Walter Thomas Lee, Sr., 76, of New Haven, loving husband of 50 years to Catherine Anderson Lee, passed away on June 15, 2010. He was born in Franklin, VA on February 22, 1934 to the late George Mitchell and Virginia Council Rankins. Besides his wife, Walter leaves his children, Bruce Lee Trammell and his wife Janine of Branford, Karen Lee of New Haven, Walter Thomas Lee, Jr. of New Haven, Angela Lee of Hamden, Jeffrey Lee, Sr. and his wife Martha of New Haven, Virginia Spell and her husband Stacy of New Haven, Martina Turenne and her husband Yvon of Nanuet, NY, Rachel Walton and her husband Douglass of Patterson, NY, Alex Lee and his wife Celina of White Plains, NY, and Kelly Atkins and her husband Marc of Yonkers, NY; grandchildren, Bruce, Lauren, Candace, Kelsey, and Taylor Trammell, Jeffrey, Jr., Juliet, and Allison Lee, Evan, Ethan, and Emerson Turenne, and Coleman Lee; great aunt, Bernice Mabray of New Haven; daughter-in-law, Deborah Trammell of Naugatuck and a host of relatives. Predeceased by his granddaughter, Gabrielle Lee. Walter grew up and lived in New York City before moving to New Haven 45 years ago. He has been one of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years and worked for Detroit Steel in Hamden before his retirement. Walter was a member of the New Haven-Elm City Chess Club and a ranking member of the US Chess Federation where he partook in many chess tournaments. He also had a love for jazz, reading, and golf. More important than anything else, Walter was a family man and enjoyed every moment spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 19th at 10 a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1123 Ella T Grasso Boulevard, New Haven. Friends may visit with Walter's family on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. 1 Thes 4:13:.Moreover, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping in death; that you may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.. Our prayer is that the wonderful hope that Jehovah has given us will sustain you as well as the fact that he won’t have to sleep long due to where we are in the stream of time. May Jah comfort and uphold you all.


  3. Dear Catherine & Family, I loved Walter so much,he was like a father to me. We would talk for hours about so many things life, raising childern, sports, and we both shared the love of Jazz. He was nothing but kind to me and he taught me to be a better person. It is with great sadness that I write these words. I know that he was loved deeply by so many. In much Love, Tony Lombardozzi

  4. Dear Karen and Family,my deepest sympathy goes out to you. I know how much you loved your dad from all the stories you have told me over the years.Please know that my prayers are with you all. Joan.

  5. Dear Lee Family, Just wanted to let you all know you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry about the loss of Brother Lee. May Jehovah continue to comfort you during this difficult time period. Love, Lisa Lanier

  6. Dear Lee Family, Our condolence goes out to your entire family. May Jehovah and your brothers support you during this time of lost.

  7. Dear Lee Family, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Bro Lee. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  8. Hello Lee Family, My deepest sympathy. May Jehovah sustain you and your family in this time of need and continue to give you support and strength. Love Colon Family

  9. Karen Please accept my sincere condolences at this time, I was so sad to hear of your loss, I hope your faith will help you and your beautiful family get thru this time of sorrow. Your Father and Mother got thru the hardest job in the world, bringing up such a big and beautiful family. I didn’t know your father, but his family speaks for itself. Bless you Karen and your family, Love Carmel Fico

  10. My deepest and warmest sympathies are extended to the Lee family. Although I didn’t know Mr. Lee personally, I feel as if I do know him through his legacy-His children- (child Kelly Ann). One of my favorite thing I can take away from the regaling of his parenting by Kelly Ann,is .Think! Is that asking too much?. He seemed like the perfect father; one who I wouldn’t have mind calling my own! May you all remain in Jehova’s comfort. Sincerely, Onika Bent

  11. To the Lee Family, I wanted to express my deepest sympathy during this time of loss. May Jehovah be with you all during this time of sorrow. How we long for the new system of things when we will be reuinted with those we have lost to death.

  12. Alex and Celina, you both are like my own children, I am sending you as well as the rest of the family my deepesty sympathy..May Jehovah keep you all in His care and keeping.. 1 Cor.1:3,4.

  13. Dear Lee Family I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on behalf of my family and may Jehovah be with you all in your time of grief.

  14. Dearest Family: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of beloved cousin Walter. though we will miss him, many fond memories of laughter and challenging games of chess will always remain with us. Our prayers and love are with you.

  15. Dear Family, Just found out about daddy Lee last night and wanted to send our love and prayers to the family. Although we don’t talk everyday, please know that your family has and will always be in my heart and thoughts…I look forward to seeing daddy lee again and getting big hugs when Jehovah wakes him. Until than, rely on our heavenly father for comfort and a calm heart he never lets us down. Love you all.

  16. Dear Bruce Trammel & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong. Respectfully Submitted, Melissa Cox

  17. iam so sorry to hear about the lost of your husband and iam sending you my condolence and love to you and for your family

  18. To the Lee Family, I am so sorry to hear about your lost. Althought we are far away know that our love and prayers for your family is very close. Dominic, Chikita and Girls

  19. The UCONN Chess Club wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Walter’s family on his passing. Many of us had known Walter since the mid 1970’s. Walter was always a great ambassador for the royal game and his buoyant and contagious enthusiasm will be sorely missed !

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