Glavas, Catherine Ann

Catherine Ann Glavas, 78, of West Hartford, passed away on Tuesday August 27th after a decades-long battle with breast cancer.
Born on July 26, 1941, she was the daughter of Charles and Valentina Blainey and raised in Queens, NY. Cathy was married to Alexander N. Glavas on April 30, 1961. She and her husband moved to Mineola, New York in 1967 to raise their children. After their children were grown, they moved to Germantown, TN where she worked as a legal secretary for many years.
In her retirement Cathy spent much of her time volunteering at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Germantown Animal Shelter. After her husband’s passing, Cathy moved to West Hartford to be closer to her family. There her volunteering spirit continued, and she volunteered at the CT Humane Society and UConn Health Center. Cathy had a profound love for animals and brought home the dogs and cats no one else seemed to want; her latest a senior Jack Russel Terrier named Marco who was her loyal companion. Cathy always entered a room with a smile and laughter. She will be sorely missed.
Catherine was predeceased by her infant daughter Alexis Ann and her husband Alexander N. Glavas. She is survived by her mother Valentina Blainey of West Hartford, CT, son Steven and his wife Siobhan of Long Island, NY, daughter Christine Kruczek and husband Kurt of West Hartford, CT, her four adoring granddaughters Julia, Katherine, Emily and Samantha, and her sister Caroline Blainey of Brookline, MA.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday, September 3rd from 3:00-5:00pm immediately followed by a ceremony in the Funeral Home officiated by Fr. John Melnick. Special thanks to Dr. Susan Tannenbaum and the staff at UConn Health Center who were so kind and gracious in her final weeks, days and moments. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ( or The Connecticut Humane Society (

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.

O’Callaghan, Joan

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

Sullivan, Michael

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

Saxton, G. William (Bill)

G. William Saxton (Bill), 91, of Farmington, beloved husband of Jessie (Salzer) Saxton, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 27th, 2019. Born in Hartford, he grew up in the Frog Hollow neighborhood where he created lifetime friendships that endured these so many long years. He was most proud of being a member of the Hartford Public High School, Class of 1945. He attended Wesleyan University with the help of a Louis A. Fox Scholarship to graduate in 1950 with a BA in Mathematics. Throughout his career he continued to mentor Fox scholars and following Mr. Fox’s death became the foundation’s executive director for twenty years. He was forever grateful to Mr. Fox and his veterans’ benefits, earned for service in the US Army Occupation of Japan immediately following World War II, for the financial resources to finish college. His career as a teacher and administrator in the Hartford Public Schools began in 1951 as a math teacher at Weaver High School, later becoming head of the math department at Buckley High School. From 1964 until retiring in 1992, he served in a variety of administrative positions as Director of Secondary Education and Research to complete his career as assistant to the superintendent. He earned a Master’s Degree from Trinity College. Bill loved travelling with old friends and especially his son and daughter-in-law to his favorite destinations in Germany and Austria. He and Jessie learned to square dance forty years ago and were devoted to the large group of friends at Central Valley Squares that shared fun times dancing. The family is most appreciative of the wonderful care given to Bill during his brief stay at Avon Health Center.
He and Jessie, married nearly 67 years, raised a family in the Highlands neighborhood of Farmington. Bill is survived by his two children, Brian Saxton and his wife Lisa of St Joseph, MI and Sharon Farrell and her husband Tim of Cromwell; his grandchildren, Pam Saxton, Bill Hatfield, Kelly Farrell, and Jennifer Farrell; and son-in-law Fred Hatfield. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Larilyn “Missy” Hatfield in 2012.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family

