Edwin John Corfey, Sr, 93, of Southbury died peacefully in his sleep November 13, at River Glen Rehabilitation, Southbury. He was the beloved husband of the late Elsie (Hogan) Corfey. He was born September 3,1924, in Bridgeport, the son of Elizabeth (Liebscher) Corfey and Edwin Roath Corfey.
He worked as a salesman, buyer, and manager at Howland’s, Genung’s, and Carpet Clearance. After retirement he served as lay minister for the Newtown Congregational Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Knight’s Templar Scottish Rite.
He received a full scholarship to the University of Chicago, majoring in mathematics, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He attended Dartmouth where he continued his mathematics studies along with map reading, naval history, geography, and naval organization. Later in life he attended Yale University in New Haven to become a lay minister.
During World War II he served from 1942 to 1947 on the USS Van Valkenburgh, the USS Holland and the USS Sperry in the Pacific theater where he was an Iwo Jima survivor. He was a signal man, master of ceremonies, and radio announcer. He is listed on the Veteran’s Wall at the Southbury Senior Center and was a member of the VFW in Southbury and the American Legion.
He loved to entertain, write poetry, watch cowboy movies, go on cruises, and be with his family.
His children and spouses, Sharon and James Dawson of Southbury, Edwin John, Jr, and Lynn of Arkansas, Timothy Roath and Cheri of Alameda, Calif., and Andrew Brian of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren survive Mr Corfey. Besides his wife, a daughter, Linda, predeceased him.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will take place Saturday, December 2, at 2 pm, at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Burial will be private, at the discretion of the family, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Middletown.
Munson Lovetere Funeral Home, Southbury, has been entrusted with the arrangements.