Christensen, Mark E.

Mark E. Christensen, 64, husband of Mary D. (Duntz) Christensen, died Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 in the comfort of his Avon home with his wife, family members, and his canine companion Oscar by his side. Born September 24, 1956, in Hartford, CT to his parents George E. Christensen and Dorthy B. (LaBonte) Christensen, both now deceased. Besides his wife, he is survived by his brother George E. Christensen II, and his wife Anna. He leaves behind his four children, Moriah J. (Christensen) Dowcett and her husband Colin Dowcett, Elias E. Christensen and his wife Megan K. Christensen, Ethan D. Christensen and his wife Aria K. Christensen, and Philia O. (Christensen) Davis and her husband Brent M. Davis. Also, his grandchildren Hazel, Ruben, Taryn, Octavia, Sawyer, and soon the arrival of Baby Cian. Mark graduated from Avon High School in 1974. He was a postal clerk for the United States Postal Service in the Unionville/Burlington CT offices. Throughout his 27 year long career, you would otherwise find him tinkering in his garage and fixing cars. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he was often known for his hard work helping at convention and assembly gatherings assisting wherever he could. You could always count on Mark for a silly face and his laugh will certainly be remembered. A private service for family and friends will be held at a later date. We wish to thank our God Jehovah and his son Jesus for the hope to see Mark again here on earth in paradise.

Tallmadge, Ralph Hawley

Ralph Hawley Tallmadge, of Avon, Connecticut passed away peacefully at home on May 5th, 2021, a few days after his 96th birthday.
The son of Edward Benton Tallmadge and Claire Hawley Tallmadge, Ralph was a lifelong resident of Avon. Ralph owned Arctic Refrigeration, a Unionville company.
Ralph’s legacy was one of service. Many times past president and officer of the Unionville Lions Club, he pioneered the Lions Club Redemption Center. Proceeds from the center are contributed to various local charities including Farmington Services for the Elderly, Meals on Wheels, the local food and fuel banks, and many other forms of outreach in keeping with Lions Club principles.
Through his shared effort, the Lions Club has also contributed substantially to building inclusive playgrounds at Union School, West District, and Westwoods Schools. It was Ralph’s dream to build a new Lions club swimming pool to support the local high school and the town.
Ralph also served the community as a 50-year member of the Masons and Shriners and was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, having served as a forward artillery observer and communications expert in the 10th Mountain Division, United States Army.
He leaves his wife of 71 years, Elsie Bonini Tallmadge, of Avon, Connecticut, his two sons, James of Middletown, Connecticut and Paul of Brewster, Massachusetts, his daughter-in-law, Mary Tallmadge and grandson Ian Tallmadge.
Ralph was predeceased by seven siblings, and leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews throughout the United States, as well as his extended family by marriage in Traona, Italy.
His lifetime legacy of kindness, discernment, and dedication will be remembered by many.
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at the Lions clubhouse and pavilion at Camp Happy Hill, 87 West Avon Road, Unionville, Connecticut on Saturday, May 15th starting at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ralph’s family requests that contributions be made to Services for the Elderly of Farmington Connecticut.

Wearne, Bruce B.

Bruce B. Wearne of Maple Hollow Rd, New Hartford CT, passed away peacefully at home alongside his loved ones on March 11, 2021 at the age of 71.

“The Bern” was proud of his teaching and coaching career in Farmington, CT. He had a true passion for playing and coaching football. It would be an understatement to say that Bruce; also referred to fondly as Bernie, Coach, Gramps, and Grandpa Bernie, was beloved by many. You could travel across the country and run into someone who would tell you that Coach had changed their life. He gave so much of himself to others. He loved with all of his heart, and he exemplified what he inspired people to be in life, “a difference maker.” He is a true example of how one person can set off a ripple effect of kindness and inspiration. He will be missed by many, but his influence and loving heart will endure in all who knew him.

