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

Tyrell, Byron

Byron Hugh George Tyrell born in Jamaica, West Indies June 20, 1942, 81 years old of Bloomfield, Connecticut transitioned from his earthly home to his eternal home on November 7, 2020. He is survived by Sybil Tyrell his beloved wife of 54 years, daughter Patricia Tyrell, and grandchildren Tyrell White and Taylor Wade. He was predeceased by son Barrington Tyrell.
Byron was the third of seven children born to Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Viola Tyrell. He was predeceased by brothers Harris Tyrell, and Vanley Tyrell and is survived by siblings Leslie Tyrell (brother), Lloyd Tyrell (brother), Agatha Thomas (sister), Osborne Tyrell (brother), Milton Tyrell (brother) and Philip Jackson (brother).
He moved to Bermuda as a young man and worked at the Castle Harbor for 15 years. He was a minster for the Church of God while residing on the island of Bermuda and could be heard playing the saxophone for the church ministry. Byron was identified as a pillar in the community. He helped families on the island build a relationship with God and supported new families migrating from Jamaica and or other islands through outreach programs.
Byron and Sybil Tyrell moved to Hartford in 1970 where Byron started his own business G & S Builders. He was a contractor with the City of Hartford. He continued to play the saxophone at the churches he attended (Blue Hills Church of God and then New Birth Tabernacle). He was fondly called Brother Tyrell by most who know him. Well respected in the community as a family man, Christian man, hard worker and leader.
Funeral services will take place at the Rehoboth Church 1170 Blue Hills Avenue Bloomfield CT on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The viewing will commence at 9AM-10AM. Burial services will be private for the family only.

Bennion, Joan

Joan Bennion, 74, of Hartford, passed away peacefully Friday, October 30th, 2020. Born October 24th, 1946 she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Mahoney) Bennion. Joan graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral Grammar School in 1962 and attended Hartford Public High School from 1962-1966. She worked at Sage Allen in Hartford from 1966-1974 and then for the City of Hartford as a Clerk in the Social Services Department, retiring in 1996. Joan was a devoted longtime communicant at the Cathedral of St. Joseph where she was a member of the prayer shawl group, the Funeral Ministry, Senior Outreach and was a Eucharistic Minister. In 2008, Joan had the distinction of receiving the St. Joseph Medal of Appreciation for her dedicated work at the Cathedral.
Joan is survived by her uncle Patrick Mahoney of East Hartford, her uncle John Mahoney and his wife Bridie of Ireland, her cousins, Michael Mahoney of Fairfield, Patti-Ann Dolan of East Hartford, Patricia Elliott of England, Mary Foley of Ireland and Eileen O’Shea of Ireland and Rev. Bro. Bob Russell, M.S. of Hartford who was a dear and special friend. She was predeceased by her aunt Julia Elliot, her uncle Jeremiah P. Mahoney, her aunt Eileen Mahoney and a special first cousin Brian J. Mahoney.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Nov. 5) from 8:30-9:40am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial with her mother will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of St. Joseph Food Pantry, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

