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.

DeBeatham, Terrence Lloyd

Celebrating the Life and Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Terrence L. DeBeatham

The world lost a bright light on Thursday, August 13, 2020, when Terrence Lloyd DeBeatham, of Port Charlotte, FL received his eternal reward.
Born on June 30, 1930, Terrence was the sixth of seven children born to Frederick and Bernita (Tracey) DeBeatham of Brownstown, St. Ann, in Jamaica, W.I.
Affectionally known as “Bill”, Terrence was instilled with the value of hard work and perseverance. He would often assist his father with farming as a young man in his native Jamaica. He earned a coveted position at the Half Moon Resort, where his pleasant demeanor, keen eye for detail, quiet leadership and hard work kept him in high demand. These character traits eventually brought him to the United States, where he settled in Hartford, CT, and would be his home for over 30 years. He was a long-standing dedicated employee of Northeast Utilities (now Eversource) until his retirement in 1995.
A man of deep conviction, Terrence’s faith was a core part of his existence. He gave his heart to the Lord at an early age and was devoted to God and his church family.
As a founding member of the first Caribbean Church of God in Southern New England, Terrence DeBeatham served in almost every capacity from “the pulpit to the pew.” He served as Trustee, Council Member, Men’s Fellowship, Fundraising, Service Leader, and Sunday School Teacher – a role that he continued until shortly before his passing. He enjoyed greeting visitors, and would often do special offertory appeals during service, frequently gratefully acknowledging just how much God had taken care of him, noting that “You can’t beat God’s giving, no matter how hard you try.” This was often followed by a song brought up from the recesses of his memory, delivered in a sonorous bass.
Long a proponent of education, Terrence consistently demanded excellence. Never satisfied with complacency, he pushed his children to do their best in all things. He beamed with pride as he witnessed his children’s graduation from college and medical school. He served as a member of the Peter C. Barrett Scholarship committee since its inception, working tirelessly, well before any of his children could have benefitted. He loved to encourage youth to pursue education, often reminding them that “an education is something that no man can take from you,” and would frequently reach into his pockets to give them something to help them pursue their goals.
Terrence was able to fuse his love of his church family with his interests in education on the church’s Scholarship Committee’s annual bus trip to Canada. Here again, he shined, recruiting participants, helping to schedule the trip, and leading the group. On those annual trips, he enjoyed venturing out and exploring Yonge Street and, without fail, always seemed to gather a following. Everyone seemed to want to be where he was. Upon return to the US border, he delighted in reporting to the Customs Agent “Nothing to Declare,” knowing full well that both buses were laden with Caribbean delicacies being transported back to the States. He enjoyed walking up and down the aisle on the way home, often leading the group in song.
Terrence just had a way with people – a capacity to connect with anyone, irrespective of station. He was compassionate, cared for others, often reaching out to share his resources in order to help even a complete stranger. He unofficially adopted many as part of his tribe and cared for each and every one of them just as deeply as he did for his own family. Countless people have special and fond memories of the things that “Uncle Bill” said and did. His love for others was genuine and authentic.
A raconteur of no comparison, he lived to tell a good story, recount history, or share a joke.
He had a laugh that could fill a room, and a twinkle in his eye that made everyone feel special.
Terrence always had a special level of wisdom, that only seemed to improve with age. As the patriarch of the DeBeatham family, he would always have time to talk, share advice, negotiate or help resolve conflicts. His unparalleled capacity for compassion enabled him to reach many.
There was little else Terrence loved more than his family. He looked after his family, and, when the time came, helped them establish their own lives here.
In 1976, Terrence married the love of his life Sonia Thomas, and they were inseparable for nearly 44 years until his passing. She made his family complete, with Melinda, Terry and the additions of Wayne and Loraine. In retirement, they enjoyed getting their senior coffees and breakfast sandwiches while watching the world go by.
Rarely fussy, Terrence was always content. He derived joy from the things that mattered most – time spent with family, phone calls, and a well-prepared meal. In his retirement, nothing pleased him more than spending his golden years with the love of his life, being a short ride from his sisters, gardening in the fertile Florida soil, and sitting on the lanai, feeding and watching the birds. He would declare, “I have been blessed by God.”
Terrence was predeceased by his parents, and siblings Wilfred, Gwenola, Ruby, Melrose, and Allan. Left to cherish his memory and honor his legacy: Sonia, his loving wife of nearly 44 years; daughter Melinda Terrell (and husband Bernard), son Terrence F DeBeatham (and wife Juliet) of Hartford, CT; son Wayne L. DeBeatham, M.D. of Bronx, NY; and daughter Loraine F. DeBeatham of Bloomfield, CT; a host of nieces and nephews, including siblings Andrew DeBeatham and Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, both of Bloomfield, CT; and loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister Ena Ellis (and Val); and innumerable adopted children and mentees.
Viewing will be held at Rehoboth Church of God at 1170 Blue Hills Avenue, in Bloomfield, CT on September 5, 2020 from 8:30 – 10 am, followed by a private Homegoing Celebration. The service will also be available for streaming at https://www.rehobothcog.org/livestream/

