Archive for July 2009

Tew, Alin

Alin Clark Tew, 27, of Barkhamsted, passed away suddenly surrounded by his family and friends Friday (July 31, 2009) while vacationing at his favorite place, 1000 Islands, NY. Son of Everett and Mary (Scholten) Tew, he was born April 26, 1982 in Hartford. He was a 2003 graduate of Northwestern Regional #7 High School and employed by LARC of Torrington. He was a lifelong member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon. Besides his parents, he is survived by his two loving brothers Robert E. Tew and William D. Tew, both of Barkhamsted, his maternal grandfather, Reverend Albert Scholten, of Middletown, his uncles John C. Scholten and wife Laura of Durham, James C. Scholten and his wife Debra of New Britain, his aunt Dara J. Parent and her husband John, cousins Kimberley Osgood, Eric Scholten, David Scholten, Alexander Parent, and Leanne Parent and lots of friends and family. He was predeceased by his grandfather Ernest B. Tew and his grandmothers Teresa (Terry) Fioretti and Nila Scholten. The family would like to honor the heroic efforts of Bruce Merritt and Donald Murray as well as the loving support of their closest friends. Because Alin was an organ donor we know a part of him will live on. Family and friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (Aug. 7) from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday (Aug. 8) at 11:00am in the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, with Rev. James R. Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Dyer Cemetery, Canton. Friends may make a legacy gift donation in Alin’s memory to Transplant Program Hartford Hospital, Attn: Fund Development Office, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102-5037.

Hayden, Francis

Francis J. Hayden, 92, of Cromwell, formerly of Farmington, beloved husband of Pauline (Diamond) Harland Hayden, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Thursday, July 23rd. Born in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, January 9th, 1917, son of the late Peter and Ellen (Egan) Hayden. Mr. Hayden was retired from the Hartford Insurance Group. Besides his wife, Francis is survived by his daughter, Bridget Hayden Peek and her husband Charley, his son, Joseph A. Hayden, his granddaughter, Kristina Hayden and his step-daughters, Paula Harland and Diane Caron. He was predeceased by seven brothers. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Covenant Village of Cromwell for their kindness and care. A Memorial Service will be held Friday (July 31) at 11:00am in Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Rd., Avon, with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road, Cromwell, CT 06416. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Arborio, Peter

Peter J. Arborio, 87, of Avon, beloved husband of Gene (Bennett) Arborio, passed away suddenly Monday, July 20th at his home. Born in Hartford, December 12th, 1921, son of the late John and Mary C. (Arborio) Arborio. During Peter’s long business career, he was the Executive Vice President at Arborio and Sons, Inc., in Farmington, was associated with Pair Inc., served as General Manager at Tomasso Inc., was the owner and operator of P.J. Arborio Associates of Avon and retired as Sales Manager and Engineer from The Salem Specialty Ball Co., after 25 years. He was an active member at the Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon and a United States Army veteran of World War II. Peter, beloved Patriarch of the Arborio family will be greatly missed by his many friends and family members. Besides his loving wife of 45 years, he is survived by his children, Randall P. and Karen Arborio of Burlington, Ronald J. and Mary Arborio of Buxton, ME, Rick E. and Wanda Arborio Sr. of Scotland, CT, Robert Peter and Joanne Jerome of Santa Rosa, CA, and Cynthia Gene Jerome M.D., and Eric Bergman of Pound Ridge, NY and 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Rose Rigazzio. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Friday (July 24) from 3:00-4:00pm followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00pm with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Grzybowski, Julia

Julia (Safcak) Grzybowksi, 98, of New Britain, formerly of Unionville, widow of Vincent Svetz and Stanley Grzybowksi, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 16th. Born in Unionville, March 12th, 1911, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (Zomborsky) Safack. Julia is survived by her grandson, Steven J. Svetz and his fiancée Linda Coscina of Cromwell, five additional grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary S. Dennis and her two sons, Vincent Svetz and Joseph Svetz. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (July 19) from 5:00-7:00pm. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be Monday (July 20) at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville at 10:00am. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Avon.

Hackett, William

William J. Hackett, formerly of Alling St., Kensington, residing in Deltona, Florida for the past nine years has gone home to rest in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ on July 16, 2009. William was born on October 27, 1927 and lived in Kensington most of his life before moving to Deltona, FL with his loving wife Delia Cifaldi Hackett who loved and adored him as he did her. He is predeceased by his first wife Claire Hackett, father John Hackett, mother Anne Sullman Hackett, two brothers and two sisters and stepson William Mace. Bill worked for Textron Corp. before working for the town of Berlin. He was a volunteer fireman for Kensington for many years. He also served in the U.S. Army. Bill loved his trains, eagles and country music. He leaves behind his sister Margaret HoHa of Newington, three sons John Hackett and his wife Jackie of Kensington; Richard Hackett of Berlin, and Paul Hackett of New Britain, also three stepchildren Kimberly Houle of Port St. Lucie, Fl.; Kenneth Mace of New Britain, and Brian Mace and his wife Stephanie of Manchester, and also his beloved dog Sandy. Bill and Delia have a combined total of 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. Graveside services will be held Wed. (July 22) at 10:00 AM at St Mary’s Cemetery, New Britain with full military honors.

