John D Wells IV, age 91, of Stratford, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2023. John graduated East Hampton High in 1949. John began a long successful career in tool design with an apprenticeship at GE. He continued working at different companies throughout his career. He also opened his own design firm, Tenet Design, where he provided design work and consultation to various companies until recently. John was an avid fisherman and boater and shared this activity with family and friends. He was a keen reader and particularly enjoyed non-fiction. John will be remembered for his fine wit, dry sense of humor and tenacity. John is survived by his daughter, Donna Wells and husband, Don Ireland of Stratford and his son, Derek Wells and his wife, Gail Wells of Milford, his daughter-in-law, Alynne Wells, his grandchildren, Douglas Wells and his wife, Amanda, Michael Mlodzianoski, Steve Mlodzianoski and his wife, Hanh, Susan Mlodzianoski, Steven and his wife, Michelle Ireland, Joseph Ireland and Ben, Sam, Emma and Mathew Grace and four great grandchildren, John Ryan Wells, and Julia, Stella and Lea Mlodzianoski. John is also survived by his brothers, Curt Wells, Massachusetts and Elbert Wells, Florida. John is survived by his companion Edith Drost, with whom he enjoyed the last years of his life. John was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Irene Wells, his brother Harry Wells, his son Doug Wells, his grandson Chris Wells, and his daughter Debra Mlodzianoski, and her husband Paul Mlodzianoski. Friends are invited to a celebration of John’s life at the Galello -Luchansky Funeral Home, 2220 Main Street, Stratford on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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