Barrett, Jill Perreault

Jill Perreault Barrett, 70, died Wednesday, July 22, surrounded by family, community, and an aura of love. Jill was born in Dracut, MA, the daughter of George and Eileen Perreault. She graduated from Dracut High School and Merrimack College. She moved to Hartford in 1971 to attend graduate school at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, at which she received a Master’s in Community Organizing. She certainly put this degree to good use in her personal and professional career. Jill began as a community organizer at Asylum Hill Inc. Always an independent spirit, she left that job to travel across Europe, Egypt, and the Middle East to see the world before she got married. She returned to a position as outreach manager for the Crime Prevention Program with the Hartford Police Department, and next as Executive Director of the Knox Parks Foundation. After a hiatus at home raising three energetic boys, she returned to the work world, earning a second Master’s at the University of Massachusetts and then joining the Fitzgerald and Halliday planning firm. She retired from the firm as a senior project manager this year. Jill’s civic engagements are many, including service as chair of Hartford’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and project manager of the Farmington Avenue Alliance, dedicated to the revitalization of the avenue that runs through her cherished West End neighborhood. Jill met her husband David at a political event in Hartford, and they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church. Jill loved to work on her garden plot at the West End community garden and later moved to gardening at home. She was a rower, heading onto the Connecticut River early in the mornings in her single scull. She took up golfing and got pretty good at it. Her interests were so varied – opera and travel near the top of the list. She was a member of a women’s craft group in the West End for more than 40 years. In recent years, Jill became very active in the effort at her church to resettle immigrant families in the Hartford region. She worked with families from Syria and Afghanistan.
Jill leaves her husband David, her sons Ian (and his wife and daughter Sara and Vera), Chris and Philip; sister in law Pat Thistle and her husband Ron; brother George Perreault and his wife Lori; brother Jay Perreault; brother Alan Perreault; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A special service to honor Jill will be held at a later date at the boathouse at Riverfront Recapture. A private prayer service will be held on Sunday, July 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, at 1 p.m. and live streamed. Donations in her memory may be made to Riverfront Recapture in Hartford or Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven. Jill loved to sit on her front porch, telling stories and greeting passersby. The family will receive visitors on that porch at their home from 4 to 7 on Friday, July 24, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.

