Ted Diamond Turns 100

Ted Diamond is Westport’s youngest centenarian.

On Monday, the longtime resident celebrated his 100th birthday. And what a 10-decade life it’s been.

Diamond served as an Army Air Corps combat navigator with the 15th Air Force. He flew 50 missions over highly secured military installations throughout Europe, often leading a group of 28 B-17s.

Two years ago — on his 98th birthday — he received France’s highest medal: the insignia of Chevalier (knight) of the Legion of Honor.

The award — established by Napoleon in 1802 — acknowledged Diamond’s enduring contribution to the success of Operation Dragoon, a military campaign to free the nation from Nazi domination.

Ted Diamond, at this year’s Memorial Day ceremony.

He has spent the last 62 years in Westport. In addition to 3 terms as 2nd selectman, he was an RTM member, and volunteered on numerous town committees, commissions and boards.

In 2007, Diamond served as grand marshal of Westport’s Memorial Day parade.

But he’s not about to let a 3-digit age slow him down.

Last night, the former 2nd selectman was at Bedford Middle School. Congressman Jim Himes was holding a town hall meeting.

Ted Diamond wanted to hear what his fellow Democrat thinks about today — and the future.

Ted Diamond and his wife Carol, at last night’s “town hall” meeting with Congressman Jim Himes.

 

13 responses to “Ted Diamond Turns 100

  1. Holly Wheeler

    HAPPY. BIRTHDAY, Mr. DIamond !!!!!

  2. Bill Boyd (Staples 1966)

    The greatest generation !
    Thank you sir !

  3. Bonnie Bradley

    Patriot, public servant, a man of integrity and devotion to his town – a star in the Westport galaxy. Happy Birthday, Ted Diamond! 🎂

  4. Happy Birthday Ted! Thank you for your service to our country, and our town. Without you and Jackie Henage we wouldn’t have Winslow Park. Most of all thank you for being a friend and sharing your wisdom with me. May your 100th be a great one my friend. The best from Izzo Family and all our staff at Crossroads Ace Hardware.

  5. Happy birthday, Ted! You are a Westport Treasure.

  6. Happy Birthday Ted from fellow long-term Westporters. Lets all keep fighting the good fight.
    Joya and Stu Losen

  7. Happy Birthday, Ted. We so appreciate what you have done in your life.

  8. a real gentleman and an excellent(pretty good) bridge player.
    Happy Birthday
    Steve Heller

  9. Don L, Bergmann

    We love you Ted, you too Carol.
    Don Bergmann

  10. Arthur A. Greenberg

    Great getting to know you Ted. Enjoyed your presentation at the Y’s Men Meeting. Glad you cherish the cane we gave you. Many more happy and healthy birthdays. See you in tn the fall. ART GREENBERG.

  11. In addition to Ted’s gifts to our country and out town, he is also a wonderful Justice of the Peace. When he legally married my husband and I seven years ago at 93, we didn’t expect much of a ceremony in his screened in porch but he blew us away with his meaningful words about marriage and life.
    Good bless this beautiful man on his hundredth birthday.

  12. Mark J. Marcus

    Happy Birthday Ted! Thank you for your many years of service to our country and our community. I don’t think I have ever been at an important Town meeting or DTC meeting of any consequence where you and Carol were not in attendance. I cannot think of any other citizen who has given more of his time or contributed more of his wisdom to our Town.

  13. Michael Calise

    Happy Birthday Ted,
    Your many years of contributions to our town are truly an inspiration!

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