Girdwood, Jayne Cordiner Jayne Cordiner Girdwood, 78, 63 Ashlar Village, Wallingford, died Thursday (August 7, 2008) at Midstate Memorial Hospital in Meriden, following a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Eugene Nelson Girdwood. Born in East Boothbay, Maine, on July 29, 1930, daughter of the late Arthur C. and Dorothy Merry Cordiner, she has been a resident of Connecticut for the last sixty-six years. She graduated from West Haven High School in 1948, and resided in Cheshire and then Old Saybrook, before moving to Ashlar Village in April of 2007. She was a legal secretary for Dzialo, Pickett, and Allen for over twenty years in Old Saybrook. Jayne was a member of the First Church of Christ in Saybrook in Old Saybrook where she served on several boards and assisted her husband in putting together a 450 page history of the church, and the First Presbytarian Church of Sarasota, Florida, where she and her husband wintered since retirement 1989. In Sarasota, she was a member of the Ladies of the Shrine in conjunction with her husband, who is a Shrine clown. She was also a volunteer at Tidewell Hospice of South Western Florida. In addition to her husband Gene, she is survived by her three children, Mary Jayne Chillemi and husband Stephen of New Haven, Eugene N. Girdwood III and wife Mary Lockhart, of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Judy Girdwood Westcott and husband Philip of Binghamton, New York, nine grandchildren, Manfred Adam and wife Reetika Motwane, Scott Wilhelm, and Samuel John Jungeblut; Jesse Gene and Emily Lockhart Girdwood; William Mason, Peter Cordiner, Philip Hazen, and Alexander Girdwood Westcott. In addition, she leaves a special friend and sister of the heart, Jean Byrne and husband Philip. She loved spending time with her family and many friends and her Gordon Setters too! A Memorial Service will be held as a celebration of her life Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM at the First Church of Christ, 366 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT (Congregational). Memorial contributions can be made to an animal rescue organization. The Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Avenue, Meriden, is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Gene & Family, May your love & memories help you all threw this most difficult times. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Jack & Rita Taylor

  2. Holding you close in thought and praying that memories will bring you peace and comfort. Heartfelt condolences to you, Gene, and your family.

  3. It was with deep sorrow when we read of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  4. We extend or sincere sympathy to Gene and family on the passing of Jayne. We have missed having both Jayne & Gene with us this summer at Fransted Campground. Our prayers are with you all.

  5. We extend our sincerest sympathy to Gene and his children on the sudden passing of Jayne. We had seen her at Grand Master’s Day in Wallingford in June and she appeared in good health. (We also saw Gene as a clown in his wheelchair.) We knew both for many years, here in Connecticut, and when we wintered in Florida where they had a home in Sarasota. She was a warm and kind person and we know she will be missed. God bless you Gene. Take care. Art and Mim Pugh

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