Obituary: John Powers McGill, 92, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Nov 162018

John Powers McGill, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, CT on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Dorchester, Boston on April 28, 1926, he first resided in the Bronx with his parents Charles and Colette and in later years in Fairfield, CT, joined by his sister, Martha.

After graduating from high school at age 17, John joined the Navy, where he served as a submariner from 1943 to 1946, and then went on to UConn, where he met the love of his life, Marcia McGill. They were married for 57 years until her death in November 2008. After graduating in 1951 as an economics major, John worked at Sikorsky Aircraft where he sold everything but the aircraft itself until he retired in 1989.

In his free time, John followed his love of the sea and was an avid small boat sailor who spent many hours navigating harbors from Maine to the Carolinas with Marcia and their friends.

After he retired from Sikorsky, John was a tireless advocate for mental health care, in particular through his involvement with Bridges Healthcare as a board member who filled many roles. Most of all, John loved to spend time with his family and friends, listening to their stories and telling his own, listening to music, dancing and discussing politics.

He is survived by his three children, David (Peggy), Sarah (James Silberstein) and Paula; his five grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sister, Martha Thornley; and many nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, his family welcomes donations to Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460 or at www.bridgesct.org.

The family is being cared for by CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME. To leave online condolences,  visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: William J. Neidig, 97, Beloved Father, Grandfather

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Apr 262018

William J. Neidig, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Marian P. Shaw, passed away on April 10, 2018.

He was born on March 30, 1921 in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of the late Joseph Neidig and Carrie Ney.

As a young boy he received commendations for perfect attendance from Kindergarten through 12th grade. His work ethic continued throughout his life contributing to his long and successful business career as Vice President of Asplundh Tree Expert Company. He successfully expanded the Asplundh market share throughout New England and the US. He and his wife were avid Boston Red Sox fans and upon his retirement visited every baseball stadium in America.

William is survived by his daughter, Marcia (Barry) Zarb; grandchildren, Parker and Jordan White; son-in-law, Phil White. William was predeceased by his daughter, Carol L. White.

All services for William will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, Orange, CT 06477. To leave online condolences please visit the website of www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Mary “Bernie” Riggott, 90, Mother of Sharon Funaro, Licensed Practical Nurse

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Nov 162014

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 7.10.59 PMMary Bernadette “Bernie” (Confrey) Riggott, 90, of Orange, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 in The Elim Park Healthcare Center, Cheshire.

Mrs. Riggott was born May 27, 1924 in New Haven, daughter of the late Daniel and Anna Confrey and had been a Connecticut resident and Florida resident for many years.

She was a retired LPN and enjoyed working with her preschool children, knitting and was an avid reader.

She was a member of Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Milford.

Survivors include her four daughters, Sharon Funaro and her husband Richard of Orange, Susan Bucari and her husband Louis of Meriden, Mary Elizabeth Camerato of Hamden, CT and Barbara Jean Sweetman of Royal Palm Beach, FL; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her husbands Conrad J. Tiedmann and Arnold Riggott.

All services will be private. The family would appreciate donations in Bernie’s memory to Masonic HCC Hospice, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492. For additional information or to share an online condolence, visit: www.wrmcdonaldfuneralhome.com