WALLINGFORD, Conn. – Kenneth Vaughn Ellsworth, 89, died Aug. 2, 2006, at the Masonic Home, Wallingford, Conn. He was born March 26, 1917, in Island Falls, son of Ernest and Phyllis (James) Ellsworth. Ken was educated in Maine schools and served in the National Guard and Civilian Corp. He then enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in Bangor, World War II on July 16, 1942. Ken entered service in Portland, as apprentice seaman third class and earned first class fireman rating in Newport, R.I.; advanced Diesel School in Richmond, Va. as third class motor machinist mate; then entered motor torpedo boat training in Portsmouth, R.I., made up of RON 12 Squadron from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he earned a second class ranking. He served in World War II in the Panama Canal Zone, Balboa, on patrol duty and was motor machinist mate first class upon his honorable discharge, Oct. 3, 1945, from the U.S. Navy Personnel Center, Fargo Building, Boston. He met his wife, Ethel Mae Knox in Bangor, where they married June 22, 1946. In 1952, they moved to New Haven, Conn. to raise their children. Ken was employed as an electrician at Pratt & Whitney, Division of United Technologies from Jan. 21, 1952 through to his retirement March 31, 1982. He and his wife then moved to Becket, Mass., where they built their home. In 1992, Ken was recognized after 25 years as a 32nd degree mason. He served as master mason of Federal Lodge in Chester, Mass. and master mason of Huntington Lodge in Russell, Mass. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies of Masonry out of Westfield and Pittsfield, Mass.; a member of the Scottish Rite Masonry in Becket, Mass.; a member of the VFW Lodge No. 11054 and the Becket Council of Aging. In 2002, Ken lost his beloved wife of 56 years and then moved to Connecticut to be closer to his children. Ken was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ethel; daughter, Dianne Ellsworth; brother, Elton James Ellsworth; and sister-in-law, Cecelia M. Ellsworth. He is survived by his daughters, Judith E. Warner of New Britain, Conn. and Katherine E. Matthews of Cromwell, Conn.; son, Gary K. Ellsworth and his life’s partner, Diane Wolcott, of Coventry, R.I.; his sister, Shirley Sweet of Quincy, Mass.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service and burial for Kenneth; his wife, Ethel; and daughter, Dianne, will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Lawndale Cemetery, Stillwater Avenue, Old Town. Military honors and a Masonic service will be also held at that time for Kenneth. Farrell Funeral Home, New Britain, Conn., is in charge of funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to either charity listed below; The Masonicare Annual Appeal, care of The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 or The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405. More information can be found on the web, please visit www.FarrellFuneralHome.com
KENNETH VAUGHN ELLSWORTH
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:18 p.m.