Archive for January 2013

Manchester, Lemuel

Lemuel A.W. Manchester, of Windsor, passed on, January 26, 2013. He is survived by his sister, Laura Manchester Smith of Newport, R.I., her husband, Bill, and their daughters Sandra White and Victoria Foley, his many cousins around the country, including Rowena Otremba and Flinx Martin, of Beverly, MA, Richard Waite of Middletown, and his family, Andy Waite of W. Va., Dan Waite of Texas, Debbie Waite of Honolulu, HI, as well as his beloved fiancée Nancy Ferguson, of West Hartford, and many dear friends. Lem was born in Newport, R.I., where his mother was an artist and member of the Newport Art Association and his father was a shipwright and president of Williams and Manchester Shipyard. As a young child, Lem moved to Worcester, MA, where he attended the Bancroft School and graduated from Worcester Academy. He worked as a draftsman during part of his high school years in Worcester, and later for Pratt-Whitney in Hartford during his years studying at University of Hartford, where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked as an engineer for Pratt -Whitney, Combustion Engineering – ABB, and Hamilton Standard, where he was part of the team that designed the backpack breathing apparatus for man’s first walk on the moon, “One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” He also worked in Texas and California and later was self-employed in drafting, contracting, calligraphy, and graphics. Lem was active in Toastmasters International as a member of Windsor Advanced Toastmasters (SECAT), and the Windsor, Vernon, and Bloomfield Clubs. He received many trophies, some for the best Tall Tale speeches.  As a longtime member and officer of Hostelling International USA, Yankee Council, Lem participated as a leader in many many events such as hiking, biking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. He was a member of the Windsor Community Service Council serving the Food Bank and Food Share. He was a member of the Hartford division of The Railroad Enthusiasts with whom he shared his extensive knowledge of railroads via his slide collection. Lem was very interested in fine art, as his mother, Emily Burling Waite, was an accomplished portrait and etching artist whom he often watched at work. He collected art, frequented many art museums, and was active in having paintings restored. He was a long-time member of Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Worcester, MA, and First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA, as well as a regular attendant at Second Church of Christ, Scientist, Hartford. Most of all, we will miss his exceptional patience and kindness. A service will be held for Lem on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM, at First Church of Windsor, United Church of Christ, 107 Palisado Ave., Windsor. Take exit 37 off Route 91. Contributions in his memory may be made to: Toastmasters International, Wadsworth Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Church, or Newport Art Museum.

Spirito, Frances

Frances (Benvenuto) Spirito, 88, of Farmington, widow of Anthony J. Spirito Sr., passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 29th. Born in Hartford, May 31st, 1924, daughter of the late Carmen and Philomena (DeFilippo) Benvenuto. Prior to retiring, she was employed by the Farmington School System and was a longtime communicant at the Church of St. Patrick in Farmington. Frances is survived by her daughter, Susan S. Chase and her husband Mark of Plainville, two grandsons, Mark and his wife Jennifer Chase, Stephen Chase, two great grandsons, Joseph Anthony Chase and William Mark Chase, her sister, Dolores Frascarelli of Enfield and her three brothers, Andrew Benvenuto of Virginia, Vincent Benvenuto of Enfield and Carmelo Benvenuto of Alabama. She was predeceased by her dear son, Anthony Joseph Spirito Jr., USMC, who was killed in action RVN 1968. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at Apple Rehab in Plainville for their love and care. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Thursday (Jan. 31) from 8:30-10:00am. Funeral procession from The Ahern Funeral Home will be at 10:00am followed by the Funeral Liturgy in the Church of St. Patrick, Farmington at 10:30am. Burial will be in the family plot at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Disease Association, CT Chapter, 27 Allendale Drive, North Haven, CT 06473 or to the Plainville Community Pantry, 54 South Canal St., Plainville, CT 06062.

