Morgan Kaolian, age 90, of Stratford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Bridgeport on April 5, 1928, he was a son of the late Howard and Florence Mazlemian Kaolian.
While still in high school, Morgan earned his Private Pilot's certificate after soloing at age 16. Following an Army tour of duty in Japan, he attended the Whitney School of Art. After graduation, he established a public relations and advertising agency in downtown Bridgeport. Known as 'Captain Traffic' he became Connecticut's first airborne traffic reporter, flying "Flight 600," for WICC radio, for three decades. His lifelong passion for aviation led him to a career in aerial photography, piloting sky rides in his Piper Cub and 1929 biplane, and manager of the Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
Survivors include his son Kit Kaolian of Milford, Morgan's loving partner of 25 years Patricia Stone of Stratford, her children, to whom Morgan was like a father: Kelly Durrschmidt of Stratford and Ken Durrschmidt and his wife Nicole of Astoria, NY; and the apple of his eye, granddaughter Kyah. He is also survived by his brother, Sarkis Kaolian and his wife Heidi and their children, Morgan's nephews, Alexander, Christopher and Gregory. He was predeceased by Kit's mother, Christine Ernst. A heart-felt thank you to his loving and caring home health aides Jennifer Stedford and Anfrieda King.
Friends may greet the family on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 3 – 7 p.m. followed by a service at 7 p.m. officiated by Rev. Untzag Nalbandian in the Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension, 1460 Huntington Turnpike Trumbull. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. directly in the Church. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension, 1460 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611 or to Connecticut Air & Space Center, P.O. Box 1293, Stratford CT 06615.