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

Holmes, Marie-Thérèse Audet

Marie-Thérèse Audet Holmes passed away Saturday October 3rd, 2020, with her daughter Jennifer by her side, while listening to some of her favorite tunes (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, Manhattan Transfer, Duke Ellington, and Take 6). Marie, who had gone back to her birth name in recent years, after being known as “Terry” for the majority of her life, was born in Manhattan to French-Canadian immigrants. French was the only language spoken in the home, and Marie didn’t learn English until she started Kindergarten. With a knack for vocabulary, you’d never know English wasn’t her native tongue. She would often use words in casual conversation that befuddled the average listener. Language wasn’t her only strength. Marie was also a talented artist with a very creative mind. She received an Associates Degree from FIT with a major in Fashion Illustration and later continued her education at University of Bridgeport, where she met her future husband, John Edgar Holmes, Jr. Marie and John (d. 2009) married in 1969 and settled permanently in Connecticut, first in Fairfield County, eventually ended up in Hartford where they raised their children. Over the years, Marie worked at various companies in the area as graphic designer (Aetna, Hamilton Standard, Coleco), while also taking breaks to focus on caring for her family and home.
Marie had a loving and generous heart and never turned down an opportunity to help friends or strangers. Later in life, after leaving the art world, Marie took up a second career as a CNA and spent many years caring for people in skilled nursing facilities and in their own homes. When she herself moved into a skilled nursing facility in 2014, she did not stop caring for others. She fed the pet bird on her floor, wrote out and delivered birthday cards to all the residents, and even started a Rosary group. Her faith and devotion to Christ was something that never waivered. Even as years went by and she suffered one bad turn after another, Marie never complained or felt angry. She continued to “offer up” her suffering and was grateful for the many good years she had.
Marie was predeceased by her parents, Claire Veilleux and Raymond Audet; her husband John; and most recently her dear sister Marguerite Audet Crescitelli. Marie leaves behind many loving family members and friends- her son, Jonathan Prince Holmes (Sarah) of Minnetonka and their sons Paxton and Kiernan Holmes; her daughter, Jennifer Robbins Holmes Weston (Gareth) of Hartford and their children Julia and Andrew Weston. Marie also leaves her brother Albert Audet (Brother Thomas) of Arcadia, CA and many nieces and nephews: John Crescitelli (Lisa), Lisa Crescitelli Zala (Jamie), Seth Richards (Kathleen), Jennifer Richards, Kathleen Valentino, Susan Viets and their children as well as Michael Crescitelli, Teresa Crescitelli Merkle, Diane Crescitelli, and Kathy Crescitelli Beiers. Dear friends also mourning Marie include Lucille Crescitelli Roy (Billy) and family of Somers, and Margaret Levy of West Hartford.
To honor Marie, donations may be made in her memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://www.nami.org). A private mass will be held at a future date. A website is being put together here to share memories of Marie:
marietherese-audet-holmes.forevermissed.com

Luciano, Adaliz

Adaliz Luciano, 70, of West Hartford born October 3, 1950, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico passed away peacefully after a long 17 year battle with Alzheimers.
She is survived by her loving husband Miguel A. Lopez, and her four children; Madeline Lopez, Marisol and her husband Jaime Rios, Janet and her husband Edsel “Chuckie” Rodriguez, and Miguel A. Lopez Jr. and his wife Marisol. She has sixteen grandchildren, she was predeceased by one. She also has six great-grandchildren.
Anyone who knew Adaliz, knew she was “the life of the party”. She loved music and dancing which she passed down to all her children. She instilled strong family values that we will continue to treasure and pass on to our children.
The funeral liturgy will be held Friday, (October 9th), at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of St Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave. Hartford, followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that donations be made to the Alzheimer Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Pellot, Celestina

Celestina Pellot, 81, of Hartford, passed away Thursday, September 24th, 2020. Born Januray 9th, 1939 in Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Adolfo and Gabriella Pellot. She is survived by her three children, Mary L. LaMothe of East Hartford, Hector Ramos of Hartford and Luis Rosa of Newington, her siblings Carmen Cruz, Obdulio Pellot, Francisco Pellot and Justina Pellot, five grandchildren, Natalie, Jeffrey, Joseph, Ava and Riley and three great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Leila and Mia.

Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Oct. 1) from 11:00am -1:00pm followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford.

McHugh, Reverend John Patrick

Reverend John Patrick McHugh, 80, passed away peacefully Friday, September 25th, 2020. Born August 27th, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late Patrick and Catherine McHugh. Fr. McHugh studied at the High School of Art and Design, which led to a career in art. In 1984, however, he decided to enter the seminary at the age of 44. He studied philosophy and theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Having completed his seminary formation, Fr. McHugh was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend John F. Whealon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on January 12, 1992. Fr. McHugh’s early assignments were as Parochial Vicar at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford and St. Joseph Church in Bristol. He would later serve at St. James Church in Manchester, St. Dunstan Church in Glastonbury, St. John Fisher Church in Marlborough, and St. Mary Church in Simsbury. His final assignment was to St. Patrick Church in Collinsville, where he would serve as Administrator and then Pastor until his retirement in 2015. Throughout his priesthood, Fr. McHugh found ways to incorporate his artistic background, including working for many years on the graphic design of the “Quest” prayer booklets of the Office of Small Christian Communities. 

A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place in the Chapel of the Pastoral Center at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield on Friday (Oct. 2) at 11:00am. The Most Rev. Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the Principal Celebrant. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Mountain Commons (3 John H. Stewart Drive, Newington, CT 06111), whose staff provided Fr. McHugh with such compassionate care during the past few months.

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.