Tryde, Axel C.
Axel C. Tryde, 96, of Sandy Hook, formerly of Georgetown, Connecticut, passed away peacefully September 13th at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, with his family at his bedside and his beloved sea outside his window.
Axel was born in Grimstad, Norway in 1917, and went to sea at the age of fourteen with the Norwegian Merchant Marine. He trained as a young boy aboard the Sorlandet, a three-masted sailing ship; leaving him with fond memories that lasted for a lifetime. He traveled the world by sea as a ship's engineer, and visited everywhere that had a seaport. After the occupation of Norway, Axel joined the U.S. Army
. As a member of the 319th Combat Engineers of the 94th Infantry Division, he fought through Europe and into Germany under General Patton. He was wounded in Aachen, Germany shortly before the end of the war, earning a Purple Heart
Axel married Janet Stenberg, of Georgetown, in 1948, and settled in Georgetown where he lived for over sixty years. He worked at the Gilbert and Bennett Wire Manufacturing Company until his retirement in 1982.
Axel was predeceased by his wife, Janet, in 2007, after almost sixty years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his siblings: Jacob Tryde, Holgar Tryde, Lillemor Overgaard and Louise (Bibbi) Tellefsen. He is survived by his daughter, Jackie zVon, and her husband, Steve, of Sandy Hook, by his beloved grandson, Steve zVon, Jr., of Seneca, South Carolina, and by several nieces and nephews, including Lea and Bill Dexter, of Georgetown.
Axel was a true humanitarian, helping his fellow man wherever and whenever he could. He loved everyone he met, and they usually loved him right back. He was a man who would literally give away the shirt off his back. He served as a volunteer firefighter
with the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company, and a volunteer with the Mark Twain Library. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW
, the Sons of Norway, and the Norwalk Boat Club.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring staff and volunteers at the Connecticut Hospice, and to Dr. Andrew Webber, Danbury Hospital Emergency Physician. Axel would not want us to mourn, but rather to celebrate his life and to continue his tradition of doing good deeds. A memorial service is planned for October; please contact the family for details. Contributions in Axel's memory may be made to the Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.