Emmons, Robert J.

Robert J. Emmons, 83, of Farmington passed away suddenly on Monday, October 7th. He was born on January 13, 1936 in Hartford, the son of the late Joseph Emmons and Edna (Miller) Emmons. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Sally (Grundwalski) Emmons, a daughter Teresa Mongeon and her husband Edward of Unionville, and grandchildren Emily E. Mongeon and Jacob M. Mongeon also of Unionville. In addition, he is survived by his brother, William Emmons of Rancho Santa Fe, California.
Bob retired from Remington Products in 2004. His lengthiest career however was at Waring Products in New Hartford where he worked as a Product Engineer. After his retirement, he went back to work at UTC/Securitas in Farmington where he spent the last 14 years as a Security Guard. Bob was a proud veteran and served in the US Army as well as the National Guard. In July, 1964 Bob earned the distinction of Sharp Shooter.
Bob was full of life and gave it his all right up until his final moments. He was a lover of NASCAR, Country Music and all things relating to golf. He was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Willie Nelson and Randy Travis. Bob had the gift of gab, and could tell a story better than anyone we’d ever known. He would talk to anyone and everyone who crossed his path, and always entertain them with his colorful animations and details. In his early days, Bob would frequent the Polka Halls of Chicopee with his buddies to take a few spins across the dance floor. In the past year, you could find him outside puttering around his yard, or catching up on his favorite shows like Let’s Make a Deal, Wheel of Fortune or Antiques Road Show. Bob’s favorite thing, however, was spending time with his loved ones. His last night in this life was spent having a special dinner with his family. We are thankful for this gift of spending his last night together.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Rt. 4 in Unionville on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 AM. His Celebration Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Please consider dressing in colors, as we give thanks and celebrate Bob’s life.

Saxer, Albert Joseph

Albert Joseph Saxer, 90, of Avon, husband of the late Ann (Cray) Saxer, passed away peacefully Monday, October 7th, 2019. Born April 9th, 1929 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Loretta (Moser) Saxer. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War serving in the Signal Corps. Al started his career in Buffalo, NY in 1947 as an elevator helper. After serving in the Army in Korea, he returned to Buffalo and worked as a mechanic, and subsequently maintenance supervisor. He also worked in supervisory positions in West Virginia and Philadelphia. Al was then promoted to regional field engineer in Montvale, NJ. He was instrumental with the elevator installation at the World Trade Center when it was built. He was promoted to National Field engineer at Otis HQ in Farmington where he authored many Technical Information Publications. He holds 2 patents for elevator equipment. Al retired in 1993 and continued to contribute to the elevator industry through his work on the code committee. He was a longtime, faithful communicant of the Church of St. Ann in Avon.
Al is survived by his two daughters, Mary S. Margherini and her husband Kenneth of Madison, NJ and Patricia A. Saxer of Sicklerville, NJ, his two sons, Kenneth P. Saxer and his wife Jackie of Beaufort, NC and Timothy M. Saxer and his wife Mary of Ft. Wayne, IN, his brother Clifford Saxer of Willimasville, NY, his sister Beatrice Saxer of Williamsville, NY, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Aileen Michelle Saxer.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Oct. 12) from 9:00-10:30am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:30am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