Phelan, Jack

Jack Phelan (John J.) passed away unexpectedly on July 20, 2020. Jack was born on June 14, 1954 to Marian Bennett Phelan and Kenneth Phelan in Hartford. Jack loved his hometown, loved growing up on Oxford Street in the West End of the city with his family and loved Elizabeth Park, where he was able to run and play as children of the 1960’s were free to do.
Jack attended Saint Joseph’s Cathedral School in Hartford through the eighth grade, was a proud 1972 graduate of Northwest Catholic High School, and after a year at Saint Thomas More Prep School, Jack went on to Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania where he enjoyed a stellar career on the basketball court. Upon graduation in 1977, Jack was drafted by both the NBA Golden State Warriors in the 6th round and by the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, despite having played only one year of football in high school.
Coaching was his first love. He was a natural and used his skills in all he did. After his brief stints in the NBA and NFL, Jack took a graduate assistant position at Niagara University, and then moved on to an assistant basketball coach position at Fairfield University. From there Jack was hired to come to the University of Hartford as head men’s basketball coach. Jack held that position from 1981-1992, during which time he led the team’s move from Division II to Division I. At one time, Jack was the youngest Division I coach in the country.
After leaving the University of Hartford, Jack utilized his coaching skills in his work with the Sullivan Group, where he worked with small business owners on improving profits and sales. Jack’s role for the past seventeen years was director of athletics at Farmington High School. He loved this position and made many meaningful and lasting friendships there. He loved the students in the high school and wanted them to experience the joy of sports that had enriched his entire life. Jack was a mentor to more people than could be counted. Colleagues and friends looked to him for career advice and college recommendations for their children. Jack knew everyone. Jack made everyone around him feel important. He had a knack for names and remembrances from years past. His storytelling skills were second to none.
Jack was inducted into the Northwest Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the University of Hartford’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a Trailblazer in 2009 and last summer he was inducted into the Saint Francis University Hall of Fame. His family was there to cheer him on in all of his accomplishments.
Most important to Jack was his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Marian and Kenneth Phelan and his older brother Kenneth G. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patti and his three sons and their wives, Ken and Lisa (Weber), Jack and Courtney (Krzyzek) and Patrick and Mckenzie (Kelly). He leaves the lights of his life, his five grandchildren, Finley, Alice, Emmerson, Evelyn and Bennett. Jack is also survived by his sister Maureen and her husband Fern Richard, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Peter and MaryAnn Politi, and many special cousins, nephews and a beloved aunt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford immediately followed by interment at Mount Saint Peter Cemetery, 219 New Haven Avenue, Derby, Connecticut. Seating at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph is limited to invitation only. A public memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Saint Francis University Men’s Basketball Program at Saint Francis University, Office of Advancement, P.O Box 600, Loretto Pennsylvania 15940 or on line at francis.edu/makeagift.
Your life was our blessing.
Your memory a treasure.
You were loved beyond words.
You are missed beyond measure.

Duggan, Edward R.

Edward R. Duggan, 66, of Temecula, CA, formerly of Wethersfield, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 13th, 2020. Born March 15th, 1954 in Hartford, he was the son of the late K. Theodore and Ellen (Horan) Duggan. Ed was a dear friend, always there with a kind word, a piece of advice and plenty of encouragement to both family and friends. He was an avid fan of the NY Giants, NY Yankees and the Oregon Ducks.
Ed is survived by his sister, Teresa Duggan, his nieces and nephews, Lynne P. Rosello, William Priebe (Claudia), Jonathan Priebe (Tricia), Joanna Shelton (Christopher), Robert Duggan-Pitocco, Michael D. Pitocco and his great nieces and nephews, Callyn Priebe, Jack Priebe, Lily Shelton and Quinn Shelton. He was predeceased by his sister, Maryellen Priebe and brother-in-law, Donald H. Priebe.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Hayes, Charles R.

Charles R. Hayes 66 of New Britain
Charlie to his friends, Chipper to his Family, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness Thursday, July 9th 2020 at Autumn Lake of New Britain.
Born in Hartford in March of 1954 he was the oldest of seven children born to Raymond and Dorothy Hayes.
Charles attended Bulkeley High School in Hartford, and worked at AC Petersen Farms Restaurant in West Hartford for 30 years. He was a lifelong avid Red Sox fan. Charles was Predeceased by his parents Raymond F. and Dorothy (Merritt) Hayes, as well as his sisters Sandra M. Hayes and Robyn D. Hayes.
Charles is survived by his sisters Lori A Hayes of New Britain, Betti Gauthier and her husband Marcel Gauthier of Cheshire, Michele Farhat and her husband Mohammed of Middletown, and his brother Michael S. Hayes of New Britain, as well as 12 Nieces and Nephews and many Great Nieces and Nephews and his Little “Sweetheart” Sasha the family dog.
Graveside Funeral Service will be held Wednesday (July 22), at 11:30am at St. Joseph Cemetery, Poquonock.
In Lieu of Flowers Donations can be made in Charles’ name to the CT Humane Society 701 Russell Road Newington, CT 06111 or St. Judes Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

