Woodbridge - Edward J. Grandjean, 86, of Woodbridge, devoted husband of 62 years of Carol (Ruggiero) Grandjean, passed away on Nov. 4, 2012.
Ed was born in New Haven, on Feb. 20, 1926, to Clifford J. and Elsie (Morgen) Grandjean. After graduating from the New York Military Academy, Ed saw combat during World War II with the U.S. Army
, Headquarters Company, Third Tank Battalion, where, while engaged in reconnaissance operations in Germany in 1945, he was captured behind enemy lines and held as a prisoner of war until liberated at the conclusion of the war in Europe.
After returning to civilian life, Ed married the love of his life, graduated from New Haven College (now the University of New Haven), and followed his grandfather and father before him in the brewing industry, spending 34 years with the Hull Brewing Co., in various positions, including bottling superintendent, assistant brewmaster, and vice president. After the Brewery ceased operating in the late 1970s, Ed joined SNET where he worked on marketing business phone systems until his retirement.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Dorene Grandjean of Waterford; and his daughter, Patricia Grandjean of New Haven; his grandchildren, Katherine Grandjean and her husband, Zachary Gragen, of Ashland, Mass., Morgen Grandjean and her fiancÃ©, John Gaetano, of Old Lyme, and Benjamin Grandjean and Alexandra Lynch of Manhattan; and his great-granddaughter, Laura Gragen.
He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothea Geiger.
Ed was never happier than when he was surrounded by his extended family and friends, regaling all within earshot with a heartfelt anecdote or elaborate joke. All whose lives he touched will miss his quick wit, his wonderful smile, and his willingness to tackle any problem confronting him (or them) with wisdom and expertise.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Hawley Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven, followed by a brief service. Burial will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108, or to any other preferred charity.
Online remembrances may be conveyed to the family at Legacy.com