Meriden - Theodore 'Ted' C. DePaola Sr., 74 husband of 51 years to Gail (Sawyer) DePaola died on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at the Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville. He was born January 8, 1936 in Bronx, NY a son of the late Theodore and Lillian (Blaich) DePaola. He graduated from Wilcox Technical High School and the University of Hartford. He proudly served his country in the U.S.Army, and was a draftsman for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft until his retirement. Ted was an avid bowler, golfer and member of Hunter's Golf Club as well a Mason with the Meridian Lodge #77 AF & AM and the North Italian Club. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where he had been an acolyte and a member of the vestry. In addition to his wife Gail, he is survived by a daughter; Debra and her husband David Cooper of Wendell, N.Carolina, three sons, Theodore DePaola Jr. and his wife Heidi of Southbury, CT and Gary and Raymond DePaola both of Meriden, three grandchildren, Christopher DePaola of Southbury and Douglas and Matthew Cooper both of N. Carolina. A funeral will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 9:00 am at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, with a service at 10:00am. The Rev. Dr. Robert. M. Stocksdale will officiate and Ms. Diane Annelli will accompany as soloist. Burial with Military honors will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 27 from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers contributions in Ted's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center of Ct., 1261 South Main St., Plantsville, Ct 06479 or to the Masonic Charity Foundation of CT., 22 Masonic Ave., P.O.Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Dear Ted, Heidi and Chris, Sorry to hear about the passing of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family during this time of sadness. Love, Pat,Deedee,Alyson and Ashley

  2. Dearest Gail, It has been an honor to be a part of Ted’s Earthly Journey. Knowing Ted and growing to Love Him has given us many wonderful memories. Remembering Ted’s kind loving ways will always bring joy to our hearts. He is at peace now, Free from any earthly imperfection, united with all his family and friends who have gone before him. You,Ted all your Children and your Grandchildren will remain in our thoughts and prayers always. Much Love Peg and Richard

  3. Gail & Family, Anne and I send our sympathy to all of you. We know, all too well, how Alzheimer’s can take its toll on the ones we love. Nana, at 97, still remains physically strong, but mentally far away from us. Our thoughts are with all of you. Take care. Fondly, Cousins Bill and Anne Bosi

  4. Dearest Gail and family: I was so sorry to hear from Judie that Ted has left us. I remember the surprise meeting with you and Teddy at the diner in Meriden years ago. It was wonderful to be able to hug and chat. I know he will be missed but he will forever be in our prayers and our hearts. My husband Bob and I send you all our love and support at this very sad time.

  5. Dearest Gail and Family: It`s been a long, hard journey for Ted, but our belief in God tells us that he is .Home Safely. in Heaven, his eternal resting place. (He`s probably played a round or two of Golf already, if I know Ted) Over the past several years I have witnessed one of the most devoted love stories between two people who met as teenagers and spent 51 years of Love and Marriage together. Gail, you were Ted`s .Rock and Inspiration., always there every day, conforting him, getting that smile on his face, he was your Sweetheart. I am a better person now for knowing Ted, visiting when I could, holding his hand, just telling Ted I was there for him. Millie and I send our love and deepest sympathy to you and your family. May Ted Depaola`s soul rest in God`s eternal peace! SIncerely, John A. Young Cromwell, Ct

  6. To Ray and family, I’m so sorry for your loss and wish you all peace and strength during this challenging time. I’ll be thinking off you lots over the next few weeks and months.

  7. Gail & family Ann and I send you our sympathy. Judy Freieit sent the obtuary to us. I knew Teddy back at Wilcox. We used to walk from the high school to Wilcox together. We had some good times together. May our Lord comfort you all now and in the days ahead. Bill and Ann

  8. Gail & family Ann and I send you our sympathy. Judy Freieit sent the obtuary to us. I knew Teddy back at Wilcox. We used to walk from the high school to Wilcox together. We had some good times together. May our Lord comfort you all now and in the days ahead. Bill and Ann

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