Arthur R. Murphy,
Navy vet
N. GROSVENORDALE — Arthur R. Murphy, 92, of Buckley Hill Rd, died March 28, 2021, at Davis Place. He was the husband of the late Gertrude (Brodeur) Murphy. Born in 1928 in Putnam, he was the son of the late Peter and Anita (Faucher) Murphy. Arthur was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1950 - 1958 and then continued to serve his country by enlisting in the Air Force Reserves. He served on the honor guard for Princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
Arthur was employed by the State of Connecticut, first working for the Department of Corrections for 30 years and then becoming a manager of the facilities waste treatment facility.
He was a very community-orientated man, becoming a member of the Community Fire Department, American Legion and the Valley Springs Rod and Gun Club. He was a lifetime member of the Thompson Little League. Arthur loved baseball and followed the Yankees and New York Giants; yard work and he was a known historian for the Town of Thompson.
He leaves his son, Brian Murphy of N. Grosvenordale; stepdaughter, Tracy Johnston of Massachusetts; sister, Dorothy McCormac of Putnam; and three grandchildren, Kyla, Lexi and Kaden. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Jeannette Murphy and Cecille Murphy, and a brother, George Murphy.
Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon March 31 in Valade Funeral Home and Crematory, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, followed by a service in the funeral home at noon. Burial follows in East Thompson Cemetery.

Theodore C. Sprague,
Vietnam war vet
WILLINGTON — Theodore C. Sprague, 72, of Willington, died March 23, 2021. He was born in Hartford to Normand W. and Ada B. (Carlson) Sprague.
Ted was an avid skier and fisherman. He spent his winters on the ski slopes and his summers pursuing striped bass. Although he didn’t talk much about his time in the Navy, he served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded several commendations including a Bronze Star. He was concerned about the humane treatment of animals and supported many organizations involved in animal rescue.
He leaves his brother Barry; his nieces Colleen Smith and Elizabeth Antunovic; cousins and close friends. Ted was predeceased by his parents, Normand and Ada Sprague. The burial was March 29 in Fairview Cemetery, W. Hartford. Donations: the ASPCA. Potter Funeral Home, Willimantic.


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