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Hamden Obituaries: Julius Hyatt, 94

He was a founding member of the Hamden Jewish Center, which later became Temple Beth Sholom. His services are this afternoon.

Julius Hyatt, 94, formerly of Hamden, passed away at Masonicare in Wallingford on Dec. 6, 2013.
Julius Hyatt, 94, formerly of Hamden, passed away at Masonicare in Wallingford on Dec. 6, 2013.


Julius Hyatt, 94, formerly of Hamden, passed away at Masonicare in Wallingford on Dec. 6, 2013. He was the devoted and beloved husband of Muriel (Goldman) Hyatt, who died in 1999.

Julius was born on June 26, 1919 in Clinton. He was the son of Morris and Dora (Kaplan) Hyatt.

Julius graduated from Commercial High School in 1937. Julius was proud to have served his country as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an active member of the Jewish War Veterans in the New Haven, CT area. Julius was also an active member of the Masons, Hiram 1 Lodge, for more than 60 years.

Julius began his career as a cattle dealer in Madison, CT. He later was an owner/operator of the Hy-Dee meat business in New Haven, CT.

In his free time, he loved gardening and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed watching sporting events, especially the Red Sox and Redskins games.

Julius lived in Hamden for 63 years. He and Muriel raised their family on Barraclough Avenue and then later moved to a condo at Charlton Hill. More recently he lived at Tower One in New Haven, CT.

He was a founding member of the Hamden Jewish Center, which later became Temple Beth Sholom. He was very involved in organizing a youth basketball league, “Biddy Basketball” and other sports programs. He also ran many fundraising events for the synagogue. He was proud to have been on the Temple house committee for many years and helped construct the annual Sukkah at Temple Beth Shalom for 62 consecutive years.

Julius was a past president of the Men’s Club at the synagogue. One of his proudest moments was being chosen “Man of the Year” in 1957. Remarkably he was also the recipient of the Temple’s 2000 “Presidents Award”. We can say many great things about Julius, but the way he lived his life and loved his family says it all.

Julius is predeceased by his brothers, George and Hy; his sister Eve; his brother-in-law Jack Segal; and his sister-in-law Harriet Hyatt. He is survived by his son Mitchell and his wife Joanne of Chelmsford, MA; his son Lawrence of Wallingford, CT; his daughter Joan and her husband David of South Portland, ME. Also, he is survived by his sister Helen Segal; his brother-in-law Shelly Schefts; and his sister-in-law Dorothy Hyatt.

He is survived by his grandchildren Becky Azia and her husband Jeff of West Hartford, CT; Ben Hyatt and his wife Wendy of Westborough, MA; Casey Caldwell and his wife Brooke of Denver, Colorado; Tarah Allen and her husband Matt of Boston, MA; Derek Caldwell and his finance Melanie of Waltham, MA; Glenn Hyatt of Farmington, CT; and Daniel Hyatt and his dear friend Alyse of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Julius is also survived by his great grandchildren Abby and Josh Azia of West Hartford, CT and Ethan and Julia Hyatt of Westborough, MA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services at Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Sunday afternoon (TODAY) at 1p.m. with Interment Services to follow at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Temple Beth Sholom. A Period of Mourning will be observed at 18 Tower Lane, New Haven on Sunday 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with a Shiva Minyan at 6:45p.m.

Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. www.shurefuneralhome.com 

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