McNulty, Judith K.

Judith K. McNulty, loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on July 14th, 2020. She was 79.

Judy was born on February 27th, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut to Walter and Marion (Cooper) Kaiser. She was raised in Hartford with her brother William. After graduating from Hartford Public High School, she lived and worked in the city of Hartford for many years, first at the Aetna and later for the Archdiocese of Hartford. On June 28th, 1973, she married Terence Francis McNulty Jr. Together they moved to West Hartford where they raised a daughter and a son. They were married for 47 years.

Judy was an avid reader who always had a book nearby. She also loved to garden, growing vegetables in her backyard alongside lilies, roses, irises, and countless annuals. Interested in both history and family, Judy studied genealogy, tracing the history of her family across generations and states. Above all else, she loved to be at home with her husband, children and grandchildren. She will be remembered by those who loved her for her patience, humility, and kindness.

Judy was preceded in death by her father Walter and mother Marion. She is survived by her husband Terence F. McNulty Jr of West Hartford, her daughter Kathryn McNulty-Cheon and her husband John Cheon of South Windsor, her son Terence P. McNulty and his wife Connie McNulty of West Hartford, and her grandchildren Laurel and Terence L. McNulty of West Hartford. She is also survived by her brother William Kaiser and his wife Donna Kaiser of Meriden, her brother-in-law Thomas McNulty and sister-in-law Betty Ann McNulty of Windsor, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford on Sunday, July 19th, from 2:00-4:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Monday, July 20th at 11:00am in the Church of St. Timothy followed by burial in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Kane, Joseph Francis

Joseph Francis Kane died July 11, 2020 in Boston, MA, following complications after surgery.

Joseph Kane, 90, son of the late M. Joseph and Ruth Langdon Kane, was born in Hartford, Connecticut on February 12, 1930. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and The Abbey School in Simsbury, CT. Mr. Kane graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After college Mr. Kane served in the United States Navy for three and a half years. Upon graduating Officers Candidate School, he was assigned to the USS Power, a destroyer in the Atlantic Fleet. After his service in the Navy, he joined the Michael Kane Brick Company in Middletown, Connecticut, founded by his grandfather Michael Kane in 1873. In 1962 Mr. Kane established The Kane-Gonic Brick Corporation in Gonic, NH. His company was one of the foremost manufacturers of waterstruck antique brick in New England. Kane-Gonic brick was an esthetic standard for the Boston region, and included projects at the Boston Museum of Science, and Harvard University and MIT campuses, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. After selling The Kane-Gonic Brick Corporation, Mr. Kane joined his family at The Kane Company, a commercial/industrial real estate firm in Portsmouth, NH until he died.

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Kane played a significant role in many non-profits and charitable causes. In the 1970’s, he raised money for the Boys Club of America in Rochester, NH for the construction of a hockey arena. He was a long-time supporter of the St. Charles Children’s Home in Rochester, and a member of the Knights of Malta. An avid golfer, Mr. Kane joined the board of the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) in 2005 and served as President from 2015 – 2016. He was instrumental in bringing the US Junior Amateur to The Golf Club of New England. Prior to that event the USGA had never hosted a national championship in New Hampshire. In 2019, the NHGA established an award in his honor entitled The Joe Kane Distinguished Service Award. In addition to his work with the NHGA, Mr. Kane was a United States Golf Association rules official and served on the US Senior Amateur Golf Committee. He was a member of The Kittansett Club, The Golf Club of New England, as well as the Cocheco Country Club. His past memberships included The Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda and Royal Liverpool Golf Club Hoylake, England.

