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Smith, Jeanette Patricia

Jeanette Patricia Smith, 66, of Bloomfield entered into eternal rest Saturday August 10th 2019.
A Native of Lime Tree Gardens, St. Ann’s, Jamaica, Jeanette was born on October 10th 1952, to the late Ira and Daphne (Miller) Smith.
Jeanette migrated to the USA in the early 1970’s and was employed by Massachusetts General Insurance Company and Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company for thirty-five years. Her commitment and dedication was also demonstrated through her service to her church, the Rehoboth Church of God, where she volunteered her time as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, and provided clerical assistance to the Scholarship Committee.
Left to cherish her memories are her brothers, Clancy Smith of Orlando Florida, Collie Smith of Long Island New York and Junior Smith of St. Ann’s Jamaica, a host of extended Family, her church Family and many dear friends in the Bloomfield area.
Besides her parents Jeanette was predeceased by her brother Paul Smith.
Services for Jeanette will take place at the Rehoboth New Testament Church of God, 1170 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002 on Saturday August 31st. Visitation and viewing will begin at 8:00 am followed by the Funeral Service at 9:00 am with burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Young, Vaughn Everett

Vaughn Everett Young, of Canton Center, went to his heavenly home on August 13, 2019 with his wife Sue by his side at Hartford Hospital. Vaughn was born July 21, 1934 son of Frank and Lulu Mae (Nelson) Young and raised in Williamston, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University, 1957, with a B.S. in Math. During college years Vaughn played the piano with a 5 piece jazz group. After graduation he worked for Allen-Bradley, industrial control manufacturer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Boston, MA. While living in the Boston area (Lynnfield) Vaughn was active in Republican town politics and served as chairman of the town’s planning board for several years.
In 1975 Vaughn joined Hartford Electric Supply Company as VP of Sales, and then President of Hartford Systems Corporation, a design and builder of electrical and electronic control systems (subsidiary of HESCO). Vaughn retired from HESCO in 1993. In 1994 he joined Phil Worley, at Worley ACE Hardware, and then Larsen ACE Hardware, retiring a 2nd time in 2014. Vaughn was a member of Avon/Canton Rotary and a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon where he sang in the choir for many years.
Vaughn is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sue; son David and his wife Lynn and their son Jack; daughter Johanna Ferrone and her husband Bruce and their children Andrew and Charlotte. He is also survived by his sisters Rosa-Lee Young; Joan (Dale) Kreider; Brother Lynn Young; nieces, nephews, cousins, and his life-long friend Larry Mackle. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Millicent Young.
Vaughn was such a kind man! He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We will miss him; but happy to know he is free of pain and in the loving arms of our heavenly father.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 19) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Aug. 20) at 11:00am in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Canton Southwest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon, CT 06001.

Jones, Jr., Jimmy Dorsey

A Celebration of Life For
Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr.
Sunrise December 31, 1967 and Sunset August 9, 2019
A Time to be Born
Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr. was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 31, 1967 to Jimmy D. Jones, Sr. and Shirley Tubbs Jones. He was the youngest of two children. He grew up on Cornwall Street and joined Blackwell A.M.E. Zion Methodist Church where his family was very active.

A Time to Be Educated
Jimmy received his early education at Mark Twain Elementary School in Hartford, CT. He then attended Fox Middle School and graduated from A. I. Prince Technical High School in electrical studies.

A Time to Love
Jimmy loved to laugh and tell good jokes. He longed to be a comedian and was always the life of the party. He was a true die-hard fan of the New York Giants and the New York Knicks. Most of all he loved his family, friends and colleagues. He took pride in all his relationships and was a valued friend by many. Jimmy loved to take things apart and then put them back together as a young child. For example, one day Jimmy’s father came home to see his brand-new lawnmower in pieces all over the living room floor.

