Noyes, Harriet Elizabeth (Sayre)

Harriet Elizabeth Sayre Noyes, wife of the late Richard C. Noyes, died peacefully in her sleep on October 3, 2019 at Caleb Hitchcock part of the Duncaster Retirement Community.

She was born September 1, 1923 in Baltimore, MD, her parents were Robert H. Sayre III and Marie Riggs Sayre. She grew up in Baltimore and Bel Air, MD with many summers spent with the family at Fisher’s Island, NY. She attended the Calvert and Bryn Mawr Schools, and graduated from Chatham Hall. She joined friends at Connecticut College for Women for 1 year, then World War II broke out. She married Richard C. Noyes in December 1943. He was Navy ROTC and graduated early from Yale to join the war effort. At the end of the war they lived in Bel Air, MD, then Princeton, NJ before landing in Farmington, CT in 1946 where Dick had a job with Aetna Insurance.

Harriet is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn (Candy) Parrack and Phyllis (Pisa) Noyes Albanese and her husband William , her son-in-law Eric Martin M.D., 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Mary (Molly) Noyes Martin in 2011.

Harriet volunteered her time with the Community Chest, Blood Mobile, and the Junior Leagues of Baltimore and Hartford. She enjoyed playing tennis and paddle tennis with her friends in Farmington. She loved the sun – building a sun room onto their house or sitting on the beach in St. Thomas, VI for vacations or Westport, MA where she maintains a summer home.

Harriet had a long association with Hartford hospital extending over thirty years with much of that time as Director of the Volunteers in the Continuing Care Unit, but also working in the Emergency room, the Psychiatric department and the department of Surgery. She is on the Hartford Hospital Honor Roll as having served 5000 volunteer hours.

Harriet enjoyed being active with the Hillstead Museum, serving as Chairman for several May Markets. She was most pleased to serve as a member of the Citizen Police Academy the year they planned the Police/Senior Citizen Building. She delivered Meals on Wheels and was a member of the Farmington Garden Club. She was a past member of the Town and County Club and The Hartford Club. While in Farmington the family attended First Congregational Church, and later was a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church.

She was a keen tennis and paddle tennis player well into middle age and stayed slim and fit, memorably making a cameo appearance at her fiftieth wedding anniversary in her original wedding dress.

Three years after the death of her husband, she moved, in July 2005, from the house on Prattling Pond Rd. in Farmington, where she had lived for 55 years, to the Duncaster Retirement Community where her vitality and enthusiasm were memorable. She served on many committees, always with the aim of improving the communal life and her charm and grace were apparent to all. She lived a good life and will be sorely missed.

Harriet’s family would like to sincerely thank Eric Martin, her son-in-law, for his continued care and assistance during her past years and the many phone calls for consults during the past months of her recent illness and to the staff at Duncaster for the past 14 happy years she lived there; and the staff at Caleb Hitchcock for their kindness and care to our mother over her recent illness.

A memorial service, held at Duncaster, will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden St., #C, Farmington, CT 06032 or the Hartford Hospital Foundation, 80 Seymour St., P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102 in her memory.

Piraneo, Carly Christina

Carly Christina Piraneo, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Born on August 5, 1991 to Lisa Wood and Carmelo Piraneo in Southern California, she was raised in Farmington, Connecticut.

Carly was a graduate of Farmington High School class of 2009 and was the living embodiment of the laidback, carefree Cali lifestyle with a New England drive. Always a free spirit with a heart that knew no bounds, she was a beloved daughter, sibling, and friend.

Carly enjoyed photography and fashion, and was passionate about early childhood education. In high school she was a multi-sport athlete; starring in Softball, Field Hockey, and Ice Hockey. She never faced a challenge that she wouldn’t shy away from. Headstrong, thoughtful, and persistent, there were seldom times where Carly would do something that didn’t surprise her family and friends. She will be missed by many, but never forgotten.

Along with her parents, Lisa and Carmelo, Carly leaves behind her older sister Tara Piraneo, older brother Ryan Piraneo, maternal grandmother, uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Italy, and Australia.

Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8pm Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the William J. Burke & Sons Bussing/Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373). Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Antonio, Helen (LaClair)

Helen (LaClair) Antonio, 86, of Unionville passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019. She was born on October 19, 1932 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, daughter of the late Trefley and Lillian (Gibney) Laclair. She was predeceased by her husband Adam Antonio. They were longtime residents of Secret Lake in Avon, CT where they enjoyed gardening and taking care of their many animals. Helen always loved her home state of New Hampshire where she and Adam had a home. They visited monthly and enjoyed summer vacations spending time with family and friends. She would reminisce about her time growing up on the family farm with her parents and siblings, sharing stories about the animals and life on the farm. Helen worked as a CNA for over 25 years at Avon Convalescent Home before retiring to help take care of her grandchildren. She had many friends she kept in contact with throughout her retirement. Helen’s true joy, especially in her later years, was being with her family, sharing meals and celebrating holidays with extended family. She would share anecdotes and surprise everyone with her quick one liners that were enjoyed by all.
Helen leaves behind her daughter Theresa (Rattell-Antonio) Greiner and her husband Scott whom she adored, as well as her grandchildren Anthony and Savanah Greiner. Besides being a mother, nothing brought her more joy than being a grandmother. Spending time with and taking care of Anthony and Savanah was the highlight of her life. Helen was a godmother to many and had very close relationships with her nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Fay Russell, Helen’s live in caregiver for almost 7 years. Fay’s extraordinary care, love, and patience was a true blessing to Helen and her family.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon.

Sylvester, Agnes Rose (Litalien)

Agnes Rose Litalien Sylvester, 94 of Unionville CT peacefully passed away Friday, September 6th. Born in Leominster, Massachusetts, she was one of 13 children born to Antoinette Caron Litalien and Germain Litalien. She settled in Hartford in the 1940’s where she met and married her late husband, Raymond “Pete” Sylvester. The couple raised four sons in the Farmington area. Agnes worked for and retired from Sears Roebuck in West Hartford.
Meme was the consummate baker whose banana breads, chocolate cakes, apple and blueberry pies, as well as her Christmas cookies and Penuche were always welcome in eager anticipation of birthdays and holidays.
Agnes was predeceased by her great grand-daughter, Aubrey. She is survived by her four sons and their spouses: Ken & Diane Sylvester, Roger & Judy Sylvester, Gary Sylvester & Charles Robinson and Peter & Marianne Sylvester. Agnes was Meme’ to nearly everyone; family and friends. She is also survived by her five grandchildren and their children: Jonathan & Sandra Sylvester, Nathan, Gianna and Dominic; Allison & Scott Law, Weston, Julianna, Bradley and Grace; Patrick & Alyssa Sylvester, Landon, Mason and Eloise; Cole Sylvester; as well as Shane Sylvester.
The family wishes to acknowledge the stellar care, skills and attention provided “Meme” while residing at Amberwoods of Farmington. Particularly notable are the staff of Willow Unit. The caring of all staff of Amberwoods, of every level was consistent and deeply appreciated from her admission to her end.
An early morning wake will take place at Ahern Furneral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville CT on Friday, September 13th from 8:30-9:30 am, followed by a Catholic mass at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea at 10 am. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Farmington after sevices. Donations can be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, 145 Main St, Unionville CT 06085 or to Masonic Hospice c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 70 Wallingford, CT 06492

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.

Horrigan, John “Jack” P.

Mr. John “Jack” P. Horrigan, of Milton, MA, and Simsbury and Avon, CT, born on February 10, 1937 in Montclair, New Jersey, to the late Lillian and Joe Horrigan, passed away at age 82 on June 27, 2019 in Avon, Connecticut. He was surrounded by family and was peaceful as he went to Heaven for a tee time. Jack graduated from Boston College High School in 1954, where he was an All-City basketball player during his junior and senior seasons, and a baseball pitcher who had a try out with the Philadelphia Phillies. A proud Boston Irishman, Jack became a “Double Eagle” upon his graduation from Boston College in 1958 where he earned a BS in business administration. Upon graduation, Jack went to work for Goodyear, Hallmark and he also worked as a salesman at Heublein until he retired in 1994. Jack also served his country as a member of the Navy and Naval Reserves. Jack was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Leary Horrigan of Milton, MA for an amazing 58 years. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Driscoll and her husband Bill, sister Ann O’Neil and her husband Matt, and brother, Joe Horrigan. He is also survived by his sister in law Lou Horrigan. Jack is survived by his sons, Jay Horrigan and his wife Cheryl of Franklin, MA, Dave Horrigan of Seattle, WA, and Denis Horrigan and his wife Kristen of Simsbury, CT; and grandchildren, Anna Horrigan, John Horrigan III, Declan Horrigan, Jack Horrigan, and Mason Horrigan. In addition, numerous nieces and nephews survive Jack, as well as too many friends to count. Jack loved all sports, especially playing golf, and spending time with family. Friends and family can pay their respects at the visitation at Ahern Funeral Home – 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT, 06085 between the hours of 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, 145 Main St., Unionville, Connecticut, 06085 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s name to High Watch Recovery Center, PO Box 607, Kent, CT, 06757 and McLean Care, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT, 06070.

