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A Look Back: Calling Hours For Tim Smith Were Well Planned

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Jan 252020
 

As expected with any high-profile wake, the line to pay respects to Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith was constant. 

The Cody White Funeral Home was prepared to welcome mourners, with roped off serpentine lines in two large rooms prior to entering the viewing room. Each had photo memory boards with images of Tim with his daughters, Hannah and Alexa; his girlfriend, Terri; a big fish he caught (later revealed that Terri caught it and handed it over for the photo op) before he let it loose, and other happy times that his family wanted to share. 

TV screens also ran slide shows, and the walls were lined with flower arrangements and his turnout gear and a few personal items like the wooden train set he’d made that had graced his office for a time. 

Although some people did catch up with old friends, the mood was somber, most friends admitting they were still in shock. Everyone fell silent when they entered the final room. Occasionally the line was interrupted by on-duty first responders who’d come by to pay their respects. 

When I came through, Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent was standing by with Tim’s family, offering a greeting, then introducing visitors to Terri and the two girls they would know with whom they were speaking. Tim’s sister was seated in the front row as well.

ln the rear parking lot, a fire department canteen truck served coffee and water and an ambulance stood by in case it was needed. 

Everything was meticulously planned, Tim 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.

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: Sandra M. Moran, 76, Beloved Wife of Leo Moran

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Oct 272018
 

Sandra M. Moran, 76, of Orange, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

The daughter of the late Alfred and Ann Gondola Bouteiller, Sandra was born on December 31, 1941, in Derby.

Sandra is survived by her beloved husband Leo T. Moran, her sons Paul (Sue) Moran, Thomas Moran and grandchildren Bailey and Ryan. She also is survived by her twin sister Leela A. Wojczak, nephew Anthony (Mary) Wojczak and niece Wendy Wojczak. Sandra is predeceased by her infant son Leo, Jr. and her brother Alfred Bouteiller.

Upon high school graduation, Sandra became a certified Operation Room Technician and worked at Griffin Hospital for 15 years. Then she worked at the Veteran Hospital in West Palm Beach as a Medical Transcriptionist, which she retired from. She was a huge Red Sox and UCONN Women’s fan. Sandra also loved to travel whenever she could.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, October 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT. Burial will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange, CT.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept. PO Box 878 Orange, CT 06477, Charter Hose Co. #4 4 Murry St. Ansonia, CT 06401, or Hospice.

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Obituary: Patricia W. Longo, 70, Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter, Grandmother

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Jul 082018
 

Patricia W. Longo, 70, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Born March 17, 1948, she is predeceased by her father, Arthur Warner, and survived by her mother, Eileen Warner; husband, James; children, Keri, Christopher and Heather; and grandchildren, Conner, Pepper, Tulley, Gertie, and Capri.

Pat’s loyalty lied with her family, friends, and pets, and she was her happiest when everyone was together. She loved decorating for the holidays and was known as the great QVC super sleuth, always finding the perfect present.

When Pat wasn’t cruising the world with her husband, you could find her gardening and caring for her butterflies, chickens, cats, and dogs.

Friends and family may call on Monday, July 9, 2018, from 4-8 p.m., at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT. Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery.

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Obituary: Evan Thomas Jones, 68, Beloved Father, Brother, Grandfather

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Apr 162018
 

Evan Thomas Jones, 68, of Orange, formerly of Westport, passed away on April 11, 2018.

Evan was born on January 31, 1950, in New Castle, PA to Betty Ann Bailey Jones and the late Howard W. Jones.

Evan leaves behind his sons, Evan Ross Jones and his girlfriend, Lorrie and Jason William Jones and his wife, Janine; grandchildren, Evan Jones, Ross Jones, Lindsay Jones Bouchard and her husband, Michael and Luke Jones; siblings, Howard A. Jones and his wife Barbara and Barbara B. Jones; and several nieces and nephews and other family members.

Evan will also be missed by his longtime girlfriend, Suzanne O’Leary, and her family, as well as his beloved dog, Lily. He was predeceased by his brother, David R. Jones.

Services will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Evan’s name may be made to the American Motorcycle Association.

The family has been cared for by the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT.

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Obituary: Blase Peter Picone, 94, Beloved Husband, Father, War Veteran

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Jan 052016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 9.59.33 PMBlase Peter Picone, 94, a longtime resident of Orange and beloved husband of Josephine Castiglione Picone, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 4, 2016.
He was born on February 3, 1921, in New Haven, CT to the late Luigi and Emanuela Arpino Picone. Blase graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, CT in 1939 and Junior College of Commerce in 1941 (which is now Quinnipiac).
Blase was a United States Veteran, Pharmacist Mate First Class. Blase married the love of his life Josephine Castiglione on April 12, 1947.
He was the manager of the Yellow Freight System in Stamford, CT. Blase and his sister Angelina Simone founded the Sundae House in Milford. He also was the past President of the Bridgeport Traffic Club and Fathers Club at Amity High School Class of 1965-1967.
He coached his son’s Little League baseball team and basketball team for many years. He was an avid golfer and loved to watch professional ladies and men’s golf, as well as the UCONN Women’s Basketball Team.
Blase is survived by his wife of 67 years, Josephine Castiglione Picone; son, Blase (Dianne) Picone, Jr. of Madison; daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Picone of Orange; and his three granddaughters, Lauren Picone of Boston, Rachel Perrone and Melissa Hicock of New York City. Blase is predeceased by his siblings, Angelina, Anthony, Angelo, and Louis.
Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange, CT 06477 (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).
Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange Center Road, Orange, CT.
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Obituary: Joan Marie Autuori, 71, Mother of Dawn O’Brien

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Aug 242014
 

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 4.26.12 PMJoan Marie Autuori, 71, of Milford, beloved wife of Joseph Autuori passed away peacefully on August 13, 2014 at Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on July 8, 1943 in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary Mills Potsch.