Lamoureux, Claudia

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. – Maya Angelou
Claudia Lamoureux, 39, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. She was born November 5, 1973 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the daughter of Carlos and Ana Campos. Claudia came to the United States with her family in 1988 and graduated from Hartford High School in 1991. In 1995, she earned certified nursing assistant credentials from the Connecticut Training Center and began her career as a CNA at Bristol Hospital. Family members, patients, colleagues and friends at the Prudence Crandall Center for Women have been forever touched by the love, hope and vivacity Claudia shared every day. Her passion was evident in her bright eyes and infectious laugh, but Claudia’s whole heart belonged to her four children, Dominique Campos, Eric Norton, Michael Lamoureux and Tyler Lamoureux. A mother, a daughter, a sister, a caregiver: for the many whose lives she touched, and the anguished family members she leaves behind, Claudia will always be missed and her memory, cherished. Claudia is survived by her children, Dominique, Eric, Michael and Tyler of Bristol; her mother, Ana Campos, of Harwinton; her father, Carlos Campos, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; sister Cristina Campos and her fiancé Ryan Baker, of Silver Spring, MD; brother Marcelo Campos, of Harwinton; brother Roger Dasilva and his wife Pamela, of Torrington; and aunt Elizabeth Gordon, of Somers. Friends may call at the First Assembly Church of God, 106 New Park Ave., Hartford on Thursday, January 31st from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Funeral services will be held in the First Assembly Church of God at 1:00pm followed by entombment in the Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol.

Mallory, Marianne

Marianne (Brooks) Mallory, 79, of Hartford, departed this earthly life on January 21, 2013. Born on June 30, 1933 in Kooskia, Idaho to James F. Brooks and Thelma S. Brooks, she had lived in Hartford for the past 43 years. She was the wife of the late Jesse Mallory, long-time sexton of Trinity Episcopal Church on Sigourney Street. Marianne remained an active member of the church until the time of her death, serving over the years as Altar Guild Directress, Minister of the Guild of the Christ Child, member of the Daughters of the King, and minister of communion and lay worship leader. Although she never had children of her own, she nurtured the lives of countless youngsters at West Middle Elementary School as a tutor and in the Trinity nursery as a caregiver. She was also an active member of the Parkville Senior Center. Her caring presence will be sorely missed. Marianne is survived by her sister, Margaret B. Wright of Folly Beach, SC; her niece, Margaret S. Guinn and her husband Eddie of Charleston, SC; nephews Howard F. Wright and his wife Karen of Wildomar, CA; Ralph M. Wright and his wife Patti of Folly Beach SC; William B. Wright and his wife Jeannie of John’s Island, SC along with 15 great nieces and nephews. A service celebrating Marianne’s life and ministry will be celebrated at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Marianne’s memory to Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.

Heneghan, James

James J. Heneghan, 69, of North Granby, CT and Cape Coral, FL, passed away on Sunday January 20, 2013. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he later settled and lived for 41 years in North Granby, CT. A graduate of Manhattan College, he worked as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace, manufacturing, commercial real estate, and farming industries. He was a man of many talents and interests; he worked on the Apollo space program, received multiple US patents, but found peace listening to music and engineering things in his garage. His love of his family and dedication to his community was obvious in his readiness to always help. An accomplished rower and a national champion, he also channeled his passion for the sport as a high school, collegiate, and adult coach. In retirement, he became an avid cyclist. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara, children, Kerry Heneghan Tharpe (Wink), James F. Heneghan (Christina), Tara Heneghan Law(Richard), siblings Ann Corbett, Margaret Scherder, Catherine Ballerini, Frank Heneghan, grandchildren, Margaret, Hollis, Colin, Katherine, Isabel, Annabelle, and Kyra. Calling hours are at the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Unionville on Friday Feb. 1st from 3-5pm/6-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick’s, 110 Main St., Farmington on Saturday Feb. 2nd at 11am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cape Coral Rowing Club.

McCoy, Michael A.

