Longtime CCC member and Chelsea neighbor Rick Carrier died quietly on December 12. He was 91. Rick was a World War II veteran, who landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and later was among those who discovered and liberated Buchenwald. He was a recipient of the prestigious French Legion of Honor Award. In 1959 he wrote and produced a feature motion picture entitled Strangers in the City, which has been shown on Turner Classic Movies several times. He wrote four successful how-to books and founded a non-profit organization to raise awareness for the then endangered bald eagle. With help from Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso, Rick persuaded President Reagan to declare June 20th Bald Eagle Day, still recognized by over 47 states.
The lay-led service on Sunday, January 1, at Chelsea Community Church, will include a dedication to the memory of Rick Carrier, with special music by Pam Palmieri, Charles Ramsey, and Leslie Barth.