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

Jones, Mary (Wolk)

Mary (Wolk) Jones, 88, of Terryville, formerly of Bristol, beloved wife of John Paul Jones, Jr., died peacefully Friday, August 9th, 2019. Born March 31st, 1931 in Unionville, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Anna (Kolosky) Wolk.
Besides her husband, Mary is survived by her two sons, John P. Jones III and his wife Elizabeth and Mark E. Jones and his wife Kara, her four grandchildren Makenzie Jones, Joshua Jones, Zachary Jones and Devin Jones and her sister Margaret Malentacchi of Canton. She was predeceased by her sisters Anna Blejewski, Agnes Roy and Helen McDonald and her brother John L. Wolk.
The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Saturday, August 17 at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard S, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Erickson, Lucille Rosemarie

Lucille Rosemarie Erickson, age 74, beloved wife of 54 years to Robert Charles Erickson, entered into peaceful rest on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 surrounded by family. Born in Burlington, Vermont on September 7th, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Roland and Rita Brault. She was raised in Avon and graduated from Avon High School, Class of 1963.
Besides her husband Bob, Lucille is survived by her daughters, Karen Sauer and her husband Keith, Donna Rivers and her husband Rodney. She has three grandchildren, Melissa Kilcoin and her husband Timothy, Joseph Wojcik and Kyle Rivers and one great-granddaughter LeAnn Durante. Lucille is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Lionel and Margi Brault, Mary Brault, Rene and Dawn Brault, Leo and Debbie Brault, Donald Brault and Donna Farrington, David Brault and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Roger Brault.
Lucille enjoyed volunteering at Avon Health Center. The family would like to thank the staff at Avon Health Center for their outstanding care in her final days.
Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday (Aug. 12) from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 12:30pm followed by Funeral Services in Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon at 1:00pm. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001.

Kelly, Susan R.

Susan R. Kelly (nee Van Brunt), wife of Brian Kelly, mother of Brian T. Kelly and his wife Robin, Timothy P. Kelly, and grandmother to Jack and Brodie Kelly, passed on August 6, 2019 in Avon, Connecticut.
Burial will be private. A celebration of her life will be hosted by her family on Friday, August 9, 2019 between 1:00-4:00pm at Farmington Gardens, 999 Farmington Ave., Farmington, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, please remember Susan with a simple act of kindness.

Moore, Jr., John Warner

John Warner Moore, Jr., Esquire passed from earth early on August 1, 2019 from natural causes at the age of 92.  Left to mourn his passing are his sister, Marianne C. Moore of Hartford, CT and his two sons, David M. Moore, Esquire of Simsbury, CT and James M. Moore, of Farmington, CT.  Also mourning his passing are his daughter in law, Elizabeth M. Moore, his grandchildren Kathleen V. Moore, Megan M. Moore and William J. Moore, all of Simsbury, CT and Jim’s fiancée, Rachel Cepelak, of Farmington, Connecticut.  John was pre-deceased by his wife, Virginia Hamilton (Smith) Moore (he wore his wedding ring up until his death) and his eldest son, John Warner Moore, III.  The family also is grateful for the loving care given by Carmen, Margaret and Amie, especially at the end of John’s life.


John was born in Bronxville, New York to Lt. Commander John Warner Moore, USN, Chaplain Corps and Constance (Eustis) Moore, their youngest of four children.  The family followed Chaplain Moore with most of his various postings as he rose through the ranks, which meant that John lived in a variety of locals, like Norfolk, Virginia, Vevey, Switzerland, American Samoa, and New London, Connecticut.  Shortly before World War II began, John’s father was promoted to Captain, and after the war started, he was promoted to Pacific Fleet Chaplain. Captain Moore made it known that he did not want his only son to follow him.  Against such express wishes, John’s patriotism led him to enlist in the U.S. Navy as an Electric Technician’s Mate, training in the operating and servicing of radar systems.  To John’s father’s profound relief, John’s training went past the end of the war.  After completing the training, John was honorably discharged at the end of 1945.  John was accepted into Yale University, where he excelled in swimming.  John set several records (one of which lasted for over 64 years) and was a member of the 4 by 100 Freestyle relay team that set a world record.


