Melvin T. "Ted" Bidwell Sr., 82, of Manchester, beloved husband of 62 years to Elizabeth "Betty" (Topliff) Bidwell, the love of his life, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, after a brief illness.
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Ted was born on Jan. 7, 1930, in Manchester, son of the late George and Susan (Kerr) Bidwell, and had been a lifelong resident. He was a 1949 graduate of Manchester High School and he attended Cheney Tech as well, graduating in 1950. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in the Korean War. Ted was president of the Bidwell Home Improvement Co. in Manchester, which he founded in 1953 and continued to operate until his illness. He was a member of the Second Congregational Church in Manchester for over 60 years, where he had served on several committees. Ted was a member of BPOE No. 1893 and the British-American Club both in Manchester. He was an avid Red Sox, Patriots, and UConn Husky fan, and was a longtime supporter and fan of the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League and ECHO Hockey. He enjoyed years of August vacations at Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire with his family.
In addition to his wife, Betty, he leaves his six children, Melvin T. Bidwell Jr., and his wife, Cathy, of Coventry, David T. Bidwell, and his wife, Karen, of Manchester, Susan J. Sioty of Manchester, Nancy E. Vignone, and her husband, Pat, of South Windsor, Janet E. Tanguay, and her husband, Joe, of Willington and Richard A. Bidwell of Manchester. He also leaves 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Kenneth A. Bidwell of South Windham; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Gloria B. Knoff, and brother, George E. Bidwell.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester.
Funeral services will be on Friday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, 385 N. Main St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in Buckland Cemetery, Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 385 N. Main St., Manchester, CT 06042.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 24 to Dec. 28, 2012