Mr. Kane leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Jean Mulville Kane of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; his children, Michael and his wife Jamee of North Hampton, NH, John and his wife Bodine of Miami, FL, Lesley Szynal and her husband Rene of Annapolis, MD, and Joseph Kane, Jr. of New York City; and his grandchildren, Alexandra and John Szynal, Carter, Addison, and Grace Kane. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Alexandra Kane of Boston, MA. He was predeceased by his brothers, Lt. Michael Joseph Kane, and Lawrence Langdon Kane.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Corpus Christi Parish in Portsmouth, NH, followed by a private burial in Norfolk, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the St. Charles School in Rochester, or the charitable fund established in his name at the New Hampshire Golf Association.

Kilian, Jennie M.

Jennie M. Kilian, 98, of Granby, formerly of West Hartford, widow of Robert E. Kilian, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 5th, 2020. Born February 14th, 1922 in Central Falls, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Maciej J. and Victoria (Bomba) Majka. Jennie graduated from Rhode Island College of Education and was a teacher in the Central Falls, Rhode Island school system, Henry Barnard School (Rhode Island College) and Sockanosset Boys Training School. During the summer months while teaching she worked at various hotels and restaurants in Old Orchard Beach, Maine and on Block Island, RI where she met her husband, Bob. Jennie was a faithful communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford and a longtime member of the Hartford Golf Club. She volunteered at polling centers and the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Store. Jennie enjoyed golf, bowling, reading, puzzles, boating, embroidery and theater.

Jennie is survived by her Jennie is survived by her two sisters, Laura (Majka) Buzdigian of St. Petersburg, FL and Sophie (Majka) Wyntjes of Houston, TX, her stepson, John N. Kilian, her grandchildren, Karen K. Barrows, Robert J. Kilian and Daniel P. Merritt, her nieces and nephews, Pauline Majka Parillo, Thaddeus Majka, Donald Majka, Catherine Majka Williams, Edward T. Broadmeadow, Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, USMC, Paul G. Broadmeadow, James T. Broadmeadow, Paula Buzdigian Powell, Karen Buzdigian Scarpetta, Arthur Buzdigian, Lori Buzdigian Trudeau, John Charles Buzdigian, Lauren Wyntjes Deleo, Larry Wyntjes and Walter Mattew Wyntjes. She was predeceased by an infant son, Robbie, her siblings, Thaddeus Majka, Walter Majka, Stella (Majka) Richardson and Irene (Majka) Broadmeadow and her nephews, Kenneth Majka.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (July 13) from 9:00-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford at 10:30am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

Rivera, Carlos Alexis

Carlos Alexis Rivera was born on May 20th, 1992 to his mother Becky Carrion and father Carlos Rivera at Saint Francis Hospital; an amazing son who made people laugh and brought smiles to face’s with his sense of humor. A man that would bend over backwards to help those in need and mom’s personal little mechanic. Always surrounded by his friends and protectors who have become a part of the family and loved by many; especially his mom to her he was the perfect little baby boy. Life would seem short to many but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeded the quantity of time in which one lives.
He has left behind 3 brothers Christopher Rivera, William Dejesus, Elijah Rivera and 4 sisters Jennifer Rivera, Katherine Rivera, Dayanara Dejesus, and Alexandra Rivera, as well as two grandmothers Elsie Carrion and Juane Rivera, one grandfather Pedro Carrion, a nephew Francisco Rivera and his girlfriend of 9 years Brittney Roldan. I love you Bebo, always know that and I will see you again when my time comes. I guess God needed you first… until we meet again, I love you.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday, July 3, 2020 from 4:00-8:00pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Paws for Purple Hearts, 10201 Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove, CA 94951.

Wells, Marcia M.

