This time in 2003, I had a short segment on retired Bristol Eastern teacher John Whitcomb and Iām sharing it again 15 years later:
Lorraine Duquette passed some kinds words this way about John Whitcomb, retired head of the Social Studies Department at Bristol Eastern who died on Feb. 1. He was as likable as they came and Lorraine recalled how her kids, Laurie and Ron, had him as a teacher and how she got to see and know him in recent years as a fellow member of the Stroke Club.
āHe smiled a lot and was special to the club,ā she said.
Former Har-Bur Middle School math teacher Jim Masters, a 1963 Bristol Eastern graduate and now a substitute at Bristol Eastern, said, āItās because of John Whitcomb that I wanted to be a teacher.ā
I didnāt have Mr. Whitcomb as a teacher, but saw his friendliness and enjoyed his kind comments about me on several occasions. He was a special man!
I received an email from a lady who met John Wartonick at Amberwoods in Farmington while she was on business. She informed me that she read a piece I had on him in this column and he was pleased to have been remembered. She told him that sheād send me an email to say he was doing well. This brought a warm smile to his face. So, once again, take the time to send him a note or give him a visit. I believe in doing one good deed a day, itās very rewarding.
I received an email from Tom Muccino from San Diego. He was a classmate and friend of the late Carl Moller, a state trooper canine handler who was killed in 1976 by a drunken driver while aiding a motorist on I-84 in West Hartford while off duty. He writes, in part:
āOne of the things I keep in my copy of the āLanceā (the senior class yearbook for Bristol Eastern in 1962) is a picture from the Washington Post (where I was living at the time), dated 18 Feb. 1976. It was taken at Carlās funeral at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and shows Connecticut State Trooper Warren Seeley with his comforting hand on the shoulder of Carlās 9-year-old daughter Anna J. Moller.ā
Tom is also helping me track down Carlās daughter. I would like at some time for classmates of his or friends around town who knew him to write a few words on him, to be sent to me and to be forwarded to her. Still looking for her, though...getting close.
I also had a call awhile back from Bob Barnett who said his sons helped Carlās mother out with things after she became ill. Some of us remember her, Mrs. Josephine Moller, as a teacher at Stafford School before transferring to Bristol Eastern when it first opened up. She took Carlās death hard, as one would expect, and people like the Barnett boys did many good deeds for this woman.
To John Torvinen.
When Kathy Archibald joined the Bristol Tramps Committee - about two years ago, I believe - she hit the floor running and hasnāt stopped yet. Sheās taken on some tough assignments and is more than earning her pay, that as a standout volunteer.
Many of us knew John McCusker, former car dealership manager in Bristol. He was a WWII serviceman and while overseas in 1944, his father, James, a New Departure employee, was the cityās general manager of the United War and Community Fund campaign.
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