Perkins, Jacob Allen

Jacob Allen Perkins, 20, passed away unexpectedly on October 4, 2019. He was born on January 14, 1999 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. He grew up in Bristol, CT and later moved to Southington, CT where he attended Southington High School, Class of 2017. Jacob was employed by Roberge Painting in Forestville, CT. Jacob enjoyed many things including camping and just being outdoors. He had a strong affinity towards animals, especially dogs, where he seemed to be able to calm and befriend any animal he met. Jacob also loved people and was always striving to help someone be happy. His big heart always reached out to the disadvantaged person to help them in any way. When Jacob had free time, he spent his time with his friends, otherwise known as his “pack of bros”, where they enjoyed their time together as friends do.
Jacob is survived by his parents, Justin and Dawn, his sister Arianna and brother Joshua of Southington; grandfather Jan Minor of Burlington; his uncle David Minor and aunt Elizabeth of Burlington; grandparents Tom and Carole Roberge of Burlington; great-grandmother Alice Couture of FL; great-grandparents Emile and Anne Roberge of Bristol; and a special mention to great uncle Pete and Lisa Roberge as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by maternal grandmother Judith G. Minor and great-grandfather Joseph L. Couture.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Oct. 11) from 4:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be held Saturday (Oct. 12) at 10:00am in Burlington Congregational Church, Spielman Highway, Burlington followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Community Church, ATTN: Pastor Todd Williams, 43 School St., Bristol, CT 06010 for the homeless shelter and kitchen.

Noyes, Harriet Elizabeth (Sayre)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ahern, Marie Elizabeth

Marie Elizabeth Ahern, 54, of Middletown, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019. Born October 2, 1965 in Hartford, beloved daughter of William F. Ahern and his wife Elaine (Girard) Ahern of Farmington and Shirley Chase of New Britain, she was a graduate of Farmington High School. Marie was a Claims Adjustor in the Insurance industry. She was a good skier, loved Cape Cod, was an avid runner who loved the outdoors and had a deep concern for those who faced difficult challenges.
Besides her parents, Marie is survived by her brother Mark Ahern and his wife Karyn of Farmington, and her aunt Betty Olivieri of Old Saybrook. She was predeceased by her brother Brian W. Ahern and her aunt Sr. Marie Ahern, RSM.
Friends may call at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon on Tuesday (Oct. 8) from 10:00-11:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Filer, Jean Fairchild

Jean Fairchild Filer, 94, of Bloomfield, CT, formerly of Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully Monday, September 23rd, 2019. Born June 11th, 1925 in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ruth (Evans) Fairchild. She attended Hamden Hall and The Day School, and graduated from Fox Hollow School in Lenox, MA and Mt. Holyoke College. Jean taught nursery school at Dr. Gesell’s Yale Clinic of Child Development, the Walt Whitman School in NYC, and the Lincoln St. Nursery School in New Haven. She volunteered her time generously with the New Haven Junior League, the Farmington Convalescent Home, St. James Church, Farmington PTA, and with children at a settlement house in NYC. Jean was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and was an avid traveler who visited many states and countries. She loved animals, nature, literature and music. She sang with the Hartford Chorale for 20 years. Performances were enjoyed at the Hartford Civic Center, the Bushnell, Carnegie Hall, and also places in Europe.
Jean is survived by her four daughters; Sue Bostic and her husband Curtis, Cindy Filer, Kathy McCaffrey and her husband John, and Ann Filer. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren; John Bostic and his wife Kavita Narayan, Emalee Whipple and her husband Taylor, Callie Carey and her husband Paul, Cody LeGros, Alexandra Lambert and her partner Shane Richardson, Ben LeGros and his partner Hannah Ruel, Mack LeGros, Abigail McCaffrey, Nate LeGros, Carolena Filer, and James McCaffrey. She leaves four great-grandchildren; Elliott LeGros, Ollie Whipple, Arlo Whipple, and Luna Richardson, and one great-grandchild on the way, Lilou Jean LeGros, in addition to many nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Williams.
Services will be private at the wishes of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Connecticut; 359 Spring Hill Rd., Monroe, CT 06468-2100.

