2009-02-19 / Obituaries

Alan E. Dyer, 89

Alan E. Dyer, 89, of Middletown, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at Newport Hospital.

He was born on April 29, 1919, in New Britain, Conn., the son of the late Raymond F. and Elizabeth (Slaney) Dyer.

His former wife, Bernadette (Gerdis) Dyer predeceased him in 1994.

Alan lived most of his life in Berlin and Kensington, Conn., but resided more recently in Illinois and moved four years ago to Rhode Island.

A 1937 graduate of Berlin High School, he attended the University of Kentucky, where he studied mechanical engineering. Alan was a kind and gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Alan served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific theater as a catapult specialist about the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. He was very proud of his service to his country. Prior to his naval service, he worked for Stanley Works as an assistant foreman and Pratt & Whitney as an aviation mechanic. Upon his return from the Navy, Alan worked for many years at Berlin Auto Sales as the service manager and as an automobile salesman at various auto dealers until his retirement. He then pursued a new career teaching automotive mechanics at Plainville High School, Porter's Automotive School of Technology and Technical Careers Institute.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Linda Dyer of Glastonbury, Conn.; his daughter, Jacqueline Hodgson of Jamestown; a brother, Richard Dyer of Warwick; two sisters, Elizabeth Brewster of Naples, Fla., and Nancy Bacon and her husband Robert of Amherst, N.H.; five grandchildren, Christine Dyer of Brighton, Mass., Heather Dyer of Glastonbury, Conn., Robert Hodgson and his wife Maria of Avon, Conn., Ann Charpentier and her husband Mark of Hailey, Id, and Alison Hodgson of Aspen, Col.; and four great-grandchildren, Robert and Alex Hodgson, Jake and Madeline Charpentier; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 13 and burial with military honors was in Maple Cemetery, Berlin, Conn.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in Newport. Notes of memory or sympathy may be left at www.carlsonfuneralhome.com.

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