Lomnicky , Patience (Cormier)

Patience (Cormier) Lomnicky of Unionville passed away Wednesday May 22, 2019. Born in Middletown on July 24, 1945 daughter of the late Raymond J. and Catherine (Dublac) Cormier, she was a graduate of Farmington High School. Prior to retiring she was employed at McCallum Motors Inc. and E.D.M Industries; and was an avid animal lover. She is survived by her three brothers, Raymond J. Cormier Jr. and his wife Barbara, Gerard C. Cormier and Francis X. Cormier and his wife Marianne, her brother-in-law Donald Oquist, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sister Rosemary Oquist. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Avon Health Center for the special care given to Patience.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Friday (May 31) at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., To send online condolences to the family, please visit

Colavecchio, Dorothy M.

Dorothy M. Colavecchio, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was born to Wallace A. and Anna (Wollenberg) MacDonald on June 27, 1934 and was a lifelong Farmington resident where she and her pre-deceased husband, Michael F. Colavecchio Jr. raised their family. Affectionately known as Dossy, she is survived by her six children: Mary Colavecchio, Michael Colavecchio (Marie), William Colavecchio (Karin Linthicum), Dodie Colavecchio (Deb Napolitano), Diane Gannon (Jim) and John Colavecchio (Susan). She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Abby and Sam Gannon, Jack and Teddy Colavecchio, Tess and Emma Colavecchio, and Nate and Pierce Landry. Dossy is survived by her sister, Anne Jednorowicz of West Hartford, CT and brother Wallace A. (Pete) MacDonald of Scio, NY and predeceased by her sisters Mary Guild and Muriel Judd. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews who enjoyed her company and sharp sense of humor. Special thanks to Cindy Ebanks, Dorrett Senior and Charmaine Reynolds of the New England Nightingales Home Care for their dedication and friendship they provided to Miss D.
Dossy was a 1952 graduate of Farmington High School and worked as a bookkeeper for the Southington-based CPA firm Dudzik, Beauchemin and Kelley. She was a diehard Boston Red Sox fan. Dossy was always in the stands watching her children compete in their multitude of sporting events. She was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Unionville, CT for 58 years.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, Tuesday (April 16) from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Wednesday (April 17th) at 9:15 am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington.
Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter: P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Wimes, Doris Elizabeth Myers Hinton

Doris Elizabeth Myers Hinton Wimes, 60, of Hartford, longtime companion of Dr. W. Michael Downes, with whom she shared a home with died on Sunday, March 31, 2019. She was born in Middletown and was the daughter of the late Preston Myers, Sr., and Sue (Woody) Myers.
Doris was a vivacious fun-loving individual who was involved in many activities. She was active in the Greater Hartford Progressive Democratic Women’s Club as Parliamentarian and co-chaired many events. She was also an assistant registrar of voters, poll moderator and door to door campaigner for many Democratic political candidates. She was a member of the NAACP and worked hard to alleviate the conditions of the poor. Her heart was with the people. She worked on various veteran issues including supporting her friends and family in trips to the Veterans Hospital.
Doris had a host of friends and relatives in the Greater Hartford area and in Middletown. She will be missed by her neighbors and the neighborhood children. They enjoyed her fervent support of the New England Patriots in her gregarious ways. Doris graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown. She later took various courses to enhance her voter registration and poll moderating work. She worked at Safeway, Pratt &Whitney Aircraft, New Testament Baptist Church as a receptionist as well as for the City of Hartford.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Lisa (Randy) Dempsey, Pam Winford, Michelle Myers, Jennifer Marshall, Shawn Myers and Kim Myers, Jr. She has 10 grandnieces and nephews and two great grandnephews. She is also survived by her very dear friend, Susan (Vicky Vereen) Owens. She was predeceased by her children, LaTasha Hinton, Robert “PJ” Hinton, Jr. and Latea Nacole Hinton; sisters, Joeletha, Margaret Winford and Jeanette Marshall; brothers, Preston Myers, Jr. and Kim Myers.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 8th at 11 a.m. at Zion First Baptist Church, 16 James Moses Ave., Middletown. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Middletown. Friends may call on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Zion First Baptist Church in Middletown.

