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John George Ellis, 95, of Old Saybrook, passed away at his home on July 1. John was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Oct. 2, 1924, to the late John and Emma Ellis.
When he was five years old, John and his two older sisters Evelyn and Jean, moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts with their parents. John was interested and active in most sports, especially hockey. After school, he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII, serving on a destroyer escort ship in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. After the war ended, John attended the University of Massachusetts and earned a master’s degree in microbiology.
Aside from being involved with his classes, John played for the university’s hockey team, but perhaps more importantly, he met future wife Elizabeth Burr. The two were married in 1951, and were together ever since. John and Elizabeth moved to Chicago for work, and during their time there, welcomed their children Beverly and Bruce. In 1955, John and his family moved to upstate New York, and John started work at Sterling Winthrop. In 1967, the family moved to Old Saybrook. John found work with Chesbrough-Pond’s Inc. in Clinton as a supervisor in the quality control department. He stayed with the company until his retirement.
John was interested in boating and fishing. He owned a powerboat, and spent many hours cruising on Long Island Sound. He taught courses for the Power Squadron in Old Saybrook. John will be remembered for his sense of humor, and as an avid watcher of televised sports, especially baseball, football, and hockey (Boston teams in particular).
Besides his wife Elizabeth he leaves his son Bruce Ellis, and his daughter Beverly Loukas. He will be greatly missed by his two grandchildren, Jason and Shane Loukas.
A graveside service was held on July 7 in the Riverside Cemetery, Sheffield Street, in Old Saybrook. To share a memory of John or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home in Centerbrook.
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