MONROE, Conn. – A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14 for Herbert Hanford Bottomley, of Monroe, who died Saturday, Feb. 27. He was 97.
He was born in Bridgeport on May 3, 1918, to Herbert and Jessie Bracken Bottomley.
He graduated from Central High School in 1935, and University of Connecticut in 1941, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy. He then attended U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Stateside, he served in New Orleans and Curtis Bay Maryland. In the Pacific, he served as a loran map-making officer in the Dutch East Indies at Morotai, and in the Philippines on Lubang Island. He achieved the rank of lieutenant by the end of the war. He was a professional civil engineer for Connecticut for 32 years.
Prior to and after his retirement, he worked as a Monroe special policeman, Monroe postman and a Stepney volunteer fireman. He also enjoyed working for Gilbertie's Herb Gardens in Easton until his late eighties. He served the Episcopal Church in many ways during his lifetime. As a boy, he sang in the St. John's Episcopal Church Boys Choir in Bridgeport. He was a member of the Christ Church Tashua family for 62 years. Over the years, he sang in the choir, served as Vestry member, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.
He was the husband of the late Thordis Hoyesen and Helen Whitaker.
He is survived by his children, Linda Sue Liuzzo (Raymond) of Fairfield, Robert Bottomley (Rebecca) of Hardwick, Mass., and Linda DeNitto (Joseph) of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Lynette Calkins of Wallingford, Tracy Budnik of Ridgefield, Sarah Duncan of Hubbardston Mass., William Bottomley of Monson, Mass., and David Bottomley of Breckenridge, Colo. and six great- grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held at Christ Church Tashuaat 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Sanctuary Restoration Fund, Christ Church Tashua, 5170 Madison Ave., Trumbull, CT 06611.
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