Alvin Bezanson Obituary

Alvin  L.  Bezanson
Alvin L. Bezanson

September 4, 1935 - June 6, 2017
Born in New London
Resided in Waterford, CT


Waterford - Alvin L. Bezanson, 81, of Waterford, passed away June 6, 2017, at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven.

He was born in New London, the son of the late Arthur and Laura (Edwards) Bezanson.

A 1954 graduate of New London High School, Alvin served honorably in the National Guard from 1954 to 1962 as a Radar and Transportation Specialist in both the active and the reserve.

Al spent most of his life playing in the dirt, starting with a degree from UConn in Nursery Management. He spent many years working at Comrie's Landscape Services in Mystic. For a few years he changed careers when he became a route salesman for the Old Radway's Dairy where both his father and mother had also worked. He was one of the last door-to-door salesmen before that system was ended. He then got a job with the Town of Waterford in the Parks and Recreation Department, where he remained until his retirement in 1999 as a foreman. While at Waterford Parks and Rec, besides keeping the existing parks in great shape, he was also involved in building new ones around the town. In 1989, Al was accredited by the Connecticut Nurseryman's Association.

Al was a member of the Quinebaug Valley Engineers Association from its inception in 1993. In the year 2000, the club was given a 99 year lease on the Zagray Farm in Colchester. For the past 17 years, Al played an important part in turning the farm into a world class Agricultural and Machinery Museum. His expertise in landscaping made him an invaluable part of the club's effort in clean up and construction. His work at the farm will be greatly missed by the club and all of its hundreds of members. He was a life member of the Cohanzie and Oswegatchie Fire Department and member of the Waterford Fire Police Association.

Al loved all kinds of antique machinery and over the years owned several tractors and various pieces of landscaping equipment. He also attended many antique tractor and construction shows with his brother Ed. He enjoyed his jeeps, watching auto racing and both the UConn Men's and Women's Basketball teams.

Al was a people person and loved talking old tractors everywhere he went. He will be deeply missed by everyone he came in contact with during his life.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marguerite (Seckla) Bezanson; two sons, Donald M. and his wife, Cindy, of Hampton, and Robert L. Bezanson of Waterford; a brother, Edwin Bezanson and his wife, Ellen, of Waterford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Jordan Cemetery, Boston Post Road, Waterford.

Donations in his memory may be made to VNA of Southeastern CT., 403 N. Frontage Rd., Waterford, CT 06385 or to Zagray Farm Museum, 180 South Pumb Road, Middletown, CT 06457.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Friday, June 9, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Memorial Service
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 AM
Jordan Cemetery
240 Boston Post Road
Waterford, CT US 06385
Saturday, June 10, 2017

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