Walter Benjamin Cromwell, Sr., age 89, of Naples, Florida and West Norwalk, Connecticut, formerly of New Canaan, died peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Norwalk Hospital with his loving family by his side. Born October 27, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Victor H. and Grace Robson Cromwell, and husband of Brigitte Seitz Cromwell, formerly of Bad Kreuznach, Germany. His one sibling, a brother, Victor H. Cromwell, Jr., pre-deceased him in 2010.
Walter graduated from City College of New York with a degree in Civil Engineering, and several years later, joined the U.S. Army as an engineer, whereupon he was transferred to Bad Kreuznach, Germany under The Marshall Plan to help with reconstruction of residential housing for the U.S. Government. Meeting “the girl next door,” a year later he married her at the local Lutheran church and, being shortly after the war, most of the town came out to see their “local girl” marrying an American! When his job in Germany was done, he moved her back to the States to begin a new life and family. Walter subsequently became one of the most successful residential builders in Fairfield County, CT, founding WB Cromwell Builders in 1954 and Colonial Homes, Inc. in 1961, of which he was President and Owner for the next 31 years, a career which saw him build over 160 homes in New Canaan and neighboring towns. He retired in 1992, but being that his passion was building, he continued to build homes in Naples, FL until shortly before his death.