Carrier, Edward Stratton “Ted”

Edward Stratton Carrier (Ted), 91, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on Monday November 18, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Sally Davis Carrier with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Ted was born September 19, 1928 to the late Edward M. and Alberta (Stratton) Carrier of Hartford CT. He graduated from Kingswood School, West Hartford in 1946, and from Babson College, Wellesley MA, in 1950.
Ted proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1952. Upon return to Hartford, he took over the family business, The Lucy Baltzell Shop, an upscale women’s specialty clothing shop located at 24 Trumbull St in Hartford. Ted’s mother purchased the clothing store in 1944 from the original shop owner. Under Ted’s ownership, two new locations were opened; one in West Hartford Center and one in Hamden CT. Over his tenure, Ted converted the Royal Footman restaurant in Hamden CT into 23,000 SF of retail space and then renovated and enlarged the 36 LaSalle Rd location in West Hartford Center into four stories, 30,000 SF of retail space for The Lucy Baltzell Shop expansions. The Lucy Baltzell Shop remained in business until Ted and Sally’s retirement from the retail business in 1998.
Ted had a vision not only for his own business, but for a vibrant West Hartford Center. He was founder and chairman of the West Hartford Property Owners Associations, the West Hartford Retail Merchants Association, and the Landlords Association. Later in his career, Ted purchased the West Hartford Firehouse on Brace Road and converted it into 8500 SF of retail and office space that still operates as a robust business to this day.
Ted was an active supporter of many programs and organizations, most notably The Mark Twain House & Museum and Friends of the Heublein Tower. His expertise in building and property management was an asset to these organizations as he served on their new museum center building and tower rehabilitation committees respectively. He is a longtime member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford CT, where he has served as deacon, and supported initiatives including establishment of community gardens, acquisition of property and housing restoration. These initiatives helped to transform the Huntington Street neighborhood, making it a safer place to live and grow. He also is a sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Program at Babson College, a program to enhance women’s personal and professional success in business.
Ted’s life-long love of cars was one that he shared with his brother growing up, as they purchased, refurbished and resold many collectible vehicles. It was a passion and hobby that remained with him throughout his life, as he acquired a small collection of vintage automobiles. His love of energetic community was also seen in his interest in fishing tournaments which he once observed when on vacation out of state. From that experience, he founded and sponsored an annual Carp Fishing Tournament for several years, as part of Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture initiative, where fisherman from all of the country would come to Hartford for this 3-day annual event.
Besides Sally, he is survived by nephew Craig Carrier and wife Donna, and their children, Seth, Aaron, and Caelyn Carrier, all of Agawam MA, and niece Catherine Carrier, of Agawam. Ted was predeceased by his brother Cris of Hartford. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Davis, of Plattsburgh, NY, and his three children Karen Midkiff of Indianapolis IN, Susan Sanford of Colchester CT, and William Davis of Seattle WA, and their spouses and children.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday November 26th at 11:00 am at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford CT 06105.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Asylum Hill Congregational Church, or The Mark Twain House & Museum, 1351 Farmington Ave, Hartford CT 06105.
Ted’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Arden Court of Avon who provided comfort and compassionate care to Ted during his stay.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:00am at Asylum Hill Congregational Church ~ Hartford


Memorial Contribution

Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105 or The Mark Twain House & Museum, 1351 Farmington Ave, Hartford CT 06105.

One Response to 'Carrier, Edward Stratton “Ted”'

  1. Bill Hunter says:

    Ted was an inspiring human being.His many interests and talents made him a delight to be around.One of my mentors in real estate,Burton I Cohen, introduced me to Ted sometime in the 1970’s.I witnessed Ted transform real estate in West Hartford and Hamden and it was impressive.Then I got to know him personally and saw him even more inspiring in his personal relationships with you and his friends.I was one of the lucky ones who became his friend.I enjoyed his
    Insight and experiences and he enjoyed and appreciated mine.I’m sure his many friends and acquaintances appreciated him and Thank God for the time we got to know him. and THANK YOU Sally for being his faithful companion.

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