Fletcher Waldron, 88, of Torrington, Connecticut passed away peacefully at Sharon Hospital on January 31, 2021. Born on November 5, 1932, the son of Dr. George and Helen (Hodges) Waldron, he was a Torrington native. His large family included his four brothers, Marshall, Hodges, Graham and Loomis. Fletcher frequently shared his family stories including the fun and mischief spending summers at Highland Lake.
Fletcher was a graduate of Torrington High School, class of 1950. He also studied business at Post University, the University of Connecticut and the Hartford Institute of Accounting.
Fletcher was a Korean War Veteran who served the European theater in Salzburg, Austria. He was a U.S. Army Corporal with NATO Cosmic level clearance, decoding classified communications for the United States Army.
Fletcher founded Fletcher Waldron Real Estate in 1958 and was a realtor and appraiser for over 60 years in Litchfield County. He served on several boards for the Litchfield County Multiple Listing Service. Additionally, he managed commercial properties including The Allen Building in downtown Torrington. Recently, he enjoyed riding around the town and remembering houses he sold and marveling at the ways that Torrington grew in his time. It seemed like he knew everyone and was always quick to ask people he met, “What was your mother’s last name?”
Fletcher was enthusiastic about local politics. Early on he served as a mayoral aide and continued his involvement with local politics through the Republican Town Committee. Fletcher served on several city boards, including the Torrington Board of Education, Board of Public Safety and Board of Tax Review. Fletcher also recently retired from a position he enjoyed as the Director of Weights and Measures for Torrington.
Fletcher’s love of his hometown is evident in the many ways that he served his community. He was the Chairman of the Red Cross, Executive Director of Torrington Affordable Housing, Chairman of Center Cemetery, Torrington Community Housing, a LARC volunteer. He participated on the Coe Park Study Committee as well as the Industrial Park Study Committee. Fletcher was dedicated in his work for the Torrington Beautification Committee for over 40 years and spent countless hours planting flowers and shrubs with volunteers around the city. As a part of a founding family of Torrington, he was proud of his history and enjoyed being a part of the Wolcottville School Society and the Torrington Historical Society. In 2003, Fletcher and Roberta received UNICO’S person of the year because they epitomized the “service above self” motto of the group. In his leisure time, he enjoyed listening to music, spending time with his many pets, searching for classic cars and working in his gardens. He loved to talk and showed a genuine curiosity for everyone he met. He was proud of his home and loved living in Torrington.
Fletcher treasured the time he spent with his family. Fletcher was pre-deceased by his wife, Roberta (Bobbe) Waldron. He is survived by his daughters Helen Waldron and her husband, Marc Mercier, Abigail Waldron and her husband, Rick Coutant, and grandchildren, Levi and Theo Mercier.
Services and burial will be private. Memorial donations can be made to the Little Guild of St. Francis, 284 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, West Cornwall, CT 06796. www.phalenfuneral.com
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