Marcia Wells, 77, passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospital on June 20, 2020.
She was born on April 22, 1943 in Derby, CT, daughter of the late Margaret (Kinsella) and Christopher J. McCormack, MD.
Marcia was a graduate of Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers NY. She lived in Connecticut for most of her life and spent the past twenty years in Avon.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Duggan Dale, and her husband Jonathan of Wheaton IL, and their children Mathew and Benjamin, of whom Marcia was most proud; her son T. Patrick Duggan and his partner Mary Helen Rowell of Brooklyn NY; her sister Margaret Urban and her husband Stephen of West Hartford; and her brother Christopher McCormack of West Hartford.
The family would like to thank all of Marcia’s friends who provided unconditional love, prayers, and support throughout her life, and especially during her four year battle with pancreatic cancer. The family would also like to thank Dr. James Flaherty, Dr. Alessia Donadio, Dr. Joseph Colasanto and Dr. Anthony Zaldonis whose excellent, kind, and compassionate care was most appreciated. Thank you to all the nurses, aides, secretaries, and parking valets who made her frequent appointments as comfortable and safe as possible.
Donations can be made in Marcia’s memory to Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at St. Francis Hospital, 94 Woodland St. Hartford CT 06105 or The Ron Foley Foundation, 1000 Farmington Ave., Suite 108A, West Hartford, CT 06107

Conran, Patricia M.

Patricia M. Conran, 90, of Hartford, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, June 22, 2020. Born March 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Marcella Marley. She won a New York City wide singing contest in her late teens. She graduated from Fordham University and got an advanced degree from the Fordham School of Social Service.
Patricia married Edward V. Conran in 1958 and accompanied him for several Army assignments. She worked in several related fields of Social Work, from the elderly, the native Alaskan families to the mentally challenged citizens in Connecticut. Patricia was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Joseph for over 40 years, serving in many leadership rolls including Pro-Life, Eucharistic Ministry, and Funeral Ministry. She also served as President of St. Agnes Guild for over two years.
Patricia leaves her beloved husband, Edward, to whom she was married for 62 grand and glorious years, and two sons who were a joy in her life, Gregory and his wife, Marina, and Christopher and his wife, Robin, three grandchildren of whom she was enormously proud, Catarina, Andrew and Caelan, her older brother, Gene and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 8:30-9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Private family burial will take place at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family Institute of Connecticut, 77 Buckingham Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

Cosgrove, Thomas Browne

Thomas Browne Cosgrove (aka Tom or Tommy), 87 years of age, loving husband of M. Lorraine Cosgrove, nee Papineau, passed away on 13 May 2020 at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT. He made his home between his daughter’s home in Rye Brook, NY and Westwood. MA. Tom graduated from Boston College in 1954 and served with the U.S. Army Europe from 1955-1958. He married Lorraine Papineau on September 19, 1959 whom he met in Europe. Tom was a very talented interior designer and worked in Boston and New York. He also enjoyed being cast in several TV shows while living in New York City. He considered it a great honor when he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Government “for his unselfish faithful and devoted service in support of his wife’s federal service. His unfailing encouragement and understanding helped to make possible his wife’s contributions to the nation”—31 July 1993.
Tom is survived by his wife Lorraine, his daughter Sara Corbo, son-in-law Frank Corbo and grandson Christian Corbo, The Roach family of Old Lyme, CT, The Kelly family of Glastonbury, CT, The Komoroske family of California and The Papineau and Hayes families of Massachusetts as well as other close family members throughout New England. Tom had many good friends in New York, Massachusetts, India and Australia. He was well loved. Tom is a survivor of the 1944 Hartford Barnum and Bailey Circus Fire. His mother Mary Browne Cosgrove perished in the fire and is part of the memorial at the location of the fire in Hartford, CT.
Interment is at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Hartford alongside his mother, father Joseph and baby brother Joseph. May God Bless You Tom-we will miss you.

O’Brien, Kevin P.

