-time resident of Old Lyme, CT, Jackie was an active member of the community and passionate about volunteer work. She served …

Read the full obituary published on the courant.com at this link.



Death of Christopher Duval Announced

Christopher Duval

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, Christopher Duval passed away peacefully at the age of 67.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Constance McCabe, as well as his parents, Irma and Harry Duval of Old Lyme, his brothers Matthew and Mark, his sister Susan, and his nephews and niece, Michael, Gregory, and Sarah.

Chris was born in 1953 in New Hampshire, and spent most of his life in New England. Chris met Connie in Portland, Maine in 1987. In 1988 they opened their advertising agency, McCabe & Duval, which they ran until they retired in 2019. Chris and Connie recently moved from their home in Harpswell, Maine to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Chris had a zest for life and dynamic energy that led to many friendships. There will be very few people that don’t have at least one funny or interesting story to tell about Chris!

Chris was rightly proud of the success of McCabe & Duval, and thoroughly enjoyed working with the agency’s staff, clients, and partners through the years. However, his most far-reaching achievement was leading a grassroots effort, in 2003-2004, to defeat fuel giant ConocoPhillips. He joined with Harpswell neighbors and fishermen to block the building of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant that would have had a disastrous impact on the coastal environment and fishing/lobstering industry of Harpswell.

Chris had a passion for the outdoors. He loved hiking and camping, and there was no ski trail too steep or too icy for him to run. Maine summers would find Chris out boating with Connie, enjoying the waters, islands, and peninsulas of Casco Bay.

The world is a smaller place without Chris. He will be very much missed by his family and friends, and by Daisy the golden retriever and Blu, the Australian cattle dog who thinks the sun rises and sets on Chris.

Chris, may you find double black diamond trails, a following sea, and glorious mountain peaks on the other side. You are loved.


Death of Quentin Dale Plumleigh of Old Lyme Announced

Quintin Dale Plumleigh

OLD LYME — Quentin Dale Plumleigh, pilot, United States veteran retiree and beloved family man left this earth for a better place in early May.

He was known as Dale to his family and friends, and all knew him as congenial, smiling and open to everyone, especially those who were drawn to his personal experiences as a pilot for over seven decades. He began his aviation career in the Midwest after World War II when airplanes became necessities for farmers surveying their crops and cattle. Over the course of his career as pilot and instructor, he logged hours in every make of Cessna airplane, including the Cessna Citation models I, V, VII and the Citation X, which flew at just under Mach I. He accrued many thousands of hours in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and Strategic Air Command (SAC), specifically captaining the B-52.

He is mourned by his loving wife Maureen of Old Lyme, her sister and brother, her daughter and her family; his children Deborah, Gerald, Robert, Teresa and Charles, their children and grandchildren who all reside in Texas, aviation students and fellow pilots, friends, neighbors and caregivers.

He now embodies the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Plans for a memorial are postponed because of the current health crisis.


Death of Gerald L. “Jerry” Nolan Announced

OLD LYME — It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald L. “Jerry” Nolan announces his passing Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the age of 82. He was a longtime resident of Old Lyme.

Jerry was the seventh child born to the late William Henry and Harriet (Slaney) Nolan in Hartford. His parents and siblings held a very special place in his heart. William, Robert, Thomas, Lois, Anne, and Helen (and her husband, John) have all predeceased their youngest brother.

After graduating from Hartford Public High School, he served honorably in the United States Coast Guard.

Read the full obituary at this link.


Death of Anna Lukacs of Old Lyme Announced

Annie Lukacs

OLD LYME — Anna Lukacs, age 95, of Old Lyme, formerly of Trumbull, and beloved wife of the late Emil Lukacs, passed away on May 12, 2020 at Bride Brook Health Center, Niantic.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1924 to the late George and Susan (Polascik) Angelovich, Anna made the passage at the age of 14 to Bridgeport, where her family settled. She fully embraced her new country as a citizen, working for 25 years at General Electric to help support her family. Anna met her husband Emil before he left for the Air Force to fight in WWII, but they married as soon as he returned in 1947 and settled in Trumbull where they raised their daughter, Nancy.

Emil and Anna remained devoted to each other for 50 years until Emil passed in 1997.

An adventurous spirit, Anna left her home of 38 years and moved to Cape Cod to be close by when her granddaughter Sophie was born. Anna was a devoted grandmother, and she enjoyed 5 happy years in Osterville as Sophie’s caregiver and favorite playmate.

