Willard Allen, Jr., 79, of Hamden, entered eternal rest on August 24, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Hattie Allen.

Willard was born in Durham, NC on June 24, 1939, a son of the late Willard Allen, Sr. and Sadie B. McLean Allen.

He served as a Marshal for the State of Connecticut for numerous years. Mr. Allen was a longtime member of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church as well as a member of the Knickerbockers and Widow’s Son Lodge No. 1 F. & A.M.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish loving memories, a son, Willard Andre Allen; four daughters, Carolyn (Daniel) Ulmer, Brenda (Thomas) Taylor, Kathie (Anthony) Coppage and Constance (Vic) Joshua; two brothers, Ronald (Christine) Allen and Kelvin (Vera) Allen; three sisters, Kokeeta Jackson, Carolyn Sumpter and Sharon Allen; an eldest and dearest cousin, James McLean; six grandchildren; a great grandson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Mr. Allen’s life and legacy will be held Friday, August 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1324 Chapel St., New Haven. Calling hours will be held at the church from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with Masonic services beginning at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will be in the Beaverdale Memorial Park Mausoleum.