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Written by: Evelyn Dederick

     This is a story about our second son, Alan Dederick, who was always very energetic and lived life to the fullest. Alan was born on March 11, 1971 at the Meriden-Wallingford Hospital, as we were living in Wallingford at the time. We moved to our new home in Middlebury that my dad built when Alan was 3 years old. He attended schools in Middlebury, and was active in sports, belonging to the soccer and baseball teams. He was a cub scout and boy scout and learned many skills during his years as a member, especially at summer camp in Plymouth each year. He achieved the honor of becoming an Eagle Scout in Troop 444 and we were very proud of all his accomplishments.

     He served as a volunteer in the Middlebury Junior Fire Department along with his brother Randall. Alan graduated from Pomperaug High, and then attended Waterbury State Tech where he earned his Associates Degree with his major in Electrical Engineering.

     Alan worked for a carpenter in Southford for a few summers doing carpentry work, landscaping and other odd jobs which was a great experience for him. Alan attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs where he worked very hard to earn his Bachelor's of Science Degree with his major in Electrical Engineering. His first job after graduation was as an Electronics Technician/Production Worker at Morse Watchman in Oxford. After a few years he moved on to work at Wentworth Lab in Brookfield as a PCB Designer in the Engineering Dept. which was very tedious. After a few years he became Supervisor of the Engineering Dept. but found the job very stressful as much was expected of all their employees. He had to train the new employees, plus do his own work, and finish up doing others jobs when they couldn't complete them due to the deadlines they had to meet. All of this tension contributed to Alan crossing himself over to the other side, which was very shocking to all who knew and loved Alan.

     Alan always loved the outdoors, camping, swimming, relaxing on the beach, skiing and rollerblading. He also loved to travel and visited his relatives in Madrid, Spain, twice, and also traveled to California and Florida. He loved the warm tropical weather and loved to relax on the beach. He was fun loving and loved to party.

     Alan loved all kinds of music and attended many concerts with his friends, and also loved to work out at the Gym. We have so many wonderful memories of Alan, especially all our vacations that we spent together as a family at Lake Winnapasaukee, New Hampshire, and Rocky Neck Campground. We will always remember his cute smile and his contagious laugh, but know that he is with us everyday, watching over us, and will be with us in spirit always until we meet again in Heaven.

     We thank God for allowing Alan to be a part of our lives for 30 years but we wish it could have been for much longer. Alan was very special and we were blessed to have him in our family. He brought us many years of happiness, but God had other plans for him. Alan, we love you and miss you very much, and you are always in our thoughts.

Love Always,
Mom, Dad, and Randall

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