Jason Sumner

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JASON SUMNER, 93, after a full life passed away at Greenwich Hospital on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Born in Akron, Ohio, April 4, 1918. He was the son of Mac and Elizabeth Cassidy Sumner. He had been living with his daughter Katherine Bacon and his grandchildren for the past five years. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. During his early years he worked in the summers for the family business Sumner Butter Company in Akron, Ohio, which was started by his grandfather Jason Sumner. He graduated from Colgate University in 1940 as an Economics major and was a member of the Phi Kappa PSI Fraternity. Jason served over 3 years in WWII in the Navy as a First Lieutenant on the USS Knight and USS Fred T. Berry. On June 26, 1948, he married Cornelia Michaelian in NYC. Shortly afterward they moved to Riverside, Connecticut, and started a family as he worked as Vice President for his father-in-law Frank Michaelian for Michaelian & Kohlberg Company, an oriental carpet importing company in NYC and worked there for over 40 years. His wife preceded him in death after a long bout of cancer on July 19, 1969. Jason, fondly known as Jack by his friends and Da by his family, enjoyed the outdoors immensely. He loved the water living on Longmeadow Creek and going out on his boat in the morning to fish. He spent years making a wooden catamaran boat by hand. Later in life he bought a 45-foot houseboat and traveled to Florida and back. He was an adventurous spirit and loved to travel, and you never knew where he was heading. At the age of 89, he drove up to Canada by himself to the ice festival. Jason would always try new interests/hobbies. He bought a Airstream trailer and would travel about. He loved gardening and he grew all types of vegetables and grapes in his yard. Jack loved golf in which he won many tournaments. He was a member of Matthew Mead Sons of the American Revolution and traced back to several patriots including Private Thomas Sumner. During his life he was a longtime member at Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich, CT, and later the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, LI. Jack was survived by his three children, Jason (Mac) Sumner of Hendersonville, NC,and his wife Carol Lyne, William (Teddy) Sumner and his wife Miriam of South Orange, NJ, and his daughter, Katherine (Katie) Sumner Bacon of Old Greenwich, CT. He will also be deeply missed by his five grandchildren Chelsea, Lauren, and Jason Bacon of Old Greenwich, CT, Jacob (Willy) and Dory Sumner of East Orange, NJ, and Mickey, a special family dog. He is was predeceased by his only sister Peggy Sumner Menkle. A private family memorial service will be held later in the year. Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. To leave a condolence visit www.lacerenzafuneralhome.com
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Published in GreenwichTime on Mar. 25, 2012
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