A Time to Live
Jimmy spent his early years as an electrical apprentice for the Aetna Insurance Company, Inc., Hartford, and PJ Lodola Windsor Locks. He also spent a lot of time dancing with his talented break-dancing crew and he loved the emerging hip-hop culture of the 80’s. As an older adult he was self-employed in the electrical field as an independent contractor. He was a mechanically inclined and innovative handy man.

A Time to Cry
He was predeceased by his parents Jimmy D. Jones, Sr. and Shirley (Tubbs) Jones, and predeceased by his companion and devoted mother of his sons, Kimmy Turner. He leaves to cherish his memories: his three children; Jimmy D. Jones III, Ashley M. McBride and Kalen D. Jones: one grandson, Keonta S. Crawford, Jr.; his sister Patricia (Jones) Mack (Robert) of Windsor, CT, and a special mother in love Betty Turner of Plainville, CT. He also leaves three aunts; Emily Kay Sherman-Iyare of Bloomfield, CT, Betty Jean Gooden (Tubbs) of Marion, AL, and Lois (Tubbs) Jones (Larry) of Chicago, IL. Lastly, Jimmy leaves his loving partner Gwen Wiley of Unionville, CT, along with a host of cousins, family and friends.

A Time to Say Goodbye
Jimmy D. Jones, Jr.’s boisterous laugh, upbeat personality, and his adventurous spirit will be missed by his loved ones and his memory will be forever etched in our hearts.

A Time of Peace…on August 9, 2019
God saw that the road was getting rough He gently closed his loving eyes and whispered, “Peace be Thine.”

Poem
I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that away.
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, I’ve savored
much, good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now:
He set me free.

Acknowledgements:

We, the family of the late Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr., are truly grateful to have such loving friends, a supportive family and merciful Savior that has helped us through the time of bereavement. We are forever appreciative for all acts of endearment. The love, honor and respect that we have for our dad, nephew, brother, friend, and granddad, will give us the strength to carry on in his absence. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord, “2 Corinthians 5:8 The Family

O’Callaghan, Joan

Joan O’Callaghan, 85, of West Hartford passed away Friday, August 9th 2019 at her home. Born in Hartford March 26th, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Jerome O’Callaghan and Eva (Henault) O’Callaghan. She was the sister of the late Suzanne Eggleton and Jerome O’Callaghan. She was also predeceased by children Susan Ackerman and Jerome Ackerman. Joan is survived by her daughter Judith Manley, son-in-law Robert Manley of West Hartford, granddaughters Jacqueline Manley and Maeve Manley of New York City. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Julie Ackerman of West Hartford. Joan also leaves several nieces and cousins who remember her fondly.
Joan was the founding owner of Resolution Services, which she ran successfully for many years. Prior to that, she worked in the field of alternate dispute resolution.
Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 11:00am in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Section B, 1 Cottage Grove Road, Bloomfield.

Jones, Mary (Wolk)

Mary (Wolk) Jones, 88, of Terryville, formerly of Bristol, beloved wife of John Paul Jones, Jr., died peacefully Friday, August 9th, 2019. Born March 31st, 1931 in Unionville, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Anna (Kolosky) Wolk.
Besides her husband, Mary is survived by her two sons, John P. Jones III and his wife Elizabeth and Mark E. Jones and his wife Kara, her four grandchildren Makenzie Jones, Joshua Jones, Zachary Jones and Devin Jones and her sister Margaret Malentacchi of Canton. She was predeceased by her sisters Anna Blejewski, Agnes Roy and Helen McDonald and her brother John L. Wolk.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard S, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Erickson, Lucille Rosemarie

Lucille Rosemarie Erickson, age 74, beloved wife of 54 years to Robert Charles Erickson, entered into peaceful rest on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 surrounded by family. Born in Burlington, Vermont on September 7th, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Rita Brault. She was raised in Avon and graduated from Avon High School, Class of 1963.
Besides her husband Bob, Lucille is survived by her daughters, Karen Sauer and her husband Keith, Donna Rivers and her husband Rodney. She has three grandchildren, Melissa Kilcoin and her husband Timothy, Joseph Wojcik and Kyle Rivers and one great-granddaughter LeAnn Durante. Lucille is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Lionel and Margi Brault, Mary Brault, Rene and Dawn Brault, Leo and Debbie Brault, Donald Brault and Donna Farrington, David Brault and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Roger Brault.
Lucille enjoyed volunteering at Avon Health Center. The family would like to thank the staff at Avon Health Center for their outstanding care in her final days.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 12) from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 12:30pm followed by Funeral Services in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001.