In 2005, a job change brought the whole family back to Connecticut where Anna spent her final years. She was known as “Momma” by residents of all ages throughout Old Lyme and will be forever remembered for teaching Sophie and her friends the delicate and intricate art of decorating Pysanky Ukrainian eggs, baking delicious cakes, and handing out full size candy bars each Halloween from her little home on Lyme Street.

Anna was vibrant into her 90’s and never lost her independent spirit, or her devotion to her family. She will be terribly missed by her devoted daughter, Nancy Lucas Adams and her husband David of Clinton, cherished granddaughter, Sophie Emilia Edson, brother, George Angelovic and his wife Maria, sisters, Helen Helms, and Dorothy Whelahan and her husband John, and several nieces and nephews.

Due to the current health situation, the family has elected to have a private family service but will hold a mass in her honor at a future date. The Adzima Funeral Home-Stratford has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

For more information or to make an online condolence, please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com


Death of David “Dave” Lawrence Allyn of Old Lyme Announced

OLD LYME — David “Dave” Lawrence Allyn, 66, of Old Lyme, beloved husband of 40 years to Donna (Diangi) Allyn, passed away May 4, 2020 after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer. He was born May 3, 1954, in New London and was raised in Mystic, graduating from Stonington High School in 1972.

Dave had a love for music that began early on. He started playing accordion at the age of nine …

Read the full obituary at this link.


Death of Dentist Dr. Donald W. Zapatka Announced

OLD LYME — Dr. Donald W. Zapatka, 85 the son of Walter and Anna Zapatka (Ziezulewicz) of New Britain, CT. passed away on May 7, 2020 at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center. Donald graduated from St. Louis Dental School, MO. Following this he served overseas with the United States Army, where he met and married Erna Kempe of Germany. They settled in Old Lyme, CT. He worked for the University of CT, and established a private dental practice in Old Lyme.

Read the full obituary on the Courant at this link.


Death of Professional Artist, Former Old Lyme Resident Virginia Greenleaf Koch Announced

Virginia Greenleaf Koch

OLD LYME — Professional artist and longtime Old Lyme resident Virginia Greenleaf Koch passed away Thursday, April 16, in Philadelphia, Pa., where she had moved in 2013 to be near family.

A Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever, Koch’s work is in many private collections as well as that of the U.S. State Department and has been exhibited in galleries in Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Nantucket, as well as Old Lyme at the Diane Birdsall Gallery.

A childhood resident of Old Lyme, whose mother owned and operated the Bee and Thistle Inn, Koch attended Yale University art school, then resided in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Va., and Nantucket before returning to Old Lyme in 1989, where she was an active community member, friend to many, and popular hostess.

Koch, 94, leaves a son, William Greenough; daughter Deidra Lyngard; grandson Matthew Lyngard; and great-grandchildren Katya Huzau and Roman May.

Her ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.


Death of Walter E. Sanders Announced, 40-Year-Resident of Old Lyme

Walter Sanders

OLD LYME — Walter E. Sanders was born in New London, CT in September 1940. He passed away in Middletown, CT on January 21, 2020 at age 79 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He died peacefully, surrounded by family.

After graduating from New London High School in 1958, Walter joined the Army National Reserves and served until he was honorably discharged in 1965. He married Jacquelyn Gould on August 21, 1965. They moved to Old Lyme is 1977, where they spent most of their lives together.

Walter’s first job was working in a lab at Pfizer, an experience that created a lasting impression on him. Walter held a real estate broker license from 1969 to the present, encompassing a fifty-year career. During his active years, he built more than 50 houses, a hotel, and several shopping centers. Walter was very proud of his three children, each of whom he encouraged to get a “marketable skill.” He was fascinated with nutrition and vitamins, and ran Flanders Health Foods for many years. He loved to give his favorite snack, butter, to his many grand-dogs.

Walter is survived by his wife Jackie, his son Eric Sanders of Black Rock, his son Mike Sanders and his wife Janice of Old Lyme, and his daughter Sharon Koch and her husband Eric of Essex. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Phyllis Snosky, and brothers Charles and William Sanders. He is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Martin of Mystic, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations in Walter’s name would be gratefully appreciated to the CT Humane Society, the Visiting Nurses of Southeastern Connecticut, or the Hospice unit of Middlesex Hospital. The family would like to thank the many wonderful aides, nurses, therapists, and doctors who helped with his care. A celebration of life will be held in Walter’s honor.


Death of Charles Frederick Dey, Formerly of Lyme, CT, Announced; Head of Choate-Rosemary 1973-1991, Winner of Numerous Awards

These are extracts from Mr. Dey’s full obituary, which was published in the Hartford Courant at this link. 