Keener, Mary Stifel

Mary Stifel Keener, 95, of Farmington passed away peacefully on Monday, September 16, 2019, and she is now dancing in heaven with the love of her life, Gene Keener.
Mary was born on October 9, 1923, in New Britain, CT to John and Julia Stifel. She was the only daughter among five brothers, George, John, Steve, Joe, and Felix, who all lived together in a two bedroom house. She graduated from Saint Mary’s Catholic School and New Britain High School where she was a member of the Glee Club. In her teen years, Mary was president of the Children of Mary at her Catholic church and served in that capacity until she was married.
Mary was a devout Catholic and regularly attended Mass where she always sang the hymns loudly to show her love of God. She was a talented seamstress and attended design school where she learned to draw patterns and landed a job at a local dress shop. Meanwhile, WWII was raging, and Mary was recruited to become a draftsperson by Pratt & Whitney where she worked for seven years before leaving to start a family with her husband Gene Keener.
The Keeners settled in Farmington in a house that Gene and Mary designed and built together. She lived in that house most of her life where she worked in her sewing room, tended her beautiful gardens, and raised her five children.
Mary was proud of her many talents, and enjoyed cooking and baking for the family, hosting holidays and parties at her home, helping the church committees that cooked for the poor, and sewing baptismal gowns for the church. Her Slovak dishes, such as halupki and nut roll, were always family favorites. She baked and decorated wedding cakes for her children, and guided her daughters in designing and sewing their wedding dresses. She was an avid bowler for many years and loved socializing with the women in the league. Her fine quilting skills still are present in a community quilt on display at the UCONN Health Center. Most of all, Mary was a dear and loving mother who always put family first.
Mary leaves behind her children and their spouses; Bob and Jan Keener of Canton, Donald Keener and Elaine Buchardt of Andover, Marie and Jim Langdon of Colchester, Bette and Vince Vasko of Barkhamsted, and Laura and Dale Roberts of Burlington. She also leaves her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Nathan and Sarah Keener of New Hampshire and their children Jude and Madeleine, Daniel Keener and Karissa Wingate of Willington and their daughter Saydra, Samuel Keener of Brooklyn, NY, Eric Vasko of West Hartford, Samantha & Evan Winebrenner of Tolland, Marissa and Kai Chau of Burlington, Kara Vasko of San Diego, CA, and Alexandra Roberts of Burlington. Mary also has many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law that were dear to her.
A funeral mass will be held at Saint Patrick’s Church, 110 Main St., Farmington, CT at 10:30 AM, on Saturday Sept. 21, 2019, where Mary was an active member for over 60 years. Calling hours will be at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville, CT from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. If you choose, you may dress in bright colors like Mary always loved. Although Mary loved flowers and the family welcomes them, feel free to donate to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Whitaker, Lucius M. “Skip”

It is with great sadness that the Whitaker family announces the death of their beloved son, Lucius Milan Whitaker III (Skip). He was 56 years old.
Skip was born in Hartford Hospital. He graduated from Renbrook School, Farmington High School and New England College. He was a proud member of the NEC lacrosse team and he and his team were to be awarded recognition as the only undefeated varsity team in the college’s history.
He is survived by his parents, Arline and Lucius Milan Whitaker, Jr. (Buzz); sister Lindsey Whitaker Brennwald, brother in law, Dan Brennwald and niece McKenna Whitaker Brennwald; his aunt and uncle Sue and Jack Belicka, of Stonington and many cousins, relatives and a large group of friends spread from the shoreline of Maine to the British Virgin Islands. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Pauline and John Belicka, formerly of Greenwich.
Skip was an avid hunter and boater – both sailing and fishing; and a member of the Mudheads. Skip’s first boat ride was on an Egg Harbor, in a crib covered with an oil cloth to protect him from the salt water- he was only 2 months old.
Skip ran his own excavating company, Whitaker Enterprises, for many years and was proud of the work his company accomplished.
Please join us for a celebration of Skip’s life on October 19, from 2-5pm at Mason’s Island Yacht Club, 7 Yacht Club Road, Mystic, CT. If you wish to make a donation in Skip’s memory, please send to Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, P.O. Box 117, West Mystic, CT 06388 – or to any worthy charity of your choice.

Huntington, Blake Russell

Blake Russell Huntington, 33, of Torrington, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 5th at his home. Born April 23rd, 1986 in Farmington, he was a graduate of Farmington High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Connecticut State University. Blake was currently the Retail Manager at Aqua Master in Simsbury. He loved music, singing, camping, fashion and sports.