Kelly, Susan R.

Susan R. Kelly (nee Van Brunt), wife of Brian Kelly, mother of Brian T. Kelly and his wife Robin, Timothy P. Kelly, and grandmother to Jack and Brodie Kelly, passed on August 6, 2019 in Avon, Connecticut.
Burial will be private. A celebration of her life will be hosted by her family on Friday, August 9, 2019 between 1:00-4:00pm at Farmington Gardens, 999 Farmington Ave., Farmington, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please remember Susan with a simple act of kindness.

Moore, Jr., John Warner

John Warner Moore, Jr., Esquire passed from earth early on August 1, 2019 from natural causes at the age of 92.  Left to mourn his passing are his sister, Marianne C. Moore of Hartford, CT and his two sons, David M. Moore, Esquire of Simsbury, CT and James M. Moore, of Farmington, CT.  Also mourning his passing are his daughter in law, Elizabeth M. Moore, his grandchildren Kathleen V. Moore, Megan M. Moore and William J. Moore, all of Simsbury, CT and Jim’s fiancée, Rachel Cepelak, of Farmington, Connecticut.  John was pre-deceased by his wife, Virginia Hamilton (Smith) Moore (he wore his wedding ring up until his death) and his eldest son, John Warner Moore, III.  The family also is grateful for the loving care given by Carmen, Margaret and Amie, especially at the end of John’s life.

 

John was born in Bronxville, New York to Lt. Commander John Warner Moore, USN, Chaplain Corps and Constance (Eustis) Moore, their youngest of four children.  The family followed Chaplain Moore with most of his various postings as he rose through the ranks, which meant that John lived in a variety of locals, like Norfolk, Virginia, Vevey, Switzerland, American Samoa, and New London, Connecticut.  Shortly before World War II began, John’s father was promoted to Captain, and after the war started, he was promoted to Pacific Fleet Chaplain. Captain Moore made it known that he did not want his only son to follow him.  Against such express wishes, John’s patriotism led him to enlist in the U.S. Navy as an Electric Technician’s Mate, training in the operating and servicing of radar systems.  To John’s father’s profound relief, John’s training went past the end of the war.  After completing the training, John was honorably discharged at the end of 1945.  John was accepted into Yale University, where he excelled in swimming.  John set several records (one of which lasted for over 64 years) and was a member of the 4 by 100 Freestyle relay team that set a world record.

 

After graduation, John worked for Armstrong Rubber in New Haven, CT, and then for Scovill Manufacturing, later Scovill, Inc., in Waterbury, Connecticut.  He met, then married, “Ginny,” who kept him on the straight and narrow, and they lived in Woodbury, CT, West Hartford, CT and Farmington, CT having and raising their three sons along the way.  John, while becoming a rising star with Scovill’s employee relations section, also attended UConn Law School’s night division, graduating and passing the bar in 1960.  By 1968, John was promoted to be Vice-President of Employee Relations and had developed a reputation for being a fair-minded, honest, yet tough negotiator.  John’s efforts led Scovill to being one of the few Fortune 500 companies that had almost no work stoppages.  Scovill, at this point in time had plants in 26 states and 5 countries, so losing less than 100,000 hours to strike in the 38 years he served Scoville was no small feat. John was awarded the McAuliffe Medal Award by Hartford’s Archbishop Whealon in 1969 for recognizing moral principles which insist on the recognition of mutual rights and responsibilities in labor-management relations.  In the mid-1980’s, Scovill was bought and carved into several small companies, and John was the last Scovill employee to manage those transitions. John then took his negotiating skills to the UConn Health Center, where he became the Assistant Vice-President for Human Resources and earned the respect of both the Administration and Union leaders alike. As his tenure at UConn wound down, John was appointed as an Alternate Member to the State of Connecticut Labor Board.  When John retired from the UConn Heath Center, he was appointed a Regular Member and Chair to the Labor Board (a position he served for almost 10 years), serving under three governors.

