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Jan 232020
 

The CT Fire Marshal’s Association posted the most beautiful tribute to Tim Smith on its Facebook Page.

The Image speaks volumes. Thank you to whomever designed it. He deserved nothing less.

Obituary: Timothy (Tim) Smith, 56, Beloved Father, Friend, Fire Marshal

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Jan 222020
 

Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith

Timothy Patrick Smith, 56, of Prospect, passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2020. Born on August 21, 1963 in New Haven, he was the son of the late George and Dorothy Smith.

Tim was a native of Orange, and an Amity alumni. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1984, Deputy Fire Marshal in 1986, and appointed Fire Marshal in 1989. He was part of many organizations including the International Association of Arson Investigations, CT State Fire Marshals Associations, and the NFPA. Tim also received several awards for fire prevention and investigation in the town of Orange. Everyone in his neighborhood and the town knew they could call on him any day of the week for his help in their homes, fixing and building anything they needed.

Anyone who knew Tim, knows that he was an extremely skilled woodworker. On most days, you could find him in his workshop making furniture, wooden trucks, trains, jewelry boxes and just about anything you could think of. He had just began a business personalizing wooden pens. Tim was also exceptionally talented at building vintage and WWII model airplanes. This included a love for flying, enjoying anytime he was able to ride in a helicopter. He would attend airshows with his daughters, sharing his detailed knowledge about the history of each plane, battle, etc. His daughter, Hannah, had decided to become a History major at UConn because of him.

During warmer weather, Tim loved to fish, especially fly-fishing at his favorite river spot in Cornwall, CT and near Charles Island in Milford. Tim impressively tied his own flies, part of the reason he would always snag a fish. He was an avid sports fan and member of the Amity Field Hockey Men’s Club, supporting his daughter, Alexa, as goalie. He enjoyed horseback riding with his girlfriend, Terri. He loved his animals dearly, which included his horse, Harley, and many dogs and chickens.

Tim leaves behind his beloved daughters, Hannah and Alexa Smith; loving girlfriend, Terri Philibert; mother of his daughters, Margaret Puddester-Smith; siblings, Katherine (Richard) Berluti and David A. Smith; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Jessica, Melissa, Garrett, Danielle, David “D.J.”, Chrissy, Cassie, Brian, and Amanda; and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH). Interment will be private. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Association, P.O. box 878, Orange, CT 06477 for a scholarship set up for both of Tim’s daughters. To leave online condolences, visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Devastating News, Cookiemama, “Elf Mama” Annie Davis Has Died

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Sep 242019
 

A pillar of the Orange community, loving mother, and priceless friend to many, Annie Davis, also known as Elf Mama to everyone who has ever participated in the Santa’s Helper program, passed away on Monday of a heart attack.

Annie’s larger than life personality will be sorely missed. Her selfless efforts on behalf of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department working on the Santa’s Helper arrangements for 9 months out of the year. Doing volunteer work as a founding member of the CERT group, and “being there” for friends and the community whenever she was needed.

Annie was a wonderful friend for more than 20 years and I don’t know how I will fill this void.

Please look for information regarding a fundraiser Orange Live will host at Orange Ale House to help her Son Michael with the expenses he’ll be facing.

My love goes out to Michael and Annie’s best friend Lisa in this very difficult time.

Obituary: James Dzialo, 66, Beloved Companion, Brother, Friend

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Jul 202019
 

James G. Dzialo, 66, of Trumbull, passed away on July 18, 2019 in his home.

Jim was born in Bridgeport on June 27, 1953 to the late Frank and Irene (Pavluvcik) Dzialo and has been a lifelong area resident.

He was a retired driver for Cooperative Education Services, and prior to that had worked for the Connecticut Post, Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers.

Jim was an avid fan of the NY Giants, and enjoyed golf, bowling and dancing. He also enjoyed trips to the casino. Survivors include his loving and devoted companion, Julie Miller of Trumbull, his brother, Richard Dzialo and his wife Denise and sister, Arline (Diz) Dzialo all of Stratford, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Capuano.

The Dzialo family would like to thank the nurses from Smilow and Vitas for their kind and loving care.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family on Monday from 4-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place, Stratford. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a donation in memory of Jim to the Lustgarten Foundation, at: lustgarten.org

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. meeting directly at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford.

Interment will be private.

