Gary Thomas Little

Stonington - Gary Thomas Little, 78, of Stonington, loving, devoted husband of Colleen (Dingivan) Little, died Friday, March 21, 2014, after a brief illness in the care and company of his loved ones.

He was born in New London, Saturday, April 6, 1935, the son of John E. and Genieve T. (Poplaski) Little. A lifelong resident of this area, Gary was raised in Quaker Hill, graduating with the class of 1952 from Chapman Technical High School. He soon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four years and was honorably discharged in 1959 at the rank of airman first class.

Returning home, he began his working career with Pfizer Inc. in Groton, in the Research and Development Department, retiring 37 years later in 1997. He also worked for several years for the Groton Senior Center in transportation services. He currently served as vice president of the Connecticut Marine Model Society, a division of the IPMS, Connecticut Chapter.

A gifted and talented artist and craftsman in many mediums, Gary was most proud of his model shipbuilding and woodcarving skills. He will be remembered for his gentle, kind, and compassionate nature by those fortunate to knew him and called him their friend.

In addition to his wife, Colleen, he is survived by his four children and their families, two daughters, Melissa Little of Bartlett, N.H., Kristen Little of Groton; two sons, Scott Little of Salem and Gary Little; and also two grandchildren, Emily and Frank. Two brothers, John E. Little Jr. of Seneca, S.C., and Thomas A. Little of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and a sister, Jean Little of New London, also survive him.

A gathering in celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at his home, 9 Circle Drive, Stonington. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There will be no calling hours, and burial will be private.

To leave a note of condolence, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.

Funeral Home

Dinoto Funeral Home
17 Pearl St. Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-2685

Published in The Day on Mar. 25, 2014