He was born in New Britain, CT to the late Geraldine and William Wearne. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Laura S. Wearne, his two daughters, Kimberly Levesque and Jodi Langer, his sons-in-law, Jason Levesque, Ricky Langer Jr., and Andrew Chen, and his 10 grandchildren, Jake, Greyson, Maddox, Ricky, Hendrik, Sunlyn, Weston, Amelia, Alex, and Ava, his sister, Patricia Barnes and brother, Barry Wearne. He is predeceased by his daughter Ah-Jing Chen.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., RT 4, Unionville on Tuesday, March 16th from 4:00-7:00 pm. Social distance guidelines will be followed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Free Pantry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 27 Pine Meadow CT 06061 and New Britain Youth Football & Cheer, PO Box 576, New Britain CT 06050

Stergos, Chris Peter

Chris Peter Stergos, 79, of Farmington, CT died peacefully at home on February 12, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Panagiotis and Iphigenia (Sitera) Stergelis on December 7, 1941 in Plomari, Mytilene, Greece. Chris graduated from Hartford Public High School, Hartford, CT and studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Hartford.
Chris was predeceased by his loving wife of many years, Beverly (Ford) Stergos. He will forever be remembered by his children, Melissa Caouette and Joanne Stergos, both of Farmington and his son Peter Stergos and his wife Tsambika Stergos of Burlington; he was Papou to six precious grandchildren Hunter (21), Anastasia (21), Cody (19), Christos (16), Savvas (16) and Isabella (11); his sister Ioanna Stergos of Plomari, Greece. He is survived by many special nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Chris is also survived by Chrisanthy Psaras of Newington who was a special part of his life. They loved to spend time traveling, watching Greek movies, going out to dinner, and working on special projects together.
Chris came to America on the SS Saturnia arriving in Ellis Island on November 24, 1955. Chris developed his strong work ethic as a young man working many hours at the Mark Twain Diner while in high school. He then worked heavy construction while attending classes at the University of Hartford, but his desire was to become a real estate broker. He eventually obtained his real estate license and started his own business. For over 45 years, with the help of his wife, Chris built Stergos Realty into a successful real estate business. For many of those years he was known as the ‘go to guy’ for the purchase or sale of any Greek owned restaurant. He took pride in working alongside his son and being able to pass on his dealmaking skills, knowledge, and integrity. Chris was known for his honesty and was trusted in the marketplace.
In his spare time, Chris took pride acting as general contractor on any and all construction related projects for his family and friends. He found great pleasure in cruising the globe with his late wife, Beverly. Chris loved hosting large gatherings in the family home. He enjoyed cooking, entertaining and eating well, whether it involved roasting lamb on the spit, grilling octopus or making his famous baked stuffed shrimp. Chris enjoyed many years with great friends at the Greek Club in Hartford, going to the casino and playing cards. He looked forward to his daily drive ‘downtown’, making his rounds at the former Parcel 8 plaza, the post office and George’s Pizza.
Chris was so very proud of his children and grandchildren putting them first in everything he did. His youngest granddaughter, Isabella, affectionately known to her papou as Koukli, was privileged to be able to spend every day of the last few months with him. She gave him a bell (which he used frequently) so he could reach her whenever he needed anything. Isabella enjoyed making his morning coffee and spending time listening to him reminisce about his childhood. Chris will be fondly remembered by those whose lives he has touched over the years. His passing has left a deep void in the hearts of his children and grandchildren.
A private service is being held for the family. A memorial service in celebration of Chris’ life will be held when it is safe and comfortable for all. In lieu of flowers, please pay it forward with a random act of generosity in Chris’ memory.

Irving, Cynthia (Pratt)

Cynthia “Cindy” or “Cinny” Pratt Irving on February 9, 2021, left this physical world a much better place and is now loving, knitting, reading, caregiving, cooking, and laughing elsewhere. The love Cindy carried in her heart was always reflected in the twinkle in her gorgeous blue-grey eyes.

Cindy: A world-class chef. An avid reader. A humanitarian. A life long nurse. A lover. A fantastic knitter and creator. A lobster connoisseur. A brilliant communicator. A confidant. A best friend. A Mimi. A mother. A daughter. A wife.

Cinny’s recipe for life included all of the above mixed with vibrancy, empathy, generosity and so much love and adoration of her family.

Cynthia was born on July 5th, 1946 in New Britain, Connecticut to a third-generation Bristol area family. She spent much of her early life in Canton and was a graduate of Canton High School. Cindy became an LPN nurse and continued throughout her career compassionately caring for others.

