Prior to his retirement in 1982, Wally was President of Wood’s Lightning Protection, Shelton. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Waldo Nathan Sweet and Margaret Tierney Sweet Bilgren. In his youth Wally was very active with the Middle Street Boys Club. He prepared for college at Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA.
He graduated from Yale University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. While at Yale he belonged to Chi Phi (Calhoun College). Upon graduation Wally served in the United States Army. Wally married Alice Langmuir Sweet in 1956. The couple remained married for 52 years until Alice’s death in 2008.
He is survived by the couple’s five children; Philip and Djanira Sweet of Norwalk, David and Jamie Sweet of Bridgeport, Helen Cooke of Lowell, MA, Bryant Sweet of Fairfield, and Jane Sweet of Easton. He is also survived by his sister Jane Sweet Stagg of Stratford. Waldo had two grandchildren Alexander and Victoria Cervone and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Alice, he was predeceased by his son Waldo Nathan Sweet, III.
Wally was devoted to his family. He enjoyed travel and sports especially golf at Brooklawn Country Club, where he belonged for more than forty years.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:00a.m., meeting directly in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Monday from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. in the Redgate – Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made in his name to The Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027.
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