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Walter Slattery, 88, New Canaan Security Analyst

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Walter R. Slattery of New Canaan died Aug. 16 in Norwalk after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was 88. 

Slattery was a resident of New Canaan for 42 years. He was born May 1, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Roland and Doretta Conroy Slattery. 

A World War II veteran, Slattery served in the Army Air Forces as a navigator of B-17 bombers. He flew 30 missions over Germany and attained the rank of first lieutenant. Slattery studied accounting at Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950. 

He entered a master's in business administration program at New York University at night but left to become a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served in the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, first in Los Angeles and then in San Francisco before returning to New York in 1953. 

Slattery was a lifetime member of the J. Edgar Hoover Center for Law Enforcement and Former Special Agents of the FBI. When he returned to the east coast, Slattery worked as a security analyst for 22 years. He became a chartered financial analyst and was a member of the New York Society of Senior Security Analysts. 

He worked as a private investigator for the O'Connor Agency in Stamford and ran unsuccessfully for New Canaan town treasurer in the early 1980s. He remained interested in local and national politics throughout his life.

A devout Catholic, Slattery served in the C.Y.O. at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen; three daughters, Melissa Slattery, of Norwalk, Patricia Ochs, of Bethel, and Ann Chester, of Ridgefield; three sons-in-law, Douglas Chester, Jerome Ochs and Ben Guerrero; and four grandsons. He was predeceased by a son, James Patrick Slattery. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Aug. 27, at St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan. Hoyt Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Canaan Getabout, 61 Main St., New Canaan, CT 06840.

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