Alan C. Elwell, 78

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:15pm

Alan Costain Elwell, age 78, of Stamford, Conn., and Block Island, R.I., passed away in the morning hours of Jan. 3, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was loved and respected by many for his friendship, wit, and ability to see things from a different perspective.

Alan was born in Bath, England to Thomas Harold Elwell and Peggy Thompson Elwell. He spent his youth in the Gareloch and Loch Lomond, Scotland, during the Second World War and after the war with his grandfather on the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. He emigrated to the United States with his brother Lance in 1948 to join his parents, who had come to the U.S. a year earlier; first living in New Jersey, then settling down on Long Island. He spent much of his youth sailing and exploring the Great South Bay where he enjoyed exploring and messing about in small boats.

Alan graduated from Trinity College in Hartford Conn., where he studied history and played tight end on the football team. He stayed in touch with his teammates and classmates throughout his life.

His career was in reinsurance and was widely respected in his field, starting A.C. Elwell Co. in 1984. He was an avid and accomplished sailor, participating in two Bermuda Races, among many others. His pleasures involved history and anything having to do with Block Island, boats, and the ocean. He constructed the family home on Block Island without the use of electricity.

On Block Island, he served as President of the Cormorant Cove Association for 15 years and was an active member of the Committee for the Great Salt Pond, Block Island Maritime Institute and the Block Island Yacht Club.

He’s survived by his loving wife and partner of 57 years, Renate; his mother, Peggy; his brother, Lance; his children Ian, Sean, and Erik; and six wonderful grandchildren who were a constant source of happiness: Connor, Annika, Christopher, Alexandra, Digness, and Caroline.

Ashes will be scattered on Block Island, RI, and the Compton Dando cemetery in Somerset, Great Britain, his ancestral resting place. Two memorial gatherings will be held in his honor in the spring of 2019 with dates and locations to be determined.