Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey regrets to announce the recent passing of Retired Captain (Grovie) Seth Fessenden III.
Seth Grosvenor Fessenden III, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2020. He was born on September 29, 1927 in Stamford to Seth and Alma (Dahlgren) Fessenden. He was the husband of the late Alice (Minogue) Fessenden.
He lived most of his life in Greenwich until moving to Hamden to be closer to family. He is survived by his son, Michael Fessenden and his daughter Caroline Gigantino, her husband Thomas Gigantino; and two grandchildren, Emma and TJ Gigantino; his two sisters, Susan Brill and Elizabeth Spillman, and several nieces and nephews.
Hired on July 1, 1953, Captain Fessenden spent his 23 year career in various sections of the Department including Patrol, Traffic, Detective Division and finally Captain of Traffic.
While a Sergeant assigned to field supervision in 1 970, he was the recipient of the coveted Dr. John A. Clark award for courageous performance of duty exemplifying the highest traditions of law enforcement. He received the award for identifying, pursuing and apprehending an armed burglar wanted by various agencies across the country.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Captain Fessenden served in the Army for two years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant during the Korean War with the 192nd Field Artillery Battalion.
In his retirement he enjoyed being at the beach, working in the yard, and tinkering at his work bench. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox and was happy to have seen their recent success.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are private. Our thoughts and payers go with him and his family.