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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
George Stoddard Reynolds

George Stoddard Reynolds

July 15, 2019
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George Stoddard Reynolds, Jr., 88, of Simsbury, beloved husband of Elizabeth (Paterno) Reynolds, died on July 15, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 14, 1931 B/C (Before Computers) in Pittsfield, MA, son of the late George Stoddard Reynolds, MD and Elisabeth (Hilles) Reynolds and had lived in West Roxbury, MA prior to moving to Simsbury 55 years ago. He attended Eaglebrook and Westminster Schools. Through membership in the glee club of Boston University, he met his wife Elizabeth and they married in 1955 in Pawtucket, RI.

Stoddard was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a sergeant in the 45th Division Reconnaissance Company. He was an intern teacher at Eaglebrook School for two years and then returned to Boston University for his Master of Education degree. He taught history and geography at Renbrook School in West Hartford for thirty-eight years and was a coach for several school sports teams. He also enjoyed several summers as the director of an educational program for Hartford, CT children at Renbrook.
As a coach of ice hockey at Renbrook, he spent many hours flooding and plowing snow off of the school pond. He helped establish the Simsbury Youth Hockey program for boys and girls. He was an original member of the Farmington Valley Chorale and Vallis Musicae, and served as a volunteer for the McLean Hospice in Simsbury. Stoddard enjoyed sailing on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts, reed organ restoration, model boat building, and relaxing with needlepoint projects.

He is survived by his two daughters, Dana, and Dawn and his son Mark; his brother Charles D H Reynolds; his grandchildren Nicholas and Lucia and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters; Elisabeth Oliver, Mary Edman, and Sarah Newbury.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, August 24th at 10 a.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 197 Bushy Hill Rd in Simsbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Renbrook School, St. Alban’s Church, or McLean Hospice in Simsbury. Please visit Stoddard’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
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    August 24, 2019 | 10:00am
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    August 24, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Alban's Episcopal Church
    Address
    197 Bushy Hill Road
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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Bonnie Wyper

Posted at 01:38pm
I will always remember Mr. Reynolds with such affection. He had a special relationship to kids. I was at Renbrook until 1963 when I went away to school. I'm now almost 73 and still have so many vivid memories of Mr. Reynolds in his history class. He was an iconoclast: I remember him telling us that Communism as a system was not all bad but that Russian leaders had misused it for their own gains. That was an amazing and very brave thing to say in the early 60's -- not to much after the McCarthy "Red Scare" era.
He is the only teacher I remember from my years at Renbrook. I was lucky enough to see him in 2015 at our 50th Reunion. I will miss his comforting presence on Earth.
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Nancy Rethmeier

Posted at 10:44am
Stoddard was my idol. He represented all the best qualities that a teacher should have. He taught with passion but with compassion for his students. I remember reading his grade reports and being amazed at the wise, gentle comments he wrote. He was unconventional in the very best way and always true to himself. I loved that long after he retired he was still a presence at Renbrook. He gave and gave and gave. He will be forever etched in my memory as the face of Renbrook.
Nancy Rethmeier (I am sure that he and I were the last two people to use the purple ditto machine!)
 
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Beverly Fitzsousa Posted at 10:21pm

Stoddard was an original. There was no one like him. He embodied a selflessness, grit, humor unlike anyone else I have ever known. Working with him was a joy. I am so thankful that I had him as a colleague. My heart goes out Libby and his children. I will miss him terribly.
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