Richard Ellis

Service Information

11:00 am
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Buckingham Congregational Church
16 Cricket Lane
Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States

Obituary of Richard Ellis

Richard L. Ellis, 71, of Hebron, husband of Nancy Wells Ellis, died Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Hartford Hospital. Born September 21, 1942 in Hartford, son of the late Bernard and Euneta (Strong) Ellis he had lived in Glastonbury for 31 years moving to Hebron in 1999. Dick graduated from South Windsor High School and UCONN and was a Senior Engineer at Pratt & Whitney for 30 years retiring in 1999. Dick raced model motor boats and sailboats competitively. He wrote articles for the magazine Model Yachting and was a member of the Greater Hartford Model Yacht Club. He made model speed and sailboats. One of the model speed boats, the Stiletto , that he designed and made with his partner, Ed Ruoff was sold around the world. He also raced cars at Limerock Park in Salisbury, CT. Dick graduated from Officer Candidate School and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Theodore L. Ellis and Gregory W. Ellis both of Hebron, a sister Jean Solaroli and her husband Lee of Sturbridge, MA, a brother-in-law Harold Wells and his wife Susanne of Hampden, ME, two nieces and their spouses Marci and Erik Magnus of MA, and Julie and Mark Rando of FL, three nephews Adrian and Robyn Wells and Ben Wells all of ME and Lucas Wells of NY. The family would like to thank Dr. Stacey Nerenstone and Dr. deMarcaida and all the doctors, nurses and staff of the step down unit at Hartford Hospital for all their care and compassion shown by them during Dick's illness. A memorial service celebrating Dicks' life will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Buckingham Congregational Church, 16 Cricket Lane, Glastonbury, CT. 06033 or to the Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, National Correspondence Office, Mayo Clinic, PO Box 450, Albert Lea, MN 56007-0450 or to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital, c/o Fund Development Office, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT. 06102. For online condolences please visit
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