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Robert D. Featherstone



AAFA #0092

1922 NY – 2010 CT




Photo from Jowdy Kane Funeral Home



Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT—11 November 2010


            Robert D. Featherstone, a retired General Electric executive who pursued a passion in genealogy in his spare time, died on Nov. 9 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 88 years old.

            Mr. Featherstone was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., son of Heber and Cora Abby Featherstone. He interrupted his studies at Syracuse University to serve in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 and completed his studies after his honorable discharge and graduated from Syracuse.

            Upon graduation, he received an offer to work with General Electric Company, where he worked for 39 years in several capacities. On a trip to Bogota, Colombia, as an international auditor, he met his future wife, Shelaugh Owen Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Featherstone have been married for 56 years.

            Besides his interest in genealogy, Mr. Featherstone was also an avid golfer and traveler.

            He was also a member of the Ridgefield Men's Club.

            Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Margot Boyd; three sons, James Featherstone and his wife, Betty Pitchford of Dallas, Texas, Michael Featherstone and his wife, Marge of New York City and Robert Featherstone and his wife, Karen of Bridgeport, and nine grandchildren, Brittany, Randi, Danielle, Talia, Denee, Dalton, Jesse, Caleb and Allie.

            The Rev. Russell Augustine, parochial vicar, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in St. Mary's Church. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery at the direction of the family.

            Friends will be received in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30.

Contributions in Mr. Featherstone's memory and honor may be made to St. Mary's Church, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield 06877.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records show that Robert D. Featherstone (SS# issued in NY) was born 1 May 1922, last residence Ridgefield, Fairfield Co., CT.

            Robert’s closest Alford ancestor was his third great-grandmother, Mary “Polly” Alford, wife of Nathaniel Bronson.

            His Alford lineage: Mary “Polly” 1788 VT6, Eliphalet 1752 CT7, Job 1798 CT8, Jeremiah 1655 CT9, Benedict 1619 England10, Thomas 1598 England11.