Theodore Engborg

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Engborg, Theodore
Theodore Simmel Engborg (Ted) departed this world on December 9, 2012 in Lincolnton, NC after a long, happy and productive life. He was born in Greenwich, CT on October 9, 1924 to Theodore Charles and Barbara Frances (Simmel) Engborg. As a youth he learned auto mechanics in his father's garage in Old Greenwich, CT and later learned shipbuilding at Luder's Marine in Stamford, CT. Ted was inducted into the Army on April 1, 1943 in New Haven, CT and went to the European Theater of operations on August 2. He served as a Corporal in the Military Police 1240th Service Command Unit in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was honorably discharged on March 29, 1946 at Fort Devens, Mass. Ted married Madelyn Catherine Dorsey (Cathy) on November 14, 1953. They settled in Old Greenwich, literally a stone's throw from his childhood home, and raised four children. He owned his own business, Ted Engborg Construction, which provided quality additions, alterations and remodeling to countless area homes. He was also an active member of the S Fund Beach Volunteer Fire Department, served for many years as an elected representative for the Representative Town Meeting and was a long- time communicant of St. Savior's Episcopal Church, where he led children's choir and Sunday school and served on the vestry. In 1973, he and Cathy moved to Rome, NY and "returned to the land" where they raised and preserved much of their own food. There Ted volunteered with the Lowell Fire Department, drove a school bus for the Vernon Verona Sherrill school district and drove a tour bus. After Cathy's death in 1986, Ted married Janice Reed and they lived in Spencer Settlement until Jan's death in 2011, when Ted moved to North Carolina to reside with his son. Ted is best remembered by his family and friends for his love of life, his devotion to his family, his community service, his affinity for children and his wonderful sense of humor. He laughed so hard when he told a joke, which he did quite often, that his listeners were compelled to laugh along with him. Ted is survived by brother Nelson Engborg (Old Saybrook, CT); children Gayle
Clayton (Dallas, GA), Patricia Bolan (Knoxville, TN), Kathleen Smith (E. Helena, MT), Theodore M. Engborg and devoted daughter-in-law Karen Vanselow (Denver, NC); 11 grandchildren: Karen Ford, Jonathan Ford, Douglas Ford, Jennifer Bolan, Michael Bolan, Edward Uvanni, Melissa Hayes, Alessandra Robinson, Collin Uvanni, Shelby Engborg and Kyle Engborg; 7 great grandchildren: Caroline Hamlin, Thomas Hamlin, Ethan Bolan, Julia Hayes, Lucas Hayes, Elijah Robinson and Eloise Uvanni; niece Christine Engborg; nephew Jeffrey Engborg; step-children Daniel Reed, Cheryl Mortise and John Reed, all of Rome, NY; 5 step-grandchildren: Brayton Reed, Samantha Reed, Jordan Reed, John Mortise and Megan Mortise. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Bonnie Sue Ford in 2011 and his sister-in-law Barbara Engborg in 2012. A memorial service will be held in North Carolina at a future date, followed by interment of his ashes with Cathy in Old Greenwich, CT and Jan in Rome, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department by mail at 207 Sound Beach Ave., Attn: Foundation, Old Greenwich, CT 06870 or online at http://sbvfd.com/support/donate/index.cfm. Known by his family as "Daddy-Bear," "Bear" and "the Great Grand-Bear," Ted was always their symbol of happiness, strength and love. He will be sorely missed

Published in GreenwichTime from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013
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