12.30.08

Marvin Louis Stone

Born in Hartford, CT on Jun. 5, 1925
Departed on Dec. 30, 2008 and resided in Hamden, CT.

Marvin Louis Stone, 83, of Hamden, Connecticut, passed away on December 30, 2008. Beloved husband of Carol, devoted father of Evan Stone and wife Marjorie of Watertown, MA; and Seth Stone and wife Jill of Derby, CT; brother of Bruce Stone and wife Gail of Stamford, CT and uncle to their children, Julie and David; brother of Robert Stone, who predeceased him, and uncle to Robert’s children, Fern and Susan. Marvin was born on June 5, 1925 in Hartford, CT and attended Weaver High School in that city.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was assigned to the 29th Division, the “Blue and Gray” Division which was sent to Great Britain to prepare for the invasion of Europe. On June 6th, 1944, a day after his nineteenth birthday, Marvin landed in the second wave at Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day invasion. Known as “Bloody Omaha,” the beach was the site of the most difficult landing as the entrenched Germans inflicted heavy casualties on the Allied attackers. A Private First Class, Marvin was also the company bugler, and often commented in later years that as he played Taps in the evening, according to Army tradition, it was the last Taps that would be heard by soldiers who were destined to fall the next day. Marvin was part of the fighting that occurred in 1944-45 as the 29th Division fought through the hedgerows in Normandy and advanced on Germany through France, Belgium and Holland. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

Returning home after the war, Marvin attended the University of Vermont, where he was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, and graduated in 1950 with a BA in English Literature. Marvin went on to get his Masters Degree in English Literature from Boston University. Marvin’s love of literature was a lifelong passion, and he taught English at Windsor High School for 30 years. He also taught English at Central Connecticut State College and Hartford Community College.

In 1954, Marvin and Carol got married, and later settled in Bloomfield, CT. They later moved to West Hartford, before moving to Hamden two years ago. In their later years, Marvin enjoyed traveling with Carol, and they made several trips to Europe. Marvin loved symphonic music, and was also an inveterate reader who could usually be found reading virtually any type of work, from history or classic literature to spy thrillers and science fiction.

Service in the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven Friday morning at 10: AM. Interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven.

Contributions to sponsor an Eastern Redbud tree in Marvin’s memory at the National D-Day Memorial may be sent to: National D-Day Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523.

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