After graduation, John worked for Armstrong Rubber in New Haven, CT, and then for Scovill Manufacturing, later Scovill, Inc., in Waterbury, Connecticut.  He met, then married, “Ginny,” who kept him on the straight and narrow, and they lived in Woodbury, CT, West Hartford, CT and Farmington, CT having and raising their three sons along the way.  John, while becoming a rising star with Scovill’s employee relations section, also attended UConn Law School’s night division, graduating and passing the bar in 1960.  By 1968, John was promoted to be Vice-President of Employee Relations and had developed a reputation for being a fair-minded, honest, yet tough negotiator.  John’s efforts led Scovill to being one of the few Fortune 500 companies that had almost no work stoppages.  Scovill, at this point in time had plants in 26 states and 5 countries, so losing less than 100,000 hours to strike in the 38 years he served Scoville was no small feat. John was awarded the McAuliffe Medal Award by Hartford’s Archbishop Whealon in 1969 for recognizing moral principles which insist on the recognition of mutual rights and responsibilities in labor-management relations.  In the mid-1980’s, Scovill was bought and carved into several small companies, and John was the last Scovill employee to manage those transitions. John then took his negotiating skills to the UConn Health Center, where he became the Assistant Vice-President for Human Resources and earned the respect of both the Administration and Union leaders alike. As his tenure at UConn wound down, John was appointed as an Alternate Member to the State of Connecticut Labor Board.  When John retired from the UConn Heath Center, he was appointed a Regular Member and Chair to the Labor Board (a position he served for almost 10 years), serving under three governors.


John had a strong faith, while in recent years it was practiced privately, which was tested by the deaths of his wife and eldest son. That faith was one of the touchstones of his life and led to interesting experiences.  John was elected and ordained to the Board of Ruling Elders of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as its Chair during a moment of significant upheaval.  John also became Chair of Moral Re-Armament, Inc. (an institution that gave birth to both AA and Up With People prior to John’s tenure), which later became known as Initiatives for Change, in the 1980’s through the mid-1990’s.  John also was a member and a leader with the First Church of Christ, Farmington when it went through a tumultuous time in the late 1980’s through the early 1990’s.  John enjoyed reading the Bible, and having the Bible read to him at the end of his days.  John was an honest, honorable, loving, generous, funny, faithful and strong man, who loved his family deeply.  May he enjoy God’s eternal peace, reunited with Ginny, John and all of his family and friends who went before him.


While there will be no calling hours, a Funeral Service will be held at Ahern Funeral Home, Unionville, Connecticut on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Committal with military honors will follow immediately thereafter at Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Connecticut.


Smith III, John J. “Jay”

John J. Smith III, “Jay” aka “Smitty” passed away on July 30, 2019 with his family by his side. He fought cancer bravely, head held high, with grace and dignity. He will forever be in our hearts.
He was a resident of Farmington for most of his life. He graduated from St. Paul Catholic High School where he excelled at so many sports.
He is predeceased by his father John J. Smith II and his brother Timothy S. Smith. He is survived by his mother Pamela Barnes of Farmington, his twin sister Bridget Mulvey and her husband Brendan of Burlington. He also leaves behind his twin sisters Stephanie Smith and fiancé Greg Raducha of Old Lyme, and Jennifer Smith of Old Lyme. Jay also leaves behind one brother Justin Barnes of Vernon. He leaves behind his nieces Caitlin, Cori, Meghan, Paige and Molly, and his nephew Tim, who he loved with all of his heart. He also leaves behind his loving aunts, uncle and cousins.
Jay was very dedicated to his work and passionate about running, biking and working out. His off time was spent enjoying his motorcycles, sports and his many friends. Our family would like to thank his friends for their daily words of encouragement and for their help lending a hand.
In honor of his wishes, a private family remembrance ceremony will be held.
The family would like to thank Dr. Flaherty, Dr. Byrne and Dr. Alahmadi for their compassionate care and the wonderful staff at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Impatient Oncology – C-5.

Mora, Denise

Denise Mora passed away Sunday, July 28, after a determined battle with cancer. Born in New Britain, CT on Oct. 3, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Cecile (Demers) and Sylvio Fortin. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter Angela, her husband Robert, and her sister Alice Gura.

Denise had many struggles in her life, but knew she was very fortunate to have had traveled most of the world because of all her years working in the travel business.

She leaves behind her sister, Jacqueline Gwazda, 5 nieces, many grand and great grand nieces and nephews, and several cousins. She also leaves many friends across the country and around the world.

Viewing is at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at The Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to CCARC, 950 Slater Road, New Britain, CT 06053.