Sunday, January 16, 2022


Charles Sayward Law


Charles Sayward Law, 90, a longtime resident of Clinton, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 6.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1931, son of the late Charles and Arlene (Palmer) Law of Madison. He entered the United States Naval reserve prior to his service with the United States Air Force in the Korean Conflict. He married his beloved wife Joan (Reiss) Law in 1957 and together they raised three daughters.

“Chuck” spent most of his career as a heavy equipment operator, working his final job for 20 years at Electric Boat as a crane operator. He spent the next 30 years of his retirement tending to his prolific vegetable gardens in the summer, traveling with Joan, and enjoying time with his family. He rode his bike as a hobby, which led to years of bike excursions from Old Lyme to West Haven. When he turned in his bike, he made sure he continued to stay healthy by going to the gym three times a week.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his three daughters, Kim (Glen) Rice, Laura (Damon) Hall, and Ginny (Chris) Brestelli; his grandchildren, Dr. Jessica (the late Charles) Parr, Meredith (JB) Lynch, Adam Brestelli, Travis (Bryce) Brestelli; great-grandson Oliver Lynch; his brother Jack (Rita) Law; and his devoted dog Miley. He was predeceased by his brother Bill Law and two sisters, Shirley and Evelyn Law.

His family will hold a private burial and memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. To share a memory or leave condolences, visit

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