John R. Price
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John Richard Price, a month shy of his 95th birthday, quietly passed away in his Old Saybrook home, comforted by his wife Barbara Aubin. Raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma by Harry Bozarth and Elizabeth Cohenour, a half blood Cherokee, John graduated from Muskogee High School and headed off to WWII as a US Navy PB4Y-2 bombardier in the Pacific. Thereafter, the G.I. Bill opened the path to Oklahoma State A&M where he became president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After brief stints at J.C. Penney and as a Fuller Brush man, John joined The Travelers Insurance Company in Oklahoma City in 1951 and worked his way to the home office in Hartford through Washington D.C. and Denver. The "red umbrella" was his adopted family. John loved the wind on the water, sailing his Balboa and eventually the beautiful Sabre Barbara gave him as a wedding gift. The man could sail a boat, whether in the Caribbean or off the coast of New England, especially with Barbara at his side. After learning all facets of construction as Director of east coast properties for the Travelers, John used his acquired skills and attention to detail to construct their home in Old Saybrook, fashioning a beautiful view of the mouth of the Connecticut River. Not one to sit about, John, a hell of a dresser himself, brought his eye for clothes to the Brooks Brothers in Clinton where customers, for 15 years, specifically asked for John to pick out the perfect ensemble: suit, shirt and tie. John continued there until the eve of his 90th year. John leaves his wife Barbara Aubin, his son Chris Price, his son Larry Price and wife Candy, grandchildren Matt and Julie Price. John was predeceased by his sister Ruth and her husband Norbert Gillam. As John knew, all should have a compass to find their way.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Oct. 24, 2020.
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October 25, 2020
I will always consider John as part of my sailing family. I enjoyed meeting up with John and Barbara at an anchorage and crewing for them to return Talaria to Deep River for the winter. John you will be missed.
howard korsu
October 25, 2020
I began working with John in the late 1970s, when I first started my employment at The Travelers. What I remember about him most was his good nature, his friendly smile, and his sense of humor. He was a pleasure to work with. Later, after his retirement from Travelers, I recall an enjoyable visit with him and Barbara at their fine home in Old Saybrook. I offer my condolence to Barbara and to all of John's family and friends.
Dave Cyr
October 25, 2020
So sorry for your loss. John was a true ‘gentle’ man. ‘ He now belongs to the heavens and the stars spell out his name’ . He will be missed by many. Hugs
Andre Archambault
October 24, 2020
John was a true gentleman and respected by many. My Mother, Connie, worked for him during his tenure in The Hartford Field Office of Travelers. I worked with John when he moved to Travelers Home Office for several years. John gave me opportunities to grow in my career and I considered him a friend. Occasionally I would see him at Brooks Brothers -- always the most neat and fashionable dresser, even in retirement. My sympathy to Chris, Larry and Barbara on your loss.
Susan D'Amato Marino
October 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 21, 2020
Please accept my condolences . I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the word of God comfort and strengthen you. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
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