Carl Gustav Ek
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EK, CARL GUSTAF Carl Gustaf Ek, a resident of East Haven, died unexpectedly at home on April 19, 2013. Born on March 25, 1952, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Gladys Strandberg Ek. He graduated with Honors from East Haven High School in 1970. A member of the Yale University, class of 1974, he was a Yale Club of New Haven Scholar and the State of Connecticut Scholar. Carl's involvement in the Order of DeMolay is renowned throughout Connecticut and Internationally. He was a Past State Master Councilor of Connecticut DeMolay and an active member of DeMolay's International Supreme Council. A devoted member of the Masonic Fraternity, Carl was a Past Master of several Masonic Lodges in Connecticut, a Past District Deputy of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut, a member of the Scottish and York Rite Bodies of Masonry and the Hejaz Grotto. Carl was a freelance writer, editor, photographer and advertising consultant. He was a member and Past President of the Yale Club of New Haven, Association of Yale Alumni Representative at Yale University and a member and Past president of the New Haven Rotary Club, which honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow. Carl was a Softball and Volleyball Umpire, who officiated at games at all levels. One of Carl's greatest joys came as he portrayed Santa Claus each year at holiday events. He brought wonderful smiles to the faces of many children. Carl was a good friend and will be greatly missed. He is survived by two cousins; Mrs. Karen Baker and Mrs. Sandy Hamlin. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Carl's life will be hosted by his friends on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. at the Hartog Activities Center - Masonicare at Ashlar Village, in Wallingford. Donations in Carl's memory can be made to The Connecticut DeMolay Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8832, New Haven, CT 06532. Arrangements with BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. For more information, directions or to send a condolence, visit:

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Published in The New Haven Register from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2013.
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July 26, 2013
Rest in Peace Carl. You brightened my day as well as many others every time I saw you. You are my true Santa Clause and I'll always be your little elf. You are in my thoughts and prayers with love.
Lauren Tatta
May 12, 2013
To the relatives of Mr.Ek...Carl touched many lives,and was a true person of honor.Loved by all.Me&my Fiancee Renee(and family)attended Carl's Masonic remembrance ceremony...What a glorious service!!!You touched Renee's life so deeply Carl,GOD bless you...You are at God's side.
James Cox
April 29, 2013
Carl will always be remembered by those who met him as a person who unselfishly gave to others while looking for nothing in return. He will be truly missed.
John Karavas
April 29, 2013
Carl was a friend and will be missed. Pat & Vin Kalinauskas
April 28, 2013
Carl was one of the nicest people I have ever known....he photographed my wedding, was Santa Claus to my daughter when she was young, took me to see Yale Basketball games, and would always be happy to see and talk to me when I would run into him at East Haven Stop & Shop. He will be missed.
Debora Burns
April 28, 2013
A great and dedicated Brother has been called to greater glory. He will always be remembered for his loyalty and service to our fraternity and the public. He will be missed.
Jim Aiken & Family
April 28, 2013
To be a friend tried and true is just a piece of DeMolay ritual and that of my friend Carl Eks life. We who have had the privilege of being his friend will miss him. Rest in Peace my friend.
John Birdsall
April 28, 2013
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your cousin. Though you may be low in spirit now, may the fond memories of Carl, coupled with God's love, bring you comfort. (Isaiah 57:15)
April 28, 2013
I Will never forget Carl, He was one of the many Masons that made me feel at home at the lodge
Bob Gordon
April 27, 2013
Carl was a good guy and student in the 1970 graduating class of East Haven High, he will be missed.
April 27, 2013
So sorry to hear about Carl's passing. I haven't seen him in years, but remember him fondly, seeing him whenever our friend Paul would be playing in the area. Carl would be singing along, having a great time with all of us! SUCH a nice guy. He will be missed.
Keith Tryon
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