Heslin, Mary Mazurek

Mary Mazurek Heslin 89, a life-long resident of the City of Hartford, died peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019. She was the loving and devoted wife of Attorney Thomas P. Heslin by whom she was predeceased. Mary was born to strong and hard-working Polish Immigrant parents; Sophia Yanda and John Mazurek.
She attended St Cyrils’s, Bulkeley High School and earned a BA in Education from The University of Connecticut and a MA in History from Trinity College. She was proud of her Public Service to the citizens of Hartford and served in the positions of Councilperson and Deputy Mayor of Hartford. Mary brought the same zeal and commitment serving as Commissioner of Consumer Protection under the Grasso and O’Neill administrations. She was Hartford’s first female Democratic Councilperson and one of the first female Commissioners in the State of Connecticut. She was truly a woman ahead of her time
She cherished the life-long bonds she shared with her former Weaver students as an impassioned and inspirational educator.
Mary was also dedicated to the Polish community, both on the local, national, and international levels and served on numerous Polish Cultural and Philanthropic organizations.
After-retirement she was active as a consultant to many national consumer protection safety boards. The University of Connecticut always had a special place in her heart and she served as chairman of the NEAG School of Education Advisory Board and was recognized by receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award.
She was an avid golfer and a member of the CWGA once shooting a 74 with a hole in one on the same day at the PGA West course in Florida She was a member of Wampanoag Country Club and Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach. She loved to travel and garden and spent hours tending to her roses with her “Polish green thumb.”
Her home was an always a hub of activity for both family & political functions and Mary loved to entertain as long as someone else did the cooking and cleaning!
She is survived by her daughter Mary Ellen Taub and her son John W. and daughter in law Tracey Heslin. Mary is also survived by son in law John P Laverty and daughter in law Cindy Romer Heslin. She was predeceased by daughter Joanne P. Laverty Esq. and son Dr.Thomas P. Heslin Jr.
Grandchildren include: John, Michael, Julie, Thomas, Andrew, Melanie, Jack, Haley, Connor and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was also predeceased by Brother John “Whitey” Piurek and sister’s Stacia Holmes, Stephanie Plocharczyk, and Josephine Chupas
The family will receive friends this Wednesday, June 26th from 3 – 8pm at Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10 am at St. Cyril and Methodius Church, 55 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT. (All attending are kindly asked to go directly to church.) Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery Hartford
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 20 Batterson Park Road 3rd floor Farmington, CT 06032 Connecticut Women’s Golf Association, Susan Grayson, Treasurer, 251 Talcott Notch Road Farmington, CT 06032

Halberg, David

Born the 9th of June, 1929 in New Britain, David Halberg, beloved husband of Caroline (Trasko) Halberg, passed away on the 20th of April at his home in West Hartford. He was the son of the late Sven and Thelma (Ericsson) Halberg. Deafened by illness at the age of three, he was enrolled the following year at the American School for the Deaf, from which he graduated with honors in 1948. David received his B.A. degree in 1952 from Gallaudet University, where he was also distinguished by being named to the national honor roll of outstanding college and university students, and subsequently earned a MEd at the University of Hartford. Returning to his alma mater, he taught math at ASD for the next half century, as well as establishing and coaching the school’s wrestling tram, teaching swimming, and directing the school’s Boy Scout program. Well beloved as a teacher and scout master, David nurtured several generations of deaf students, by whom he is fondly remembered.
In 1964, David married fellow teacher Caroline Trasko, who survives him; and they subsequently fostered a deaf youth, Robert Dube, now of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Keen to enjoy the delights of foreign lands and cultures, David and Caroline traveled extensively on their vacations, including a cruise through the Panama Canal. An avid golfer, David played often at Rockledge, where he and Caroline often went for weekend luncheons. As a devotee of Deaf culture, David graciously shared his extensive personal knowledge of ASD’s history with both deaf and hearing scholars. He was also active in Kiwanis and other community service organizations, as well as serving for four years as president of the ASD Athletic Association. In 2018, he was presented the Golden Rose Award of the National Association of the Deaf for distinguished service to the Deaf community.
In addition to his wife of 55 years and their foster son, David is survived by a sister, Holly Rivard of Portland, Maine, several nieces and nephews and his special friends the Haverty family and the Smith family.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Wednesday (May 15) at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASD Museum Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

Higgins, Cynthia Anne Bresson

Cynthia Anne Bresson Higgins, 69, of Hartford, wife of Charles W. Higgins, passed away Sunday, April 7th, 2019. Born August 31st, 1949 in New Milford, she was raised by the late Taylor and Helen Buyanoski from 1953-1970. Besides her husband, Cynthia is survived by her sister Yvonne Simonek and her husband Andrew of Winsted, her two daughters Margaret Ann Hipolito of Austin, TX, and Denise Neary, her granddaughter Judy Close of Texas, her foster sister Elaine Buyanoski of New Hampshire, a host of beautiful nieces and nephews and a host of beautiful friends and acquaintances all across this great country of ours, especially in New England. She was predeceased by her mother Marjorie Fredette, her first husband Joseph Gregory Randall, her brother Frank Bresson, her foster brother-in-law Arthur J. Shea, and her beloved aunt Mary Bartkowski.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Thursday (Apr. 18) from 12:00-1:00pm followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

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.

