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Germain D. 'Gerry' Newton

Germain D. ‘Gerry’ Newton died on Dec. 28, 2022.


Germain D. “Gerry” Newton of Nantucket, Massachusetts died Dec. 28, 2022, at age 91, surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Russell H. and Virginia D. Newton of West Hartford and the beloved husband of Patricia Lee Newton.

A native and longtime resident of West Hartford, he attended local schools, graduating from the old William H. Hall High School, Class of 1949. He also graduated from Trinity College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Gerry was a combat veteran of the Korean War where he was a tank commander in the 73rd Tank Battalion of the 7th Infantry Division. His entire professional career was in personal trust administration and estate planning, beginning with Hartford National Bank and Trust Co. in 1961, and retiring as vice president of Shawmut Bank N.A. in 1993. He was a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, and a charter member of the Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford. He was a past director of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Hartford Conservatory of Music, and a former vestryman of St. James’s Episcopal Church of West Hartford. Gerry was an avid tennis player and a former member of several athletic clubs, and of The Old Guard of West Hartford.

His retirement years were divided between West Hartford and his summer home on Nantucket where he enjoyed boating, fishing, scalloping, and annual family reunions, and where he and his wife became permanent residents in 2009.

Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Ronni Newton of West Hartford; Chip and Anne Newton of New Canaan, and grandchildren Sarah (Matt Adkins) of Denver, CO; Katie (Matt Redman) of West Hartford; Sam of Boston, MA; and Brad of New Canaan. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles R. Newton of Simsbury.

He never lost his wit or his intellect, his ability to finish a NY Times Crossword or difficult Sudoku, or his winning ways at bingo.

Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Boston Medflight https://www.bostonmedflight.org/

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