Draper , Allen
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Allen Draper, 80, previously of Stratford, passed away on Thursday August 2nd at CT Health of Southport nursing facility. Born to David & Martha Draper on April 27, 1932, in the coalmining community of Big Stick, WV. Attended the WV School for the Colored Deaf & Blind, although learning various trades, he graduated with a barbers license. Moved to Bridgeport in the late 1950's, where he met his wife, Alice E. Walsh. They married on October 22, 1960 and raised seven children together. Allen worked hard to support his ever-growing family, early on as a partner/presser/tailor at Park Cleaners in Success Park Bridgeport. He eventually became a self-employed auto mechanic in Stratford. He was known as the "deaf mechanic" who can diagnose any car's problem by touch. Allen's favorite pastime was bowling. He was a member of many kingpin-bowling leagues, even being offered a chance to go pro. He enjoyed taking his family almost every weekend. Allen was a devoted brother in the Deaf Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He dearly loved Jehovah, his family and his Christian brothers and sisters. Survived by his wife, Alice, of 51 years and his seven children: Vanessa (Robert Jones), Brian (Diana), Deborah (Gene McSweeney), Carmonia (late Walter Procyk), Martha (Keith Majersky), Esther (Monte Thomas), and Abel; 24 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. Friends may call on Friday, August 10th from 4-7pm in the Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. Memorial prayer service to be held on Saturday August 11th at 11am at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 245 Huntington Turnpike Bridgeport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Watchtower, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn NY 12563.Many thanks to all those who made regular visits to Allen, as well as their continued support and prayers. To the B-wing staff at CT Health of Southport: Thank you for your constant excellent care, respect and love you gave Allen. Words cannot express the comfort you've given. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com
Published in Connecticut Post on Aug. 9, 2012