Thomas P. Pugh
Thomas P. Pugh of Guilford passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Harvard, Massachusetts, on Jan. 1. He was 95.
Tom was the son of Cornelius Pugh and Dorothy Stanley of Montclair, New Jersey. He was born in New York City and raised in Upper Montclair with his younger brother. He graduated from Montclair High School and joined the Navy as a medical corpsman. Once discharged, he attended Williams College majoring in Biology. Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Babe) Campbell. They raised three daughters in Upper Montclair and summered in Branford at the family’s cottage. While in New Jersey, he worked at the Ballantine Brewery Company in Newark, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company in New York City, and was active in the Montclair Volunteer Fire Department and Union Congregational Church, as well as serving on many town boards.
He moved to Guilford to work as director of quality control for Pepperidge Farm Mail Order in Clinton. He was very active in First Congregational Church, Guilford, and volunteered at the Guilford Library. He hiked with the Keyarts Klamberers into his 90s. Tom loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener, fisherman, hiker, horseshoe crab tagger, and backyard bird enthusiast. He had a great sense of humor and wry wit and believed all people should be treated with dignity and respect. He was a gentleman and a Gentleman.
Tom was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth; his oldest daughter, Jennifer of New Haven; and his younger brother, Cornelius of Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth of Bloomfield, New Jersey, and Kerry C.P. Alexander (Glenn) of Harvard, Massachusetts, and Branford; two step-granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters; as well as a brother-in-law Jon Montan of Virginia; sister-in-law, Judy Campbell of Summit, NJ; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 11 a.m. June 10, at First Congregational Church, Guilford. A reception at the Fellowship building will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Save the Sound at www.savethesound.org.