Cindy is missed, loved, and survived by her beloved husband Edward James Irving, her son Christopher Irving (wife Pollyanna Forster) of Vail, Colorado, daughter Lisa Latko (husband Jason Latko) and grandsons Ian Latko and Cole Latko of Bristol, Connecticut. Also, by her dearest sisters Diane Gregory and Patricia Carney (Harry Carney).

Please honor Cynthia Irving by donating in her memory at Hartford Health Care Hospice

Celebrations of Cynthia’s exemplary life will be held when it is safe and timely for all.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc. To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Bauer, Eleanor (Benoit)

Eleanor (Benoit) Bauer, 91, of Birchwood Drive, Bristol, beloved widow of the late Alfred D. Bauer Sr., passed away peacefully on Monday, February 8, 2021 at her home. Born in Collinsville on June 8, 1929, daughter of Adelard and Anne (Hoffman) Benoit. Eleanor resided in the Unionville and Avon area most of her life. Alongside her husband, she helped run the The Bauer Print in Unionville until her husband’s passing in 2000. Eleanor was a devoted and active grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You would often find Eleanor outdoors attending to her lawn and garden. Eleanor and Alfred enjoyed several weekend trips to Atlantic City.
She is survived by her four children Alfred D. Bauer Jr., Frederick A. and wife, Darlene P. Bauer and Ann S. and her husband, Francis Silver, all of Unionville and Eleanor L. and husband, Richard Madara of East Hartland, Connecticut. Grandchildren, Kimberly, Josh and Paola Bauer, Travis and Kristen Bauer, Valerie and Tzvetan Nikolov, Francis, Alfred and Becca Silver and Richard, David and Lauren Madara, and eight great-grandchildren.
Eleanor is survived by 6 brothers and sisters, Carole Bopp, Janice Colapietro, Pat Barillaro, Richard Benoit, John and Patsy Benoit, George and Debbie Benoit, several nieces and nephews. Eleanor is predeceased by 10 siblings.
The family is especially thankful for Fonda Boqwana of Companions and Homemakers who made her final days comfortable and peaceful. Funeral Services and Burial will be private. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Funeral Arrangements will be private and held in the spring

Demski, Ronald Arthur

Ronald Arthur Demski, 76, of Avon, husband of Faye (Mabb) Demski, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. He was born on October 22, 1944 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of the late Theodore A. and Dorothy (Fuller) Demski of Collinsville, CT. After high school, Ronald served in the United States Army Reserve. Upon returning from training, he worked for the Highway Department for the Town of Avon and served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Town of Canton. He joined Northeast Utilities in 1970 retiring after 30 years as a Lead Lineman. Ronald had the distinction of being awarded the Edison Electric Institute Award for Resuscitation while working for Northeast Utilities.

Ronald had many hobbies including hunting (he was given a certificate from the DEP for the largest deer taken during archery season in 1975), fishing, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. His biggest hobby and true passion was the love of his classic cars, whether it be working on them or attending car shows. He had the gift of gab and could chat with anyone anywhere.

Besides his wife, Ronald is survived by his son, Brian Demski of Collinsville, his daughter, Marlene MacBain and her husband John of Collinsville, his two grandchildren, Alexander and Christopher MacBain, his two great-grandchildren, John and Joshua and a very special nephew, Ray.

A Memorial Service will be planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ronald’s name may be made to a local food bank of their choice or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Smith, Alice Cyr

Alice Cyr Smith passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Touchpoints in Farmington, CT. She is reunited with her beloved husband of fifty-five years, Raymond Scott Smith. Alice will be remembered for her fierce love of family as a mother to four, grandmother to seven and great-grandmother to eleven. She was also known for her lifelong passion for knitting and crocheting- not only for her family and friends but for those in need as well. Alice enjoyed old western films especially those with her favorite actor, John Wayne.
Alice is survived by her loving children and their families, her daughter Sue Dubrosky and husband Ed of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, daughter Sandy Badenhop and husband Randy of Bristol, son Guy Smith and his wife Karen of Bristol also her daughter Raeann LaRocque and her husband Jim of Bristol. She leaves behind her two brothers Roland and Joe, and many family friends. In addition to her children, Alice will be deeply missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren who will forever cherish her as their “Nanny.” She is predeceased by her parents Anita and Marty Cyr, five siblings and her grandson Eddie Dubrosky.
Considering today’s circumstances, a private service will be held for family at Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, CT on Saturday, January 9, 2021 followed by a burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery

Becker, Helen L.

