Ellery Plotkin: Longtime Fairfield resident and community member dies
FAIRFIELD — Ellery Plotkin, a longtime resident who was involved in the Fairfield community and its politics, has died.
According to the Fairfield Health Department, his death was unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to his obituary, Plotkin was born in Stamford to Leonard and Ceal Plotkin. He graduated from the University of Connecticut and the Hofstra University School of Law and worked as an attorney practicing bankruptcy law.
“Ellery was a kind and generous man with a quirky sense of humor. He always put the needs of others before his own,” the obituary said. “When he did take time for himself, he enjoyed rooting for his beloved New York Mets and the UConn Womens' basketball team.”
The obituary said Plotkin, who died April 2 at age 67, was a member of the Representative Town Meeting for 10 years and served on the Democratic Town Committee, at one point as its chairman. He was a commissioner of the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Commission for a decade and a member of two Penfield Pavilion building committees.
“In 2016, he was awarded the 2016 Eunice Postal Community Service Award from the Fairfield Democratic Committee,” the obituary said.
In the community, Plotkin was a cubmaster of Pack 95 at North Stratfield School, according to the obituary. It said he was a member of two school space committees and a former board member of Sullivan McKinney Elder Housing, a non-profit providing care to the elderly.
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said Plotkin was an accomplished attorney and dedicated public servant. She said she served with him on the RTM, where he was the majority leader and deputy moderator, and the Park and Recreation Commission.
“I am very thankful for his years of faithful service to our town and although we didn’t always agree, we always engaged in respectful dialogue,” Kupchick said. “I thank him for that. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
The obituary said he is survived by his wife Gail Plotkin; children Andrew Plotkin and Rachel Plotkin, and his granddaughter, Angela Plotkin; sisters, their husbands and their children.
A graveside service was set for April 6 at B'nai Israel Cemetery in Monroe. Attendance was limited to immediate family because of coronavirus public health regulation, according to the obituary, with plans to celebrate his life at a later date.