Kevin P. O’Brien, 58, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 due to pancreatic cancer which was complicated by the Coronavirus. Kevin was predeceased by his parents, John and Peggy O’Brien, and had lived in West Hartford for most of his life. He graduated from Hall High School and from Case Western University.

Kevin is survived by his aunts, Ann Brault and her husband Frank, Eileen Rogers and Kathleen Fiala and her husband Bob; uncles Brendan Boyle and his wife Kathy, Thomas Boyle and John O’Boyle, as well as extended family in Ireland. He is also survived by his friend and mentor Ed Driscoll of West Hartford.

Due to current conditions, Graveside Services at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford will be private with a Mass of Christian Burial at a later date.

Andrian, Margaret Penfield

Due to complications from Covid-19, Margaret Penfield Andrian of Glastonbury, CT passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 after a long and full life of 92 years. Known as Peggy Anne and most often as, “Peggy” to all of her many friends, she was a gifted scholar, devoted spouse to her husband Gus for 66 years, loving mother to their three children, Robert, Barbara (Barrie) and William, and doting grandmother to their two grandchildren, Liam and Elizabeth.
Born in West Hartford, CT on October 20, 1927 to Louise Kemp Penfield and Jesse Rogers Penfield, Peggy attended William H. Hall High School and graduated as salutatorian in the class of 1945. She graced the halls of Duke University as a Spanish major and graduated Magna cum Laude in 1949. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Peggy was also active in student government and her sorority, Delta Gamma, of which she was made a lifelong member after 50 years. She always stayed in close touch with her fellow Duke alumnae, and looked forward to years ending in 4 and 9 to attend their reunions. In 2015 the Duke Alumni Association honored her with a “Life Membership” for her ongoing loyalty and support of her alma mater.
Peggy’s long association with Trinity College in Hartford, CT began when she started work as a secretary in 1949. There she met her husband to be, Gus, a professor of Modern Languages. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education with Distinction from Trinity in 1966, and on being named valedictorian of the graduate students class, she received a letter of commendation from the College’s president for her extraordinary intellectual achievements. She also became an active member and supporter of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she would volunteer for years.
Peggy had a wide circle of friends, and she and Gus loved to socialize. Gatherings began on Vernon St. at Trinity in the early 1950s and continued at their homes in Wethersfield for the next 50 years. Dinners, bridge clubs, and cocktail parties were commonplace, especially among those in the “Pot Luck Group,” drawn from childhood and school friends and Trinity colleagues. Later in life, Peggy and Gus enjoyed their many Elderhostel tours and trips to Florida. They would always drive, and en route, they would stop in Rockville, Maryland to visit Peggy’s sister, Laura, and spend quality time with their two nephews, Jason and Justin.
A passionate sports enthusiast, Peggy encouraged her children to try out and to compete in team sports including soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis. She was a loyal fan on the sidelines, frequently providing support, at times quite vocal, at many games and matches. Peggy, Gus and family regularly attended Trinity College football games at home and across New England, highlighted by tailgate picnics with other Trinity friends and their families.
Peggy was a voracious reader who polished off books as if they were pamphlets. She loved libraries and enjoyed working at a bookstore in Glastonbury when the kids had left home. She was a keen wordsmith, and with one of her lifelong friends, Mary Ellen Collins, she shared her love of crossword puzzles, until she developed dementia in 2015.
Witty and unfailingly polite, Peggy enjoyed a very dry sense of humor that often morphed into bouts of infectious, shoulder-shaking laughter with her close friends and family. Always deeply appreciative of family get-togethers, she also encouraged her kids to pursue their own paths in life, even if that meant one or more might be moving far away. She was immensely proud of the wide-ranging abilities and achievements of both her children and grandchildren.
Not surprisingly, everyone loved Peggy when she first moved to a senior living community in 2015 with husband Gus, and later by herself in memory care. She always had a kind word for every caregiver, especially Julia, her personal care companion of four years, and longtime aides Vinette and Raquel.
Arrangements will be made for a private service. Donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105.