Michael Anthony McCoy, born June 7, 1943, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January, 18, 2013. Mike passed away after a five year series of complications stemming from his battle with cancer. As was the case with is entire life, Mike handled his illness with the greatest of dignity, never thinking of himself and respecting others putting their problems and issues ahead of his own. He is preceded in death by his father Floyd Walton and his beautiful daughter, Elizabeth Karen (“Betsy”), with whom he can now watch over his family. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Johanna (“Betty”), his son Michael, his daughter in-law Diane and his grandchildren Colin and Kelsey. Mike and Betty moved to Avon, CT in 1979 where he enjoyed a successful tenure of 22 years with The Hartford Insurance Group. He and Betty retired to Tomball, TX in 2001 to live near their son and grandchildren. Mike’s life was predicated on his protecting and providing for his family. His other passions in life were computers, Notre Dame football and Kentucky basketball. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday (Jan. 24) at 12:00pm at the family plot in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 11330 Louetta Road, Houston, TX 77070.

Glanovsky, Anna “Pearl”

Anna “Pearl” (Parylak) Glanovsky, 94, of Unionville, widow of Stephen G. Glanovsky, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 15th. Born in Hartford, July 26th, 1918, daughter of the late Frank and Caroline (Pernal) Parylak. Prior to retiring, Pearl was employed at Charles W. House and Sons in Unionville. She was a communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville. Pearl is survived by her six children, Steven Glanovsky and his wife Barbara of Lexington, NC, John Paul Glanovsky and his wife Susan of Herkimer, NY, Richard Glanovsky and his wife Mary of Avon, Katherine Geist of Avon, Mary Knierieman and her husband Howard of Kenilworth, NJ, Thomas Glanovsky and his wife Heidi of Unionville, her three sisters, Antoinette Shine of Florida, Sophie Roman of Unionville and Helen Staruch of New Jersey, thirteen grandchildren and their spouses; sixteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two brothers Walter J. Parylak and Frank Mastowski, her sister, Julia Erho, and her son-in-law, Ralph Geist. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday (Jan. 19) from 11:00am – 1:00pm followed by funeral services in The Ahern Funeral Home at 1:00pm. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunxis Hose Company #1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, CT 06085.

Tutschka, Peter J. M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Peter Joseph Tutschka was born in Prague on August 19, 1945. At the age of one, his family was expelled from what became Czechoslovakia and resettled in Bavaria, Germany. He was raised in a loving, principled family where both parents were physicians who often helped the sick in return for food. Peter grew up in the small rural town of Sulzbach-Rosenberg, helped with farm chores, caught butterflies on hikes with his dog, and fed milk to his pet deer! He was struck by polio at the age of 5 and, following his recovery, he found excitement and contentment more in books, music, and studying the world than on the sports fields. One of his favorite yearly events was attending music camp, where when he was 13, he caught the eye and fell in love with his beautiful future wife, Brigitte. This love for knowledge and exploring the world led him to become a star scholar at an early age. He achieved the honor of valedictorian of his Gymnasium (High School), and succeeded in earning a full scholarship to study medicine at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He earned both a Doctor of Medicine and a PhD from LMU by the time he was 24. At that time, and after 5 years of dating, Peter married the love of his life, Brigitte. In 1971, they moved to Baltimore where Peter was given the opportunity of a Fellowship at the newly-created Bone Marrow Transplantation program at Johns Hopkins University. He then joined the faculty and staff of the oncology department and became Associate Professor of Oncology at the age of 35. His two children were born, Cornelia in 1978, and Christian in 1979, while at JHU. He went on to lead the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Ohio State University, the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at UCONN and then the Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. He was a pioneer in bone-marrow transplantation, presented at and led many international conferences, and published over 200 scientific papers on his research. And despite these many academic and professional accolades, he always put his patients first. He spent countless hours, at any hour of the day, explaining, consoling, and fighting for them. You could always call him and he would explain things to you, carefully, without condescension, for as long as it took. You could always count on him to help you. While he was never certain about what happened after death, he always fought for his patients’ lives even after everyone else had given up, because he knew the beauty and wonder of the world. He was a doctor who took the Hippocratic Oath to heart, and exemplified the noblest form of the profession. He loved traveling, especially to exotic locations, mountains for skiing and beaches in the winter. Whenever he visited his homeland of Germany, his first task was to find a good beer garden and his favorite foods – leberkase sandwiches, Weisswurst, and Schweinebraten. He loved going to the opera in Munich or wherever he vacationed. For several years, he spent what free time he had on his boat in the Connecticut Sound. He led by example, and taught his children a deep love and respect for other cultures, the natural world, and all living things. He believed in the truth, regardless of what it cost him. An inspiration for him was “Don Quixote”, and up to his last breath, he used science to fight for and illuminate the facts as he saw them. If you’ve ever had a conversation with Peter, you will remember his insistence on ‘data’, and you knew you had to come armed with scientific proof of your position. His knowledge and wisdom will be missed. He died peacefully at home on Friday morning, January 11th, after struggling with multiple illnesses in the last few years. He fought hard. Besides his wife, Brigitte, he is survived by his daughter Cornelia Harris, son Christian Tutschka, son-in-law Tom Harris, granddaughter Charlotte Mudd and her mother Mimi Mudd. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 16) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10001 or the SPCA of Connecticut, 359 Spring Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468.  http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/tutschka/homepage.aspx

