Connecticut reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 8, 2020. In the year since, we’ve lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends.
They loved to dance, listen to music, garden, socialize and spend time with their families. They were dedicated and accomplished workers, decorated soldiers and talented artists. They were voracious readers, collectors, travelers, cooks and animal lovers. They liked what the Nutmeg State and this coastal area had to offer — from UConn women’s basketball to the tall ships seen from the shores of southeastern Connecticut. Their lives were filled with joy and humor, and sometimes tragedy.
The 397 people below share at least one thing in common: a deadly pandemic that has taken them from their loved ones. This is by no means a comprehensive list of everyone who has died, but it reflects the majority of New London County residents whose deaths the state has linked to COVID-19.
To us, they have always been more than numbers. Here’s who they were.
— Day Staff Writer Julia Bergman
Leo Accede, Griswold
Viola L. Allain, Montville
Edward Allen, 74, Groton
Angela Alvarado, 78, Norwich. She enjoyed an instrument called the guiro in Spanish. She was the first to be ready for the Puerto Rican tradition called Parranda, Christmas caroling.
Linda Anderson, 76, Waterford. Kind spirit and boundless compassion. Dedicated to family and friends, incredible sense of humor, loved spontaneous dance parties, and Motown.
Clinton Anderson Jr.,…