Mayo, Joseph C.

Joseph Charles Mayo died on December 31, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born on November 22, 1928 and lived in the Hartford area for most of his life, over 61 years of which were with his beloved wife Betty (Elizabeth Muldowney Mayo). He graduated from Kingswood School in 1947 and Trinity College in 1951, where he was a founder of the Brownell Club. He was a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. Joseph most of his life, and was a Lectern there for several decades. He was the President and Treasurer of Otto Epstein Inc. for most of his adult life.
He took great pride in the grounds around his home of 70 years on Fernwood Road in West Hartford, which was also the site of most games played by the neighborhood children, even after his own children had grown. His annual 4th of July fireworks displays were a neighborhood delight. He enjoyed childhood summers at Westbrook, CT and later summer vacations with his family at Provincetown on Cape Cod where he continued his lifelong love of boating. Family activities also included Red Oak Hill Swim and Tennis Club in Farmington, CT and the Springfield Ski Club in Blanford, MA. After retirement he and Betty traveled frequently with their longtime friends Bob and Nancy Wilson throughout the U.S. as well as Europe.
Besides his wife he 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.
He taught us the value of hard work, honesty and integrity; all by his own example.
At his request there are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on January 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the Connecticut Humane Society, Kingswood-Oxford School or Trinity College.

Maize, Joshua Augustus

Joshua Augustus Maize, born April 19, 1951, passed away peacefully on November 19 2018 in the evening at the age of 67 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He is survived by his mourning wife Beverly and two children Christopher and Andre, his mother Iona Maize and siblings which include Samuel, Victoria, Esmine, Maureen, Collett, Cynthia, Riley and Loraine. He was the loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Joshua was raised in Old Harbour, St. Catherine Jamaica where he joined the army at the age of 18, after which he became a police officer, serving proudly for 20 years. Apart from being with family, those days spent in the force tailored some of his greatest memories. A memorial service and viewing will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT on Saturday, December 1st at 12 noon, at which time all are welcome. Joshua will be laid to rest in his birth country, Jamaica. The family would like to thank everyone who has shown support during this period of grief.

Dean, George Howard

George Howard Dean, 97, beloved husband of the late Doris M.F. (LaChance) Dean entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 29, 2018 at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford. He was born in Agawam, MA, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dean. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and after serving his country, moved to Hartford, CT. George was a loving husband, father, pepere, and friend to many. For the past 73 years he has been a communicant of St. Joseph Cathedral. Having been raised on a farm, George was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting. George was well known in his community as someone who was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.
He is survived by his seven children, Daniel and Cindy Dean of Nashua, NH, Robert and Gloria Dean of Newington, Carol and Mark Gilbert of Marlborough, Priscilla Prior and her late husband William Prior of Colchester, George J. Dean of Lawndale, CA, James Dean of West Hartford, and Jacqueline and John Kiefel of Downingtown, PA. He also leaves behind his thirteen grandchildren, Daniel Jr., Stephen, Melissa, Christopher, Heather, Jessica, Leah, Christina, Matthew, Jason, Justin, Jocelyn, and Jennifer, as well as his 7 great grandchildren, Sarah, Joshua, Heather, Sean Jr., Ebon, Sara, and Victoria. He was predeceased by his grandson, Josiah Kiefel, his 3 brothers, John, Frank and Albert, and his 4 sisters, Sue, Veronica, Rita, and Rosemary.
Friends may call at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the St. Joseph Cathedral Food Pantry, 140 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT, 06105-3708.

Reardon, Arlene J.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 8:30 PM, Arlene J. Reardon, loving mother and sister, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside after a brave, 17-month battle with cancer.
Arlene was born January 17, 1963 in Hartford, daughter of Arthur Comstock and Blanche Randall and her husband Robert. On May 14, 1999, she married the love of her life, Edward J. Reardon, by whom she was predeceased after 11 amazing years of marriage. She worked for 25 years at Bank of America, although it was known by many different names during her tenure, where she was the top operator in her department.
Arlene always brought joy to any room she entered. She had a gift for stories and no matter the situation, she would always find a way to have a smile on her face. She will be fondly remembered by friends and family for the stories she told and the happiness she brought with her wherever she went.
She is survived by her mother, Blanche Randall, her siblings Laurie, Cindy, Theresa, Dawn and Chris and her children, Brent Grace, Kelly Whitney (and her husband Ben), and Calvin Grace (and his wife Elizabeth), and four grandchildren, Alex, Marie, Nick, and Emma.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (November 12) from 4-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at The Ahern Funeral Home at 10 AM on Tuesday (November 13) followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Murray, Ruby

Ruby Murray, 82, of Hartford, passed away on October 18, 2018. She was born on July 12, 1936 in St. Catherine, Jamaica, to the late Llewellyn Russell and Doris Edgil. Ruby was known as a hard worker, great listener and the glue that held her family together. She loved to cook.
She leaves to cherish her memory, sons Terrence and Junior; daughters Andrea and Jacqueline; brother Samuel; sisters Rita, Eudell and Veronica; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a host of step-children, nephews, nieces and relative and friends. Besides her parents, Ruby was predeceased by her husband Benjamin Murray; three sisters Winnifred, twin sister Nora and Cynthia; her beloved great-grandson Mark Anthony and her step-daughter Pamela.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Saturday (Nov. 3) from 4:00-5:00pm with a Memorial Service to be held in the funeral home at 5:00pm. Burial will be in Jamaica.

