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Phone: (860) 875-5490
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John Cayward

John C. Cayward

Sunday, March 3rd, 1935 - Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
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John C. Cayward, of Tolland, husband to Emogene (Stoddard) Cayward, died on May 2, 2019. He was 84. John was born in Nashua, NH, on March 3, 1935, the son of the late Dr. Claire G. Cayward and Della (Martin) Cayward. He spent his early years in New Ipswich, NH. He graduated from Mount Hermon School in 1953, and in 1957 he graduated from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, with a B.S. degree in psychology. While at William & Mary, he was a member of the varsity baseball and freshman football teams. During the summers of his college years, he worked on road and bridge construction in NH and MA, and played baseball with the New Ipswich town team in the Crotched Mountain Baseball League.
After college, he entered the U.S. Army. Following basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, he completed the army course in Clinical Psychology Procedures, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. From 1958 to 1960, he served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
In 1960, he began working for Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, CT. He was continuously employed by that company until his retirement in 1998. On April 10, 1964, he married Emogene Stoddard. They had lived in Tolland, CT since 1973.
For a number of years, he was a coach in the Tolland Baseball League, and was league treasurer from 1980 through 1987. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoyed sports, hiking, carpentry, reading, American history, lawn mowing, raking leaves, cutting wood, snow removal, word jumbles, country music and his camp in East Brookfield, VT.
He was a member of the 25th Infantry Division Association, the Tolland Historical Society, Friends of the Tolland Public Library, and the Aetna Retirees Association.
In addition to his wife, Emogene, he leaves three sons: Darren O. Cayward and his wife, Karen of Kennesaw, GA, Carlton A. Cayward and wife Lynn of Tolland, CT, Andrew S. Cayward and wife Kerry of South Windsor, CT. Grandchildren are Emma, Alexandra and Katherine Cayward of Hamden, CT; Olivia, Jackson and Maria Cayward of Tolland, CT, Liam, Nora and Maeve Cayward of South Windsor, CT. He is also survived by a sister Carol Church of Uncasville, CT. He was predeceased by a brother, Glenn W. Cayward.
Relatives and friends may join the family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4-7pm at Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Rd, Tolland,CT 06084. Burial will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 am, at Valley View Cemetery, Baxter st, Tolland. (Please meet at the Cemetery). In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations in John’s name made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis,TN 38105. For online condolences please visit
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
    375 Merrow Road
    TOLLAND, CT 06084
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  • Interment

    Valley View Cemetery
    TOLLAND, CT 06084
    10:00 am 5/9/19 Meet directly at church Baxter St, Tolland,CT 06084


Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.


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Judy Keurulainen

Posted at 09:20am
I was very sorry to read about John's death in my local paper today. The Cayward family were my second family in my teenage years and had a great influence in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

William NIemi

Posted at 09:03pm
I grew up in New Ipswich, NH. Dr. Claire Cayward was our family physician and was my hero. His family was special and I particularly admired the whole family. Occasionally on medical visits to our home he would bring one of his children. I remember one occasion when he made a house call at 2 AM ! I attended UVM's College of Medicine in the 1960s when Hall A was still in use and wondered if I was sitting in the same seat that Dr. Cayward may have sat in. I didn't realize until I attended UVM that he was a sports legend in their Hall of Fame. He was outstanding in 4 sports and was offered professional contracts. Instead he became our family physician. John must have been proud of him. I am grateful that Caywards made New Ipswich their home in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. My sincere condolences to the Cayward family.

The Hui family

Posted at 07:32pm
We will miss John very much and we are thinking of you and the entire Cayward family. With deepest sympathy,
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Richard Bozzone

Posted at 10:18am
John & I were fellow "Aetnoids" & van poolers. That's how we met. In addition we both shared a mutual interest in "baseball". We kept in touch over the years exchanging magazines that each of us read than exchanging them leaving them in the Courant or JI box for each other to read. Occasionally we would get together and have breakfast at Papa T's and talk about his trips to Vermont and his children. I completely enjoyed John as a lovely person who was a pleasure to know.

My sincerest sympathy to his wife Emogene and, his children and grandchildren all of whom he was so proud of.

Love, Pam

Posted at 07:55pm
Dear Emogene, I'm so sorry to hear that your beloved John has passed. You have my deepest sympathies.
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