Charles E. Aldrich Jr.

July 9, 1928June 25, 2010

Charles E. Aldrich, Jr., of Niantic, died on June 25, 2010 at his home.

He was born on July 9, 1928, in East Haven, the son of Charles E. and Ruth Page Aldrich.

Mr. Aldrich attended the University of Connecticut and was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a Lieutenant with the Army National Guard. He retired as Director of Advanced Systems Technology, at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division after a 40 year career. As Director, he oversaw a number of major areas, including Proposal Development, Integrated Electric Weapons Systems and the Newport Engineering Office. Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Engineer in Systems Technology, overseeing design efforts involving a variety of electrical, navigational and communication systems, including the Tomahawk Vertical Launch System. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a former Commander of the National Guard Battery D that was stationed at Camp Niantic in the 1950‘s. He also enjoyed his membership in the Prop Busters Model Airplane Club.

He is survived by his wife Judith Hillyer Aldrich; his daughter Jane Aldrich Williams and her husband Dr. Richard Williams of Woodland Hills, CA; his son Jeffery Aldrich and his wife Patricia Aldrich of Salem, and their children Megan and Ian Aldrich.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday June 30th at 2pm in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 400 Main St., Niantic. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. John’s Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 810, Niantic, CT 06357.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Charles E. Aldrich Jr.

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February 6, 2011

Judy and family I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember how caring you were when my mother, Carol Frost Toole died. You were our neighbor on West Main St. Charlie will always be remembered for his goodness. Sincerely, Sheila Toole Zimmer, Stockton Springs, Maine

Lynne Youdin

January 26, 2011

I met Mr. Aldrich many years ago when I was very young. I can't say that I knew him well but I always respected him. He had that way about him that just commanded that. My empathy for his family who I know loved him dearly.

Michael Hale

July 20, 2010

Sorry to hear about your loss, Marty. We will remember you and yours in our prayers as you celebrate Mr. Aldrich's life.

Judy & Ken Teel

July 1, 2010

Judy, Jane, Jeff & family We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you at this time.
Judy & Ken

Len Buffinton

June 30, 2010

Jeff and family, I'm truly sorry for your loss, Charlie was a fellow modeler and great role model to me as I grew up.

Len Buffinton

Melissa Calkins

June 30, 2010

Dear Aldrich heartfelt sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Hold your precious memories close to your heart, for they will give you strength over the coming days and months....


Fred Meyer

June 29, 2010

Dear Aldrich Family, WE have really never met, but I met Charlie as a member of the Propbusters in 1942 and have had contact with him over many years. I considered him a good friend and I offer my deepest sympathy to the family.

Martin & Gisela Hillyer

June 29, 2010

Dear Judy, we send our love, thoughts and prayers on to you, Jane and Jeff at this time of loss and sadness. Words always fail in these moments of grief, but we remember the times we had with you and Charlie as being so much fun. He was truly someone to look up to and a true patriot during his life. It was an honor to have known him.

God bless you all during this time,

Cheryl Stergio

June 28, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Pat Rowe

June 28, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.