Staunton, Rosemary

Rosemary Clifford Staunton of South Windsor, CT, beloved wife of the late Patrick Staunton, passed away on October 17, 2018. The daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Clifford, she was born and raised in Waterbury, CT. She attended Waterbury Catholic High School and St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School and worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s and St. Francis Hospitals. In her twenties, she started an Irish dance school with her sister and remained actively involved in Irish dance and the Irish community. An avid sports fan, she especially enjoyed cheering on the UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball and the Boston Red Sox. She loved spending time at the beach and taking day trips to Ocean Beach in New London. Many of her happiest moments were spent vacationing in Cape Cod and on island cruises.
Rosemary is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Staunton) Hall and her husband Eric of Marlboro, MA, sister Maura (Clifford) Nevin and her husband Chris of Hingham, MA; nieces Colleen Nevin of Washington, DC and Tara Nevin Olivier and husband David and their three children of Hingham, MA; nephews Brian Nevin and wife Siobhan of Hingham, MA and Christopher Nevin of Weymouth, MA; and several loving and supportive sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Her dog Terry was her loving companion.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 4-7pm on Sunday, October 21 at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday, October 22 at 9:45am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd in South Windsor at 10:30am. Burial will be at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Velez, Jessica Marie

Jessica Marie Velez, age 31, born May 19th, 1987 in Hartford, CT. Beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly with family by her side Thursday, October 4th 2018 at The Hospital of a Central Connecticut-New Britain General. Raised in Bristol, CT Jessica was a Bristol Central Graduate Class of 2005. Spending 13 years with Citgo, the last few years as manager so hard working and outgoing, she loved it. Young and full of LOVE! Jessica lived everyday like it was her last, partied like she’d never do it again. So smart and adventurous. Absolutely beautiful, caring and selfless. She leaves behind her only son Daniel Amesquita, Mother Nancy Colon, 3 Sister’s Jacinta, Tania & Cindy Colon, Brother Johnnie Colon, Godsister Juliana Gonzalez, her maternal grandmother Gladys Fontanez, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who she loved all dearly. Jessica joins her Father Juan and Nephew Aiden in Heaven. She left our life the greatest hero, leaving a legacy of life saving FOUR lives through organ donation. The family wishes to thank all those who have reached out to offer their condolences and memories of Jessica’s life—all the kind words have been deeply appreciated. Calling hours will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 5:00pm.

Gigliotti, Frank ” Frankie”

Frank “Frankie” M. Gigliotti, 75, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, Sept. 29, surrounded by friends and family. Frank is survived by his sisters, Marie Penna and Catherine Root, brother-in-law William Root, as well as five nieces and nephews, Margaret Penna, Philip Penna, Jacob Penna, Alicia Tapper and Jessica Dorau. A lifelong resident of the Parkville section of Hartford, he made friends all around the neighborhood as he ran errands. He was employed by Royal Typewriter Co. and Litton-Dresser Industries until his retirement. Frank was a remarkable son, brother, and uncle. He was always there for others, whether to watch his nieces & nephews, help paint his sister’s house multiple times, or take care of his father until his passing. He was a passionate fan of the Boston Red Sox, despite famously taking a year off to root for the Yankees out of respect for Derek Jeter during his final season. He then went right back to cheering for his beloved Red Sox. Visiting hours and a memorial service will take place on Monday, October 8 from 3-6pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue in Hartford. In lieu of flowers we kindly request a monetary donation to the American Cancer Society at https://www.cancer.org/.

Custer, Alice S.

