Walter H. Eger, Jr., 79, of Portland, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital Saturday, July 13, 2013. He was the son of the late Walter H. and Ethel (Benoit) Eger. Walt was born February 1, 1934 in Nantucket, MA, he was raised in New Bedford, MA and graduated from New Bedford High School, served in the United States Air Force, attended McNeese State College, LA and graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA with a degree in engineering. He moved to Connecticut in 1966 and worked at Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant for over 25 years.
He was active his entire life until his health started to decline 1.5 years ago. His passions were many; he was an avid dancer and thoroughly enjoyed attending Polka dances at the Polish National Home, Colchester and other venues with his special friend of many years, Nilda Grenier. His love of building and carpentry projects was evident by the numerous projects he would engage in at his home. He loved his John Deere and Ford Jubilee tractors and found innumerable ways to use them from taking down trees for firewood, building stone walls and other projects around his property. He loved working in his large garden by the brook and was so proud of the numerous vegetables it would produce and donated the excess to the local food banks. He loved to be physically active, enjoyed skiing, ice-skating and basketball. He was a lover of nature, wildlife and his beloved pets including his dogs over the years, Brownie, Freddie and recently, 'The B; Walt was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his son, Craig Eger and his wife, Stephanie of Huntsville, AL, daughter, Suzanne Roberts of Portland, and brother-in-law, Noah Vieira of Willimantic. He also leaves behind his companion of many years, Nilda Grenier of Middle Haddam. He was predeceased by his sisters, May Silvares and Dolores Vieira.
Graveside service and burial will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10AM at St. Mary Cemetery Marlborough St Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt's memory to Protector of Animals, P.O. Box 24, South Glastonbury, CT. 06073 or to the
, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT. 06108.To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net.
Portland Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland has care of arrangements. Special thanks to Dr. Gladys Kagaoan and Dr. Lorraine Trow for their compassionate care and support.