Until her retirement, Joan was a cook at Harding High School for the city of Bridgeport.

Devoted to her family, Joan will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The family would like to thank all the kind individuals who have been a source of love, care and support for both Joan and her family in recent years.

In addition to her husband Joseph of 50 years, she is survived by her children; Dawn O’Brien of Orange, Kelley Lambert and her husband Richard of Milford and Lisa Dodge and her husband Michael of North Haven; seven grandchildren Danielle, Joseph, Jacob, Thomas, Nicholas, Samantha and Matthew as well as her sister Charlotte Paulson and her husband George and many more loving family members and friends.

Joan is predeceased by her sister Shirley Walsh.

Friends and family may call on Friday, August 29th from 4 to 8 pm with a Prayer Service at 5:30 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.

Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to the American Heart Association , 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.

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Obituary: Martha Antoinette Novicki, 93, Mother Of Drs. David And Robert Novicki

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Apr 182013
 

Martha

Martha Novicki

Martha Antoinette (Rafalowski) Novicki, 93, of Orange, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, surrounded by her beloved family and her devoted caregiver, Teresa Gumkowski.

Martha was born in Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, on November 14, 1919, daughter of Felix and Gladys Rafalowski.

She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Villa Maria College in Erie, Pennsylvania. She went on to work as a social worker in Toledo, Ohio, until her marriage to Dr. Thaddeus Joseph Novicki of New Haven, Connecticut, her husband of 51 years. She was a resident of Orange for 63 years.

She was past President of the Holy Infant Women’s Guild, and the Mothers’ Club of Notre Dame High School in West Haven. She was also a volunteer in the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven.

Martha is predeceased by her parents, Felix and Gladys, and her husband Thaddeus, as well as her brothers, John, Father Leonard, and Ignatius Rafalowski, and her sister, Virginia Bednarski.

She was the much-loved mother of Drs. David and Robert Novicki, both of Orange, Ct, Margaret Novicki of New York City, and Terese Ceruzzi of Southport, Ct. She was the beloved mother-in-law of Lynn Novicki, Eileen Novicki, Louis Ceruzzi and Amadou Ndiaye. She was deeply loved by her seven grandchildren, Theodore, Alexander, Nicholas, and Charles Novicki; Gabrielle and James Ceruzzi; and Thomas Ndiaye, and three great grandchildren, Jackson, Blake and Benjamin.

She is survived by her dear brother-in-law, Henry Novicki of Middletown, and her sisters-in-law, Elinor and Gloria Novicki, and Dorothy Rafalowski.

What family and friends will remember most about Martha was the love, care and generosity that she showered on all. Her strong faith and example of a true Christian inspired everyone she met.

Her family would like to thank Vitas Innovative Hospice Care for their loving support to Martha and to all of us.

Friends and family may call on Friday, April 19 from 8:30-10 am at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11am at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, Ct. 06477. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Martha Novicki’s name to the Diocese of Kitwit, c/o Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd, Orange, CT 06477, or to Notre Dame High School Scholarship Fund, 24 Ricardo Street, West Haven, CT 06516.

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Obituary: Elene D’Orsi Catinazzo, 46, Former Orange Resident, Amity Alum, Calling Hours Friday

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Dec 202012
 

Elene Catherine D’Orsi Catinazzo, 46, of Glastonbury and formerly of Orange, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Hartford Hospital after a brief illness.

The beloved daughter of Irene (Karajanis) and Nicholas D’Orsi, she was born in Orange, CT on April 26, 1966. Elene is missed by her parents; her children, Justin and Nikki Catinazzo of Glastonbury; her sister, Robin (Steve) Jex and nephews, Garrett and Travis of Bowling Green, OH; her brother, Nicholas (Theresa) D’Orsi and niece Katherine and nephew Nicholas of Hanover, NH; and her brother, Paul (Pauline) D’Orsi of Milford; her former husband, Robert Catinazzo of Stafford, VA; and her close friend, David Connelly Jr., of S. Glastonbury.

Elene attended Peck Place School in Orange and Amity High School in Woodbridge, before earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

Her large family and many friends remember Elene for her great sense of humor and how she lit up a room with her special way of engaging people in conversation. She always enjoyed the moment and her enthusiasm brought smiles to all who knew her.

Elene was a paraprofessional in the Glastonbury School System and was a kind and caring teacher of the young children in her care. She loved swimming, reading and cooking for large family gatherings. Her greatest joy was her children, Justin and Nikki, and she devoted herself to supporting their activities.

Friends and family may call on Friday, December 21st, from 4 to 7 pm at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 am (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH) at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange with Father David R. LeFort officiating.

Interment to follow at Orange Center Cemetery, Orange Center Rd., Orange.

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