NORWALK, Conn. - Clifford Seth Ely, Jr. of Norwalk died Oct. 18. He was 89.
Ely was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Norwalk, son of Clifford and Helen MacKenzie Ely. He attended Norwalk High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served in the Central Pacific as a rated signalman. He later opened his own retail paint and wallpaper store in Westport and retired in 1987 as the manager of The Paint Bucket. In retirement he moved to Denton, then Easton, Md.,where he was the founder of the “Bay Country Chorus” barbershop chorus. He had been an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Norwalk and a Past-Grand of Our Brother’s Lodge #10, I.O.O.F. of Norwalk.
Ely is survived by his wife, Trinette Haase Ely; daughter, Sharon Ely Pearson (John) of Norwalk; son, Captain David Clark Ely, U.S. Coast Guard retired (Caroline) of Berkeley, Calif.; three grandchildren; sister Barbara Alley of Storrs; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Leonard.
Calling hours are from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road in Wilton. A celebration of his life will be held at the church at 7 p.m., officiated by the Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely and the Rev. Mary Grace Williams. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ely’s name may be made to: Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.
For more information, please visit: www.collins-funeral.com