For more information or to make an online condolence, visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com

Obituary: Franklin “Curt” Bradley III, 72, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Jul 072019
 

Franklin Curtis “Curt” Bradley III 72, of Orange beloved husband of 44 years to Cathy Bartnicki Bradley passed away suddenly on July 4, 2019, in Yale-New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Franklin C. “Scooby” (Trisha) Bradley IV of Orange and the late Charles J. “CJ” Bradley. Grandfather of Logan Curtis Bradley. Brother of Susan Elizabeth Bradley of Middleton, NH.

He is survived by his dog Mason and the late King. He was a very generous and kind soul has touched many people’s lives. Everyone that knew Curt knew that his family was his pride and joy.

Curt graduated from Amity High School with a full hockey scholarship to Syracuse University where he majored in Economics. He attended and graduated from the University of New Haven with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He was an avid hockey player and played for the New Haven Blades.

A beloved coach that enjoyed all sports, especially working with kids. In addition, Curt helped and mentored young adults who were starting out in business. He had a passion for helping others in need without looking for recognition.

Curt was a car enthusiast, collecting and restoring several classic cars. He was a member of the CT Regional Valley Porsche Association, Porsche of North America, Car Clubs of CT and many more. He participated in many car shows and won top awards and honors.

His favorite thing to do was boating on the sound with his family. He was proud to serve as the Deputy Harbor Master of Branford, CT.

At the time of his death, Curt owned and operated CB Landscaping, LLC. His legacy, aside from his love for his family, is he could literally fix anything.

Curt was born in New Haven on May 7, 1947 son of the late Franklin C. and Shirley Westmark Bradley Jr.

Friends may call on MONDAY from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven.

Relatives and friends are invited to go DIRECTLY to Our Lady of the Assumption Church located at 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge on TUESDAY morning to celebrate A Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Sign Curt’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Obituary: Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Jul 052019
 

Fortunato “Fred” DePonte, 86, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marie DePonte, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019. Fred was born on January 22, 1933, in New Haven, CT to the late Luigi and Mary DePonte.

Fred graduated from Notre Dame as valedictorian and went on to graduate from Yale.

He worked as an electrical engineer at Sikorsky and Pitney Bowes, from where he retired. He was an active parishioner at Holy Infant Church and enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood.

Fred loved his family and enjoyed every moment spent with them. Fred’s family would like to thank the staff at CT Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Fred leaves behind his daughters, Cynthia Varrone (Jay), Diane DiMauro (Dennis) and Catherine DePonte; grandchildren, Melissa Varrone, Jessica Varrone DiTroia (Jennifer), Matthew Varrone and Danielle DiMauro; and great-grandson, Gianni Fortunato DiTroia. He was predeceased by his siblings, Madeline Neclerio, Anne Criscuolo, Rose Lombardozzi and Frank DePonte.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 8, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).

Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.

To leave online condolences, please visit the funeral home website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Diane Roberts, 62, Beloved Wife, Mother, Friend. A Beautiful Soul

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Jul 042019
 

Diane Roberts, 62, of Milford, died June 30, 2019, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was born on March 9, 1957, in Jamaica Queens, New York to Anthony and Mary Costa.

She is survived by her husband of more than 35 years of marriage John Douglas Roberts. Diane has left behind her son, Daniel Roberts, stepson Kristofer Roberts, brother Anthony Costa, and sister Linda Saggese.

Diane was a professional in the automotive industry for more than 25 years. Most of her career has been as an executive assistant and customer relations manager at Toyota of Wallingford. She is leaving behind a close-knit group of friends and family at Toyota of Wallingford and will be missed by all.

To pay tribute to Diane and the many lives she touched, a symbol will be embroidered on every employee’s shirt.

Diane loved going to the beach and her family. She was such a fun and loving soul and changed many lives for the good through her kind words and understanding. If you knew Diane for 10 minutes or 10 years you could see the way she would light up a room with her contagious laugh and caring personality.

She would not want us to weep for her but to celebrate her in the ways she celebrated living. She was an amazing person inside and out and will live on forever in all of us. She has a lot of close friends and family and this wonderful soul will be missed by many but hardly forgotten.

The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Cody White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford. Followed by a celebration of her life for all at Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Obituary: Edmund Tucker, 96, A Brilliant Mind And Good Friend

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Mar 312019
 

Edmund Tucker, 96, passed away in Manchester, New Hampshire on March 25.

He was born in Wolfeville, NS, Canada to Herbert and Leota Tucker.

