John was born and raised in Orange, Connecticut, the son of Robert and Judith DeFeo. John then studied for his law degree while living in New York City, where he met his wife, Margaret and later settled in Kinnelon, where they lived since 2001.
John was a lifelong goofball and loved being the life of the party. Whether joking with old friends, embellishing long stories with new, or telling the same jokes to his family, he could always be counted on to make you laugh.
John also had a lifelong passion for politics. He studied political science in undergrad at Fordham University, attending national conventions, and was later involved in local politics at various times in his life. Later in life he ended up spending most evenings catching up on the day’s events, and could often be found debating good-naturedly with friends and family.
He was also an avid traveller, and loved exploring new places, visiting all 50 states over the course of his life. He also loved sharing this passion with his family, planning trips all over the U.S. as well as to visit his wife’s family in Ireland most summers.
John is survived by his devoted family, wife, Margaret and children, Ellen, Paul and Tim; his parents, Robert and Judith DeFeo; his siblings, Robert DeFeo (Dawn), Dave DeFeo, Sue Simone, Mark DeFeo (Aileen) and Steve DeFeo (Pam); his mother in-law, Susan Finnerty; his nieces and nephews, Kevin and Jessica Simone, Brian, Sarah and Daniel DeFeo, Christopher and Robert DeFeo, Will DeFeo, Aoife, Anna, Hugh, and Emily Broderick, Mark, Andrew, and Lucy Finnerty, Catherine and Patrick Finnerty, Hannah and Rosie O’Brien; and his brothers and sisters in-law, Patricia (Tony) Broderick, Enda (Mary) Finnerty, Cormac (Rachael) Finnerty, Susan (J.P.) O’Brien. John was predeceased by his father in-law, Patrick Finnerty and brother-in-law Sandy Simone.
Friends and family visited on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of the Magnificat RC Church, Kinnelon. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 26, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
An Amity graduate, Kevin was so good and incredibly accurate for his young age, that we couldn’t resist.
The partnership worked well for a long time, we linked the weather tab to Kevin’s personal page.
Since we first met him, Kevin married the love of his life, got two dogs, and this week he left Channel 8 when his contract expired and he started a new amazing weather website ExactWeatherNow.com.
We’ve called Kevin “our” weatherman for 6 years and we hope that YOU will do the same.
Check out his new website by clicking the link above or anytime that you are on Orange Live, click the Weather Tab for a direct link to his new site.
“Join” Kevin’s team and if you appreciate his work, click on the Donate button to help support his efforts.
Good Luck Kevin!
The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students who achieved a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale, completed a minimum of three courses for a letter grade and received a grade of C or higher in all courses.
Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology. She is the daughter of Brad and Paulette Marcus and a 2015 graduate of Amity High School.
Scott was born to Robert Michael and Pamela Barton DellaTorre in New Haven, CT on April 23, 1994.
Scott graduated from Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge in 2012. He went to University of Maryland and was pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
Scott was an Eagle Scout and was an avid outdoorsman. He just completed an internship with Google and was about to embark on his senior year of college.
He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family when he was home on break. Not only was he able to excel in school but he was very curious about the world and he was able to teach himself many things; including, but not limited to, computer programming, guitar and piano.
Scott was always willing to help others and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Scott is survived by his siblings, Alysse and Mark DellaTorre of Bethany; grandparents, Emanuel & Kate DellaTorre of Milford, Agnes Barton of Merida, Mexico and Eugene & Patricia Dumas of Milford; and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is predeceased by his grandmother Gloria Barton Conder and grandfather Edward Barton.
Friends and family may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge, CT. Interment is private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott Michael DellaTorre Scholarship Fund at Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.
A 21-year-old Amity Grad from Bethany who was staying with his parents before returning to the University of Maryland, was found dead on Sunday.
Although there are no answers yet, Scott Della Torre seems to have had a seizure.
He was a kind, brilliant young man with a bright future ahead of him.
He is survived by his parents, a brother and sister.
Orange Live will publish his obituary and service information as soon as it becomes available.
He was born on July 9, 1970 to Bradford and Elizabeth (Eaton) Gesler of Orange. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Bradford (Maribeth) Gesler Jr., his nephew, William and his niece, Olivia, all of Cheshire.
James was a graduate of Amity High School and attended Northeastern University, Boston, MA. He will be sadly missed.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln, Orange, CT. Interment will be private.
Arrangements are in the care of the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd, Branford, CT 06405.
To leave online condolences, please visit our website.
Yes, Boys and Girls, if you study hard, play well and give 110 percent all the time good things do happen.
2012 Amity Grad Vinny Siena, who played baseball at Amity for four years (and was on the 2012 SCC Championship team) went on to UCONN where he has continued to excel in his studies and on the field.
A junior at UCONN, second baseman Siena was selected in the 14th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the New York Mets.
We wish him all the best in the future.
When Orange Live opened for business in May 2012, Kevin Arnone joined us as our weather forecaster.
His predictions were always incredibly accurate and he gained quite a following.
Since, Kevin realized his lifelong dream and became affiliated with WTNH-8, but had to give up his own site since it was a conflict of interest.
Our Weather Tab at the top of the page was linked to his website, which he hasn’t updated in a very long time. So we changed the link to his Weather Facebook page, which is nearly always up-to-date.
At times like this when snowstorms, high winds and other hazardous weather are threatening the area, it’s nice to know that you can access a trusted meteorologist with just the click of a tab here on Orange Live.
We welcome Kevin’s updates back to our site and we’re proud to share this Orange native’s expertise with YOU.
He was born in New Haven, January 20, 1944, a son of the late Russell and Dorothy Loughlin Davies, and resided in Hamden and Naples, FL.
Beloved father of Brenda (Edward) Byers of Lakeway, TX, and Brian (Lisa) Davies of Southington. Grandfather of Charles Byers, Erika, Kevin, and Paige Davies. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Allison Byers.
Lee grew up in West Haven and Orange and graduated from Amity H.S.
He graduated from New England College in 1966 and worked for the CT DOT for 3 years. He then came to Hamden to become its first Traffic Director, retiring in 2005 after 37 years.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Hamden-North Haven YMCA, and was on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Haven Transit District until 2005.
Lee was an active longtime member of the Hamden Rotary Club, serving on many of their committees over the years. He was their President in 1994–1995 and he was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Lee enjoyed boating, being a devoted grandfather, and taking care of his grand-dog, Niko.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family Wednesday, April 2, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, and are also invited to attend a Prayer Service on Thursday, April 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park will be private.
A celebration of life will be held in Naples, FL, where his wife Judy currently resides. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Hamden Rotary Club, PO Box 185304, Hamden, CT 06518.
To send a condolence, visit http://www.beecherandbennett.com