D’Andrea, Andre’

Andre’ P. D’Andrea, Sr., 80, of Farmington, passed away on January 12th, 2013, after a hard fought war with lung cancer. He died at home, in his own bed with his family, by his side. Andy was born January 22, 1932 to the late Paul and Stasia (Mendel) D’Andrea. He was raised in Torrington. After a successful 31-year career with the Department of Transportation, Office of Rights of Way, he retired in 1987. Andy did many different activities including making furniture, oil painting, gardening, golfing; he enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and putting together jigsaw puzzles. His latest and perhaps best activity was driving around town in his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe. Besides his loving wife, Andrea, he is survived by son David and his wife Cindy of Goshen, daughter Holly and her husband Stanley Snecinski of Torrington, son Andre’ and his wife Connie of Sandisfield, MA, five grandchildren, Krista D’Andrea Marolda, David D’Andrea Jr., Roger Devaux, Jr., Ryan Devaux and Dawn Devaux Messenger, nine great grandchildren, sister Elaine D’Andrea Opperman, brother Paul V. D’Andrea, and half-brother Thomas Piontkewicz all of Torrington. He was predeceased by sister Virginia D’Andrea Jarmosik Fabbri. A special thank you goes out to the Hospice Program of the Farmington Valley VNA, especially to Nurse Jacqui, and to all the home health care aides who cared for Andy during his illness. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Ward, Bernard

Bernard J. Ward, 50, of Unionville, husband of Sue Anne “Sas” Ward, passed away suddenly on Thursday, January 10th. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 30th, 1962, son of the late Donald and Margaret (Rooney) Ward, he resided in Unionville for 30 years. Bernie was the owner of Ward Autoworks in Farmington for 18 years. Bernie coached all age groups and soccer leagues in Farmington where he also refereed for 30 years. Bernie was the tournament director for the Farmington Bank Shootout. Anyone who knew him will deeply miss his sense of humor, spirit and character; he was one of a kind! Besides his wife, he is survived by his three sons, Eric, Patrick and Kevin all of Unionville, his two brothers, Michael and Francis Ward both of Glasgow, Scotland, his little man Rudy and his buddy Marshall Fillian. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Sunday (Jan. 13) from 1:00-4:00pm. The family strongly requests please omit flowers and make contributions to the Bernard J. Ward Memorial Fund, c/o Farmington Bank, 282 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

Johnson, K. Eric

 