Helen L. Becker of Farmington, widow of Edward H. Becker Sr., passed away on December 30, 2020 at the age of 100. Born in Southington March 18, 1920, Helen was the daughter of Michael and Pearl (Pluta) Liwen of Plainville, and is predeceased by her sisters Irene Pearson of Deland FL, Olga Kuszik of Windsor CT and is survived by her devoted sister Stella Liwen of Avon CT. Helen lived in Plainville for many years, graduated from Plainville High School and worked at General Electric Company retiring in 1980.
Helen was a member of Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church in Bristol, CT, the Dorcas Ladies Guild, and she had the distinguished honor as the oldest member of her church. Helen’s devotion was to her family and to help those in need. She especially enjoyed all the big family celebrations and sharing stories of her childhood.
Helen is survived by her sons; Edward H Becker Jr. and his wife Wanda of Farmington, Donald Becker and his wife Deanna of Plainville, Rudy Becker and his wife Janice of New Hartford, and her daughter Lee Becker Robotham and her husband William S. Jr of Burlington. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Lance Becker and wife Christianne, Daniel Becker and wife Patricia, Lisa {Becker} Rolland and husband Tim, Boe Becker, William S. Robotham III and wife Keri, Michael Robotham and wife Mitashi, Adrian Becker, Caroline Becker, and Katharine Becker, as well as her great grandchildren; Brittany and Haley Becker, Phillip and Shannon Becker, David Becker, Annelise Bouchard, Madelyn, Valerie and Dewey Rolland, William S. Robotham IV, Henry and Owen Robotham and several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Ed and Wanda Becker for being there for Helen the last 50 years, 24 hours a day and to Diane Arroyo as her caregiver during her last years spent at home. We want to extend the family’s gratitude to the staff at Avon Health Center for the loving care and compassion given to our mother.
Much love to Helen ( Mom, Grammie, GG ) you will be in our hearts forever, may you rest in peace with your beloved husband.
Due to the current pandemic, the service will be for the immediate family only and will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 9 – 10 am, a Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 am in The Ahern Funeral Home with Pastor Edward Duffy officiating. Burial will follow the service and will be at West Cemetery in Bristol, CT.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the “Legacy Fund” Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, 27 Judd Street, Bristol, CT 06010.

Fitrzyk, Stanislaw

Stanislaw Fitrzyk of Wethersfield, husband of the late Janina Fitrzyk, passed away on December 30th, 2020. Born in Wojakowa, Poland on November 9th, 1935, he was the son of late Stanislaw and Anna (Pajor) Fitrzyk.
Stanislaw was a machine operator for many years at Promold Plastics.
He is survived by his two sons, Jerzy Fitrzyk of Hartford and Robert Fitrzyk of Wethersfield, three grandchildren, and numerous other family.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Jan 5th ) 2021 at 10am in Saints Cyril and Methodius Church, Hartford, followed by burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford.

Bonetti, Anita Favreau

Anita Favreau Bonetti, age 88, of Avon, CT joined the love of her life, George Bonetti Sr., on December 21, 2020. Anita was born on March 23, 1932 in Hartford, CT to the late Beatrice and Victor Favreau of Canada. She is survived by her three sons George Bonetti Jr. and his wife, Pam of Phoenix, NY; Michael Bonetti and his wife, Joan of West Hartford, CT; James Bonetti and his wife, Beth of East Hartland, CT; and her daughter Donna Carroccia and her husband, Candito of Plainville, CT. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Allison and her husband Marcus Lukens, Michelle and her husband Andrew Creed, Ashley and her partner Joe Philipson, Kevin Carroccia and his wife Donna, Kristen and her husband Jeffrey DeLucia, Gabriella, and Samuel Bonetti. She will dearly miss her five great-grandchildren, Madeline, Brynley, Holden, Wyatt, and Grayson.
Anita met the love of her life George in high school when they were 15 years old. They were married four years later on December 1, 1951. After a less than successful attempt to change her hairstyle, he affectionately called her “butch” which became his term of endearment forever. They were happily married for 56 years and enjoyed raising their family in Avon. Anita was blessed with many good friends, including Bob and Camille Wesneski and Lynn and Steven Schack. They loved to go to the casino and dine at restaurants with friends. She and George were wonderfully giving and caring hosts to all who visited their home. Anita was also very generous with her time and talents of sewing, cooking, and baking. She raised her family while helping with school, scouts, and friends. Her home and her family were truly her joy.
The family wishes to thank The Governor’s House Rehabilitation Unit for helping Anita, especially Erika in Recreation and Drew in Rehabilitation. The family would also like to thank the wonderful nurses, doctors, and staff at UCONN Hospital as they took such good care of her during this difficult time.
A Funeral Mass will take place at the Church of Saint Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon, CT at 10 am on January 2, 2021. The burial will be private