Alice S. Templeton Custer died peacefully in her sleep on September 12, 2018, just days before she would have turned 91. Born on September 17, 1927, she was pre-deceased by three husbands: William Templeton, Richard Custer and Archibald Stuart. She was the beloved mother of three children: William Templeton Jr of Atlanta, Allan Templeton of Costa Rica and Alice Templeton of Boston; and is also survived by two grandchildren, Abby and Jack Templeton, and her sister Ann Pangman of Toronto. She graduated from the Loomis Chafee School, got her BA from Smith College with Honors and Magna Cum Laude, earned a Masters in Political Science from Trinity and finally, another Masters in Library Science from Central Connecticut. Her family would like to thank Atria Hamilton Heights for their incredible kindness. Alice loved living there and considered the staff and aides as an extended family. She was loved by all who knew her, since she was infectiously happy through and including her last day, didn’t possess a malicious bone in her body and instinctively thought first of others at all times.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107. Donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Sullivan, Jean Marie

Jean Marie Sullivan, of Enfield, CT, passed away on July 28, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital. Jean was born on June 11, 1957 to Charles J. and Regina R. (Foley) Sullivan and grew up in Hartford. She attended St. Justin’s School, Northwest Catholic High School and CCSU. Before taking early retirement, Jean worked at the City of Hartford for 20 years in a variety of positions. She also worked for the Windsor Public Schools, Town of Enfield, Model Market and Pegasus.
Besides her sisters Margaret and Kathleen, Jean leaves behind a multitude of loyal two and four legged friends. Jean loved and was loved by them all. If you were lucky enough to have Jean as a friend, you knew how dependable she was and how she went above and beyond always. Her deepest friendships were lifelong ones. Jean’s true passion was taking care of the most vulnerable among us (people and animals). From wandering strays to her multiple adopted rescues to anyone facing physical or mental challenges, Jean spoiled them all and had a soft spot for anything neglected or abandoned.
Jean was truly an original and there will never be anyone like her. She was unconventional and had eclectic tastes in art, fashion, music and an incredible imagination where she could create something wonderful from the mundane. Jean was quiet but observant and introverted but social. She loved travel, gardening, tap dancing, flea and craft markets, thrift stores and getting a bargain.
A Memorial Service for Jean is being planned. If you wish to honor Jean’s memory, please donate to The Sato Project or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Campbell, Steven L.

Steven L. Campbell 52, of Windsor Locks, after a long and brave battle with cancer passed away August 15th peacefully in his home with the love of his life his wife Cindy, son Tyler and daughter Jessica by his side.
Born August 6, 1966, Steve grew up in West Hartford the beloved son of Donald and Agnes Campbell and wonderful brother to Sue Campbell Dunn.
Steve was an amazing father who adored his children. He was a kind and gentle man whose courageousness was an inspiration to others. Steve will be greatly missed by his loving wife, children, numerous family members and the many lives he touched.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Tuesday, (Aug. 21) from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Aug 22) at 11:00 am in St. Mary’s Church, 42 Spring St., Windsor Locks. All are kindly asked to meet at Church.

Billings, Donald Galle

Donald Galle Billings, 73, of Hartford beloved husband of Patricia (Pat) Power passed away July 1, 2018 at Hartford Hospital with his wife of 33 years by his side after a brief battle with cancer. Don grew up in Fairfield before moving to the Greater Hartford area. He is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport with an Engineering Degree. He worked in the engineering field and later as an engineer for Pratt and Whitney before becoming a bartender at the Marriott Hotel in Farmington where he loved engaging traveling businessmen from all over the world in great conversations. His infectious smile will be greatly missed. His gentle spirit and optimistic attitude were shared with all who came in contact with him.
Don had many hobbies, loved running, was an avid reader of financial news and world history and always educating himself through courses he took. He was a lover of jazz and a big collector of Doo-Wop music and was a Yankees fan. His greatest pleasure was renovating Pat’s treasured family 1878 Second Empire Victorian in the West End of Hartford where they both lived for the past 17 yrs. He loved helping out their gardens and used to say “Life Is Good” while relaxing with his evening cocktail in front of the fireplace with Pat and their feline family or outside under their wisteria covered pergola. He and Pat loved taking get away weekends, dining out and Barbados was their favorite island to relax every April.
Besides his wife, friend and soulmate Pat, he leaves behind his sister and brother in law Reverend Sharon and David Blackburn of Fairfield, Connecticut, nephews John Wilbourne currently of Alabama, and Doug Wilbourne, wife Trish and their children Morganne and David of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also leaves behind several cousins. He is predeceased by both parents, Clarence and Yolanda Billings and nephew Allen Wilbourne.
Private family Memorial Service will be held later this summer. Donations may be made to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. https:/cholangiocarcinoma.org, 5526 West 13400 South #510, Herriman, UT 84096.