 

John had a strong faith, while in recent years it was practiced privately, which was tested by the deaths of his wife and eldest son. That faith was one of the touchstones of his life and led to interesting experiences.  John was elected and ordained to the Board of Ruling Elders of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as its Chair during a moment of significant upheaval.  John also became Chair of Moral Re-Armament, Inc. (an institution that gave birth to both AA and Up With People prior to John’s tenure), which later became known as Initiatives for Change, in the 1980’s through the mid-1990’s.  John also was a member and a leader with the First Church of Christ, Farmington when it went through a tumultuous time in the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s.  John enjoyed reading the Bible, and having the Bible read to him at the end of his days.  John was an honest, honorable, loving, generous, funny, faithful and strong man, who loved his family deeply.  May he enjoy God’s eternal peace, reunited with Ginny, John and all of his family and friends who went before him.

 

While there will be no calling hours, a Funeral Service will be held at Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville, Connecticut on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Committal with military honors will follow immediately thereafter at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Connecticut.

 

Smith III, John J. “Jay”

John J. Smith III, “Jay” aka “Smitty” passed away on July 30, 2019 with his family by his side. He fought cancer bravely, head held high, with grace and dignity. He will forever be in our hearts.
He was a resident of Farmington for most of his life. He graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School where he excelled at so many sports.
He is predeceased by his father John J. Smith II and his brother Timothy S. Smith. He is survived by his mother Pamela Barnes of Farmington, his twin sister Bridget Mulvey and her husband Brendan of Burlington. He also leaves behind his twin sisters Stephanie Smith and fiancé Greg Raducha of Old Lyme, and Jennifer Smith of Old Lyme. Jay also leaves behind one brother Justin Barnes of Vernon. He leaves behind his nieces Caitlin, Cori, Meghan, Paige and Molly, and his nephew Tim, who he loved with all of his heart. He also leaves behind his loving aunts, uncle and cousins.
Jay was very dedicated to his work and passionate about running, biking and working out. His off time was spent enjoying his motorcycles, sports and his many friends. Our family would like to thank his friends for their daily words of encouragement and for their help lending a hand.
In honor of his wishes, a private family remembrance ceremony will be held.
The family would like to thank Dr. Flaherty, Dr. Byrne and Dr. Alahmadi for their compassionate care and the wonderful staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Impatient Oncology – C-5.

Sullivan, Michael

Michael Sullivan, 89, of West Hartford, husband of Hannah “Siobhan” (Griffin) Sullivan, died peacefully Wednesday, July 31, 2019. He was born in Ballinskelligs, Cahirciveen, Kerry, Ireland, August 29, 1929, son of the late Patrick and Joan (King) Sullivan. He resided in the Hartford area for many years. Michael was a self-employed landscaper in greater Hartford and worked for First National and A&P grocery stores as a warehouseman. He was a communicant of the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children, Michael Sullivan and his wife Kathy of Burlington, David Sullivan and his wife Pam of Winooski, VT, Patrick Sullivan and his wife Annie of West Hartford, and Joanne King and her husband Charlie of South Windsor; two brothers, Paddy Sullivan of Ballinskelligs, Ireland and David Sullivan of New Zealand; two sisters in law, Eileen Dowd of East Hartford and Peg Conneely of Ireland; seven grandchildren, Ian Sullivan, Brendan Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Liam Sullivan, Aidan Sullivan, Ann-Margaret Sullivan and Charlie King; and a special nephew Patrick Sullivan and his wife Laura of West Hartford. He was predeceased by his brother and sister in law Sean and Mary Ellen Sullivan of West Hartford, his brother James Sullivan of New Zealand and his sister Mary O’Donoghue of Ireland. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Mary Home in West Hartford for the wonderful care given to Michael over the last several months.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Friday, August 2nd from 4-7 p.m. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday, August 3rd at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a charity of your choice.

