Oscar Carricot Legaspi

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Ledyard - Oscar Carricot Legaspi was born on Nov. 5, 1936, and was called back into service in the kingdom of heaven on Aug. 6, 2014.

He was born in Naga City, in the heart of the Bicol region on the island of Luzon, Philippines, son of Miguel Sr. and Josefina (Carricot) Legaspi.

Oscar was predeceased by three brothers Jerry, Antonio, and Miguel Jr.

He is survived by a brother, Edgardo and four sisters, Evangelina, Luzviminda, Victoria, and Alma.

Oscar joined the U.S. Navy in 1958, and retired in 1980, at the rank of petty officer first class. He attended Johnson & Wales University and graduated cum laude with an associate's degree in culinary arts, then attained a bachelor's degree in hotel management. He also became an instructor of Culinary Arts in International Cooking at his alma mater in 1981 and enjoyed teaching while working on his master's degree until his retirement in 1993.

On Sept. 23, 1969, Oscar finally convinced Gloria Gawaran Ignacio to marry him. They only had five children, Melody Ann and her husband, Thomas E. Seils II, Lynn Mabel and her husband, William M. Perkins Jr., Colbert Grayson and his wife, Cinda Murphy, Marshall Arnold, and Darlene Mae and her husband, Samuel E. Whaley III. Oscar then became the proud grandfather of William Oscar, Gloria Maganda, Maia Rain, Mara Jade, Michael Paul, Grayson Briggs; step grandfather to Stephanie Lynn and step great-grandfather to Dustin Christopher and Donovan Samuel.

Oscar is best remembered for his love of food and spending time with his family.

Oscar was a member and Past Master of Union Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M., a multiple Past Master and High Priest of Union Chapter No. 7 RAM, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Cushing Council No. 4 R&SM, and Past Commander of Palestine Commandery No. 6. He was also a member of the New London County Knights of Rizal. He was an active member of Fidelity Chapter #54 OES, where he was a multiple Past Patron and served various other stations within the chapter. He was also on the advisory board of Union Chapter Order of DeMolay and New London Assembly #18 IORG when they met in New London.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton, with memorial services presented by the New London County Knights of Rizal at 5:45 p.m., Fidelity Chapter #54 Order of the Eastern Star at 6:05 p.m. followed by Union Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M. at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 69 Groton Long Point Road, Groton. Private burial will be held at the Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the Connecticut Kidney Foundation, 1463 Highland Ave. Cheshire, CT 06410-1216.

Please visit www.Byles.com to sign the guest book or to share a memory.
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