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Obituary: Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, Beloved Husband, Father Of Peter Ortoleva And Siblings

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Feb 172021
 

Guy G. Ortoleva, 100, of Milford died peacefully surrounded by family on February 12, 2021, after a long illness. Guy lived a full and active life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and will be missed by many.

Always a bit of a Renaissance man, Guy graduated from McLane Art Institute in New York City and went on to use his talents for both work and pleasure. His career spanned many years from designing radio cabinets to creative displays in retail.

As a longtime employee of Sears, he used his artistic design, carpentry, and electrical skills to build remarkable displays and in some years, elaborate Santa’s workshops. A do it yourselfer before it was fashionable, Guy could build anything from recovered parts and some innovation. His children and anyone who worked with him learned many tips and techniques to solve problems with style and polish.

In 2001 he was honored by Sears with a trip to Chicago to meet with top executives in appreciation for his 50 years of creative and loyal service.

An accomplished artist, especially of area landscapes, many of Guy’s watercolors were displayed at the Milford Public Library and can be found adorning the walls in the homes of each of his children. He had a diverse set of interests including photography, hypnotism, palm reading, and stilt walking. He enjoyed music and could play the piano by ear.

In his younger days, Guy was a daredevil pilot and enjoyed flying Piper Cub planes. He could often be seen performing his hair-raising stunts over the family-owned Elm Terrace grounds in West Haven when flying was less restrictive, and his independent nature could take flight. Although he set aside his painting and flying interests while raising his family, he was able to return to painting watercolors and even flying for a short time following his retirement.

Born August 8, 1920, the youngest child of Giovanni and Angelina Ortoleva, Guy grew up in the Wooster Square area of New Haven. He loved spending time chatting and playing cards with family and a few close friends. His family likes to think Guy passed on Friday morning to make it in time for the traditional Friday night pinochle game with his beloved predeceased siblings Jim, John, Ernie, Mary, and brother-in-law Vito.
Guy also was predeceased by his first wife, the late Helen Mooney.

He is survived by Barbara Lynch Ortoleva his devoted wife of over 64 years and his nine adoring children: Guy E. Ortoleva (Susan) of Hamden, Peter Ortoleva (Holly) of Orange, Daniel Ortoleva of Milford, Donna Burlison of Wallingford, Carol Cunningham (Edward) of Andover, Walter Ortoleva (Luba) of Milford, Thomas Ortoleva (Tracie) of Old Lyme, Barbara Petrillo (John) of West Haven, and Lori Ortoleva-Donnelly (Jim) of Wallingford. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and the list of great-grandchildren continues to grow.

The family would like to thank Tanya, Lawayna, and Debra of Marcel Home Care for their gentle care and devotion to Guy and his family and VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice for their guidance and support.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, February 20, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church (Precious Blood Parish), 70 Gulf St., Milford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00 p.m.

Due to size gathering limitations, the church can accommodate up to 100 people at a time with masks and social distancing. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2911 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518, or www.alz.org or a charity of your choosing. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Postponed: Pancake Supper To Benefit The Volunteer Fire Department

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Mar 232020
 

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary has postponed its 11th annual Pancake Supper that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at Chip’s Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, Orange.

Here are the details of the event which we will update when it is rescheduled:

The menu includes Pancakes, Eggs, choice of Bacon or Sausage and a beverage.

There will be an early seating at 5:30 p.m. and late seating at 6:30 p.m.

Prices are: $12 for Adults, $6 Children 10 and under, gratuity included.

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we a limited number of seats available.

Tickets may be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at Knight’s Inc., 286 Boston Post Road. Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

For further information, email Lynn@ LMK415@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.orangevfd.com

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. 

Please Share Your Photos With Orange Live, And Be Respectful

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Jan 252020
 

Fire Marshall Tim Smith’s turn out gear

Very public funerals such as today’s for Tim Smith deserve the best of the best coverage for residents who knew him, but cannot attend or out-of-state High School buddies who’ve been following Orange Live or other media for information.

Back when Asst Police Chief Bill Garfield and Asst Chief Mark Greco passed away, I was much younger and had the energy to run from place to place and take photos from different vantage points, but I’m in my 60s now and it takes a lot longer for me to walk around to where I want to be.

I can’t be everywhere like I used to try to be, so if anyone can take photos of the procession anywhere along the route from Milford to Orange (as they pass in front of Station 2) I would greatly appreciate it if you would submit them to orangectlive01@gmail.com so I can include them in the coverage as we say our final goodbye to our wonderful friend, Tim Smith.

I would like to be at Cody White in Milford when the eight pall bearers place the casket on the muster truck, but, I wouldn’t be able to find a parking space if I took the shot in Milford then raced up to Orange.

I know that a photo of lines of officers at attention speaks volumes, and that is where I will be, at the church where the firefighters, police and other first responders are. I promise not to get in the way and will respect this “event” not only because it’s important to everyone, but because Tim was a friend and I respect his girls and his contemporaries with all my heart. 

Note to other media:

At high profile funerals, I always have ample opportunity to get the “money shot” — a tasteless expression that I’ve heard some photographers use — of the grieving family, but a long time ago, I established that no matter what for as long as I am doing this I would follow this motto, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I ask that everyone else do the same. Tim’s daughters and his girlfriend, Terri are going through the most difficult time of their lives and they don’t need cameras in their faces. Let’s all put ourselves in their place, and do our jobs without being intrusive.

This Is So Beautiful

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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.