Mora, Denise

Denise Mora passed away Sunday, July 28, after a determined battle with cancer. Born in New Britain, CT on Oct. 3, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Cecile (Demers) and Sylvio Fortin. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter Angela, her husband Robert, and her sister Alice Gura.

Denise had many struggles in her life, but knew she was very fortunate to have had traveled most of the world because of all her years working in the travel business.

She leaves behind her sister, Jacqueline Gwazda, 5 nieces, many grand and great grand nieces and nephews, and several cousins. She also leaves many friends across the country and around the world.

Viewing is at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at The Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to CCARC, 950 Slater Road, New Britain, CT 06053.

Terryberry, Jean M.

Jean M. Terryberry, loving wife of Alan Terryberry for more than 54 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Jean moved to Connecticut from Schenectady, NY eventually residing in Farmington with her husband Alan and their beloved cat.
Jean is survived by her son Alan Jr. and spouse, Lisa of Unionville; her brother Murdo Murray and spouse, Barbara of Clarence, NY and many nieces and nephews; predeceased by her sister Catherine (Murray) Marshall and brother Donald Murray.

A member of the Lord’s church, Jean worshipped at the Church of Christ in Manchester, CT. She was a caring special education teacher in the school districts of Kenmore and Schenectady, NY. Jean always enjoyed dinners hosted by her daughter-in-law Lisa and being surrounded by family. Her hobbies included crafts and puzzles – usually with a cat-theme. She liked watching golf and attended Buffalo Bills games, live theatre and many other sporting events throughout her life. Those closest to her knew her to be skilled at sleuthing, attending murder mystery productions and correctly identifying the guilty culprit on more than one occasion.

The family would like to thank the staff at Touchpoints in Farmington for the wonderful, compassionate care they provided Jean over the last 2 months.

A private service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jeans memory may be made to Manchester Area Conferences of Churches,  MACC 466 Main St. P.O. Box 3804 Manchester, CT 06045-3804 as they provide healthy food to those in need through their Community Kitchen lunch program and Community Emergency Food Pantry.

Francini, William Louis “Bill”

