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Clarence E. (Tom) Sawyer, Jr.

November 11, 1946 — March 14, 2023

Cheshire

Clarence E. (Tom) Sawyer, Jr.

 

CHESHIRE - Clarence E. (Tom) Sawyer, Jr., 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was the husband of Pamela M. Sawyer.

Tom was born on November 11, 1946 in New Haven, CT, son of the late Clarence E. Sawyer, Sr., and the late Lorraine (Thomas) Sawyer.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, Tom leaves behind his daughters, Tiffany Pelham Webb (Tristan) and Colleen Sawyer, both of Denver, Colorado. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Wyatt and Lila Pelham Webb, who loved him very dearly. Tom is also survived by his sister Dale Eisele (Juergen).

Tom received his BA degree from St. Michael’s College (Vermont), where he made lifelong friends, and his JD degree from Quinnipiac Law School. Following his undergraduate degree, he served in the U.S. Army (1st Air Cavalry) in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star for heroic achievement and service. Upon his return, he was employed by the Armstrong Rubber Company in West Haven as a tire engineer. Tom went on to pursue a 30-year career as an attorney, successfully opening a private practice. His gregarious nature in court will be fondly remembered by all. In the words of a Superior Court judge: “When Tom Sawyer talks, everybody listens.”

An avid golfer, Tom greatly enjoyed golf trips with his close friends. He was a lifelong coin collector and passionate Red Sox fan, always rooting against the Yankees! He has extensively traveled the world with his family. A notable trip was his return to Vietnam in 2019 with his wife and daughter, 50 years after his service there.

Tom was the greatest husband, father, and grandfather. He was tremendously loved by his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren in Colorado. Tom was known for his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone and find common ground. He had a quick wit and great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Arrangements: A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Tom’s life will be held Monday, March 20, 2023 at 11:00 A.M., at St. Bridget of Sweden Parish/St. Bridget Church, 175 Main Street, Cheshire. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Southington. Friends may call at The Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main St., Cheshire on Monday from 9:00-10:30 A.M. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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Visitation

Monday, March 20, 2023

9:00 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Alderson-Ford Funeral Homes - Cheshire

615 S. Main Street (Rt. 10), Chesire, CT 06410

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Funeral Service

Monday, March 20, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Bridget of Sweden Parish -St. Bridget Church

175 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

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Burial

Monday, March 20, 2023

Immaculate Conception Cemetery

175 South End Road, Southington, CT 06489

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