Drayton Charles Holcomb

  • Born: March 2, 1916
  • Died: September 26, 2013
  • Location: Suffield, Connecticut

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

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Windsor, CT 06095

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Drayton Charles Holcomb, 97, of Suffield and formerly of Granby, beloved husband for 63 years of the late Lois Caroline (Petit) Holcomb, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, (September 26, 2013) in Granby. Born in East Granby on March 2, 1916, son of the late Chester H. and Rebecca M. (Phelps) Holcomb, he was raised on Hungary Road in Granby and had lived in North Granby for many years before moving to Suffield in 1989. After the Connecticut River flooded Hartford in 1936, Drayton took a position with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to restore the areas in the city that were affected by the flood. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army after the outbreak of World War II and served in the 309th Infantry Regiment until his honorable discharge in 1946. Drayton worked as a fabricator of helicopter blades at Kaman Aerospace in Bloomfield for over 21 years until his retirement in 1971. In his spare time, he enjoyed volunteering at the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum in Somers, fishing, riding his bicycle, and spending time with his family. He was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Granby. Most of all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He leaves two daughters, Holly Condon and her husband John of West Suffield and Judy Holcomb of Brimfield, MA; a brother, George Holcomb and his wife Grace of Fort Worth, TX; a sister, Catherine Gibson Graham and her husband Jim of Green Cove, FL; five grandchildren, Neal Condon, John Condon, Sarah Devine and her husband Christopher, Kirsten Doherty and her husband Peter, and Valerie Keith and her husband Jamey; and seven great grandchildren, Ashley Condon, Nicholas Condon, John Condon, Miranda Condon, Elizabeth Devine, Emma Keith, and Aidan Doherty. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Carlton Holcomb; and a sister, Edith Gibson. His family will receive friends on Monday, September 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. Burial will be private in Copper Hill Cemetery, East Granby. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Suffield Emergency Aid Association, 450 South St., Suffield, CT 06078 or to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sue & Judy,
I'm so sorry for your loss, I know how special he was from your stories. My heart goes out to you & your families, you are in my thoughts, Lauri

Posted by Laurinda    September 29, 2013

Holly and family, I was so saddened to read of Drayton's passing. I have such fond memories of chatting with both of you at Meadowbrook when Mom was there. He was a kind, special man with a very gentle manner.
I will keep you all in my prayers at this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,
Valerie (Monty) Gauthier

Posted by Val    September 29, 2013

I will dearly miss this most wonderful man, Uncle Drayton! I will miss our visits and hearing about the books he has read and listened to...... I will miss him telling me about the pictures of family and friends that covered his walls...most of all I will miss his spirit. But, I know I will carry a piece of that with me in my heart forever. I send my most heartfelt sympathy to cousins Holly and Judy and their families... wish I could be with you.
Love,
Becky

Posted by Becky    September 29, 2013

With all our love and wishes for Val and her family. Debi Choquet

Posted by Debi Soper Choquet    September 28, 2013