Calitri, Francesco “Frank” John

Francesco “Frank” John Calitri, 95, of Farmington, beloved husband of the late Jennie K. Calitri, who he was married to for 67 years, passed away peacefully Friday, April 5th at his home. Born September 27th, 1923 in Panni Provence of Foggia, Italy, son of the late Giovanni and Graziella (Cacciordi) Calitri, he resided in Hartford and West Hartford before moving to Farmington. Frank was a decorated United States Army veteran of World War II where he served with the 29th Infantry landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. He received two Purple Heart medals and was extremely proud of his service to the United States Army.
Frank is survived by his five children, Edward Calitri and his wife Cynthia of West Hartford, Linda Callahan of Glastonbury, Nancy Moon of Manchester, Diane Calitri of Edgartown, MA, Marsha Nedorostek and her husband Gary of Canton, his grandchildren, Nicholas Calitri and his fiancé McGuire Kelly, Tyler and Samantha Calitri, Eric Callahan and his wife Brooke, Christopher Callahan and his wife Letty, Alyssa Callahan and her fiancé Anthony Pagliughi, Adam Moon and his wife Missy, Bryan Moon, Danielle Willett and her husband Neil Onsdorff, Brandon Willett, Kelly Nedorostek and her fiancé Michael Smith, Jack Nedorostek and Kate Nedorostek, her great-grandchildren, Grace, Benjamin, Emilia and William Callahan and Hannah and Brock Moon. He was predeceased by his siblings, Antoinette Cacchiotti, Mary Piergrossi and Bonifacio Calitri and his son-in-law William Callahan.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday (Apr. 13) from 8:30 – 9:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 9:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Patrick- St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford at 10:00am. Burial with full military honors will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

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

Mayo, Elizabeth “Betty”

Elizabeth “Betty” Muldowney Mayo died on March 13, 2019 at her home in Farmington. She was born in Hartford on August 20, 1931 and lived in the Hartford area all of her life, over 61 years of which were spent with her beloved late husband, Joseph Charles Mayo, who predeceased her by 72 days on December 31, 2018. Betty and Joe were married in 1957, and raised their family in their much loved home on Fernwood Rd in West Hartford. They moved to Farmington in 2009. Together, they were life-long parishioners at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Betty graduated from Mt. Saint Joseph’s Academy in 1949 and from Saint Joseph’s College in 1953. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Hartford in 1957.
Betty was an elementary school teacher in the Hartford Public Schools for many years, the longest of which was at Clark Elementary School where she taught English as a Second Language. Later in her career, she was a specialist with the Connecticut Mastery Test where she helped prepare Hartford students for success, along with administering and grading portions of the exam. Betty enjoyed playing tennis, reading and gardening, as well as many summer vacations at Provincetown on Cape Cod with her family. She was an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox and the UCONN Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. Family activities also included Red Oak Hill Swim and Tennis Club in Farmington, CT and the Springfield Ski Club in Blanford, MA. After retirement, she and Joe traveled frequently with their longtime friends Bob and Nancy Wilson throughout the U.S. as well as Europe.
She taught her children the values of honesty, hard work, acceptance, and charity for others.
She is survived by 4 children: Catherine Mayo of Jamaica Plain, MA and her adopted son Delmace, Joseph Mayo Jr. of Hampton NH, his wife Kim Rivest and stepdaughter Bonnie Branson, Sharon Charron of Campton, NH, her husband Wayne and stepdaughter Charlee-ann McMahon, Susan Mayo of Martinez, CA, her wife Helen Muscolo and stepchildren Kelly Hand and Michael Muscolo. She is also survived by her dearest cousin, Mary Catherine Tompkins of West Hartford, who was like a sister to her.
At her request, there are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 10:00am. Interment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Office of Radio Television, Archdiocese of Hartford 15 Peach Orchard Rd., Prospect, CT 06712-1052

Correa, Jr., Albert

Albert Correa Jr., of Hartford, born July 8, 1996 passed away on February 10, 2019. He is survived by his son Albert Adriel Correa, his mother Maria Coral, his father Albert Correa and stepmom Natosha Correa, his grandmother Ramonita Correa, his sisters and brother, Brittany Alleyne, Jayden & Elizabeth Kelly, Angelica, Amaya, Alani, Aryana and Alicia Correa, several aunts, uncles and cousins. There’s no shortage of memories when thinking of Albert; the love he had for his son, family and friends was beyond any measure. He will be missed, but we’re thankful for the memories we have together.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (Feb. 15) from 10:00am – 1:00pm followed by Funeral Services in the funeral home at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.

