Alderman, Jr., Truman E.

Truman Ernest Alderman Jr., 88, of Unionville, CT died peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the UCONN Health Center in Farmington.
Born in Bristol on November 21, 1930, he was the son of the late Truman Alderman and Marie Stalk Alderman Noble. In his early years, Truman attended a two-room school house on Jerome Avenue in Bristol. He began working at about age 10 at the Malerbo family farm across the street from his home. During World War II, at about age 13, he worked in a local bakery and he also drove a milk truck for years due to the shortage of help during the war. He was a graduate of Bristol High School in 1948. He went on to attend General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan from 1948 to 1952 and in four years earned two degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering and another in Electrical Engineering. Beginning in 1948, he worked at the New Departure – Hyatt Division of General Motors in Bristol, and retired as Sr. Facilities Engineer in 1990. In addition to his duties at New Departure, during the last years Truman worked for General Motors, he supervised the building of factories for GM in Seville, Spain.
Truman married the late Beatrice Petts Pearce in Unionville in 1954. They had two children, The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and the late Clifford Thomas Alderman. Truman and Bea were married for 62 years, and lived in Unionville for more than 56 years.
For many years he was a member of the Congregational Church of Burlington, where he served as a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and member of the Business Committee.
Truman was twice a Past Master of Village Lodge No. 29 of Collinsville, and was a 50-year member of that organization. He served a two-year term as Associate Grand Marshal for his Masonic District. He was also a member of Columbia Chapter No. 31, Lee Council No. 25, and Washington Commandery No. 1 K.T. of East Hartford. For more than twenty years he was the secretary of The Shrine Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol. Truman had fun doing the mechanical work on the mini jeeps, and for many years enjoyed participating with the Motor Patrol in countless local parades. He loved the friendships formed with his fellow Shriners. For more than a decade after his retirement from New Departure, he drove children to the Shrine Hospitals in Springfield and Boston. Other interests included sailing, scuba diving, soaring, flying, cooking, and amateur radio.
Truman loved dogs and cats, especially his beloved Airedale Terrier, Rosie, and his orange cat, Charlie.
Truman had a keen intelligence, a great sense of humor, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Truman is survived by his son, The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and his wife Penny of Westminster, MA, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Marilyn Pearce of Conklin, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Beatrice, and a son, Clifford. Truman’s family would like to thank Ms. Sue Robotham, who was a care giver and compassionate visitor for him and brought great joy to Truman in the last months of his life.
Services for Truman Alderman will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019. A calling hour will begin at 10:00 A.M. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., and will include a Masonic Service. Following the services, burial will be at Center Cemetery in Burlington. Donations in Truman’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114, to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Springfield, 515 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the New England Airedale Rescue, 3 Carter Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754.

Calling Hours

Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00-11:00am

Funeral Service

Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home ~ Unionville

Burial

Center Cemetery ~ Burlington

Memorial Contribution

Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114, to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Springfield, 515 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the New England Airedale Rescue, 3 Carter Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754

One Response to 'Alderman, Jr., Truman E.'

  1. Bruce Fairclough says:

    The First Lady & I offer our condolences. I knew Truman from his timely articles he used to submit to me from the Motor Patrol for the Sphinx Booster. His contributions to Sphinx Shrine will be sorely missed.

    Bruce Fairclough
    Potentate, Sphinx Shrine

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