On April 16, 2020, Charles Frederick Dey died peacefully at home in Walpole, NH, at the age of 89. Charley, or “Doc,” to his Dartmouth friends, wanted to be remembered first and foremost as an educator who worked to bring about positive change. During his 60 years as a teacher, an administrator and a social entrepreneur, Charley fought for racial equity and equal educational opportunity …

Following eighteen years of service at Choate Rosemary, Charley and [his wife] Phoebe moved to Lyme, CT. Together they tended to gardens and bluebirds in the fields surrounding their 1720’s Cape. Before long, Charley was bringing his experience and passion to the disability world …

Although Charley was never one to seek the spotlight, it often found him. In 2002, he was awarded the Tucker Foundation’s first Lester B. Granger Award for his dedication to education, racial equality and public service. He received the inaugural Purpose Prize from Encore.org in 2006, given to social entrepreneurs who in their later years contribute substantially to society. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education honored him with an Alumni Council Award in 2010, in recognition of his “deep and lasting impact on the world.” …


Death of Renowned Landscape Architect Sally McCracken of Lyme Announced

Sarah Wood McCracken, “Sally”
Nov. 2, 1941 – April 12, 2020

Sarah Wood McCracken, “Sally.”

LYME — Sarah Wood McCracken, “Sally” age 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2020 from complications related to dementia. She resided at Atria Crossroads Place Memory Care in Waterford for the past year and a half, where she received extraordinary and compassionate care.

Sally was the beloved wife of Robert F. McCracken of Niantic at 17 Whiting Farms Lane, 06357. She was born in New London on November 2, 1941 the daughter of Charles Bradley and Carolyn Horsfall Wood. She attended New London High School and then graduated from the Northfield School for Girls. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Botany from Connecticut College in 1963. Sally married Robert McCracken, then in the US Navy Submarine Force, in 1963, and two children, Robert Jr and Margaret were born in 1964 and 1965.

In 1981 she realized her lifelong ambition to become a Landscape Architect, receiving her Master’s Degree in LA from the City College of New York. After working for several LA firms in Washington DC, Chicago and New York City, she and Robert moved to Lyme, Connecticut in 1994. There she realized her second lifelong ambition, to become licensed and build her own Landscape Architecture practice which she did very successfully until 2016 when she retired. She was a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Sally was also a very active member of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme where she designed and supervised the preservation of the church gardens, including a Memorial Garden where she will be interred. Sally also served on the church property committee and sang in the choir for 20 years. Her life was further enriched by taking professional voice lessons for many years, and she was an avid quilter.

Besides her husband Bob, Sally leaves her children, Robert F. McCracken, Jr. and his wife Sinclair of Poquoson, VA, and Margaret A. Barta and her husband Eric of Chandler, AZ, and her beloved grandchildren, Alexander E. Barta, Jordan A. Walters, Andrew R. McCracken and Kendall A. McCracken. She also leaves her brother, Charles B. Wood III of Cambridge, MA and his wife Mardges Bacon.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Sally’s name may be made to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371. These memorial gifts will support the continued flourishing of the church gardens, as well as enhancing the church’s music ministry.

To share a memory of Sally or send a condolence to her family, please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.


Death Announced of Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year, Captain Roderick M. White

This photo was taken Jan. 22, 2018, on the night that the late Captain Roderick M. White was named Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. From left to right standing are Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Selectman Chris Kerr, Judy White, and then First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who presented the award. Captain White, whose death was announced yesterday, is seated.

OLD LYME — The death of Captain Roderick M. White on March 11, 2020, has been announced. He was 91. A service for White will be held at the United States Coast Guard Chapel with an inurnment in the Columbarium at the Academy. Services will be scheduled when the Academy re-opens.

Captain White was Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year and the proclamation announcing that read, “Over the course of his 50+ years in Old Lyme, Rod White has set a high standard for community service. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rod graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1950. He spent the next quarter of a century making his mark in the Coast Guard. A faculty member from 1969 to 1974, he served as Dean of Academics from 1974 to 1983. In 1969, he was named the outstanding Naval Engineer of the year, receiving the prestigious Gold Medal from the American Society of Naval Engineers.”

Commenting in more detail on White’s Gold Medal citation, the Proclamation said it, “refers to “his exceptional analytical skills and technical competence… [and] significant contributions in the advancement of icebreaker design …” It was Rod’s “White Bow” design that made it possible for the SS Manhattan to make the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage by a commercial vessel.”

Another photo from the 2017 Citizen of the Year celebrations shows Captain White (seated) being congratulated by previous Old Lyme Citizens of the Year, Jeff Sturges (left) and Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (right.) See more photos of that night at this link.

