Owen Elliott

Born: Thu., Oct. 25, 1923
Died: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

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Voluntown - Owen Elliott passed away on August 22, 2017 in Danielson, CT at the age of 93.  

Owen was born on October 25, 1923 in Mobile, AL to his parents, John Lawrence Elliott and Mary Luret Byrd. He married Theresa Jeannette Dumas on April 7, 1945.  They were married 67 years until her passing in 2012.

Owen’s early life was adventurous.  At the age of 16, he left home and joined thousands of other young men as part of the workforce of Civil Conservation Corp in the 1930’s working to develop roads and other facilities for the National Parks Service in California.  He returned to Mobile and worked on a tugboat and when old enough, went on to graduate as one of the youngest officers from the United States Merchant Marines Officer Training School at Fort Trumbull in New London. His Merchant Marines career took him all over the world.  He loved to entertain friends and family with stories of his many travels especially those that took place during WWII while transporting troops through hostile waters.  

Owen left the Merchant Marines so he could spend more time with his family.  He was employed at General Dynamics in Groton, CT until he retired in 1987. He enjoyed working outside cutting wood or gardening.  He also loved NASCAR racing and Sunday dinners were always schedule based on the start of the race.

Owen is survived by his son Bruce and his wife, Sandy, his daughter Julie and her husband Tali  and grandchildren: Stephanie Bankston, Amanda Elliott, Elizabeth Elliott, Jonathan Soto and Jared Soto as well as nine great-grandchildren.

Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  The funeral services will be private. For online condolences please go to www.gagnepiechowski.com

-Veteran of WWII Serving in the Merchant Marines
-Worked at General Dynamics in Groton and Could Fix Anything

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Jack Wesa
   Posted Thu August 24, 2017
Julie & Tali,

So sorry for your loss. I know how often you have been seeing your Dad and even last Friday night Tali was telling me of your Dad's Merchant Marine career on Liberty ships during WWII , similar to my father. At 93 he had a long life and you had many good times together no doubt, for your memories. I have found this farewell poem which I hope brings some solace:
The Last Voyage

Lizzie Clark Hardy
[USMAA Memorial Service May 30, 2000, Coyote Point, San Mateo, CA]

Some time at eve when tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away.

With no response to the friendly hail
Of kindred craft in the busy bay.
In the silent hush of the twilight pale.
When the night troops down to embrace the day.
And the voices call, and in the waters flow.
Some time at even when the tide is low.
I slip my moorings and sail away.

Through the purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the Unknown Sea.
I shall fare me away, with a dip of a sail
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To the Mystic Isles where at anchor lay
The crafts of those who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unseen Shore.

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy Bay:
Some friendly barks that were anchored near.
Some loving soul that my heart held dear.
In silent sorrow will drop a tear.
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In moorings sheltered from storm and gale
And greeted the friends who sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unseen Shore.


Sandra Hylen
   Posted Fri August 25, 2017
Bruce & Julie,
The few times I got to speak to Your father he was a pleasure to listen to all his stories. I always enjoyed seeing him and Bruce at Walmart in Lisbon where I had worked sometime ago. My prayers are with you and your family. He is now with the love of his life once again. Cherish all the happy memories. He lived a long life!
God bless, Sandy Hylen

Diane Holmes
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Julie, Tali and family

So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts are with you.

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