BIRGE, Sumner Fox
Sumner Fox Birge, 91, of Windsor, passed away on July 21, 2013 at his home. He was born in Windsor Locks, son of the late Elmer Willis and Jane (Fox) Birge, and was predeceased by his brothers Wesley and Hudson and his sister Evelyn. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Kranyik; and children, Susan Fox, Gary Birge, James Birge and his wife Nancy and Nancy McDonald; grandchildren, Nigel, Samantha, Lucas, Quist, Erik, Katie and Shannon; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Cheyenne, Dakota, Noah, Robert, Austin and twins Jagger and Scarlett who were born on July 20, 2013 to Samantha and her husband Toby; also a nephew, Robert Birge, niece, Elizabeth Tonucci and great nieces, Kathy, Karen and Kim: great-great nephews Jacob and Wesley and great-great nieces, Jenna, Sarah and Norah. Sumner was retired from SNET after 41 years. He served with the United States Marine Corps, 8th Defense Bn., 1st Marine Div. 1942-46, stationed in the South Pacific and California. He also served 1948-51 with the 2nd Bn, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Div at Camp Lejune, NC as an instructor. He was a lifetime member of the Windsor Rod & Gun Club, a member of the Suffield Sportsman's Association and a lifetime member of the Suffield VFW. He loved animals and had many pets over the years, the most notable being Wags, Tammy, Baby and Sable. In the late 1980s, "Sarge" was part of the volunteer restoration and sailing crew of the full-rigged wooden tall ship "HMS Rose", where he met and became engaged to marry Cynthia. The family extends grateful thanks to Interim Health Care Hospice nurses, Sue, Elaine and Anne for their support.
There are no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend Graveside Services with military honors on Saturday, August 3, 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on East St. in Windsor. Donations in Sumner's memory may be made to "The USO", PO Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090-6860. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.