William Louis Francini, 84, of Unionville, CT formerly of Plainville, born in New Britain passed away on July 11, 2019 with his wife Norma & children by his side at the UConn Health Center.
He was married to Norma (Schmidt) Francini for 61 years. Norma & Bill met when she was 14 and he was 16 years old and shared nearly 70 years together. In addition to his wife he leaves behind his 3 children, Lisa Francini, William G. Francini both of Farmington & Leslie Cifaldi of Avon. His daughter-in-law Mary (Silansky) Francini, son-in-law Nick Cifaldi, 4 beautiful granddaughters, Mikala Francini of Chicago, Rachel Francini of Farmington, Hannah & Katelyn Cifaldi of Avon & his adored grand dog, Sofia. His brother-in-law John Schmidt, wife, Judy & daughter, Becky Kreuzer & in-laws Louise Johnson, George & Natalie Schmidt. He also leaves his 1st born niece, Jeanette (Francini) Howes & many more special nieces and nephews.
Bill was born on March 7, 1935. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Louis & Theresa “Daisy” (Rosia) Francini, his older brother Albert, wife Jean, nephew, John, & in-laws Gottfried and Luise “Oma” (Heyne) Schmidt, who he adored and Oma equally adored him. In-laws Tom Johnson, Alice & Bud Lepore, Jane & Dave Marsh and Bill Schmidt. Bill lost many friends over the years but he was especially affected by the loss in 2018 of his dear friend, Henry Foryan.
Bill was a renowned builder in his prime. Building 100s of single-family homes, apartments & condo units. When he first arrived in Unionville in the early 1960’s he was welcomed into the community and formed bonds with Shimeld’s & Ole Towne Grille. Bill was a mentor and second father to many young men who became builders & contractors due in part to Mr. Francini’s sharing his extensive knowledge teaching them work ethic & business skills. Bill was always the Boss. He passed on his knowledge and expertise to his son Billy who continued in the building business. His wife Norma created her own hand painted buildings using the wood she collected from the job sites.
Bill’s business talents began at an early age. At the age of 8 he was the operator of a bicycle repair business in New Britain. At age 10 he delivered newspapers then bagged groceries, worked in his grandfather’s florist business delivering floral arrangements. While in high school he worked construction with his Uncle Ernie from whom he learned the home building trade. At 18 he started his own company, Sherwood Developers, followed by F&D Builders. He continued to build homes until his retirement. Not only a builder he was a skilled excavator, developing large tracts of land for major neighborhoods he operated his own backhoe, pay loader, bulldozer, dump truck & other large construction vehicles with great expertise. His talents were many and he could fix anything. Rarely did he throw something out as unfixable.
He had a passion for the Boston Red Sox, Foxwoods Bingo, corn muffins, Boston cream pie, Sound View doughnuts, the Hartford Courant by reading it every day & a love/hate relationship with the New York Giants. He enjoyed stock car racing, driving nice cars & trucks. In recent years he was excited by the wildlife sightings in his own back yard especially the bears. He took to bird watching & tended to the birdhouses he built. He stayed active in younger years by bowling, playing racquetball, golfing, coaching Little League, running the SnoWhite Car Wash.
For many years Bill wintered in Florida & enjoyed buying real estate and building a home near Daytona Beach. He spent the time there tending to his property, playing golf, riding his bike, enjoying his sports cars, motorcycles & jet-ski, attending Bike Week & Speed Week events, the Flea Market and witnessing Space Shuttle launches.
Bill provided his family with a comfortable life. His family & friends were treated to good times at the Old Lyme beach house, boat rides, fishing & water skiing. Bill could not wait to take his family to Walt Disney World in Orlando. He treated them to a stay at the Contemporary Resort during its opening year. As a family they visited the park many times. While most marveled at the rides he was most impressed by the magnitude of the construction and appreciated that Disney World had been created in the middle of Florida swampland.
Ever diligent in his quest for knowledge, he was a self-taught student of the law. Bill was relentless in his drive to prove a point. He recently presented a court case without legal representation and won. It proved to change a law, which gave him great satisfaction.
The Francini family would like express a heartfelt thank you to the UConn Health 6th floor nursing, cardiology & medical teams along with Dr. Dan Henry for the guidance, kindness & the amazing care offered to Bill during his hospital stay.
Friends and relatives are invited to gather on Wednesday, July 31 at 11:00 am with a Celebration of Life service beginning at noon at Tunxis Country Club, Tavern on the Green, 87 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT.
In lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s memory may be made to: American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 and/or Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Duffy, Hildelore R. “Bubbi”