Beake, Lorraine

Lorraine Beake, 95, formerly of Fayetteville, NY, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 18, 1923 to the late Bernard and Mary Daley, Lorraine graduated from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing in Niagara Falls, NY and taught in the Syracuse Central Schools until her retirement. She was a member of both the Calvary Club and Cazenovia Country Club.
In 1947 she married William H. Beake, her husband of 66 years, who passed away in 2013. She is survived by their daughters, Susan (Dennis) Voigt and Jill (Cecil) Adams, ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren with one on the way and her sisters, Betty Moran and Maureen (Raymond) Clark. She was predeceased by her sister, Janice Daley and her brothers, Bernard Daley, Edwin Daley and Thomas Daley. Services will be held at a later date.

McDonough, E. Merritt

E. Merritt McDonough died peacefully December 31, 2018 at his home in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. Merritt was born in Hartford in 1933, the son of the late Charles H. McDonough and Virginia Lee Danahy, and made his home in West Hartford for most of his life. He graduated from Kingswood School in 1951 and graduated from Georgetown University in 1955. He is survived by his loving children and their spouses; Virginia Gasho and her husband Thomas of Simsbury, E. Merritt McDonough, Jr. and his wife Maggie of West Hartford, Guy McDonough of Ludlow, VT, Elizabeth Shannon and her husband Phil of Avon, Jennifer Albanesi and her husband David of Avon and a nephew, Val Nichols of Florida. He was also the adoring and proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren; Katherine and her husband Nick Falco, Tucker and Merritt Gasho, Elizabeth and her husband Paul Adams, Emily and Merritt McDonough III., Natalie and Kate McDonough, Philip and Graham Shannon, Patrick and Ryan Albanesi, and a great-granddaughter, Makaila Adams. He is predeceased by his two brothers, Charles and Joseph and his ex-wife Judith Gengras McDonough.

After college, Merritt served at Fort Dix and Governor’s Island, NY, an island he often joked was more than 5,000 miles removed from the coast of Japan! He quickly befriended a General, and the unlikely pair were often seen visiting the best restaurants in Manhattan. Merritt was also a willing accomplice to his father and his friends during their trips to the horse racetracks of New York and South Florida. In 1958, he joined his father’s insurance agency and throughout his successful 60-year career he was admired by his peers and colleagues as a friend and adviser. He continued to work faithfully until his passing as an insurance executive at People’s United Insurance Agency, and was especially grateful to all his clients, whom he considered to be amongst his closest friends. Merritt was a man of faith, a longstanding parishioner of St. Peter Claver Church and a daily reader of his prayer book.

Merritt spent his life working tirelessly for the benefit of others. Active in philanthropy, he was a part of many record breaking campaigns. He was a trustee of The Connecticut Opera, The Hartford Stage, Saint Francis Hospital and Chairman of The Mount Sinai Hospital and The Saint Francis Foundation. He was also a trustee of Kingswood Oxford School and later trustee emeritus, and a trustee and corporator at Renbrook School for over four decades.

Merritt was a member of The Hartford Canoe Club, The Hartford Golf Club, Indian Creek Country Club, and Fishers Island Club. He enjoyed countless hours at these special places with his family and friends. An extraordinarily generous man, he felt the greatest joy in giving to others and was often called “the most gracious host ever”. He was always thankful his children and grandchildren lived locally, allowing him to attend countless sporting games, concerts, school plays and grandparent’s days. Merritt took pride in his lifelong aversion to salad and was unable to eat any meal without his favorite food, bread and butter. Merritt will be remembered for his incredible warmth, kindness, selflessness, humor, and love towards those who were fortunate enough to have met him.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Merritt’s life will be held Friday, January 11 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant St., West Hartford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, those who desire may make a donation in memory of Merritt to the Kingswood-Oxford School, 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford, CT 06119, Renbrook School, 2865 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117 or to a charity of your choice.