Published by Hartford Courant on February 20, 2022.
Obituary of Conrad Whitney (2022) – West Hartford, CT
Conrad Delano Whitney passed away at the age of 93 on February 14, 2022 (Valentine’s Day) surrounded by his loving family after a short illness. Conrad was the 2nd son of Theodore Whitney and Grace Mooney Whitney and brother of Theodore (Ted) Whitney. Born on October 17, 1928, he grew up in West Hartford, where he graduated from the old William Hall High School in 1947. He attended Norwich University in Northfield, VT, the US Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. After graduating, he became 2nd Lieutenant-Armor in the US Army. In June 1951, Conrad married the love of his life, Barbara Foley, and in the blink of an eye Conrad entered active service in September. He served with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas until October 1952, when he was deployed to Korea as an adviser to the Republic of Korea Tank Company until June 1953. In August of that year, he returned to civilian service in the CT National Guard and US Army Reserve, where he mentored many Soldiers over the next 28 years, retiring in 1981 after 30 years of service as a US Army colonel. In 1953, Conrad joined Aetna Life and Casualty, retiring after 37 years of service as an officer of the Employee Benefits Division. He had an amazing career at Aetna but decided to retire to spend more time with his wife Barbara and grandchildren. After his retirement, he maintained many friendships with his Aetna colleagues. Conrad was an outdoorsy person who loved skiing and was active at the Springfield Ski Club in Blandford, MA, taking his three children skiing every weekend. He also enjoyed the challenges of Stowe, VT and skied well into his 70’s. He was an avid runner and loved fly fishing for Steelhead in upstate New York. He also enjoyed a good round of golf, particularly with his grandchildren, playing his final round with them on Father’s Day 2021. He has served as President of Newington Swim Club, Little League Coach and Indian Guide Leader. Conrad had the honor of being the Grand Marshall for the Newington Memorial Day Parade in 2017 when he rode in an Army Jeep and waved to the crowd. It was a highlight to be selected and he was delighted at the opportunity to wear his Army Dress Blues again with his medals. In 2006 he established the Conrad D. Whitney Scholarship Fund for Military Excellence at Norwich University in his honor and in 2010 he established the Barbara and Marilyn Whitney Scholarship Fund at Norwich University to help students achieve their goals and enter the armed forces to be included. After Barbara passed away in 1999, he reconnected with longtime friend and Aetna retiree, Marilyn Conley. They fell in love and married in 2002. Conrad and Marilyn loved to travel and visit many countries as well as embarking on river cruises throughout Europe. Ireland was one of her favorite countries and she visited more than 10 times. For 17 years they wintered in Myrtle Beach, where they maintained wonderful friendships. Conrad is survived by his three children: Patricia Burns (James) of Strongsville, OH; Brian Whitney (Paula) of West Hartford, CT; John Whitney (Carrie-Lynn) of Walland, TN; six grandchildren, Matthew Whitney (Sarah) of West Hartford, Brian Michael Whitney of West Hartford, Conor Whitney (Marissa) of West Hartford, Morgan Whitney of West Hartford, Allison Burns and her longtime boyfriend Bryan McCauley and Matt Burns of Cleveland, OH; three great-granddaughters Julia, Faye and Samantha; and his niece Eve Lynn Loftis (Steven). Conrad is a predeceased of Barbara F. Whitney, his first wife, Marilyn Conley, his second wife, Theodore and Grace Whitney, his parents, Theodore Whitney, his brother, and the many Kinsella cousins he adored. Conrad will be greatly missed by the Whitney, Callahan and Burns families, his wonderful neighbors the Evons and the Ganleys, and countless other friends and family. Consultation hours are Sunday, February 27, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford. A Christian funeral service will be held on Monday, February 28 at 10:00 am at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church Street, Newington, CT. Burial with military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Glastonbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Conrad D. Whitney Scholarship for Military Excellence, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT, 05663, USA. Online condolences can be expressed at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com