Born June 1, 1919, in Island Falls, Maine, he was the son of Elizabeth Downs Tingley and Harry G. Tingley. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in mechanical engineering. His engineering career included jobs at American Steel & Wire, Pratt & Whitney and Dictaphone. He later owned and operated Stratford Auto Seat until 1985.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 64 years, include a daughter Nancy (Willard) and son, David (Terry); grandchildren, Thomas Steckel, and Jennifer and Thomas Tingley; and nieces and nephews, Rebecca Stephens, Peter Tingley, Patty Yamin, Jeff Walker, Susan Whidden, Judy Mancuso and Barbie Carlson. He was predeceased by a son Thomas James; brothers, Glenn, Philip and Paul, and sisters, Madeline and Helen Walker.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in First Church Congregational, corner of Beach and Old Post Roads, with the Rev. David Spollett, pastor, officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Arrangements are handled by the Spear-Miller Funeral Home of Fairfield. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.