While a small child, his family lived in East Granby, Connecticut, West Newbury, Mass. and Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In 1930, they moved to Sackville, NB where he attended school including Mount Allison University. He obtained both chemistry and physics degrees from MTA. In the Spring of 1944, he enrolled in the Canadian Navy.

After joining the Navy, he was transferred to Plymouth, England where he was on loan to the British Navy for training. His selection for the next assignment allowed him to travel around the world as the Radar officer of the ship.

After the war, in an all Canada competition, he won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University, eventually getting a Master’s degree in Physics.

Just before traveling to England for the Rhodes scholarship, he married his wife Noreen. He returned to Sackville in 1948. The Tuckers came to the US in 1948 shortly after their son was born in Sackville. Ed and Noreen had three children. His daughters live in NH and his son in Ohio.

Dr. Tucker had a distinguished career. He graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in Physics and went on to a postdoc at the University of Minnesota. Disenchanted by big classes he joined the General Electric research lab where he became an expert in the field of Solid State Masers. In 1968, his book “Solid State Masers” was published in the UK and the US.

In the late 1960s after a time as personnel manager for the GE Research Laboratory, he transitioned to the General Electric Foundation for Educational Research and began visiting Universities across the country to assess their research programs to see if they were deserving of funding from GE to further develop their programs. This transition caused a move from New York to Connecticut.

After nearly 16 years in Educational Research, he retired at 62 to enjoy sailing on Long Island Sound and gardening with his wife. He was involved with the Land Trust in Orange from its inception and also the Wet Lands Commission, Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce of Orange, CT.

In 2001, a park, Tucker’s Ridge, was named in his honor for him having served for such a long time and having such a positive influence on the preservation of parcels of land for open space within Orange.
He lived in Orange from 1972 until 2015 when he moved to NH. His wife Noreen died in 2010, leaving him alone in their long-term home. In NH, he resided at Birch Hill Terrace in Manchester nearer to his daughters.

A memorial celebration will take place at the Orange Congregational Church on Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m. with an additional celebration at Tucker’s Ridge at 3 p.m.

Obituary: Douglas Miles Hassenmayer, 59, Beloved Brother Of James Hassenmayer

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Mar 242019
 

Douglas Miles Hassenmayer, 59, of Durham, North Carolina passed away on February 14, 2019. He was born on November 17, 1959, in Milford, Connecticut and graduated from Milford High School in 1977. He furthered his education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982.

A member of the Mensa Society, Doug was known for his wit and zest for life, as well as his ability to converse intelligently on a wide range of subjects. He enjoyed a passion for organized, thought-provoking, mind-challenging games and was also an advanced collector of tobacciana.

He was formerly a Mason in Ansantawae Lodge #89 AF & AM in Milford along with his father, brothers and several other family members. Doug will be greatly missed by his loving family and many loyal friends.

He is survived by his parents, Walter E. (Skip) Hassenmayer and Ruth E. (Miles) Hassenmayer of Milford, CT; brothers Thomas E. Hassenmayer (Morgan) of New Haven, CT and James R. Hassenmayer of Orange, CT. He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Kathleen Hassenmayer of Milford, CT, Analida Hassenmayer of Fayetteville, NC and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his younger brother David D. Hassenmayer.

reception to celebrate Doug’s life and memory will be held Sunday, April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development, 710 West Main St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701

Obituary: Gloria M. DeNardis, 91, Beloved Mother, Grandmother

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Mar 172019
 

Gloria M. Adante DeNardis, 91, of Orange passed away March 13, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Wife of the late Edward DeNardis. Beloved mother of Diane (Blase) Picone of Madison, Shirley (Mike Baldwin) Flesher of Milford, Edward (Janet) DeNardis of Hamden, Carol (Steven) Renchy of Guilford, James (Francine) DeNardis, Michael DeNardis and Daniel (Jennifer) DeNardis all of Orange. Gloria was born in West Haven September 12, 1927, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Romilda Vitaletti Adante. Also survived by 11 cherished grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Valalik and a brother, Joseph Adante, Jr. Prior to her retirement, Gloria worked for the BIC Corporation for more than 20 years.

Friends may call MONDAY MORNING from 8:30-10:30.

Her funeral procession will leave the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven Monday morning at 10:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11:00. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Constellation Health Services, 240 Indian River Rd., Orange, CT 06477. Sign Gloria’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net.