CARY L. WELLINGTON

A celebration of life for Cary L. Wellington will be held at Temple Shearith Israel, Ridgefield, Connecticut (www.tsi.org) on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:30a.m., where we will hold a service and tell some of his many stories.  He will be put to rest at Sharon Garden Cemetery, in Valhalla, NY.

He passed away surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday, February 2, 2010.   He was 89 years old, and called himself the bravest coward.  
Cary took great comfort in telling his family to "do whatever makes you happy."  He wouldn't ask for anything more than a simple obituary, but following this directive, we take happiness in sharing just a few Carry-isms.  He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1937, and despite often sleeping through his classes, he excelled in a variety of fields.  He was an engineer, inventor, jewelry maker, printer, electronics manufacturer, builder, sailor, pilot, poet, avid bargain hunter, recipe collector, and a Kentucky Kernel, among other distinctions.  Cary helped develop the technology that General Electric used to mass produce capacitors; this invention revolutionized modern electronics.  He also holds several patents for detonation mechanisms which paved the way for the guided missile.  He was Founder and CEO of Wellington Leisure Products, which produced cordage, and employed 1,500 people across the United States.  
A great supporter of education, he founded the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Management, and donated generously to Wooster School of Danbury and Lynn University College of Music of Boca Raton.  Passionate about Israel and Jewish education, he started a Jewish day-school, Maimonides Academy of Danbury, funded a kibutz in Israel--Nochlat Connecticut, and assisted the Israeli military as a weapons expert.  
Cary was a man who wouldn't take no for an answer.  He would often drive the wrong way on a one-way street, and park anywhere he wanted.  After several rejections by local orchestras, he started the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in pursuit of first chair.  Perhaps his greatest talent of all was motivating and inspiring others.  
He was born May 10, 1920 in Manhattan, New York the son of Abraham and Gussie Rothman.  
He would like to thank all of his children for being a burden he was both privileged and blessed to have. 
He is survived by his wife, Imelda Wellington, his children, Richard, Mark, Jody, Augusta, Abraham, Brad, Abby, Ben and Adam, and his stepchildren Rogan, Anne Marie and Oliva.  He has sixteen grandchildren, with one on the way.  He insisted on leaving behind two huggable Samoyed, Bear and Sheaba, to look after Imelda.  
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers and one son, Dean.   
The Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield, Connecticut is in charge of the arrangements.


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