The Proclamation continued, “Rod White has used his exceptional skills in our community in so many ways. A founding member of the Harbor Management Commission, he served as Chair from 1988 to 1994, and was elected Registrar of Voters from 1993 to 2004. An active member of the Republican Town Committee, serving as both secretary and vice-chair, he was elected for two terms to the Regional District 18 Board of Education, serving from 1997 to 2005.  Rod was our Town’s representative to the Southeastern Tourism District for many years, and currently serves on the Board of Assessment Appeals, a position to which he was first elected in 2007.”

Adding, “Despite his obviously busy schedule, Rod willingly shared his talents with a larger community, as well,”  the Proclamation listed that Captain White served as Executive Director for the Eastern CT Foundation for Public Giving, Executive Director of the Coast Guard Foundation, Chair of the Boy Scouts Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of both the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Board and Connecticut’s Olympic Committee. He was also a loyal and active member of Rotary International since 1975.

Read Captain White’s obituary at this link.

Editor’s Note: We extend our deepest sympathies to Captain White’s family on his passing. We knew him as a kind and gracious gentleman, always ready to help anyone at any time, and a pillar of public service .


Death Announced of Barbara Woodman Wyden

Barbara Woodman Wyden

Barbara Woodman Wyden, born July 1, 1922 passed away on January 4, 2020, at Davis Nursing Home, Wilmington, N.C.

Barbara graduated from Radcliff in 1941. She worked for Newsweek Magazine as editor of International News. Other newspapers that she worked for were the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles times and then settling down to the New York Times as editor of the women’s section. Barbara was a ghost writer as well; writing all of Joyce Brothers books as well as many others. Barbara befriended Kaye Summersby, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s driver during World War II, and wrote “Past Forgetting” using much of the information from Eisenhower’s diaries. Kaye died before the book was published, so Barbara left the dairies to her brother, Richard Woodman, who contacted the Eisenhower Library and donated those pages of the diaries that she had. They are now in a section of the Library dedicated to his wartime efforts.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Woodman, her mother Katherine Woodman and her sister, Virginia Woodman Cordes.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are being handled by Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403.


Death of Marc MacDonald Announced; Old Lyme HS, USCGA Graduate

James Marc MacDonald
September 5, 1946 – November 3, 2019

James Marc MacDonald

Marc MacDonald crossed over the bar one last time after a long battle with cancer. He was born to parents Elmer and Irene (Thorp) MacDonald in Norwell, MA, and moved to Old Lyme, CT with his family in 1962. He graduated Old Lyme High School in 1964 and the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1968.

Marc embarked on a 30 year Coast Guard career, obtaining the rank of Captain. His Coast Guard duties took him all over the world from Antarctica to the Seychelles Islands. He had extended duty stations in Hawaii, Japan and Guam. His final assignment was Captain of the Port of San Francisco, where he excelled at his primary specialty Marine Safety.

Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, he had a 13 year career as the Vice President of Safety for Pacific Maritime Association in San Francisco. He was a longtime member of the National Maritime Safety Association, serving on its Board of Directors and Technical Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Kehoe MacDonald of Alameda CA, his two sons, Jason and his wife Melanie of Midlothian, VA, and Greg and his wife Melanie of Lincoln, CA and his three grandchildren; Ian, Paige and Michael. He is also survived by two brothers; John MacDonald of Old Lyme and Matthew MacDonald of Lyme and a sister Marsha MacDonald of The Villages, FL.

In his final years, Marc enjoyed volunteering at The Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, CA. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made, in his name, to The Crucible to support their youth programs.

Marc will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.


Lyme Land Trust to Rename Moulson Pond Fishway in Honor of Former Board Member, Land Trust President Linda Bireley.

LYME — The Lyme Land Trust will rename the Moulson Pond Fishway in honor of former board member and Land Trust President Linda Bireley.  Ms. Bireley, lover of the environment and the preserves of Lyme, passed away Nov. 8, 2019.

She served on the board of directors of the Lyme Land Trust for more than 10 years, as president from 2006-2007.  As stewardship committee chair, she worked to develop many of the trails in Lyme and developed a digitized stewardship monitoring program.

Ms. Bireley spearheaded the campaign to build three fish ladders in Lyme, most notably the Moulson Pond fish ladder. She was the first Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator, from 2006 until 2014, when she was forced to retire due to illness.

The Lyme Land Trust notes in a press release, “We in Lyme were very fortunate to have had Linda,  a woman with such a dedicated and generous spirit, serving on our behalf. Moreover, she was a beloved and admired friend.”

