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Carleton Lewis Riddick, Sr.

April 24, 1950 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 71)


Carleton Lewis Riddick, Sr., born April 24, 1950 in Middletown, CT to the late Walter McKinley and Lois McArthur Riddick, departed this life peacefully at the Middlesex Hospital while in Hospice Care on Monday, November 15, 2021.

Carleton leaves to mourn his death--his brother, James A. Riddick, Middletown, CT; sister, Eleanor L. Bain, Durham, NC; a very special and devoted friend, Janice Bartolotta, Middletown, CT; son, Carleton L. Riddick, Jr., Middletown, CT; and a grandson, Jachai Riddick, Bristol, CT.  Also survived by his 6 aunts--Constance Thornhill, Bronx, NY; Lannie Morehead, Fort Washington, MD; Eula Phillips, New York, NY; Henrietta Howard, Oxon Hill, MD; Joan Scott Hill, Upper Marlboro, MD; Lula McArthur, Middletown, CT; and a host of cousins and devoted friends.

Carleton was a member of the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church in Middletown for 71 years.  As a youth, he joined and participated in the Junior Choir; and in his adult years assisted in helping at the church's After School Tutorial Program for elementary and youth children and served as a Class Leader to some of the church congregation members.  Carleton reached out to the sick and shut-in -- expressing his concern for their health and well being.

Carleton's education included Nathaniel White Elementary School in Cromwell, CT; Wilbert Snow School, Middletown, CT; Woodrow Wilson Junior and Senior High Schools graduating in the class of 1969; and a graduate of the Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT.  Carleton also attended the New Haven Academy of Business, New Haven, CT and a school of Radio Broadcasting having developed an interest in radio music.  His passion for music led him to establish a Facebook following for music lovers.

Carleton’s employment included working as a Systems Analyst at the Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company, Hartford, CT and West Haven V.A. Medical Center until his retirement.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday, November 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown where masks are required and social distancing is requested by the family.  Funeral services will be private and live streamed through Doolittle Funeral Home Facebook at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Carleton’s memory may be made to Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West Street, Middletown, CT 06457.  To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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November 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Doolittle Funeral Home
14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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