Theodore “Ted” Larkin, 89, of Milford, died January 11, 2021. He was born in 1931, in Waterbury, CT the oldest child of Rosalind and Harry “Buzzy” Larkin. Ted served as an instructor at West Point Academy during the Korean War, and graduated from Fairfield University, paying his way by working at the University as a janitor. He worked as a Yellow Pages salesman at SNET for over 35 years.
Ted married MaryJane Stierhem Larkin in 1949. He spent many years improving and maintaining their turn-of-the-century Milford farmhouse and barn. He was a car enthusiast and tinkerer, a homebody, a lover of all things Irish, a voracious reader who lived most of the last 25 years of his life without a TV, calling it “The Idiot Box”, and was a quick-witted jokester who appreciated a good laugh. He loved his extended family, and enjoyed driving his vintage cars, listening to classical music, and engaging in conversation with anyone and everyone he came across. He always had a kind word and a willing ear.
Ted is survived by his daughter, Karen Larkin Jaser and her husband John M. Jaser; two grandchildren, Genevieve and Mireille Jaser; his “Irish twin” sister Patricia, who visited him faithfully for their Sunday dinner and drive; sister Rosalind Gwozdz; brother Richard “Tony” Larkin; and many nieces and nephews, including special niece Michelle Zurko Smith, who shared his love of repartee; and best friends of 80 years, Jack and Joan Lowe. He is predeceased by his parents, wife, and his beloved brother Henry “Benny” Larkin. The family would like to Thank Ted's caretaker, Ed Zietara, for his loving care.
In honor of his memory tell a joke, be compassionate, enjoy the simple things in life, and practice humility.
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