Waterford - Paul Eccleston Tiffany, 88, longtime resident of Waterford, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
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Paul was born on Jan. 13, 1925, in New London, the son of the late Albert Newton Tiffany and Iva Eccleston Tiffany.
Paul is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth "Betty" (Leighton) Tiffany, of Mystic; and his daughters, Martha Tiffany (Brad Velcoff) of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Judy Tiffany of Seattle, Wash. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Zachary and Lila Velcoff of Brooklyn and Laura and Amy Bogaard of Seattle.
Paul grew up on Church Street in Groton and graduated from Robert E. Fitch Sr. High School in 1942. He attended New London Junior College and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1943. While in the Air Force, he was based in England and served as a navigator in reconnaissance missions over Germany. After being honorably discharged, Paul went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1948. He received an MBA from the University of Connecticut in 1962. Paul spent most of his career as a purchasing manager for businesses in southeastern CT, retiring from his position with the Town of Waterford in 1995.
Paul led an active, satisfying life. As a boy, he sailed on Long Island Sound in a boat built by his father, and he continued to sail with friends for much of his adult life. Paul and Betty enjoyed skiing, dancing, hiking, camping, golf and travel. They spent seventeen winters in Florida. Paul was a strong and intrepid swimmer, and would alarm beachgoers by swimming from one end of the beach to the other, so far out that he could barely be seen. A thoughtful, well-read man, Paul was an expert on military history, the U.S. Civil War, in particular. He had a keen interest in politics, economics and finance. When prompted, he enjoyed telling anecdotes about growing up during the Depression, swimming across the Thames River, and witnessing the wrath of the 1938 hurricane.
A loving husband, father and grandfather, Paul took great pleasure in his trips to Seattle and Brooklyn to celebrate holidays and spend time with his family. He was also a devoted son, attending to his mother for many years after his father's death.
Paul was a true gentleman, whose ethic of hard work and self-discipline was tempered by his sense of humor and his enjoyment of all that life has to offer. He will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Avalon Health Center and Beacon Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during the last months.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 310 Fort Hill Road, Groton. There are no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul's name may be sent to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 310 Fort Hill Road, Groton, CT 06340 or Beacon Hospice, 12 Roosevelt Ave., Mystic, CT 06355.
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Published in The Day on Aug. 16, 2013