Torsten Ellison, 75

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 9:45am

Torsten Ellison, 75, of East Norwalk, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at his home. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, the only son of Torsten and Siri (Nyquist) Ellison, he was the beloved husband of Margaret J. (Keefe) Ellison for over 52 years. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mr. Ellison was a retired art director.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, he loved being on Block Island where many family milestones occurred: meeting his wife Margaret, the engagement of his son Graham, and the wedding ceremony of his daughter Kirsten.   

He was a longstanding member of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club for over 35 years where he kept the family’s cherished boat Margaux. He was truly happiest on the ocean and on Margaux, whether it be fishing, sailing, or just relaxing. 

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by their children, Graham Ellison and his wife Jennifer, Kirsten Grady and her husband John; and three cherished grandchildren, Katelyn and Connor Ellison, and Georgia Bea Grady.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday Dec, 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Parish Center, 22 Spring St., Block Island, with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Block Island Medical Center, 6 Payne Rd, New Shoreham, R.I. 02807. Visit online at