WALLINGFORD - Henry O. Aldrich, 85, of Wallingford, beloved husband of Viola (Toth) Aldrich, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Regency House in Wallingford.
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Henry was born on Nov. 11, 1927, in Bessemer, Ala., son of the late Cliff and Bessie (Campbell) Aldrich. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II. Following his naval service he relocated to Wallingford and married Viola Toth at the Hungarian Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Biro in 1949. Until his retirement he worked as an Industrial Mechanic at American Cyanamid (Cytec) and while there he was a Captain in the Fire Brigade. He was a Mason and member of Compass Lodge 9, and a member and former Trustee of the First Baptist Church in Wallingford. In his spare time he was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Henry also enjoyed playing golf. In the course of his lifetime he donated over 200 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. His greatest legacy was that of a loving husband, father, grandpa, G.G. Pa and friend.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 63 years Viola, along with four children, Richard and his wife, Eunice, of Masschusetts, Robert (Bob) and his wife, Leigh, of California, William and his wife, Carol, of Rhode Island, and Peter and his wife, Dawn, of Wallingford. Henry also leaves three sisters, Clevie England, Sadie Aldrich, and Helen Horton and her husband, Bill of Alabama. He leaves five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by five brothers, Clifford, Virgil, Herschel, Douglas, and Donald.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the B. C. Bailey Funeral Home, 273 S. Elm St., Wallingford. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wallingford. Interment will be private at In Memoriam Cemetery in Wallingford. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, 114 N. Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492, or you may donate a pint of blood in his honor to the American Red Cross. To leave a message of remembrance or for directions please visit www.BCBailey.com
Published in The Record-Journal on Jan. 9, 2013