Hildelore Ruth “Bubbi” Mather Duffy born October 3, 1928 in Collins Center, NY passed away on July 13, 2019 in Farmington, CT surrounded by her loving family. She was pre-deceased by her parents Paul Lahvis, MD and Hildegard (Wiesner) Lahvis and brother Walter Frederick “Fritz” Lahvis, MD (Sylvia, PhD). Surviving are her sister Annelore Florence “Snooky” Kurtz (Charles Frederick, MD); daughters Jenifer Bavifard, EdD. (Bahman), Lisanne Cirullo (Michael) and Andrea Mather-Stow (Perry). She is also survived by her nine grandchildren Adam Bavifard (Cristina), Alex Bavifard (Amy), Mitchell Alves, Madeleine Pisto (Matthew), Caroline Alves, Emily Moriarty (Kevin), Bryan Cirullo, Andrew Cirullo, and Katherine Griffin (Chandler), along with four great-grandchildren.
Bubbi was known to all for her generous and loving nature, always sprinkling conversation and life with whimsical expressions, colorful imagery, and a zany sense of humor. She had an extraordinary ability to recognize and value the uniqueness of every individual with whom she interacted.
Bubbi had an inimitable curiosity about all life had to offer, wanderlust, and sense of wonder…making even life’s smallest moments into an adventure. Her three daughters are eternally grateful for all she did as a single parent.
After graduating from William Smith College and earning a Masters of Science in Elementary Education at Buffalo State College, the beloved “Mrs. Mather”, as she was known to her students, spent the majority of her teaching years nurturing young minds in the Gowanda Central School System.
After retiring from a rewarding career in teaching, Hildelore spent time living between Fayetteville, NY and Gowanda before moving to Farmington, CT where she resided for the final years of her life.
A Memorial Service will be scheduled in her hometown of Gowanda, NY in early fall. Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 Erie Avenue, Gowanda, NY 14070.

Alderman, Jr., Truman E.

Truman Ernest Alderman Jr., 88, of Unionville, CT died peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at the UCONN Health Center in Farmington.
Born in Bristol on November 21, 1930, he was the son of the late Truman Alderman and Marie Stalk Alderman Noble. In his early years, Truman attended a two-room school house on Jerome Avenue in Bristol. He began working at about age 10 at the Malerbo family farm across the street from his home. During World War II, at about age 13, he worked in a local bakery and he also drove a milk truck for years due to the shortage of help during the war. He was a graduate of Bristol High School in 1948. He went on to attend General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan from 1948 to 1952 and in four years earned two degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering and another in Electrical Engineering. Beginning in 1948, he worked at the New Departure – Hyatt Division of General Motors in Bristol, and retired as Sr. Facilities Engineer in 1990. In addition to his duties at New Departure, during the last years Truman worked for General Motors, he supervised the building of factories for GM in Seville, Spain.
Truman married the late Beatrice Petts Pearce in Unionville in 1954. They had two children, The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and the late Clifford Thomas Alderman. Truman and Bea were married for 62 years, and lived in Unionville for more than 56 years.
For many years he was a member of the Congregational Church of Burlington, where he served as a Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and member of the Business Committee.
Truman was twice a Past Master of Village Lodge No. 29 of Collinsville, and was a 50-year member of that organization. He served a two-year term as Associate Grand Marshal for his Masonic District. He was also a member of Columbia Chapter No. 31, Lee Council No. 25, and Washington Commandery No. 1 K.T. of East Hartford. For more than twenty years he was the secretary of The Shrine Sphinx Temple Motor Patrol. Truman had fun doing the mechanical work on the mini jeeps, and for many years enjoyed participating with the Motor Patrol in countless local parades. He loved the friendships formed with his fellow Shriners. For more than a decade after his retirement from New Departure, he drove children to the Shrine Hospitals in Springfield and Boston. Other interests included sailing, scuba diving, soaring, flying, cooking, and amateur radio.
Truman loved dogs and cats, especially his beloved Airedale Terrier, Rosie, and his orange cat, Charlie.
Truman had a keen intelligence, a great sense of humor, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Truman is survived by his son, The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman and his wife Penny of Westminster, MA, and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Tom and Marilyn Pearce of Conklin, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Beatrice, and a son, Clifford. Truman’s family would like to thank Ms. Sue Robotham, who was a care giver and compassionate visitor for him and brought great joy to Truman in the last months of his life.
Services for Truman Alderman will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019. A calling hour will begin at 10:00 A.M. in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., and will include a Masonic Service. Following the services, burial will be at Center Cemetery in Burlington. Donations in Truman’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114, to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Springfield, 515 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to the New England Airedale Rescue, 3 Carter Rd., Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754.