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Joseph M. Conlon, 75: Well-traveled wordsmith

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Joseph M. Conlon, 75: Well-traveled wordsmith

ELLINGTON—Joseph M. Conlon, 75, died Oct. 28 in his home in Ellington, Conn., after a brief illness.
 
Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1937 to Joseph M. and Mary E. Conlon, Joseph Jr. was raised in Bergenfield, N.J., and Syracuse, N.Y., before moving to Milton, Mass., for his high school years. He attended Boston College High School, graduating in 1954.
 
Conlon majored in English and graduated from Syracuse University in 1958, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
 
His professional career was spent primarily in marketing and advertising, working for Combustion Engineering, Bausch & Lomb and Alvin & Company, Inc. Conlon was noted by friends and co-workers for his command of the English language – “sentences that parse,” he liked to say – and his logical approach to the work at hand.
 
He lived for a time on Islesford, Little Cranberry Island, and in Portland, as well as Rochester, N.Y., and many years in the Greater Hartford area.
 
Conlon is survived by his son, Brian Conlon, of Luray, Va.; his niece, Kathleen Lake, of Waterville; his nephew, Eric Lake and his wife, Shelly, of North Yarmouth; and his great-nephew and great-niece John and Katherine Lake.