Foster Caddell

Born: Tue., Aug. 2, 1921
Died: Sun., Jun. 2, 2013


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 07, 2013
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 08, 2013
Location: Pachaug Cemetery

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Foster Caddell
Aug 2, 1921 – June 2, 2013

Voluntown– Foster Caddell, 91, of Voluntown, passed away at his home/studio, “Northlight”, on Sunday June 2, 2013.
He was born in Pawtucket, RI on August 2, 1921, the only child of the late Clara (Bamford) and Foster Bradley Caddell.  He is survived by his beloved mate, Gail (Merchant) Caddell. They were married February 14, 1993, at the home of close friends in Gate City, VA.  Foster was previously married to June Kaufmann who predeceased him in 1989.
Foster spent his entire life pursuing his passion for painting.  He started sketching and drawing while still in grade school and continued through high school.  After graduation, he became employed at the Providence Lithograph Company in RI.  During WWII, he was assigned as an artist and spent 18 months of his three-year service, within the United States Army Air Corps, sketching and painting throughout the Pacific.  After the war, Foster returned to work as a lithographer, but ultimately turned to free lance illustration, preferring to work for himself.  He continued to pursue “fine art” projects, nights and weekends.  Then living in Voluntown, CT, he was asked to teach by aspiring local artists familiar with his work.  Before long, he was the owner and CEO of the largest private art school in southern New England.  He retired in 2006.
          In 1974 the editor of American Artist suggested that he write an art instruction book.  He embarked on writing Keys to Successful Landscape Painting.  This book was followed by Keys to Successful Color and Keys to Painting Better Portraits.  In 1993, he wrote a revision of his first book, which was retitled Foster Caddell’s Keys to Successful Landscape Painting.  In addition to these accomplishments, Foster has gained great renown as a portrait artist.  He portrayed many famous people from around northeast Connecticut, including Senator Thomas J. Dodd and his son Christopher J. Dodd, senior Senator from Connecticut.
In addition to his wife Gail, Foster is survived by Gail’s daughter Cherie LeBlanc Fisher, husband Charles Fisher, and daughter Olivia of Stow, Dane LeBlanc, wife Kelly Plourde LeBlanc and infant son Joseph Raymond of Waterford, CT, and his most special friend of 60 years, Dr. Albert G. Gosselin of Lisbon, CT.
There will be calling hours from 5PM to 7PM on Friday at the Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City, CT.  Graveside services will take place 11:00AM at Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold, CT. In remembrance of Foster, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lyme Art Association at 90 Lyme Street Old Lyme, CT 06371. For online condolences you can visit

Charitable donations may be made in Foster's memory to the following organization:

Lyme Art Association
90 Lyme Street
Tel: Old Lyme, CT 06371

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Marilyn Attenello
   Posted Wed June 05, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss..a great loss to many. Foster obviously lived a long, full and gifted life...rather than reason to be sad, all the more reason to celebrate the life of such a wonderful, distinguished, and talented man! I am sorry that I did not get a chance to sit and listen to his many stories and lessons.
You are in my prayers.
Love, Marilyn Attenello

Victoria Lambert
   Posted Thu June 06, 2013
What a lovely man...whenever I saw him, he was smiling. He is a kind and gentle angel. On behalf of my family, our condolences to you all.

Barbara LeBlanc
   Posted Sat June 08, 2013
so sorry to read of Foster's passing. what a gentle man and fabulous artist. Barbara

Earl Mott
   Posted Sat June 08, 2013
I studied with Foster back in 1977. He was a wonderful teacher and a great artist, and he helped me greatly in my art career. May God comfort you during this time.

Ruston Burst
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
What a talent you were Mr. Caddell. It's Sad to find out about your passing. I just came across a book you had published in he 1970's...great book! and for your family, I hope there is some comfort in knowing that his inspiration will carry on.

My deepest Condolences,
Ruston Burst

Ann Marie Jodoin/Deirdre Jodoin
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
Dearest Gail,
Upon hearing of the passing of Foster the world has truely lost a delightful and creatively inspiring individual.
After our fathers passing,Foster was such a comfort to our family by bringing my father back to us on canvas.His talent and volume of work will live on to touch artist all over the world.What a legacy!
I will miss his stories and laughter.
You are in our prayers.
Ann Marie and Deirdre Jodoin

Rosalyn Laudati and James Pick
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
Dear Gail: We travelled with Foster to Spain in the 1980's. He painted a gorgeous portrait of my mother shortly after that trip. It hangs majestically in our home. My mom is still alive and she still loves the portrait. Our deepest condolences to you. He was a really interesting, creative and accomplished individual and we are sorry for your loss.

Lucille Davis
   Posted Sat July 20, 2013
I just learned of Foster's death--I wanted to renew acquaintance, and Googled him, to find, to my sorrow, that he was gone. For many years, when I lived in Escoheag, R. I., I had talked and visited June and Foster in their studio. He had asked me to sit as a model for his students, at one time, and he used our family as models for some Sunday School posters he had been commissioned to do. I have treasured the hand-drawn Christmas cards he used to send, as well as other mementos of his work that are in our home.
Gail, I think we met one time--it has been too many years since I have spent time in Voluntown. But I sincerely mourn your loss, and trust that God's comfort sustain you in these days.

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