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Theodore C. Scheidel Jr.


1944 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Theodore C. Scheidel Jr. Obituary


THEODORE C. SCHEIDEL, JR.

The town of Burlington now mourns a man who proudly served his country, state, and most assuredly the people of Burlington. Born July 8, 1944 in Hartford, CT to Theodore C. Scheidel Sr. and Catherine Flood Scheidel. He is survived by his partner Denise Gustafson, his brothers Arthur P. Scheidel Sr. (Marcia), Michael E. Scheidel (Christine) and his sister Kathleen M. Brochu (Gary), his nephews Arthur P. Scheidel Jr. (Godson), Joseph M. Scheidel, Godson James Scheidel Jr., and many close friends, too numerous to list. His family, German imigrants who arrived in Burlington in 1864, have a long history of service to the town. He attended Burlington Consolidated School and was in the first graduating class of Lewis S. Mills High School in 1962. He later attended University of Hartford. After coming home from Vietnam in 1967, where he received a Bronze Star for valor, he returned to work at CBT Bank, where he worked for 34 years prior and during his tenor as First Selectman to the town Burlington. He first ran for Selectman in 1981 and successfully served for 26 years. Because of his boundless efforts and considerable good will, on many occasions he ran unopposed. At the time of his retirement in 2007, he was the longest serving First Selectman in the state of Connecticut. After retirement he worked as Assistant to the Mayor for the town of Plymouth. While serving as First Selectman he was also the Chief of Police. He served on numerous boards throughout the years. He was also active in many community activities. He attended as many Lewis S. Mills basketball games as he could fit into his busy schedule. He was instrumental in starting the American Legion Baseball in Burlington and Harwinton sponsored by Post 122 from 1999 to 2012. Ted was currently a member of the Region 10 Board of Education, Bristol Environmental Learning Centers, the Tunxis Community College Foundation, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Men's Club. He was also a founding director of the New England Auto museum. Ted loved Flag Day and attended each year. He was diligent about placing flags on all the veteran graves in Burlington for Memorial Day as the representative of Legion Post 122. He also officiated at the Memorial Day celebration. Ted could be described as a man of 'simple tastes'. He loved spending his time with Denise at Lake Waramaug, lounging on his chair playing solitaire and talking to every boater that passed. He was faithful, honest and dedicated to the Ahern family at the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville and Hartford, for over twenty five years. He never forgot a face and never forgot their name. The speech he gave at his 2007 retirement party summed it up and said it all, "It was never about me." Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Jan. 24) from 2:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday (Jan. 25) at 10:00am in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St., Bristol followed by burial with full military honors in Burlington Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Burlington Food and Fuel Bank, the Burlington Library, the Burlington Fire Department Memorial Ambulance Fund, Lewis S. Mills Scholarship fund, or a . Please perform an act of kindness in memory of Ted. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 22, 2014
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