BRISTOL, CONN. - Paul Gilbert Trafton, 96, passed peacefully Wednesday evening, July 30, 2014. He was the husband for almost 75 years of Bea (Rushton) Trafton. They were married on Sept. 20, 1939. Paul was born March 30, 1918 in Lambert Lake, Maine a son of the late George and Resse (Collins) Trafton.
He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. Paul was then employed for 35 years with Marlin Rockwell / TRW and retired in 1980 as their ball bearing inspector. He also bowled in Plainville on the Friday Night League for Marlin Rockwell in the 1970's. Paul and Bea also enjoyed square dancing Saturday nights during the '60's and 70's. He was a faithful fan of the Red Sox, UConn Women's Basketball and was a season ticket holder for 25 years for the New England/Hartford Whalers. Paul was also a member of what was called the "91 Club" for travelling up Route 91 to Springfield, MA for the hockey games after the collapse of the Hartford Civic Center in 1978. For many years, he also enjoyed his time gardening. Paul and Bea were members of Asbury United Methodist Church, Forestville, Conn., for many years.
Besides his wife also of Bristol, Conn., he leaves his daughters, Elisabeth Bartlett of Mesa, AZ, Paula Felt (Gary) of Colchester, Conn., Lori Trafton of Bristol; grandchildren, Robin Bartlett Adair (Rick) of Gilbert, AZ, Amy Bartlett Kettelhut (Randy) of Mesa, AZ and Jesse Trafton of Bristol; great-grandchildren, Alan Adair of Gilbert, AZ and Randy C. Kettlehut of Mesa, AZ; nieces and nephews in New York, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Linda D. Trafton of Lambert lake, ME; brothers and sisters, Stillman and Parker Trafton of Lambert Lake, Glennwood (Dora) Trafton of Thendara, NY, Joseph (Priscilla) Trafton of SW Harbor, ME, Jesse (Doris) Trafton of Calais, ME, Iva (Roland) Bischoff of Bangor, ME, Glenna (Douglas) Brown of Tampa, FL; and a son-in-law, Robert Bartlett of Mesa, AZ.
The family will gather for private funeral services and burial. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church Book of Remembrance, 90 Church Ave., Forestville, CT 06010 or to The Salvation Army, 19 Stearns St., Bristol, CT 06010. The O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., has the honor of assisting the family with the arrangements. To leave an online message of condolence or to share a memory or a photo, please visit Paul's memorial page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com.