Duane M. Caldwell, 48, of Bantam, died unexpectedly April 16 in Torrington.

He was born May 2, 1964, in New Milford, son of the late James and Carol (Boyd) Caldwell. He graduated from Henry Abbott Technical School in 1982 and moved from New Milford to Bantam four years ago.

He was a welder and owned Duane Caldwell Welding, as well as Cozy Hills Camp Ground in Bantam.

He was a member of the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 in New Milford and the Connecticut Campground Owners Association. He was involved in the Pumpkin Chuckin' contest and known as "Lord of the Gourds."

He is survived by a son, Nicolai Caldwell, of Bantam; a brother, Daniel Caldwell, of New Milford; a sister, Kim Caldwell Lang, and her husband, David, of New Milford; two nieces, Rebecca Bloom, and her husband, Matthew, and Katherine Caldwell; a nephew, James Caldwell; a grandniece, Madison Bloom; and his "Cozy Hills family."

He will be remembered for choosing to help others through tissue donation.

Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.