Fazzalaro, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Fazzalaro of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020 with his beloved wife Rebecca G. Fazzalaro by his side, as she was every day of their 59-year marriage. Born April 15, 1939 in Meriden, CT to parents Julius J. and Rose Glorioso Fazzalaro, he lived a long life full of love and passion. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, Joe was a successful independent businessman known for his honesty and integrity who ran his own Accounting and Consulting firm and always made time to personally connect with his clients. He also managed a profitable hobby as “Rockman and Stonelady,” inspiring children all over New England with his love of geology and rock collecting. His home, inside and out, was filled with his beautiful gem and mineral discoveries. Where else but Joe’s garden could you find Brazilian Agate next to the basil? An avid golfer since high school, he won numerous tournaments, club championships, and had five career holes-in-one. He was a loyal fan of the NY Yankees, UCONN basketball, the Hartford Whalers, Louis L’Amour westerns, and Tom Clancy novels. During the holidays, Joe loved the comforting warmth of friends, family, and a crackling fire, greeting far-flung family members returning home with a resounding “get more wood from the garage!” as they came through the door. He loved crossword puzzles, and you didn’t have to look far to find a puzzle book filled with his illegible handwriting. Joe was a staunch defender of his koi pond from all woodland creatures, from frogs to foxes, bunnies to bathing bears. His legacy includes his children: son and daughter-in-law Michael J. and Kathy P. Fazzalaro of Avon, CT, son Robert F. Fazzalaro of Hicksville, NY, daughter Kathryn R. Fazzalaro of Waltham, MA and daughter Gail Fazzalaro Herz of Leominster, MA. “Papa Joe” also leaves behind his much-adored grandchildren, Alyssa Herz, Shannon Fazzalaro and her husband Alex DiBacco, and Joshua Herz. He is also survived by a sister Judith Metcalf and brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Gayle McIntyre Fazzalaro, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We would like to express our profound gratitude to the warm and caring nurses, in particular Terry and Tina, and staff at the McLean Home in Simsbury, who made his final weeks calm, comforting, and dignified. A private gathering will be held by family and close friends to celebrate his life with tales of his adventures grand and small. Donations may be made in his honor to the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451,

Fetzner, Karl A.G.

How does one write an obituary? They all kind of start out the same way. Karl A.G. Fetzner, 91, of Granby, formerly of Bloomfield, passed away November 26, 2020 after a battle with cancer and dementia. Karl was born May 9, 1929, in Secaucus, New Jersey to the late Karl and Louise Fetzner and grew up in Bloomfield, Connecticut.
Driving by the age of 14, Karl began his career as a ceramic tile contractor with his father, adopting the business in 1965. In the true spirit of a family business, all three sons played a role, and the business was ultimately taken over by Karl’s eldest son, Brian, upon Karl’s retirement. Karl also co-owned the former Bond Restaurant in Hartford, along with three package stores.
Karl was a member of the Bloomfield Fish and Game Club for many years, and enjoyed hunting trips to Colorado and Canada. Most of all, he enjoyed snowmobiling with his wife Barbara and friends at their chateau in St. Zenon, QUE, Canada. In the summertime, as his kids were avid motocross racers, Karl served as a referee of the New England Sports Committee (NESC). Karl and Barbara were charter members at the Hopmeadow Country Club in Simsbury where they both enjoyed socializing and playing golf. Karl also enjoyed gardening and cultivated prize peonies that he sold to florists from Cromwell to Springfield.
Karl, a Unites States Army veteran of the Korean War, stood as a commander of the VFW Post 1009 in Bloomfield. Also known as “Packy” to the grandchildren, Karl treasured the time he was able to spend with them, leaving them now with memories of swimming, fishing, bowling and mini golfing, as well as memories of snowmobiling and hiking along Reservoir 3 in Bloomfield. Karl’s loving family helped to give him a life worth remembering, and his impact on their lives leaves him deeply missed.
He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, who stood by his side for 67 years, in which time they raised 15 dogs, 3 cats, 3 goats, 2 cockatoos, and of course, 3 children. He is survived by his children Brian, Robert and wife Jenette, and David and wife Michelle, as well as grandchildren Lindsay and husband Kevin, Daniel, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Jessica.
Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 10-11am. Funeral service will follow at 11:00am in the Ahern Funeral Home with burial at the mausoleum in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Karl’s name to either the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929 or Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111 or call 860-594-4502 x6309

