Bernard Horace Allen

Bernard Horace Allen

Bernard Horace Allen

August 03, 1928~April 25, 2021

Groton – Bernard H. Allen, age 92, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Known to all as Barney, he was born August 3, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY. At 17, he joined the Navy to serve his country near the end of WWII. His service as a torpedoman continued into the Korean War, where he served aboard the USS Robert A. Owens (DD-827), the USS Barton (DD-722), and the USS Henley (DD-762). On the USS Frontier (AD-25), Barney became a deep-sea rescue diver. His service bridged into the Vietnam War before he retired from the Navy in 1965 while serving on the USS Fulton (AS-11).

Barney joined the Waterford Police Dept. in 1965 and said they are “Second to none.” In 1983, he qualified as a Bomb Technician for the ATF. Promoted to Lieutenant, he served the community until he retired in 1991. Alongside law enforcement, he worked 32 years as a longshoreman for Local 1411.

An avid fisherman, Barney loved boating on his fishing boat, the Boston Blacky. In his later years, his love for animals prevailed by adopting neighborhood stray cats.

A lifetime member of the Connecticut 100 Club, Barney also belonged to the Masons, Shriner Lodge, Tuckerbung Association, VFW Legion, and the Groton Elks.

His death was preceded by his wife, Ruth Margret Hoy Allen, and stepchildren Marilyn and Steven (Skip). Barney lost Ruth to Alzheimer’s Disease and is known to the hospital staff as Tootsie for all the candy he brought to those who provide so much care.

Survivors include Barry S. Allen and his wife, Laurie E. Allen, and stepdaughter Beverly Martin.

A private funeral service will be held on…


Tyrone McLaughlin (Friend )

April 28, 2021, 12:00 am

I would like to say on to Barry and Laurie, on behalf of the McLaughlin family, and your work family, we are truly sorry for your loss. Be aware, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Skip & Belinda Sheldon (Friends With Dee)

April 29, 2021, 12:00 am

Condolences to your family. May God be with you all.
Skip & Belinda


April 29, 2021, 12:00 am

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

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