Thursday, September 23, 2021


George William ‘Bill’ Loveday


Bill Loveday, 91, died peacefully at home in Guilford on May 16. He was born in Guilford, the son of George Wadsworth Loveday and Lydia Siefert Loveday on Feb. 17, 1930.

He attended Guilford schools including the two-room schoolhouse in North Guilford for grades 1 through 6 and Guilford High School. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytech with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1952 and later earned an MBA from New Haven College.

After marrying his high school girlfriend Dorothy ‘Dot’ on June 14, 1952, they moved to Pennsylvania, to work as an engineer at the Dravo Pushboat Boatyard in Pittsburgh.

They later returned to Connecticut where he worked as a test engineer at Pratt & Whitney.

In 1956, he joined Flexible Tubing in Guilford in the aerospace products department. In 1967 Bill, Dot, and their four children moved to Anaheim, California, where he worked as a general manager of the aircraft components division of Flexible. Missing Connecticut, after four years they once again returned to Guilford where Bill was made president of Kenyon Marine. His last enterprise was The Woodpecker, a family business for over 25 years, manufacturing reproductions of early American furniture. He retired in 2005.

Bill grew up on Lake Quonnipaug in Guilford, and worked at Loveday’s square dance hall, beach, and boat rentals along with his mother and two sisters, Wilda (Devine) and Joanne (Sikes/Palm). Growing up on the lake, he developed a love for fishing, swimming, and boating. These became passions in his adult life. He sailed in many regattas every spring and summer then raced with the Sachem’s Head Frostbiters in the fall. He loved snorkeling in the Caribbean and could never resist poking the nurse sharks resting under the coral heads. But maybe his most favorite thing to do was camping with family and friends on their 50 acres in Colrain, Massachusetts. Bill loved to cut firewood, hike, trout fish, and make fabulous paellas over the open fire with the clams he dug in Great Harbor.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Dorothy; and his four children, Lydia ‘Dia’ Robinson of Colrain, Massachusetts, Leigh Lyman (Rick) of Tiverton, Rhode Island, George Jr. (Sara) of Fishers Island, New York, and Julie Sengstacken of Guilford. He also leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bill lived a very full and active life. He was truly loved by everyone who knew him. He is still called “Daddy” by many of his children’s friends. We miss him.

We would like to thank all the hospice people who came and took such good care of him.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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