Pedersen, Hugh E.
Hugh E. Pedersen, longtime resident of Easton, passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on August 28, 2014. Hugh was born in Bridgeport on May 5, 1915, son of Anna and Charles Pedersen. He graduated from Roger Ludlow High School in 1933 and completed a degree in accounting at Bentley College in 1936. In 1939 he married Dorothy Schroeder, daughter of Reverend William and Freda Schroeder. Five years later, after the outbreak of World War II, Hugh voluntarily enlisted in the Army and landed on Omaha Beach on August 1, 1944. He served under General Patton in the Third Army and fought from Normandy to the Elbe River, including in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Four Battle Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. In 1946 Hugh and Dorothy moved to Massena, New York, where Hugh managed his first factory and began a 31-year career with Warners, a Division of Warnaco. He served as a member of the St. Lawrence River Seaway Committee, vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Massena Country Club, and Fourth District Adjutant of the New York American Legion. After the birth of their sons, Eric and Neil, the family moved in 1954 to Dothan, Alabama, where Hugh opened another factory for Warners. In Dothan he was a member of the Elks Club and Rotary and served as President of the PTA at Girard Street Elementary School. The family moved to Easton in 1958. Hugh became the Plant Manager of Warners in Bridgeport, Production Manager of all Warners factories in 1963, and Vice-President of Manufacturing in 1970. During the course of his career, Hugh opened manufacturing plants in the eastern and southern United States, Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico and various Caribbean islands. He retired in 1977. Hugh and Dorothy were longtime members of the Patterson Club, where they enjoyed many rounds of golf and great fellowship. They joined the Parish of Christ's Church when they moved to Easton. Hugh was a member of the Fairfield Elks and the Easton American Legion Post. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1970 by Governor Louis Nunn after opening a factory in Barberville, Kentucky.After Dorothy passed away in 1995, Hugh married Joyce Pohl who added many years of joy to his life. Hugh will be sorely missed by Joyce, his sons Eric and Neil (Deborah), stepdaughters Geraldine Slater (Alex) and Roderike Brown (Craig), his grandchildren Travis, Jeffrey, Kyle, and Nora, and three great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Annette, and brother, Alfred. A celebration of Hugh's long and full life will be held at the Parish of Christ's Church, 59 Church Road, Easton on Saturday, September 13th at 11 a.m., to be followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pedersen Memorial Fund - Parish of Christ's Church or to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 . The Spear-Miller Funeral Home of Fairfield is handling arrangements. Burial will be in the Memorial Garden at the church.
Spear-Miller Funeral Home
39 South Benson Road Fairfield, CT 06824
Published in Connecticut Post from Sept. 2 to Sept. 10, 2014