More detail on this person: Harold Frank Alvord of Danbury passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain; he was 73. Born July 2, 1944 in Putnam, Connecticut, Hal graduated from Putnam High School in 1962 and attended UCONN prior to being drafted into the US Army in December of 1965. Following basic training, Alvord attended Engineer Officer Candidate School, Ranger Training, and Flight School where he obtained a Rotary Wing Qualification. He would go on to fly helicopters in Vietnam earning numerous awards and commendations including 39 Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, two Bronze Star Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He would go on to serve his country for another 22 years completing assignments in several US states and in Germany. While on active duty, he completed degrees in Engineering Management at the University of Missouri-Rolla and Public Administration at Shippensburg State University. He retired from the Army in June of 1993 having achieved the rank of Colonel. After retirement from the military, Hal worked in the private sector before becoming the Director of Public Works for the City of Norwalk, Connecticut, a position he held for 12 years. After leaving the City he was hired as the Director of Maintenance and Facilities Management at the Norwalk Transit District later becoming their Chief Logistics Officer. His work in the City compelled him to serve as Norwalk's tree warden and President of the Norwalk Tree Alliance promoting urban reforestation and earning the City of Norwalk a "Tree City, USA" designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Those who knew Hal well will remember his intellect, wit and inability to remain serious even in the politest company. His infectious laugh could fill a room and never failed to turn heads in appreciation and sometimes horror! He lived his life honorably and with no regret. Those closest to him will remember him as a kind and caring man whose friendship and support never wavered. He will be missed by all. A loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Hal was preceded in death by his parents Arthur D. and Alma F. (Nason) Alvord. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Paula J. of Danbury; his daughter Mindy, of Ridgefield; son Patrick and wife Devon, of Solon, IA; his four grandchildren, Emma, Riley, Taylor and Parker; his sister Carol Lusby of Putnam; his sister and brother-in-law Linda and Ed Davis, of New Milford; his brother-in-law Richard Taylor and wife Gail, of Kennesaw, GA. Hal will be further remembered by his nieces, nephews, extended family, many dear friends, and former colleagues. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree. Otherwise, Hal would certainly appreciate your donation in support of the Norwalk Tree Alliance or any charity of your choice. Norwalk Tree Alliance, 215 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06855.
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