Baker, Shepard W.

Shepard W. Baker of West Hartford, CT. age 90 died on October 14, 2020 peacefully, with his wife by his side, Shep was a survivor of many critical illnesses, constantly showing bravery in his courage to go on. He was the son of the late Marion “Billie” Williams Baker and Gladden Whetstone Baker, who joined Travelers in 1926 and retired as Chairman after 50 years of employment. His sister, Janet Baker Tenney, predeceased him in death, as well as his nephew, John Baker Tenney.

Shepard leaves his beloved wife Beverly Ann Buckner-Baker, formerly of New York City, Brooklyn, and Rye, New York. He is also survived by his sister daughters, our most loving nieces Eleanor Tenney Miller of Bland and Vienna , VA and Elizabeth I Tenney, of Collegeville, PA. He also has shared a loving relationship with many cousins and friends worldwide. Together with Beverly, Shep treasured our family members; Amy and Chad Ritchie, along with their Daughter Courtney and her sons, Easton and Beckett of Sarasota, Florida.

Shepard was born in 1930, in West Hartford and graduated from Kingswood School now (Kingswood –Oxford) with Class of 1947, Member of the Hall of Fame, Capt. Of the Undefeated Football Team 1947, Senior Prefect and the Editor of the Kingswood News. Upon graduation from Kingswood, Shep entered Yale at the age of 16 and graduated in the great class of 1951. During that time, he was a devoted participant in athletics and he was the Senior Editor of the Yale Daily News. He went on to attended Harvard Business School and graduated with an MBA in 1953.

Graduating early in order to start the 4 month Program for Naval Officers Training School in Newport, RI, he became an Ensign in Naval Air Intelligence in 1953 during the Korean War. He served three and a half years in Naval Air Intelligence in Guam, the Philippines and San Diego before being honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in 1956.

In 1956 He joined the firm of Morgan Stanley & Co, Investment Bankers, mostly in New York City and in moved onto international Corporate Finance, Paris, London, and Montreal.

Shep was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1985 and after remission for 7 years his was again diagnosed with Cancer and in 1993 he underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant with the assistance of Dr. Morton Colman and Dr. Michael Schuster of New York Hospital. This procedure was successful, but had many drawbacks for the physical activities that Shep loved, Tennis, Squash and Golf.

He was the most modest and kind gentlemen. As many would say “SHEP WORE HIS YALE TEE SHIRT INSIDE OUT”. He cared deeply out others and was an intent listener.

In 2005 he returned to the Baker Family Homestead in West Hartford, CT with his wife Beverly. He was a member of the The Union Club for over 40 years, The Maidstone Club for 40 years, The Mill Reef Club for 35 years, Coral Beach Club for 40 years, and most importantly The Hartford Golf Club for over 60 years. His membership at Asylum Hill Church was for 80 years.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire staff at the Caleb-Hitchcock Health Center for the wonderful personal care given to Shep.

Services and Burial will be private at Asylum Hill Church and Fairview Cemetery on Wednesday October 21, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to Kingswood Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Rd, West Hartford, CT. 06119, or First Tee Connecticut, 55 Golf Club Road, Cromwell, CT. 06416

Joiner, Ernest Gene

Ernest Gene Joiner of Hartford passed away suddenly Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at the age of 57. Ernest was born on October 6, 1963 to the late Dorothy Joiner. He leaves to mourn his brothers; Joseph Henry (Diana) Joiner of East Hartford, and Joseph Willie Joiner of Hartford, and his sister Johnnie Mae Joiner of Hartford, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and a very special friend Ms. Janet Glover.
Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 25th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford, CT.