Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


Carolyn J. True

October 13, 1941July 12, 2020

Carolyn Jane Sloan True, age 78, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut went to eternal rest peacefully on July 12, 2020 at the Guilford House in Guilford, Connecticut after a long illness with family by her side.

Carolyn was born on October 13, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island to the late Gerald and Edna Sloan, residing in Cranston, Rhode Island. Carolyn graduated from Cranston East High School. She enjoyed spending time with her cousins Jim and Bob Dunn as the Sloan and Dunn families were close growing up. Summer trips to Cape Cod and trips to Jamestown, Rhode Island were special for each family. Carolyn also enjoyed going to dance classes with her sister Marcia as they were growing up. Her brother Gerald was greatly admired and loved by her four sons.

On June 12, 1965, Carolyn married her husband William T True, and were married for 55 years. They moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island before buying their first home in Cranston. They moved to Old Saybrook, Connecticut in 1970 and continue to be residents of the community today. Carolyn became the proud mom of four boys who she loved very much. Carolyn developed many cherished life long friends during her time in Old Saybrook.

Carolyn had many favorite things to do throughout her time in Old Saybrook. On any given summer day, you could find Carolyn and her four boys at the Town Beach in Old Saybrook as she described it as the perfect place to bring the boys to during the summer. It can easily be said that the True family all lived and worked for many summers at the Old Saybrook Town Beach. Carolyn enjoyed time on the beach with friends and family, and she was often one of the last people to leave the beach for the day. She loved the smell of the salt air.

Carolyn worked at the Children’s Corner and My Second Home as a preschool teacher. Many of the children who she worked with called her Miss Carol, and she was often lovingly referred to by this name throughout the Old Saybrook community by parents and kids alike during and after their time in preschool. Carolyn enjoyed time attending Jazzercise classes. She had a love of antiques and would enjoy antiquing. She loved her Volkswagon car Fritz, and she had a love for completing and sharing arts and crafts projects. She enjoyed making cookies and brownies during the holidays and for special occasions.

Carolyn is survived by and will be dearly missed by her husband William, her sister Marcia and brother in law David Maneck of Scottsdale, Arizona, her son Bill and his wife Jennifer with grandchildren Sarah, Will, and Megan of South Berwick, Maine, her son Jeff and his wife Paige with grandchildren Sloan and Kelsey of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, her son Scott and his wife Jennifer with grandchildren Matthew and Courtney of Coventry, Rhode Island, and her son Shawn and his wife Donna with grandchildren Zachary and Mackenzie of Westbrook, Connecticut. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Carolyn was predeceased by her parents Gerald and Edna Sloan, her sister Beverly, and her brother Gerald, Jr of Cranston, Rhode Island.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Guilford House for their care and support of Carolyn. We also would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Smilow Cancer Care Center. We appreciate all that you did for her while in your care.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Smilow Cancer Care Center, or to Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Swan Funeral Home of Old Saybrook, CT, where condolences can be expressed at https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/ connecticut/old-saybrook/swan-funeral-home/fh-4191?page=9. Services will be private.


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Carolyn J. True

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bill krenn

July 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I know what a hole this leaves in your family's lives. I wanted to share with you after reading her story. My wife has shared a very similar career path to Carolyn. She spent her years as a teacher, many of them as a pre-school teacher. She loved doing crafts, music, and helping form the children in preparation for their elementary school years. It was such a joy to her to watch the children develop and then watch them grow through the years. We also raised four children, although two of ours were girls.
Thank you for sharing her life story. I only wish I could have met her and experience the joy of your relationship.

Cal Caldarella

July 24, 2020

Extending my sincere sympathy to
William and the True family on the
passing of Carolyn.

Lisa Rhodes

July 22, 2020

Dear Bill and the entire True family, I was sad to read about Carol’s passing in today’s paper. She was always a spark of laughter and light and adored by Julie and the entire Rhodes and Purvis families. The kids at My Second Home all loved Miss Carol. The town and the beach will not be the same without her. I am very sorry for your loss and send you hugs. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.
Lisa Rhodes

Kathy and Gary St Germain

July 22, 2020

Our sincere sympathy to the True family on their loss. Our neighbor “Miss Carol” was a lovely lady and special friend to our two youngest children.

Susan Burns

July 19, 2020

I give my sincere sympathy to the True family. I did not know Carol, but her family spoke of her often. God bless all of you through this very difficult time in your lives.

Mickie Spadacenta

July 17, 2020

I was one of Carolyn's nurses at The Guilford House. She always will have a special place in my heart . She will be forever missed by me ❤

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