Mullen, Jessica Ann

Jessica Ann Mullen of Vernon, CT, passed away August 7, 2018. The daughter of Robert K. Mullen and Julie A. (Cross) Mullen, she was born in Burlington, VT on September 10, 1982. A longtime resident of Vernon, CT, she graduated from Rockville High School in 2000 finishing in the top 10% of her class, and was a 2-time member of the National Honor Society. Jessica was a stellar athlete lettering in softball, volleyball, indoor track, and cheerleading and was named to numerous academic all-conference teams in addition to being All-State in volleyball in 2000. As a youth, Jessica achieved a high level of success in gymnastics, and skated for a local youth hockey club for one season. Outside of sports, Jessica had a love for dance with training in both tap and classical ballet, and was Homecoming Queen and Queen of the Senior Prom at Rockville High School. She attended the University of Connecticut and excelled as a student receiving a Fine Arts Talent Scholarship. While at UConn, Jessica continued with her athletics playing 3 years for Huskies Women’s Club Volleyball team. Jessica was an accomplished artist and was featured in juried art exhibits in both Massachusetts and Connecticut including the prestigious Nor’Easter Annual Juried Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. In 2013, Jessica was named Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut Medical Rehabilitation Patient of the Year, having undergone retraining after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2011.
She is survived by her mother Julie A. (Cross) Mullen and father Robert K. Mullen of Vernon, CT; her brother James F. Mullen of Vernon, CT; her brother John P. Mullen of Concord, NH, his wife Keyla R. (Heisson) Mullen and their children Nathaniel, Ayva, and Grace; her grandparents Jean L. Mullen of Manchester, CT and William G. and Gayle B. Cross of Colchester, VT. She is predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Joseph L. Mullen formerly of Manchester, CT.
She leaves behind her many friends, cousins, aunts, and uncles whom she grew up with. They, along with her treasured nieces and nephew, will miss her infectious smile and joyful laughter. She was thoughtful, passionate, and loved deeply. She was a beautiful person and is a magnificent soul. She will be sorely missed.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Aug. 13) from 3:00-7:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Aug. 14) at 10:00am in the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut, 100 Deerfield Road, Windsor, CT 06095.

Woolley, Joseph E Jr.

Joseph E. Woolley, Jr. of Hartford, CT passed away at St. Francis Hospital on July 5, 2018 after a battle with cancer. The eldest son of Joseph E. and Genevieve (McCue) Woolley, he was born in Hartford, CT on May 22, 1947. He attended and graduated from St. Joseph’s Cathedral Grammar School, Northwest Catholic High School Class of 1965, and St. Edwards University, Austin, TX Class of 1969. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army most of it in South Korea attaining the rank of Spec5. After a time in Active Reserves he was Honorably Discharged on September 1, 1975.
He worked for Aetna Insurance Company for a number of years and for the last nineteen years has been employed by St. Francis hospital.
He is survived by four brothers and three sisters-in-law; Richard B. and Karen W. Woolley of Wakefield and Block Island, RI, Peter A. and Susan A. Woolley of Oceanside, CA, Bruce J. and Margaret M. Woolley of West Hartford, CT and Christopher Woolley of Hartford, CT; three nephews and two nieces and their spouses’ Michael J. and Corie Woolley of North Ridgeville, OH, Mark and Jenna (Woolley) Ewing of Charlotte, NC, Gregory Woolley of West Hartford, CT, Ben and Kayla (Woolley) Young of Lake Forest, CA, and Aaron Woolley of Los Angeles, CA as well as two grandnephews, Matthew Young and Michael Ewing and two grandnieces, Emily Young and Collette Ewing.
Joe leaves behind many friends from his years playing football at Northwest Catholic and lifting weights with his teammates and pals as well as those friends and the many people he interacted with at both Aetna and St Francis having decided to spend his life in the Hartford area. He also leaves many friends from his summers spent on Block Island. His four brothers will greatly miss their “big brother”. A memorial service will be held at a time and place to be announced, burial will be in the family plot on Block Island.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Mary D Fund P.O. Box 303 Block Island , RI 03807.
Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral home, for online condolences visit www.Ahernfuneralhome.com

Fredericks, Bertrand P.

Bertrand Patrick Fredericks, 80, of Windsor Locks, completed his earthly journey on Sunday, June 24, 2018 comfortably and peacefully at home. Born in Guyana, he also lived in Canada before moving to the U.S. in 1981. He was a machinist at Chandler Evans for over 20 years. He treasured family and good friends, August vacations and great instrumental music. Bertrand spent the last of years with his daughter Michelle Fredericks and granddaughter Heather Rivera-Fredericks. He was formerly married to Maureen Fredericks of Windsor, CT for 34 years. He also leaves brothers Kenneth Morris (Brooklyn, NY), Derrick Morris (California) and sister Olive (Amsterdam) in addition to many nieces, nephews, beloved best friends and the Sookram family he remained a part of for over 50 years. He is predeceased by Evelyn Morris (mother), Lionel Fredericks (father), Beulah Fredericks (stepmom) and sisters Lenise Fredericks, Glenda Palmer, Joy Tappin and Faye Greene.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Friday (June 29) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held in The Ahern Funeral Home on Saturday (June 30) at 10:00am followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Windsor Locks.