Obituary: Kenneth P. Douglas, 78, Army Veteran, Dedicated Lion, Beloved Husband and Father

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Nov 152013

Screen shot 2013-11-15 at 3.45.48 PMKenneth P. Douglas, age 78, longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband to Barbara Campbell Douglas, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphaels’ Campus surrounded by his loving family.

Born in New Haven on November 10, 1935, he was the son of the late George M. and Natalie Lesneski Douglas.

Ken served with pride and honor in the US Army.

Prior to his retirement, he was Vice President of the former George M. Douglas Co., Inc. and partner of the Sanford Street Mini Warehouses and owner of the Frame Center, all located in Hamden.

A 52 year dedicated member of the New Haven Lions Club, Ken served twice as president and received the following awards: Melvin Jones, Knights of the Blind and Ambassador of Sight.

As being a fantastic and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Ken will be deeply missed. In addition to his wife, Barbara of 52 years, he is survived by his children; Shelby (Tom) Gallagher, Andrea (Brian) Weed, Stephen (Pam) Douglas and George (Maureen) Douglas; his cherished grandchildren; Kailey and T.J., Michael and A.J., Ashley, Ryan and Connor; and his brother, Merrill Douglas.

He was predeceased by his sister, Georgia Blaski.

Friends and family may call on Sunday, November 17th from 3 to 7 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Burial will be held on Monday, November 18th at 11am at the Orange Center Cemetery (MEET DIRECTLY AT CEMETERY). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club of New Haven Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 8012, New Haven, CT 06530.

To leave online condolences please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Thomas L. Breving, 78, Army Veteran, Hiker, Woodworker, Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather

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Sep 252013

Thomas L. Breving, 78, of Oxford, beloved husband of Darlene Giambra Breving, died peacefully on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in CT Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Breving was born in Cincinnati, OH on September 21, 1935, son of the late Louis and Gertrude Keller Breving. Later, the family settled in Rye, NY.

Tom served in the US Army from 1959-1961 and included a tour in Korea and was a graduate of the Academy of Aeronautics. He began his career at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT. He later was employed for 28 years as a dedicated supervisor of technical publications and in reliability engineering at Avco/Textron Lycoming.

Before settling in Oxford with his wife Darlene, Tom was a very active individual in the community of Milford where he resided on many community boards (including the building of the new Milford library), political campaigns and was an avid tennis player and NY Giants fan.

After retirement, he enjoyed hiking, traveling, woodworking, bird watching, classical music, volunteering at Bent on the River and tracking weather on his home weather station. Tom’s life was a life devoted to family, faith, and service to his church and others.

Tom was a devout communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oxford. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his beloved wife Darlene of 27 years, he is survived by his son Christopher Breving and his wife Sherrie of Orange, his daughter, Susan Almand and her husband William of NC and their mother, Linda Breving of New Haven, three step-children, George Mitchell Jr. and his wife Shirley of Oxford, Lisa Patterson and her husband Joseph of Monroe, and Kathleen Heil and her husband Henry of CO, a brother, Lawrence Breving and sister in law, Edna (Susan) of NH, sister in law, Patricia Pirritino and brother in law, Dominic of Ansonia. Tom was blessed with eleven grandchildren, Kadie and Erika Groh, Amanda and Olivia Breving, Stephanie, Amanda, and Katie Mitchell, Nicole and Evan Patterson, Zachary and Zoe Heil, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday September 26, 2013, from 4-7 pm in the chapel of the Spinelli-Ricciuti/Bednar-Osiecki Funeral Home, 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia.

On Friday, friends and relatives are invited to attend his funeral at 8:45 am from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Road in Oxford.

Interment will follow in Mountain Meadows Cemetery in Seymour. Memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Church or Hospice Homecare through the funeral home.

To send an act of sympathy or obtain driving directions, please visit www.spinelliricciutifh.com.




Obituary: Leroy D. Willis, 82, Army Veteran

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Jan 292013

Leroy Willis, 82

Leroy D. Willis, 82, of Orange passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his home.

Husband of the late Evelyn Wolyniec Willis, he is survived by a loving granddaughter, Colleen Schroeder of Orange.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Willis was predeceased by his daughter, Debbie Willis Schroeder, son, Wayne Willis and three brothers, Victor, William and Joseph Willis. A son of the late Liam and Alice Crossland Willis, Mr. Willis was born in New Haven on November 1, 1930.

He proudly served in the US Army, had been employed by Armstrong Rubber, Co. and owned and operated Willis Construction Company.

Friends may visit with his family on Friday, January 25th from 5-8 PM at Beecher & Bennett-Taylor, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven.

His funeral service will take place in the funeral home Saturday at 10 am.

Interment with military honors will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

Condolences in Mr. Willis’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , 38 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT 06854 (800)227-2345.