Alfred "Fred" Stanley Jay, of East Windsor, beloved husband of Dorothy (Cembrano) Jay, passed away at age of 85 on Friday, April 18, 2014, with his sons by his side.
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Born in Northfield, Vt., on Jan. 3, 1929, son of the late John Henry and Elizabeth (Stanley) Jay, he was a resident of East Windsor since 1955. Fred was an original New England "Yankee" known for his ingenuity, ability to tackle obstacles head-on, compassion for his family, a loyal friend and neighbor, and dedicated service to his country. Fred, his parents, and siblings moved from Vermont to Stratford in the early 1940s to aid in the war effort. His parents worked at the Vought Aircraft factory in Stratford while Fred graduated from Stratford High School. After high school, Fred attended technical school to receive certification as an aircraft engine mechanic and then proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft early in his career, owned his own business, Jay's Auto Electric, in Hazardville, and then served in Vietnam for 18 months as a technical representative for Avco-Lycoming of Stratford as an adviser to the U.S. Marines for the repair of Huey helicopters at various Marine Corp Air Stations in South Vietnam. Later in his career, he worked for Ingersol Rand Turbine Engines in Windsor as a field service representative, providing technical support to turbine installations around the world. Fred was a stock car driver in the late '50s and early '60s at Riverside Track in Agawam, Waterford Speed Bowl, and Stafford Race Track. His other hobbies included playing guitar, woodworking, camping, and providing any project assistance he could to his four boys.
In addition to his wife, Dotty, Fred is survived by his sons, Len, and his wife, Sue, of Manchester, Eric, and his wife, Susie, of Mystic, Brian, and his wife, Nicola, of East Windsor, and Gene, and his wife, Betsy, of New Hampshire and Manchester; his 11 grandchildren, Eric Jay, and his fiancé, Laura Vagnini, Daniel Jay, Erin Weinzimmer, and her husband, Michael, Robert Jay, and his wife, Jen, David Jay, Amy Sperrazza, and her husband, Greg, Christopher Jay, Elizabeth Jay, Andrew Jay, Becky Jay, and Amanda Pippin; four great-grandchildren, Joseph Jay, Richard, Jasmine, and Calla Pippin; his sister-in-law, Adelaide (Cembrano) King of Manchester; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his closest friends, John and Carol Rossini. Fred was predeceased by brothers, John William; and sisters, Virginia and Catherine.
Relatives and friends may join the family on Tuesday, April 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. for visiting hours followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. at the Bassinger & Dowd Funeral Home, 37 Gardner St., East Windsor. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor, CT 06088.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 21 to Apr. 25, 2014
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37 Gardner Street East Windsor, CT 06088