Ted W. Verrill

Mar 07, 2018
Ted Verrill

Southport, Conn. — Ted Wright Verrill, 68, beloved husband, father and son, passed away suddenly early in the morning Saturday, March 3, 2018, at his home. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Florence Newcomb; and his two children, Gordon and Sarah. He was the first-born child of David and Anna Verrill of Falmouth. He is survived by his parents and his four younger brothers; Dana and wife Dolores, Tom and wife Lynn, Jeff and wife Anne, David and wife Karen; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Ted received a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in 1971. His education continued with a master's of business administration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He worked for several years for the accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand in Boston. In 1979, Ted and Florence moved to New York City. He continued working for Coopers and Lybrand while attending Fordham University School of Law. After passing the New York bar, he began his legal career at the Wall Street law firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood. In 1986, he took his legal skills to Chrysler Capital, the financial arm of Chrysler Corp. Thus began 25 years as an attorney engaged in the development, construction and financing of hard assets – power generation, manufacturing, public works facilities and transportation.

Chrysler Capital was dissolved when Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler Corp.; at this point, Ted began focusing his work on renewable energy projects. He developed an electrical generating facility in Ansonia, Conn., and worked on biomass in Vermont. Quoting a profile that was done of Ted in a recent issue of the Bowdoin [College] Magazine: “Being a native son of Maine with a seafaring heritage, I had always been intrigued by the power of the sea”. In 2014, Ted was introduced to Dr. Ramez Atiya, a physicist with several patents for harnessing tidal power. Together Ramez and Ted created Halcyon Tidal Power, of which Ted was the president and CEO. The company currently has international tidal power facilities in development.

Ted was a man who loved the outdoors. At various points in his life, he was an avid hunter. He often traveled to hunt internationally. He was an excellent golfer, he taught his kids to ski, and when they were involved with horses and equestrian activities, he pitched in and rode and helped take care of the horses! He traveled the world and was always interested in good food and fine wine. His interest in good food extended to his own kitchen – he was a great cook!

Ted loved his family, both human and animal. He was generously supportive of his children in education, travel and life. He was always part of the fun at extended family gatherings. Ted’s wit and humor will be greatly missed by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Southport Congregational Church, 524 Pequot Ave., Southport, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ted Verrill Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 366, Southport, CT 06890.

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