O’Donnell, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth O’Donnell, a self-described “ordinary girl, with an extraordinary life”, having just turned 102, passed away on March 27, 2019. In fact, she was an extraordinary person who had a remarkable life. Born the month before the United States entered WWI, on the Ides of March, March 15, 1917, to Thomas J. and Elizabeth (O’Malley) O’Donnell in the Bronx, NY. The youngest of four daughters, Mary grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mary enjoyed growing up with an extended family of first and second cousins.
A child during the twenties, Mary came of age during the Great Depression. Lying about her age and using an older sister’s license and dress for the interview, Mary got her first job as a seasonal sales girl at Macy’s department store (back when there was only one Macy’s). Thus, began a long career in retail, that saw her grow as a buyer and fashion merchandising consultant, later becoming the first woman to manage Carson Pirie Scott’s New York office.
Mary had a great love for traveling and enjoyed many adventures along the way. A proud native New Yorker, Mary completed a cross country road trip before obtaining a driver’s license. She also inadvertently drove on the Merritt Parkway before it was officially opened. After WWII she travelled to Europe several times, visiting cousins in Ireland and her sister Alice in Rome and Paris.
Ever unsure of herself but fortified by the belief (instilled by her step-mother) that as long as you possessed good table manners, one need not fear any social interaction, she was fearless in her pursuit of new friends and experiences. She had a wonderful knack for making anyone she met feel special.
Following retirement in 1983, Mary moved to Avon, Ct to be near her sister’s Eileen and Alice and their families. While growing up during the Depression may have deprived her of some things, strong opinions were not among them. Mary was passionate about her Irish heritage, progressive politics (with a capital D), and Catholic faith. She was an eternal optimist and a prolific storyteller. She possessed a remarkable capacity to connect with and stay in touch with people, in some cases multiple generations of families, former-colleagues, and friends up until her death.
Mary is predeceased by her sisters, Kitty O’Donnell of New York, Alice Shea of Manchester, Eileen Akin of West Hartford, her step-brother, Monsignor Claire O’Dwyer of Baltimore, and her niece Christine Akin of Hartford. She is survived by her nephews, James Akin and his wife Eileen Brewer-Akin of West Hartford, and Peter Akin of East Hartford. Mary was beloved by her great-nephews and nieces; Wiley, Patrick, James, Olivia, and Audrey Akin, upon whom she doted.
Mary’s family would like to thank Mary, Nina, Marina, Alice and Zina for everything they did to enable Mary to remain in her home until almost the very end.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held Saturday April 13, at 10 AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea, 145 Main St (Rt 4) Unionville, Ct. There will be no calling hours, the burial will be private. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution in Mary’s name to the charity of your choice or one of her favorites: The Joseph House, PO Box 1755, Salisbury, MD 21802.

Cosker, Mary Ellen Sisson

Mary Ellen Sisson Cosker passed away to peace on March 22, 2019. Born September 7, 1945 to Margaret (Kane) and Ralph B Sisson, she was a proud, lifelong resident of Collinsville, CT.

Mary Ellen touched so many lives in a positive way during her caring, friendly service for 11 years as a school bus driver, 35 years as a florist at Hinman’s Flower Shop and then as a driver for the Farmington Valley ARC. Maryellen truly enjoyed working with, giving to and helping others. She connected well with everyone and was a genuine, committed employee and friend.

Mary Ellen was beyond passionate about learning and sharing the history of her town, Collinsville/Canton, and the surrounding area. She procured an amazing collection of memorabilia and references and spent hours researching to help others identify family history and historical town connections. She offered a wealth of knowledge and creative ideas to the Collinsville Historical Society in her many years of service and was a go-to resource for just about anything Collinsville or Collins Company related. Her love for history also served well as an auction runner at the Canton Barn Auction for many years – yet another place where Mary Ellen touched many and enjoyed so much.

