STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — J. Edward Caldwell, a World War II veteran and lawyer who turned to politics and became the longest-serving state comptroller in Connecticut history, has died. He was 86.
Caldwell, of Stratford and Narragansett, R.I., died Oct. 9, according to an obituary prepared by his family. His cause of death wasn’t disclosed.
He was a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, Fairfield University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served in the Army during World War II and went on to practice law, including a stint as corporation counsel for the city of Bridgeport. Fairfield University named him its man of the year in 1967.
Caldwell was a Democratic state senator for the 23rd District in Bridgeport from 1958 to 1974 and served as Senate majority leader before being elected state comptroller. He held the comptroller’s job from 1975 to 1991. The comptroller provides accounting and financial services for the state, including administering benefits and producing a monthly report on the state’s financial condition.
He also served on the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman praised Caldwell for his dedication to public service.
“He had an unwavering passion for the people he served and left an indelible mark on the state of Connecticut,” Malloy said in a statement.
Caldwell’s funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Church in Stratford.