K. Eric Johnson born December 21, 1981 died unexpectedly Sunday, January 6, 2013.  He was the beloved son of Karl Johnson and Susan Theriault, esteemed older brother to Ian Johnson, and cherished nephew and cousin to all the members of the Johnson and Theriault families. His circle of friends was large. His loss leaves a crater in our hearts. With a halo of blond hair and clear blue eyes as well as a contagious chuckle that readily acknowledged the amusements of everyday life, Eric charmed and inspired all of us who knew and loved him.  He was an avid skier – breaking his right leg one winter and then for good measure, his left the following season.  With his mother and brother, he later rollerbladed and mountain biked, sharing long afternoons building the bonds of a profound brotherly friendship. From his father, he learned the art and appreciation of all things beautifully designed and conscientiously crafted.  He graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Bristol, CT in 2000 where he cultivated friendships that he maintained until today.  Eric earned a degree in finance from the University of Hartford in 2004.   Under the tutelage of his aunt, Janice Theriault he began working at Arbor Benefit Group in Farmington, CT where he was promoted to Director of Underwriting.  Professionally, he was respected for his business acumen as well as popular with his colleagues for his easy going disposition. Eric was devoted and compassionate with all of his friends but particularly to those in need. Eric was admired, too, for his stoic management of the challenges life gave him early; his compassion in the face of his mother’s devastating illness was a reminder that even the young can be heroic.  His death is a profound tragedy.  But his life was a blessing to all of us who knew and loved him.  Eric is survived by his father Karl Johnson and his wife Sandra of Harwinton, his mother, Susan Theriault of Simsbury, his brother Ian Johnson and fiancée, Caitlin Van Stone of Farmington, his Grandfather Danford Theriault of Southington, his Grandparents Arthur and Joyce Johnson of Harwinton, his Aunt Janice Theriault of Simsbury, his Aunt Karen Eseppi of West Hartland, his Uncle Dan Theriault of Woodbridge, his Uncle Greg Theriault of Granby, his Uncle Bill Theriault of Weston, his Aunt Deborah Walonoski of Southington, his Uncle Mark Johnson of Harwinton, his Uncle Paul Johnson of Harwinton, as well as many cousins and extended family. His family will receive friends on Friday (January 11) from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Route 4, Unionville, CT 06085.  The Memorial Service celebrating Eric’s life will be held Saturday (January 12) at 2:00 pm in The Ahern Funeral Home with Reverend John F. Wilmarth officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to further research on hirschbrungs disease at Yale University, Yale Pediatric Surgery, c/o Dr. Milissa McKee,  P.O Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520. Checks should be made out to Yale University, attn: Judy Ahearn.

 

Holmgren, Ann

Ann Withe Holmgren of Canton, formerly of Burlington, died Christmas Eve morning, 2012. Born to Stan and Inga Withe on September 19, 1931, Ann was married to Jack Holmgren, originally of Farmington, for forty-seven years. Jack predeceased her in 2006. She leaves her cherished children and grandchildren: son Hoag of Nederland, Colorado, his wife Leda and their children Soren, Anders, and Mirabelle; daughter Hilary of New Hartford, Connecticut, her husband Gregg Valliere and their children Sorelle and Trent; and a sister, Jane van Dusen, of Longmont, Colorado. Ann traveled extensively as a child and young adult, one of the highlights being an extended trip to Als in Southern Denmark, home of her mother, with fond memories of lit candles on Christmas trees. Ann attended Burlington elementary schools, graduated from Oxford preparatory school (now Kingswood-Oxford) in West Hartford and from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. A graduate, also, of Hartford Secretarial School, she lived in New York City for three years where she worked in travel at Thomas Cook & Sons and at First National City Bank. After returning to Hartford, she became the personal secretary of Thomas J. Dodd who won a seat in the US Senate three years later. Dodd asked Ann to join his staff in Washington D.C. but Ann decided instead to join Jack Holmgren as his wife and to remain in Connecticut, a decision, she said, which was not difficult. Jack and Ann were married the following year and lived in Canton for ten years. They then moved to Burlington where they built a house and raised their family, a clay tennis court in the backyard keeping all hands busy for many years. After children, Ann returned to work as a secretary for fourteen years in the Region 10 public school system. Ann, Jack, and their children vacationed each summer in New Harbor, Maine at their beloved cottage by the sea with many visits over the years from dear friends. Ann was a long-time member of the First Church of Christ in Farmington where she and Jack were married. Ann has requested that any donations be made to the Holmgren Scholarship Fund at the church, established by Jack in 1980 (75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032). Ann passed away peacefully and courageously, living at home with her beloved cat Surf, while being cared for by her children, grandchildren, friends new and old, and dedicated hospice workers. Very special thanks to MacLean Hospice for their loving support and guidance. A service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 10AM, at Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Road, Avon, CT.

