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Obituary: Edmund Tucker, 96, A Brilliant Mind And Good Friend

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Mar 312019
 

Edmund Tucker, 96, passed away in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 25.

He was born in Wolfeville, NS, Canada to Herbert and Leota Tucker.

While a small child, his family lived in East Granby, Connecticut, West Newbury, Mass. and Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In 1930, they moved to Sackville, NB where he attended school including Mount Allison University. He obtained both chemistry and physics degrees from MTA. In the Spring of 1944, he enrolled in the Canadian Navy.

After joining the Navy, he was transferred to Plymouth, England where he was on loan to the British Navy for training. His selection for the next assignment allowed him to travel around the world as the Radar officer of the ship.

After the war, in an all Canada competition, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, eventually getting a Master’s degree in Physics.

Just before traveling to England for the Rhodes scholarship, he married his wife Noreen. He returned to Sackville in 1948. The Tuckers came to the US in 1948 shortly after their son was born in Sackville. Ed and Noreen had three children. His daughters live in NH and his son in Ohio.

Dr. Tucker had a distinguished career. He graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in Physics and went on to a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. Disenchanted by big classes he joined the General Electric research lab where he became an expert in the field of Solid State Masers. In 1968, his book “Solid State Masers” was published in the UK and the US.

In the late 1960s after a time as personnel manager for the GE Research Laboratory, he transitioned to the General Electric Foundation for Educational Research and began visiting Universities across the country to assess their research programs to see if they were deserving of funding from GE to further develop their programs. This transition caused a move from New York to Connecticut.

After nearly 16 years in Educational Research, he retired at 62 to enjoy sailing on Long Island Sound and gardening with his wife. He was involved with the Land Trust in Orange from its inception and also the Wet Lands Commission, Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Orange, CT.

In 2001, a park, Tucker’s Ridge, was named in his honor for him having served for such a long time and having such a positive influence on the preservation of parcels of land for open space within Orange.
He lived in Orange from 1972 until 2015 when he moved to NH. His wife Noreen died in 2010, leaving him alone in their long-term home. In NH, he resided at Birch Hill Terrace in Manchester nearer to his daughters.

A memorial celebration will take place at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with an additional celebration at Tucker’s Ridge at 3 p.m.

Obituary: Terry J. Munk, 66, Vietnam Veteran, Brother Mason, Rotarian, Friend

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Sep 052013
 

Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 10.49.04 PMTerry J. Munk, age 66, beloved husband of Jacqueline Wozniak Munk, loving father, and longtime resident of Milford, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2nd, 2013 in his home.

Born in Chicago, IL on August 24, 1947, he was the son of the late Donald and Kathryn Le Conte Munk.

Terry served with pride and honor in the United States Army and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.

He was also a graduate of Southern Illinois University. Throughout his extensive working career Terry was President and Owner of Appaloosa Trading Company and Appaloosa Custom Products and Managing General Partner of the Connecticut Skyhawks.

He served his community as a member of the Board of Alderman (Chairman 1994-98), Drug Free Milford (President 1991), Greater New Haven YMCA Board of Directors, United Way of Milford (President 1990-92), Milford-Orange YMCA (Chairman 1989-91), Milford Oyster Festival Committee (President 1979), and the Korea-Vietnam Memorial Committee.

He was an active member of many professional organizations including the Milford Chamber of Commerce (President 1986-87), Advisory Board Bank of Boston, and the NFIB Action Council. Terry was also a member of the Milford Rotary Club (President 1990 & 1995), the Milford Club, the Republican Town Committee, and Ansantawae Lodge No. 89, A.F. & A.M.

In addition to his wife Jackie of 39 years, “Pops” is survived by his two children Christopher Munk and wife Emily, and Michael Munk and wife Meredith, of Milford; three grandchildren Bodhi, Xavier and Adelysia; sister Marcia and husband Charles; brother Richard and wife Connie; brother-in-law Jacques Wozniak, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call on Friday, September 6th from 4 to 8 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

A service will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11:00 am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, followed by full Military Honors.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s name to “Rotary International” and mailed to Tracy O’Brien – Rotary Foundation Chair, Milford Rotary, PO Box 381, Milford CT 06460.