Walter George Albrecht, 91, died suddenly at his home in Killingworth on Nov. 7. He had been the beloved husband of Dorothy (Sheld) Albrecht for 63 years. She predeceased him on Oct. 22, this year.
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Walter was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on July 31, 1919. He was the son of the late K. Walter and Katharina (Schwobel) Albrecht.
Walter graduated from Samuel Gompers High School, a trade school in the Bronx, where he learned the woodworking skills that were to be at the core of his livelihood.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and became a Carpenter's Mate in the CB's during WWII, where his service took him to the South Pacific.
After the war he joined the carpenter's union in NYC as an apprentice cabinetmaker and was especially proud to have worked on the crew who built the podium that stands in General Assembly Hall in the United Nations building.
He and his young wife and baby moved to Killingworth in 1949. He worked as a cabinetmaker for a local builder. He subsequently went to work for V-G Flask and Fitting Co in Madison, which he and his wife later purchased and moved into the basement of their second home in Killingworth. They worked together in their family business for about 50 years.
To say that he was very active in the community is an understatement. He was an active member of the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Co for 54 years where he served in the capacity of Ass't. Chief, Captain, Fire Police, Fire Commissioner and Trustee. He was made an Honorary Chief at a 2007 ceremony commemorating his 50 years of service.
Walter's contributions were well rounded. He was a Little League coach, an Assistant Boy Scout Troop Leader in Killingworth and New York. He and Dorothy helped found the Killingworth Kindergarten Association which would become the Killingworth Nursery School Association.
They also helped found the Killingwoth Ambulance Association in which he remained an active member for 27 years and was made a Director Emeritus of the KAA in 2008 at a ceremony honoring his years of service. He organized the Killingworth Civil Defense Auxiliary Police, of which he was the Chief for many years.
He was elected to the Board of Selectman where he served one term. He was Life Member of the VFW, and a member of the Grange.
He was elected Tax Assessor in Killingworth for 28 years. He served as chairman and on the board. He was a member of the Middlesex County Assessor's Association where he also served as Chairman.
After retiring from being an assessor in Killingworth, he was hired as Tax Assessor for the Town of Haddam which he did for 10 years. He served as Zoning Enforcement Officer in Killingworth for 10 years.
He was a member and chairman of the Democratic Town Committee for many years.
He also received the GOP Citizen Award in 1975.
Walter will be greatly missed by his family and his community.
He is survived by his son Richard W. Albrecht; two daughters, Joanne A. Moore and Linda A. Gates all of Killingworth; and his grandchildren, Victoria Williams of New London; Matthew Albrecht of Buxton, Maine; Jessica Wellington of Bristol; Michael Albrecht of Southbridge, Mass..; Anthony Albrecht of Middletown; his niece Suzanne Cervenka of Valrico, Fla.; two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife he was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Martin, most recently of Florida, and his son Lawrence L. Albrecht of Middletown.
Calling hours will be at Swan Funeral Home, 80 East Main St., Clinton, on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Immediately followed by a celebration of Dorothy and Walter's lives at the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company Station No. 1.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Killingworth Volunteer Fire Company.
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Published in The Middletown Press on Nov. 10, 2010