Blake is survived by his beloved mother Monique (Richard) Palazzi and step-father Brian Palazzi, father Randall Huntington, his brother Richard Huntington and his wife Stephanie, two nephews Rip and Cal, his aunt Mona Shustock, his cousin/friend David Shustock, Jr., his step-brother Anthony Palazzi, aunt Cheryl and uncle George Zaugg, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday (Sept. 12) at 4:00pm in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Monique Palazzi, P.O. Box 311, East Otis, MA 01029 which will be donated to elementary school music programs in Blake’s name.

Antonio, Helen (LaClair)

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

Sylvester, Agnes Rose (Litalien)

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

Derosier, Joshua Dale

Joshua Dale Derosier was an amazing father brother and friend. Josh is a lifetime New Britain resident until recently when he and his family moved to Winsted, CT. Josh was a die hard Patriots and Brady fan! He had a passion for football along with his passion for cooking. Josh leaves behind his Partner Kimberlee Rabis and their two children Harmonee-Rose and Joshua Jr. He leaves behind many brothers and sisters as well as step siblings, Angelina and Dale Derosier, Ashley and Robbie Arendt, Chris Argitelly, Andrew Burns and Roy J. Enos. He leaves behind his step mother Trish Fields along with lots of aunts and uncles. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, Michael, Jarred, and Carter Oathot, Bently Maiori, Farrah, Jules, Logan, Isabelle and Jeremy. Calling hours are Friday Aug. 30 11 to 1 at Ahern Funeral Home Unionville CT and we ask everyone to join us at 1:30 at Georges Pizza to continue celebrating his life.

Shaffer-Bengston, Barbara Jeanne “BJ”

On August 22, 2019 at the age of 66 Barbara Jeanne Shaffer-Bengston made her journey to heaven. Barbara was predeceased by her father Harry Shaffer, her beloved mother Aneysa Bristol “Gramma Gum” and Francis Bristol “Grampa Fix It”. She is now reunited with her brother David Shaffer who was married to Margie Shaffer. She is also predeceased by her half sister Lois. Barbara was the proud mother of three children, Aneysa Bengston, Sherry Hill married to Robert Hill, and Scott Bengston married to Vicki Bengston. She was a prouder Grandmother to seven grandchildren, Guy, Larissa, Pierce, Bethany, Zachary, Emma and Kaela. And even prouder Great Grandmother of two great grandchildren, Robert and Delilah. Barbara will be forever remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends. She also leaves behind her beloved cat Mitzi.
Barbara graduated with a Masters Degree in Theology from Andover Newton College. She was an Associate Member of the Sisters of Mercy. Was a dedicated member of the Burlington Congregational Church where she delighted in playing bells.
As an Ordained Minister she recently retired from Vitas as a Board Certified Hospice Chaplain. This was her calling and she was devoted to this ministry. Her compassionate heart and caring ways touched the lives of many.
Viewing hours will be held on Tuesday August 27, 2019 4:00-7:00 with a prayer service to be held at 7:00 pm at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Barbara can be made to The Vitas Community Connection at The Vitas Community Connection.Org or mailed to The Vitas Community Connection C/O Vitas at 199 Park Road Ext., Middlebury, CT 06762