Calling hours are Friday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Lyme Fire Department, Rte. 156, Lyme.

The full obituary is published at this link 


Death of LymeLine Contributor, Former NY State Senator Jerome ‘Jerry’ Wilson Announced

The late Jerome (Jerry) L. Wilson.

ESSEX — It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our beloved contributor, Jerome ‘Jerry’ L. Wilson. Mr. Wilson, 88, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, in Essex. We have not yet heard the details of services for Mr. Wilson but will publish them as soon as we receive them.

Mr. Wilson was a great supporter of our online news ventures and contributed more article and photos to ValleyNewsNow.com and LymeLine.com than we can count. Coincidentally, Mr. Wilson was room-mates at Colgate University with John ‘Jack’ Turner, who was the founder of LymeLine.com in 2003. Most of Mr. Wilson’s articles were published on ValleyNewsNow.com, which was founded by Lon Seidman in 2009. Both sites are now owned by Shoreline Web News LLC.

Mr. Wilson was passionate about the importance of local news and determined to keep it very much on the front burner.  He would pursue stories with the grit of a rookie journalist, never giving up until he had answers or comments from everyone he believed should be involved. A character in every way imaginable, Mr. Wilson had a heart of gold and we will miss him dearly.

He led a storied career as a Democratic State Senator from Manhattan, an on-air political correspondent and editor for WCBS-TV, and a lawyer. He was perhaps best known for his determined and ultimately successful efforts to change the New York state law, which required a spouse to prove adultery as the sole way to gain a divorce. New York was the only remaining state in the country with this provision when then Senator Wilson took up the issue. By the time the new law was passed in September 1967 with Sen. Wilson leading the state judicial committee that had proposed it, four additional grounds for divorce had been added.

This past Tuesday, Nov. 5, the New York Times published an article about Mr. Wilson at this link by NYT Obituaries Reporter Sam Roberts.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Wilson’s wife Ulla, his four daughters, two stepsons, six grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.


Death on H. William “Bill” Ryan Announced; Old Lyme Resident for Almost 30 Years

Hubert William “Bill” Ryan

OLD LYME, CT / TUCSON, ARIZ. —Hubert William (“Bill”) Ryan passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019. He was surrounded by his family, including his wife of 67 years, Emily, and his four children, Peg, Mike, Suzanne, and Pat, at his home in Tucson, Arizona.

Bill was born in New London, Connecticut to Hubert William Ryan and Marguerite Boylan Ryan in July of 1928. Bill was predeceased by his youngest sister, Mary Carlin Hall of Mystic, Connecticut and is survived by his younger sister, Sarah Mary Ryan, of New London, Connecticut. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Bill graduated from the Bulkeley School in New London in 1946. Proud to be a “Bulkeley Boy”, he faithfully attended many of the annual school reunions on the first Friday in August until his last one in 2016.

He enlisted in the Army in 1947 and served in Okinawa, Guam and Shanghai, China. In 1949 he joined the US Air National Guard where he served on bases in the US and overseas, including Alabama, Korea, Nevada, Germany, England, and Saudi Arabia. He remained in the military until 1984 when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with 38 years of service.

As a young man, he worked for the family owned Redden & Ryan Insurance Company in downtown New London for 16 years starting in 1949. Emily and Bill were married in 1952, and they raised their family in Old Lyme, Connecticut where they lived for almost 30 years. In the mid-1970s, they moved to Andrews Air Force base in Maryland and eventually retired to central Florida. There, they ran a small computer consulting business and enjoyed their world travels. After 23 years in Florida, they moved to Tucson, Arizona where they found great wine tasting friends but no tornadoes, earthquakes, or hurricanes.

In retirement, Bill and Emily traveled the world and spent many happy hours together planning each trip. They helped restore a medieval village and castle, La Sabranenque, located at Saint Victor la Coste in southern France, built a home for Habitat for Humanity on the island of Vanuatu off the east coast of Australia and helped release red foxes and black footed ferrets into the wild in Montana. They visited France, Mexico, Peru (the Amazon and Machu Pichu), Greece, Ireland, Germany, England, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Portugal, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Canada, New England, California, the San Juan Islands in Washington, Copper Canyon in Mexico, the Canary Islands, the Azores and Morocco. Sometimes, a selection of children and grandchildren were invited on these unforgettable journeys.

Our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather leaves us a legacy of living up to our word and helping people in need. His word was his bond. If he said it, he would do it. We will always keep him in our hearts, and we will strive to live up to his example.