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George Dwight Anthony Otty Stoughton, 91, died on June 1, 2011 at Caleb Hitchcock Health Centre in Bloomfield, CT (Duncaster) after a brief illness. Born in New York City on November 27, 1919, Judge Stoughton was the son of Dr. Dwight H. Stoughton and Aileen Dickson-Otty Stoughton and grew up in West Hartford, CT. He leaves behind his wife of close to 58 years, Mary Elizabeth Bard (McNulty); children Rebecca Attenborough and her husband Robert of Nova Scotia, Judith Stoughton and her husband John Clark of Manchester, and Paul Stoughton of Bloomfield; sister Judith Wawro of Bloomfield; grandchildren Elizabeth, Julia and George Stoughton, John and Jason Attenborough and Kim Carruthers; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Peter Van Cortlandt Stoughton and his brothers-in-law Dr. N. William Wawro and Dr. J. Kneeland McNulty.
He graduated from Rothesay Collegiate School Rothesay, New Brunswick (1938), Trinity College Hartford, CT (1942), and Dalhousie University Law School Halifax, Nova Scotia (1949). He served in World War II as a Captain in the U. S. Army, Coast Artillery Corps, in the European Theater. He also served in the Army Officers' Reserve Corps. Judge Stoughton started his legal career with Pelgrift, Dodd, Blumenfeld & Nair and served as Hartford Assistant State's Attorney from 1959-1969, Hartford Chief Assistant State's Attorney from 1969-1975 and Hartford State's Attorney from 1975-1979. He was appointed a Judge of the Superior Court in 1979 by the late Governor Grasso. He was elevated to the Appellate Court in 1987. He served as a State Referee from 1989 until his death. George served on the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford and was a Vestryman of St. James's and St. John's Episcopal Churches, both of West Hartford. He was a summer communicant of St. James Anglican Church in Hunt's Point, Nova Scotia. He was active in the West Hartford Youth Hockey Association from its inception. He was a member of the Hartford Bar Association committee that recommended creation of the Legal Aid Society and a member of the American Trial Lawyers' Association. He belonged to the Hartford Club and Limestone Trout Club, and was a lifetime member of the Mirimachi Salmon Association. In 2007 George was inducted as a member of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. He loved spending summers in the Maritimes and will be remembered for his kindness, dignity and gentle manner, his quiet wit, and his love of family, friends, and fishing.
The family will greet friends on Sunday, June 5th between 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in West Hartford. A funeral service will be held at St. John's on Monday, June 6th at 11:00 a.m. Committal will follow immediately at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford. A reception will be held in the Meeting Room at Duncaster on June 6th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rothesay Collegiate School (40 College Hill Rd., Rothesay, NB, E2E 5H1 Canada), St. John's Episcopal Church (679 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT 06119), Duncaster Residents' Association (40 Loeffler Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002-2262), or to a charity of the donor's choice. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 4, 2011
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