New London - Theodore "Teddy" Irwin was born in New London Sept. 13, 1927, to Morris and Esther Irwin (Itzkowitz). Ted was known for his sense of humor, always having a joke or a clever response to almost any circumstance. He loved to tell stories of his childhood, growing up in New London during the Hurricane of '38 and living at "Old Ocean Beach".
He graduated Bulkeley School, in 1945. Ted was a proud Bulkeley Boy, never missing a reunion or a chance to meet up with his high school friends. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950, being a proud member of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. He served a year in the Army, fittingly being assigned to the canine training unit at Fort Bragg. Upon his graduation, he worked in the family business, the Hudson Shop in downtown New London. In 1965, the store was sold to New London's Redevelopment, Committee, allowing him to go back to school to become a stockbroker at Goodbody and Company, Goodbody and then Merrill Lynch, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.
Teddy married the love of his life, Sylvia Ruth Ragovin, on July 31, 1955. Together they raised two children. He retired early to travel and spend time with his grandchildren. He and Sylvia embarked on trips around Europe and Israel. He also enjoyed traveling with his sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Bill, throughout the United States. He was a devoted husband who did everything he could to make Sylvia's life with Parkinson's Disease the best it could have been.
Sports has always played a big part in Ted's life, from the time he played basketball for the Bulkeley Tigers, to cheering for the New London Whalers and UConn Basketball. Right up until his death he continued to watch the Yankees, the Giants and to his family's disapproval, the Patriots. He was a member of Beth El Synagogue and a longtime member of the New London Lions Club, where he served as President.
Ted was predeceased by his parents, Esther and Morris; his wife, Sylvia in 2004; brother Dr. Charles Irwin; sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Bill Berman; and his grand dogs, Einstein and Maggie. He is survived by his son Craig Irwin, his wife Faith and their children, Marissa (Zack Lerner) and Billy; his daughter Jamie Irwin Stavropoulos, her husband John and their children, Elisha and Lauren.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bride Brook Health and Rehab and his devoted caregivers, Lois, Judy and Doreen who became part of the family.
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Beth El Community Cemetery of Eastern Connecticut, Groton. Facemasks will be required. Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London is assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Leonard H. Bulkeley Scholarship Fund www.bulkeleyscholar.org
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Published by The Day on Sep. 14, 2021.