Madden, Edward

Edward F. Madden, 89, of Avon, and Vero Beach, FL, died Monday, July 13th at Hartford Hospital. He was born in Hartford, son of Edward Francis Madden and Jane Ryan Madden. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mango Madden. Ed lived for many years in West Hartford and graduated from Hall High School. He also attended Mt. St. Michael’s Academy in New York and Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He proudly served in the 2nd Infantry Division and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was President of Cummins Diesel Engines of CT, and was a board member of Conn. Motor Transport Assn. Ed loved books, the Boston Red Sox, and golf. He was a member of Wampanoag Country Club for over 50 years, and served a term as its President. Ed is survived by three sons: Mark (with Tyler, Megan and Erin), Peter (with Brett and Max), and Christopher (with Christina, Jennifer, Alexandra and Jonathan). He also leaves three devoted friends: Beth Bristol, Mimi Harden and Scarlett Field, part of his and Betty’s “extended family.” The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (July 21st) at 11:00am in the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

Boock, Carol

Carol (Tisdell) Boock, 67, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina left us on Saturday, (July 11, 2009) after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Hartford, the daughter of Michael and Eva Tisdell. While in high school, Carol met her lifelong love and soul mate, Thomas W. Boock, Jr. They were married May 7, 1960 and lived in Unionville while raising their family. Due to Carol’s love of children, she and Tom not only provided a loving home for their own children but also for many foster children. Carol received many letters of admiration and thanks from the placement families for the love and guidance she afforded these children. One of Carol and Tom’s hobbies was snowmobiling through New Hampshire and Vermont as members of the North Country Ridge Riders. Another of her favorite activities was skydiving. However, without a doubt the ultimate pleasure for Carol was shopping and adding to her jewelry collection. Carol is survived by her doting husband, Tom; a daughter, Linda Boock and her son, Eric Stankelis; a daughter, Cheryl Briere and her husband, Dana along with their son, Joshua (age 12) of Granby; a son, Michael Boock and his wife, Joany and their two boys, Matthew and Nathan (ages 5 and 3) of Granby. The love Carol had for her grandchildren cannot be put into words. Two of her favorite employers were Simscroft-Echo Farms in Simsbury and Paines Refuse in East Granby. Following many enjoyable years vacationing in South Carolina Carol and Tom retired to Myrtle Beach. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 17 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street in Unionville, CT. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. A private family burial will be held on Saturday at the family plot in Granby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in memory of Carol be made to Mercy Hospice, PO Box 50640 Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or For online condolences and directions to Ahern Funeral Home please visit

Gray, Harry

Harry J. Gray, an iconic business leader and philanthropist who gave as much of himself as he did of his treasure to the Hartford community, passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family at Hartford Hospital on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009. Born November 18, 1919 in Milledgeville Crossroads, Georgia he leaves his loving wife Helen, his daughters from a previous marriage, Pamela Gray and Victoria Gray, and son-in-law Dennis Shank, all of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and grandchildren James and Scott Rivette. He is also survived by his step-daughter Janet Lewis and her husband Paul of West Hartford, step-granddaughters Christina and Caroline Lewis, and his step-son Robert Savard of Lecanto, Florida. He was predeceased by three sisters. Harry came to Hartford in 1971 to assume the Presidency of what was then United Aircraft Corporation. He served as the Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer of United Aircraft and then United Technologies Corporation from 1972-1986. During his years at UTC Harry proved to be a master strategist by directing its growth from a $2 billion defense company to a $17 billion diversified high technology enterprise. What Harry formed during his tenure remains the foundation of a Corporation that has now grown to nearly $59 billion in annual revenue. Prior to United Technologies (United Aircraft), Harry was the Chief Financial Officer for Litton Industries. Following his departure from UTC, Harry pursued a very active career in private investment and, along with Helen, in philanthropy. After serving a period of years as a General Partner in a large investment fund, he returned to his interest in manufacturing and with Roger Klene, his business associate of thirty-five years, purchased Mott Corporation of Farmington, Connecticut in 1993. In 2006, 100% of the stock of Mott was sold and transferred to an Employee Stock Ownership Trust for the future benefit of the employees. Long before Harry retired from UTC, he and Helen were demonstrating their enormous concern for healthcare, education, and the arts. Together, they have made what Harry often referred to as “investment contributions” to organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Washington DC. Of special importance are gifts made to Hartford Hospital, the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, Saint Joseph’s College, The Bushnell, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Mark Twain House, the Sea Research Institute at Mystic Aquarium, the National Science Center Foundation, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, the University of Illinois, The U.S. Army Infantry Museum, and Good Samaritan Hospital (Florida). During his career, Harry received numerous recognitions and honors for a lifetime of service to his community and his country. He was awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, the University of Illinois, as well as the University of Hartford, Trinity University, and Saint Joseph’s College. He was the recipient of the Circle of Honor Award, the highest recognition given by the Medal of Honor Society. He was also the recipient of the Federal Order of Merit, Germany’s highest civilian award, the Harry Jack Gray Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement by the University of Hartford, the Illini Achievement Award, the Saint George National Award from the American Cancer Society, the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame, and the Horatio Alger Award of Distinguished Americans. Harry was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in 1941 and an M.S. in 1947. His years at the University were important to him but nothing had the lasting impact of his service in the military. He served four and a half years in the Army during WWII, and participated in all five major European battles. He attained the rank of Captain as a member of General Patton’s forces and received numerous citations for gallantry in action, including the Silver Star during the Battle of the Bulge. With Harry’s passing, we have lost a true American hero. The Memorial Service will be held Thursday (July 23) at 11:00am in Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center, 85 Retreat Ave., Hartford, CT 06106. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.