Mary Ellen had so many passions. Number one always – giving and spending time with family and friends. Mary Ellen never passed up an opportunity (when she was able) to send a card, make a call or drop in for a visit. Her heartfelt sincerity and commitment to those she loved was unwavering. This included family pets and local birds/wildlife! Mary Ellen was enamored with her own and her family’s house pets, who always brought a smile to her face even in dire times. Her fascination with local birds provided a daily enjoyment and purpose for her – particularly as she pondered ways to keep the squirrels at bay from her feeders!

Flowers, music, clouds, poetry, nature….just a handful more things in which Mary Ellen took delight. Those of us who have spent time with her finding pictures in the clouds, combing through clovers for the evasive 4-leafed, identifying beautiful wild and exotic flowers or toe-tapping and singing aloud to any one of the many artists enjoyed are better for it — better for the genuineness, education and love within those memories.

Mary Ellen was the utmost proud and honorable woman who exemplified strength, perseverance, formidable capability, charisma and integrity. No matter what challenge she faced, she met it head on with grit, determination and often a sense of humor and “stubbornness”. Her loving, resilient character will be missed sorely by so many.

Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister Nancy Russo, and her beloved son-in-law Robert Cole Davidson, Jr.

In pure love, she leaves her daughter Lisa Noreen Cosker Davidson, granddaughter Jaela Nicole Davidson and grand-dog Daisy Davidson, all of Collinsville. She also leaves her nephew and wife, Corey and Shannon Russo of Collinsville; niece Ciera Russo and newborn grand-niece, Baylee of Torrington; her son-in-law’s treasured parents, Robert and Janice Davidson of Collinsville, his sisters Susan Hubbard and Deb Barnhart and their families on the east and west coasts; cousin Paula Morra and her husband, Robert from Bolton; lifelong family friend James Barraclough of Collinsville; and many other cherished friends.

A special thank you is sent to Hartford Hospital Vascular team and the special caregivers at Avon Health and Rehabilitation for the attentive care and support they provided Mary Ellen and her family.

A remembrance service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St, Unionville, CT. There will be no calling hours.

If desired, donations can be presented in Mary Ellen’s memory to the CT Audubon Society: or to help offset end-of-life expenses:

Airas, Carmen Iris

Carmen Iris Airas, beloved wife of Carlos Alberto Airas for more than 35 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Carmen was born August 17, 1959 in Cidra, Puerto Rico; to parents Marcelina Rivera and Juan Colón.
Late 1979, Carmen moved from Cidra, Puerto Rico to Connecticut, where she met her now-husband who she is survived by, Carlos Alberto Airas. Carmen married her soulmate, Carlos Alberto Airas, on April 15, 1980, and eventually resided in Bloomfield, Connecticut with their beloved dog, Charlie. Carmen was a truly gentle soul, with much love given with smiles and laughter spread. Carmen was a strong, loving woman who devoted her life to her family, faith, and the outdoors. She loved nature and the outdoors, spending hours on end tending to the flowers and trees that surrounded the home, hiking through hills, valleys and mountain sides with family, and walking through parks with her grandchildren. Carmen was wonderfully devoted to her 3 daughters: Jesennia Da Costa, spouse of Marco Da Costa of Newington, Neysa Airas of West Hartford, and Jacqueline Airas, fiance of Juan Laboy of East Hartford, all of whom she loved and cared for without end. Carmen is survived by many loving grandchildren: Jonathan, Naiela, Marco Jr., Ismail, Noah, and Khloe.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Mar. 24) from 5:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Sorrows Church at 10:00 am Monday (Mar. 25). Family and friends are asked to meet directly in the church, 16 Greenwood Street Hartford CT. Burial will follow in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington

O’Connell, Patrick J.