Young, Vaughn Everett

Vaughn Everett Young, of Canton Center, went to his heavenly home on August 13, 2019 with his wife Sue by his side at Hartford Hospital. Vaughn was born July 21, 1934 son of Frank and Lulu Mae (Nelson) Young and raised in Williamston, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University, 1957, with a B.S. in Math. During college years Vaughn played the piano with a 5 piece jazz group. After graduation he worked for Allen-Bradley, industrial control manufacturer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Boston, MA. While living in the Boston area (Lynnfield) Vaughn was active in Republican town politics and served as chairman of the town’s planning board for several years.
In 1975 Vaughn joined Hartford Electric Supply Company as VP of Sales, and then President of Hartford Systems Corporation, a design and builder of electrical and electronic control systems (subsidiary of HESCO). Vaughn retired from HESCO in 1993. In 1994 he joined Phil Worley, at Worley ACE Hardware, and then Larsen ACE Hardware, retiring a 2nd time in 2014. Vaughn was a member of Avon/Canton Rotary and a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon where he sang in the choir for many years.
Vaughn is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sue; son David and his wife Lynn and their son Jack; daughter Johanna Ferrone and her husband Bruce and their children Andrew and Charlotte. He is also survived by his sisters Rosa-Lee Young; Joan (Dale) Kreider; Brother Lynn Young; nieces, nephews, cousins, and his life-long friend Larry Mackle. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Millicent Young.
Vaughn was such a kind man! He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We will miss him; but happy to know he is free of pain and in the loving arms of our heavenly father.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 19) from 4:00-6:00pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Aug. 20) at 11:00am in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Canton Southwest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 224 Lovely St., Avon, CT 06001.

Jones, Jr., Jimmy Dorsey

A Celebration of Life For
Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr.
Sunrise December 31, 1967 and Sunset August 9, 2019
A Time to be Born
Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr. was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 31, 1967 to Jimmy D. Jones, Sr. and Shirley Tubbs Jones. He was the youngest of two children. He grew up on Cornwall Street and joined Blackwell A.M.E. Zion Methodist Church where his family was very active.

A Time to Be Educated
Jimmy received his early education at Mark Twain Elementary School in Hartford, CT. He then attended Fox Middle School and graduated from A. I. Prince Technical High School in electrical studies.

A Time to Love
Jimmy loved to laugh and tell good jokes. He longed to be a comedian and was always the life of the party. He was a true die-hard fan of the New York Giants and the New York Knicks. Most of all he loved his family, friends and colleagues. He took pride in all his relationships and was a valued friend by many. Jimmy loved to take things apart and then put them back together as a young child. For example, one day Jimmy’s father came home to see his brand-new lawnmower in pieces all over the living room floor.

A Time to Live
Jimmy spent his early years as an electrical apprentice for the Aetna Insurance Company, Inc., Hartford, and PJ Lodola Windsor Locks. He also spent a lot of time dancing with his talented break-dancing crew and he loved the emerging hip-hop culture of the 80’s. As an older adult he was self-employed in the electrical field as an independent contractor. He was a mechanically inclined and innovative handy man.

A Time to Cry
He was predeceased by his parents Jimmy D. Jones, Sr. and Shirley (Tubbs) Jones, and predeceased by his companion and devoted mother of his sons, Kimmy Turner. He leaves to cherish his memories: his three children; Jimmy D. Jones III, Ashley M. McBride and Kalen D. Jones: one grandson, Keonta S. Crawford, Jr.; his sister Patricia (Jones) Mack (Robert) of Windsor, CT, and a special mother in love Betty Turner of Plainville, CT. He also leaves three aunts; Emily Kay Sherman-Iyare of Bloomfield, CT, Betty Jean Gooden (Tubbs) of Marion, AL, and Lois (Tubbs) Jones (Larry) of Chicago, IL. Lastly, Jimmy leaves his loving partner Gwen Wiley of Unionville, CT, along with a host of cousins, family and friends.

A Time to Say Goodbye
Jimmy D. Jones, Jr.’s boisterous laugh, upbeat personality, and his adventurous spirit will be missed by his loved ones and his memory will be forever etched in our hearts.

A Time of Peace…on August 9, 2019
God saw that the road was getting rough He gently closed his loving eyes and whispered, “Peace be Thine.”

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks undone must stay that away.
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, I’ve savored
much, good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now:
He set me free.


We, the family of the late Jimmy Dorsey Jones, Jr., are truly grateful to have such loving friends, a supportive family and merciful Savior that has helped us through the time of bereavement. We are forever appreciative for all acts of endearment. The love, honor and respect that we have for our dad, nephew, brother, friend, and granddad, will give us the strength to carry on in his absence. “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord, “2 Corinthians 5:8 The Family