OBITUARY

Edward William Hume

September 3, 1923January 8, 2018

Edward William Hume, son of Harry Hume and Hazel Dowsett Hume, passed away January 8, 2018, age 94, at Bayview Health Care Center in Waterford. Ed was a native son and lifelong resident of New London, but traveled far and wide over the course of his life.

As a young teenager in the midst of the Great Depression, Ed left high school to enroll in the Civilian Conservation Corps program, and was assigned to a CCC camp in Colorado where he eagerly learned mechanical and building skills while working on various construction projects. When he returned to New London, Ed was happy to land a job at Electric Boat as a welder. Not long after that, when the United States entered WWII, Ed enlisted in the Navy, beginning as a Seaman 1st class and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington. He was on The Blue Ghost from its maiden shakedown voyage to the Caribbean through its triumphant entry into Tokyo Bay for Japan’s surrender ceremony. Along the way they were involved in almost every major conflict in the Pacific theater. As a second class shipfitter, Ed prided himself on knowing just about every square inch of the ship, and did whatever it took to keep the ship running and the planes flying, often under the most dire and formidable conditions. During his on-board tour he earned 6 medals and 13 battle stars, including the Presidential Citation for heroism in action against enemy forces.

Upon returning from the war he mustered his strengths into beginning a new life. While he worked at many jobs, Ed found himself drawn to the field of firefighting, and starting as a volunteer, embarked upon a career in the New London Fire Department. Ed strived to master all aspects of the profession, and advanced to the rank of Lieutenant before his retirement. Ed also helped serve the city through his membership in the New London Elks, and was proud of the programs and fund-raisers he worked for. He was elected Elk of the Year in 1970, and remained an honorary member until his death.

Above all, Ed was dedicated to his family, always there for his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, in good times and bad. He was well known for his wonderful sense of humor, and had countless stories and jokes ready to share on any occasion. He will be deeply missed and always remembered with love and gratitude by his family. His many friends will remember the loyalty and devotion of the “Silver Fox”, as he was unfailingly ready to offer his support, advice and encouragement when it was most needed.

He is survived by his sisters Shirley Hume Verhoeven and Carol Hume Knowles. Ed is predeceased by his siblings, Harry Hume, Jr., Betty Hume Fisher, Muriel Hume Michel, Donald Hume, Barbara Hume Bentley, Joan Hume, and Dorothy Hume Andrews.

There are no calling hours or services, per Ed’s wishes. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Fulton Theroux Funeral Home.

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Bruce Bentley

January 21, 2018

Uncle Ed will always be one of my heroes. I was always amazed at his military heroism when I was a child. I only knew about his heroics through my grandmother. Uncle Ed was humble and would never speak about the war.

He always found time to do something special for his nieces and nephews. He took me out in his boat to New London Ledge Lighthouse on my very first fishing trip when I was only 5 or 6 years old.

He took me and several of my Cousins to the firehouse on Bank Street. He showed us the fire trucks and we went down the fire pole. He really understood what to do to make great family bonds.

He had so many interesting friends. They were like part of the family when I was growing up. Through his network of friends he helped my dad get into the Carpenters Union.

A big thanks to his wonderful , caring neighbors who helped him and were always there for him as he grew older.

A big thanks to my Aunt Shirl who helped him and was there for him when he really needed her help.

January 15, 2018

Thanks Ed for the part you served that saved us.

January 15, 2018

Eddie was a great guy and always fun to be around. My family and I loved spending time with him during his visits to Colorado. I am sure God will welcome him to Heaven.

Lu & Margaret Fiandaco

January 15, 2018

Eddie was a wonderful man and good friend of our family. I am sure God and His Angels will welcome him to Heaven. We have great memories of his visits with our family in Colorado Springs.

Lou&Margaret Fiandaco

January 15, 2018

Rest in Peace from the son of te late John M O'Connor

January 10, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

FROM THE FAMILY