Groton - Ward Tiffany Alling II, of Groton, formerly of Millstone Point, Waterford, beloved husband of Barbara (Jones) Alling, passed away Oct. 23, 2006, one day after their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Mr. Alling was born May 8, 1923, to Sidney B. and Blanche (Porter) Alling in Norwich.
He attended schools in New London, graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1941. He continued his education at Nichols College and the University of Hartford, majoring in business administration, as well as completing courses at Aetna and NYLIC agents' schools, the Connecticut School of Savings Banking, and the American Institute of Banking with honors.
In World War II, Mr. Alling was proud to have served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942-45 on small boat patrol off New London and was called by the U.S. Navy Reserve to serve aboard a mine sweeper during the Korean conflict from 1950-52.
He and Bobbie were married on Oct. 22, 1944, and moved to Waterford in 1954.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, James T. Alling of Cromwell, Carol A. Losacano of Niantic, and Ernest L. Alling of Mystic; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as his sister, Frances A. Lang of New London.
He was predeceased by a brother, Sidney and a sister, Laura Jane, in the 1930s, and by his daughter, Janet Louise Alling and his son, Ward T. Alling III, in the 1950s. He was also predeceased by an uncle, Ward T. Alling, after whom he was named, and his stepmother, Pamela M. Alling, who joined the family a few years after the 1932 death of his mother.
Mr. Alling started his working career as a teenager in his father's store, The Alling Rubber Co., on State St., in New London.
From 1949 to 1973, he served in many departments of the Savings Bank of New London, known as the New England Savings Bank, and was promoted to assistant manager of its first branch in the New London Shopping Center and later to manager of the Waterford branch, until he was invited to become the executive vice-president and CEO of the Moodus Savings Bank in East Haddam. Retiring in 1983, he left the bank in good condition with the firm's assets increased by 50 percent and income increased by 100 percent. He was the architect and supervisor of the construction of a new branch building for the Moodus Bank in East Haddam. While there, he served on the board of trustees of the Hale Ray High School for nine years.
Active in the community, Mr. Alling served in the past as treasurer of various organizations, including the American Red Cross and Jordan Firehouse where he was a volunteer fireman. In Waterford, he was a member of the conservation commission and liaison to the flood and erosion commission, a member of the finance board, the zoning board of appeals, charter revision commission, and the harbor management commission, serving also on a cove dredging ad-hoc committee.
As a member of the local advisory board of the Salvation Army, he served as its chairman for two years. He was member of DeMolay, and was a Boy Scout committeeman and counselor. He was a member and past president of the American Institute of Banking, SE CT chapter in 1959-60. In Florida and Connecticut, he and his wife volunteered for the AARP tax counseling for elderly programs.
Mr. Alling made the First Baptist Church on State St., New London, one of the focal points of his life, serving as trustee, deacon for over 35 years, auditor, Sunday School teacher, assistant superintendent, youth advisor, and was on the budget and counting committees. He was the past president of the Men's Club and, with his wife, was a delegate to the SUNL Assoc. of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut.
His deepest love he showered on his wife and family. He was an honorable man, a real gentleman, and a gentle man who found beauty in his world, the land, the sea, and the sky, painting these scenes or writing poetry about them or about people and life experiences in general.
He enjoyed helping others to smile by using a play on words; changing what was said to give a humorous meaning and leave them laughing.
An ardent sailor, he spent many happy times cruising in his sailboats, the last three named "Wings of the Morning". During winters, he constructed beautiful models of yachts as well as painting with oils.
Memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at the First Baptist Church, 268 State St., New London.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church for the restoration or maintenance of the church buildings.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is in charge of arrangements.