Theodore H. Edgerton

theodore edgerton
In New Haven, Wednesday, July 25, 2007, Theodore H. Edgerton, 82 of Hamden. Husband of the late Karen Mower Edgerton, Mr. Edgerton was born June 1, 1924 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of the late Grover R. and Bertha Hatch Edgerton. He is survived by two sons, Bruce E. of Deep River, CT and Brian A. Edgerton of Whitehouse, NJ and five grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard G. Stone Mountain, GA and Jack O. Edgerton of Farmington. He was predeceased by a sister, Carol Edgerton Mitchell. During WW II, Mr. Edgerton was a B-17 "Flying Fortress" pilot with the 490th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, flying against targets in Nazi Germany. After the war, he joined the Southern New England Telephone Company, where he held various positions before retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, SNET Retirees Assoc., and the 490th B.G. Assoc. In later years, as a member of the Army Air Force Roundtable of Connecticut, he visited area schools and other organizations, talking about the A.A.F.'s role in WW II. Friend's may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Saturday morning from 10:30 to 12 noon. Burial to be in Dyer Cemetery (family plot), Rte. 44, Canton, CT at 2 p.m.

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  1. Bruce, I am thinking of you and your family as you say goodbye to your father. I have always admired the courage of the WWII bomber pilots and crews; the only poster in my basement is of USAAF bombers flying over Germany, from my late father’s hanger at Goodspeed Airport. Today, I am thinking of you and your father. See you around the railroad. Sincerely, Jim Miller

  2. I am sorry to hear of Ted’s passing I had the honour of meeting him at a number of the 490th BG Reunions and also corresponded with him and I am proud to say I knew him. We in England will never forget the debt we owe guys like Ted Rest in peace my friend you have earned it.

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Ted through his son Bruce, a friend of mine since the mid 1960s. Got to know him a bit better while working with him for a day building a garage at Bruce’s new house in Deep River, and later enjoyed hearing him speak at the Army Air Force Roundtable meetings in Cheshire. Fittingly, the final time I saw and spoke with Ted as at a B17 display at the Oxford (CT) airport a year or two ago. His sharing of his experiences during those important times so many years ago brought the history of the era to life. He personified The Greatest Generation.

  4. To Bruce and family: I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. He looked wonderful the last time I saw him at Bill’s Seafood. I’m so glad I got to see him a few times before he passed. He certainly goes way back with us as a Galvanized Jazz Band fan. Please extend my sympathy to the rest of your family.

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