1923 – 2019
Woodstock – Ralph T. Carlson, 95, died Tuesday September 10, 2019 at Day Kimball Hospital. He was the loving husband of Jean L. (Fowler) Carlson. Born in Portland, ME, he was the son of the late Joseph O. and Ethel M. (Schools) Carlson. Mr. Carlson was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Ralph was a veteran of World War II serving with the United States Navy. While Ralph was serving in the Navy in Oklahoma, he sent Jean a telegram asking her to join him in marriage. Jean traveled by train to Oklahoma and the next day they were united in marriage. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on February 19, 1946.
Mr. Carlson worked for nearly 40 years as an Electrical Engineer for Connecticut Light and Power. He extended his credentials by earning the distinction of Licensed Professional Engineer.
He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rite, and Church of the Good Shepard in West Woodstock. He enjoyed playing his trombone with the Shriner’s Band, East Woodstock Cornet Band, University of Connecticut Marching Band, Junior Symphony Band of New Haven, and The Blue Notes, a jazz dance band in Southington. While most active with the Masons, Ralph served as Master of the Friendship Lodge #33, and as a District Deputy. In his youth, Ralph also earned the honor of Eagle Scout with a palm and worked with Scouts in New Haven, CT.
For the past 34 years, Ralph enjoyed sitting on his deck overlooking Chamberlain Lake, watching the birds, and enjoying nature. But, above all he cherished the quality time that he spent with his family.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jean L. (Fowler) Carlson; two daughters, Bonnie Stone and her husband Thomas of Old Saybrook, CT and Susan Rosenblatt and her husband Steven of Prospect, CT; and a granddaughter, Kimberly Giddens and her husband Benjamin.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.