Patrick J. O’Connell, 62, died peacefully of natural causes at his home in Eastham, Massachusetts, on March 15, 2019. He was a beloved husband, brother and uncle, and a friend to many musicians and music lovers around the world. Born in 1957 in Hartford, Connecticut, he attended the Loomis-Chaffee School, in Windsor, where he served as president of his senior class. He was a graduate of Duke University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science in 1979 and a subsequent master’s degree in education in 1980. He also earned his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1988, and he practiced law for several years with the firm of Carmody & Torrance of Waterbury, Connecticut. He married his devoted wife Kathleen Finucane in 1995 and settled in Eastham, Massachusetts, where he was active in civic affairs and the local music community.
Known to his friends as Pat or P.J., he was a passionate lifelong lover of music and an accomplished singer-songwriter. As a longtime resident of North Carolina during the 1980’s, he led the Durham-based Flying Pigs, a band whose releases include “Desi” and “Mexican Divorce.” As P.J. O’Connell, he released “Dream Life” (2001), “Happy Go Lucky” (2002), “Careful” (2007), and “Join the Crowd” (2011), recordings that featured many of his musical friends, including members of NRBQ and the Incredible Casuals. As a performer, he played stages across the United States and in Japan, and All Music Guide called him an “Americana power pop auteur on a journey that keeps getting more and more beautiful with each release.”

Pat was legendary for his kindness and loyalty to his friends and fellow musicians, his incisive wit and discerning taste, an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, and a vast recorded music collection.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Finucane and is predeceased by their daughter Elsbeth Caitlin O’Connell. His other survivors include siblings Edward O’Connell (and wife Susan), James O’Connell, and Elise O’Connell Boccia (and husband Steven), his sister-in-law Elsbeth Finucane-Albert (and husband Brett), brother-in-law William Finucane (and wife Kalora), and sister-in-law Lisa Finucane, as well as loving nieces and nephews Quinn Albert, Lanie Albert, Anna Finucane, Patrick Finucane, Kathleen Boccia, Joseph Boccia, Steven Boccia, Daniel O’Connell, and Rachel O’Connell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery, 200 Whitman Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Arnold, James R.

James R. Arnold, 71, of Glastonbury, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2019. Born on December 29, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from North Allegheny High School and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
He moved to Connecticut in 1967 for a job at Pratt and Whitney and held jobs at various manufacturing companies as a buyer. Prior to his retirement, he started his own business, Arnold Enterprise.
He was a die-hard Steelers fan and spent many weekends with fellow fans at A D’s in Windsor. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Destin. When younger, he would organize neighborhood baseball games while his young daughters cheered from the side-lines. He liked to work on engines of any kind and was able to fix anything. He had an extensive workshop which allowed him to complete home and wood-working projects. He had a great sense of humor and loved watching comedy shows and movies and quoting memorable lines. In his later years, he enjoyed going out to eat with his granddaughters and watching Judge Judy every afternoon.
He was predeceased by his father, Ralph F. Arnold and long- time companion “Chizzie” Geraci. He is survived by his mother, Margaret J. Arnold and sisters, Peggy-Lou Sheedy and Diane Jacobson, all of Bonita Springs, Florida.
He is also survived by his two daughter, Pamela Mastrogiovanni of Farmington and Diana Hancin and husband Dennis of Marlborough; and four granddaughters, Lillian and Anna Mastrogiovanni and Julia and Katherine Hancin.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Northup, Gladys “Dolly” (Abadjian) Bass

Gladys “Dolly” (Abadjian) Bass Northup
Dolly was born on March 5, 1919 in Aleppo Syria. By the time she completed her primary and secondary schooling in Lebanon she was fluent in Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, English & French.
In 1947 she got a degree in RN (nursing) from the American University of Beirut, and a BA in 1950.
She started working in the American University Hospital, a few years later she worked in the Mina Hospital in Tripoli Lebanon. Subsequently she was hired by the United Nations to be the head of nursing in a hospital and three associated clinics in the Kingdom of Jordan.
There she met Burt Bass, a British diplomat. They were married in Lebanon in 1956 and they went to live in London. Two years later she became a British National and was given a diplomatic passport.
She was with her husband on his diplomatic postings in Hungary, Italy where she learned Italian, Jakarta Indonesia where he became consul general. The next tour was Ecuador where she became fluent in Spanish. At end of their tour in 1970 her husband had a stroke and passed away at the age of 48.
She returned to London and worked for a tour company called Wings as a tour guide, the knowledge of 7 languages was an asset. During one of her tours in Los Angles she met an American gentleman named John Northup.
In 1979 Dolly and John were married, she became a naturalized American and lived in Unionville CT. in 1992 her husband had a stroke and passed away. She lived alone for a few years, then she moved to a senior living facility in Houston, near her brother George until her demise.
She will be missed by all those who knew her.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, Friday (March 1), from 4-6 pm. The funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Saturday (March 2), at 9:15 am, followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea at 10:00 am. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary Cemetery, Avon