George DeForest Conquest, 84, husband of Wilhelmina Morgan Conquest of Marlen Dr., North Haven passed away Aug. 18, 2003 after a brief illness. He was born in New Haven a son of the late George P. and Cora Lee Branche Conquest and had lived in Hamden before moving to North Haven in 1970. He graduated from Hamden High School, Class of 1938 and served in the US Army during WW II as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 92nd Infantry Div. in Italy. He remained in the Army Reserves and was assigned the position of Adjutant General with the 76th Div. and retired from the Army Reserves in 1979 with the rank of Colonel. Mr. Conquest received a BS Degree in Mathematics, Master of Science from the University of Bridgeport and a Sixth Year Certificate in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. He was a mathematics instructor in the Hamden Schools and then became Coordinator of the Talented and Gifted Program and Assistant Director of the Hamden-New Haven Cooperative Education Center. In 1977 he became Assistant Principal of Hamden High School from which he retired in 1981 after 31 years as an educator. He was a member of the Oriental Lodge # 6 R & AM of New Haven, Past Commander in Chief New Haven Consistory # 6 AASR, and elevated to the 32nd degree in 1976. He was the Illustrious Commander in Chief in 1980-81 and became Illustrious Treasurer in 1981. George was elevated to the 33rd degree in 1984. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Lions International, Life Member of the Reserve Officers Assoc., Retired Officers of the United States, Life Member of the Military Order of World Wars, a board member and secretary of the Cooperative Consumers of New Haven Inc., The Regional Visiting Nurse Assoc., and Vice President of the Board of the Regional Adult Day Care Center. Mr. Conquest was a member of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ since 1958 and was Chairperson of the Finance Board, a member of the Usher's Board and the Men's Network. George was an avid bowler. In addition to his wife he is survived by many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Geraldine Grace Conquest. Funeral service will be Saturday, August 23 at 9 a.m. at the Dixwell Avenue Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and Saturday morning from 8-9 a.m. at church. Masonic service Friday at 6:45 p.m. Interment with Military Honors in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, 217 Dixwell Ave., New Haven CT 06511.

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  1. A bro. that i knew who was alway smiling and carrying his self to a higher level at all time. One of the most best bro,that i have a pleasure to talk to since i have been in masonry. May God forever bless his family.

  2. As Worshipful Master of Widow\’s Son Lodge No.1, F & AM, New Haven, CT. Prince Hall Masons, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Bro. Conquest. We are here for you. Bro. Conquest will forever be in our thoughts. Surely, Bro. Conquest now sits at the right hand of the Grand Master of the Universe.

  3. George had a great sense of humor that was in good taste, and always cushioned with kindness. He is unforgettable, and bowling will never be the same. Arthur could not attend, but he is there in spirit. We love you, Willa, and we will keep you in our prayers. Jeannette Menker

  4. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy,findeth life,righteousness,and honour.Proverbs 21:21 R.W.D.D.G.Lecturer LeRoy Ives

  5. I am deeply sadden by the pass of Bro.Conquest.I have known him for over twenty years and he will dearly be missed.

  6. I have known George for many years since I first went to work at the RVNA in 1978. Since that time I have also been privileged to work with George on the Quinnipiack Valley Board of Health where he was President for many years. We always enjoyed his method of calling a meeting to order with the tap of his pen. No one else can do it quite so effectively. My husband and I are also members of the bowling league that George so enjoyed. We will miss his wit and ready smile, and as my Tom says–.always a gentleman..

  7. I served with George on the Regional VNA Board, and always admired him as a man of wisdom, judgement, and civility. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  8. I was away at the time and heard about this too late to attend services. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  9. I\’ll miss that warm, friendly smile that greeted me on Sunday morning before church service. My condolances to the family

  10. Let it be know that our prayers are with the entire Conquest family. Reading of George\’s accomplishments I cant help but to think of the many lives he touched. Mr. and Mrs. Ronnell Higgins KSL#23

  11. Mr. Conquest was my teacher in junior high school, and my friend ever after. I will never forget his kindness and support.

  12. Mr. Conquest was such an exceptional human being. I had to pay my respects to his wife and tell her how much I appreciated his help re: my son Scott Antonio Ramos, when he was in high school and Mr. Conquest was his guidance counselor. God bless his soul.

  13. Mrs. Conquest my heart goes out to you, your husband was a big supporter of me and helped me through some rough spots during my years in Hamden High. I was supposed to meet with you, him and Mr. and Mrs. Corso at the bowling alley and never made it. I regret not doing so, as I know he would have liked him to see how far I have come and would have loved to have him met my 5 children and husband, Ken. I would love to see you, life certainly is too short. Your husband will always have a place in my heart forever. If their is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to call me (949-1540). With Deepest Sympathy, Toni Covino Wood

  14. My sincere condolences to the family and all the friends of Mr. George Conquest. He was an inspiring teacher who took a personal interest in so many students. Thank you Mr. Conguest for your contributions to our success. Your greatful student from Fair Haven Jr. High, 1950-51.

  15. Please accept my deepest sympathy. The world was a better place with George in it. We\’ll miss him. Ann

  16. Sorry I will not be able to extend my sympathies in person. I have know George since joining QVHD in 1989 … what a wonderful man … always so concerned for the citizens of the towns QHVD served and the town he lived in. How he loved to share stories of just about anything and everything…I will miss his friendship.

  17. The Board and staff of the Quinnipiack Valley Health District will always cherish the fond memories and tiredless contributions George has made to the Health District. With heartfelt sympathy, QVHD

  18. We extend our sincere condolences to you and your family during this sad time. We\’ve all lost a good and faithful man. We will definitely miss having him greet us each Sunday at Church. God be with you; especially now. Earl & Velma Estes

  19. We were sorry to learn of Goerge\’s passing. I served many years in the 76 Div. and admired and greatly respected him. We worked side by side in the AG Section and compared notes aboout the school business. Harold F Lawson (Red)P.S Had a few heart problems this year, may not beable to make the services.

  20. We wworked with George in the Hsmden school system and are rather shaken in losing him so suddenly.We used to see him atthe monthly breakfast and considered him THE gentleman of Hamden High. Our thoughts and prayers are withh you and him. Gert. K. (I am in a wheelchair and could not attend.)

  21. Willa: I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You have many many good memories of George and many friends to support you. God Bless!!

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