Smith, James

James C. Smith, 73, of West Avon, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 5th, 2013. Born in Hartford, December 31st, 1939, son of the late Conway and Hazel (Knibbs) Smith, he resided in the West Avon area for many years. Jim was the former owner of the Chevron Station in Unionville, was an enthusiastic stock car driver in his younger days having raced car #85 at the Plainville Stadium in Plainville. He is survived by his brother, Walter K. Smith and his wife Lorraine of South Glastonbury, his sister, Barbara Marsh and her husband Paul of Tucson, AZ, and also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Smith. Funeral services will be held Saturday (Jan.12) at 11:00am in The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4 , Unionville with the Rev. Anthony Mecca officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at West Avon Cemetery, Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial United Methodist Church, 867 West Avon Road, Avon, CT 06001.

Iritano, Salvatore “Sam”

Salvatore John Iritano, 84, of Farmington, died peacefully on Dec. 16, 2012 after battling a long illness. Known as Sam, he was born on March 21, 1928 in East Boston, MA. Sam dedicated his life to his family. He was a loving father, brother, husband, son and grandfather. An avid participant and contributor in Farmington politics, he always fought for the interests of its citizens. A resident for almost 52 years, he was past chairman of the Board of Education in Farmington, co-founder and former president of the Farmington Tax Payers Association, and served on the Republican Town Committee. He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. And he owned his company, Woodland Insurance, for many years. He was one of six children to the late Joseph and Anna Iritano. Sam is predeceased by his sister Phyllis Hoyt, his beloved son Robert Iritano, and his loving wife Joan Iritano. He leaves behind his daughters Deborah MacCary of Castle Rock, CO and Diane Jacobs of Littleton, CO, his son Steven Iritano of Farmington, CT, 7 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. He also leaves 4 sisters, Katherine Cappezuto, Grace Iritano, Dorothy Canderliere, and Lorraine Iritano Manis. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rt. 4, Unionville, on Tuesday (Jan. 8) from 5:00-8:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Wednesday (Jan. 9) at 10:00am in the Church of St. Patrick, 110 Main St., Farmington followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, CT. Checks can be mailed to Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470. For more information, please contact United Way of Western Connecticut 203-792-5330.

Hughes, John “Jack”

John F. “Jack” Hughes III, of West Hartford, CT, son of Marie and John Hughes, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013. A loving son, father, brother and friend, his loss to us is greatly and widely felt. Known as a kind and giving person, Jack was generous in helping others. He cared deeply for his family and provided for them in many thoughtful ways. He enthusiastically gave wonderful care and support to his mother, Marie, helping her live in her home until the age of 91. Jack was self-employed and a talented craftsman. He was adept at many types of mechanics. As a contractor, he took consistent pride in a job well-done. Jack appreciated life and lived it with enthusiasm and vigor, in his own definite way. He made many friends as he journeyed through life. Jack is described by many as loyal, with a wonderful sense of humor and great laugh. He found much to laugh about and enjoy in life. As a student at Northwest Catholic Highs School, he demonstrated his athleticism playing football. He was a natural skier and golfer. Jack attended Leicester College in MA. He later enjoyed travelling through Europe. He was interested in the world, in meeting and conversing with others, and sharing ideas, his opinions and knowledge. He could converse easily about many topics. Whether watching a Patriots game, grilling a steak or working on a project, Jack was engaged in life. There was a dog always by his side. He enjoyed the companionship of many gentle Rottweiler’, especially his beloved Dante. A valued and treasured soul has left us. Jack was predeceased by his mother, Marie Hughes and father John Hughes, Jr. He is survived by his son, John Hughes, brother, Peter Hughes, sister, Penny DeFrino and brother-in-law, Bob DeFrino. Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Ave., Hartford on Monday (Jan. 7) from 4-7 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Timothy, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford followed by burial in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fox Memorial Clinic, 701B Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111 or to Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144. To view the full obituary and to send online condolences to the family, please visit www.ahernfuneralhome.com.