Cheshire- Alfred L. Ehrenfels, 77, loving husband of 52 years of Barbara Crook Ehrenfels of Boulder Rd. passed away peacefully at home August 29, 2006. He was born in Hamden, Jan. 3, 1929 a son of the late August and Anna Rehlmeyer Ehrenfels and resided in Cheshire since 1958. Mr. Ehrenfels was a sergeant in the U.S. ARMY signal corps during WWII stationed in Japan. After his return home, he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from The University of New Haven. Mr. Ehrenfels was a senior design engineer at the Harvey Hubbel Co. of Bridgeport for 20 years, where he received many patents for electrical devices prior to his retirement in 1994. He was the inventor of several proprietary electrical systems including the overhead connecting system used worldwide by the McDonald's Corp. Al had a lifelong interest in radio control model airplanes and was a member and officer of the "East Coast Swamp Fliers", and several other model flying clubs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Eric W. Ehrenfels, Kurt A. Ehrenfels, Karl H. and his wife, Sophally Ehrenfels, Christian W. and his wife, Barbara Ehrenfels, 2 sisters, Margaret DeGall, Martha Dumond, 3 grandchildren, Richard Vaughn, Bruno Ehrenfels, Leo Ehrenfels, and his loving health care aide Daniel Adomake. He was predeceased by a brother, Eric Ehrenfels. Mr. Ehrenfels is also survived by many relatives in Germany with whom he had many contacts and visits in recent years. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Sept. 1, 2006 at 11 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. Friends may greet the family from 10 - 11 a.m. Interment in Centerville Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be sent to the CT VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of CT, 33 North Plains Industrial Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Barbara,we are sorry to hear, Alfred has passed away.There are a few x-mas-cards on my table Alfred sent to my mother Erna Rehlmeyer which I always wanted to answer to in order to keep contacts between our families.Our thoughts are with you and your family. Frank Rehlmeyer and Renate

  2. I am sorry to hear of the loss and even more sorry to have lost touch with Chris and the family that was so kind to me years ago. My heartfelt condolences to all of the family.

  3. I was very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We had many laughs and good times at Hubbell. We especially enjoyed watching him after lunch, around 1:00 p.m., the sun would come through the windows where he sat and we would watch for the shoes to come off. Once the shoes came off we knew he was out for awhile. He really enjoyed his airplanes and had many stories to tell us. Al will be truly missed by many of his friends at Hubbell.

  4. It was a pleasure knowing Al. I had a good fortune of supervising him for a short couple of years before his retirement, however, he left a lasting image of being one of the most creative engineers I have known over 40 years of my engineering career.

  5. It was a pleasure to know Al – we enjoyed a couple of holiday memories, some dinners together and just visiting. We are sorry for your family loss and know that your memories, like ours, will keep him close. Love, Linda & Doug

  6. It was great knowing Alfred as the father of my best friend, Chris, in high school. He and Barbara always made me feel welcome in their home, particularly one 4th of July, I believe 1983, when a number of .hot air balloons. were launched toward Wallingford. He always encouraged Chris’ creativity and independence and thus by association mine too. I’ll never forget putting a quarter-scale airplane in a little blue car and the three of us going flying. Alfred, thanks for letting Chris and I climb and repel the cliffs for there was planted a spirit of adventure and love of the outdoors. Farewell Mr. Ehrenfels.

  7. Sorry to here that Al has left us. He is a memorable person, who will be surely missed. I had the good fortune to work with Al at Hubbell for several years. He’s left me with some fond memories. God bless to all. John

  8. UNCLE AL, YOU WERE AND STILL ARE MY FAVORITE UNCLE. I LOVED HOW YOU ALWAYS MADE MY BOYS FEEL SPECIAL, AND INCLUDED THEM WITH YOUR AIRPLANES. I AM SO GLAD AT KARL’S WEDDING I GOT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED YOU! I WILL MISS YOU, BUT I AM THANKFUL I HAVE ALOT OF WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF YOU AUNT BARB AND THE BOYS TO KEEP ME SMILING…..I LOVE YOU UNCLE AL!!!!!! KATHY

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