Obituary: Walter “Bud” Smith, 97, Beloved Father, Veteran, Mason, Yale Football Fan

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Jan 142022

Walter “Bud” Smith, 97, of Orange, beloved husband of the late Leontine “Lee” Smith, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on January 9, 2022.

Born on December 27, 1924 in New Haven, he was the son of the late Walter H. and Adeline Smith and brother to the late Jane Wilcox. Bud grew up in Westville and was a graduate of Hillhouse High School.

Facing the spectre of WWII, Bud enlisted in the United States Army at age 18 before he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge. He was liberated in Spring of 1945 and returned home to his family in Connecticut. Following his return, he attained his B.S in Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

After college, he began his lifelong business endeavor with his father in what would become Orange Hills Country Club, in Orange. With a group of 6 men, a bulldozer, and his handy crowbar, Bud cleared & built the back 9 holes at the golf course over 7 years.

During the golf season he was a constant presence at the course, whether picking rocks in the fairway, setting up golf matches, or socializing with golfers in the clubhouse. Walter had a way of making golfers and employees alike feel like family, and he remained passionate for and actively involved in the family business up until the last days of his life.

He was a proud member of the Wooster Lodge No. 79 A.F. & A.M, a Life Member of the CT Superintendents Association, and he was inducted into the CT State Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2000 for his Service to Golf.

Bud’s passion for and avid support of local sports teams started at age 8, when he and his friends snuck into a Yale Football game with a fake mascot bulldog (an imposter Handsome Dan). This began a lifelong tradition of attending and organizing tailgates for friends & family at the Yale football games.

Later in life, UCONN basketball became another fixture of Bud’s – hardly a Lady Huskies’ basketball game transpired without his focused attention and play-by-play commentary.

More than anything, Walter loved and cherished spending time with all his family, and friends that he considered family. He is survived by his two children, son Jud W. and daughter Judith A. Smith, both of Orange; his 4 grandchildren Justin P. Morgan, Jennifer L. and spouse Katelin V. Morgan-Kohl, Rebecca S. Morgan, and Staci Baranchak; and his nephew John J. and spouse Lynn-Ann McGrail. He was predeceased by a son, Paul W. Smith and a daughter Patricia A. Henriques.

His family will be forever grateful for the loving care provided by Jirapha Glover, Maria Biondi, Rose Marie Green and Dawn Dalrymple.
Services are private at this time.

There will be a Celebration of Life this Spring at Orange Hills Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wreaths Across America, The Tommy Fund, or The Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents (CAGCS).

To leave online condolences, visit the Cody-White Website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.

Obituary: Elfo “Al” Pol, 94, Beloved Father, Grandfather, Town Treasure, Veteran

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Jun 232020

Elfo “Al” Sante Pol, 94, of Orange, husband of the late Anita De Mio Pol, passed away June 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Loving father of Raymond Pol of Orange, Kenneth (Linda) Pol of Meriden, Andrew Pol of Milford, Michael (Laura) Pol of Onset, MA, Daniel (Laura Schumann) Pol of Washington, DC and the late Lawrence Pol. Brother of William F. Pol of Canoga Park, CA.

He also is survived by 7 cherished grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Al was born in New Haven on January 2, 1926, a son of the late Pietro and Adele Fullin Pol.

After attending Boardman Trade School in New Haven, Al proudly served in the U.S. Army, 65th Infantry Division during WWII as a heavy machine gunner, cook, and divisional instructor in electricity and electronics and participated in the Rhineland and Central European campaigns.

He worked as an electrician for the New York-New Haven-Hartford, Penn Central, and Conrail Railroads for 40 years while also establishing an electrical contracting business. After retiring in 1985, he became the Town of Orange electrical inspector for 32 years, until retiring in 2018 at age 92. Al and his late wife Anita had never-ending civic pride for the Town of Orange, the place they called home for over 60 years.

He was an elected constable, rose early to work the election polls, and volunteered at the Orange Country Fair and Firemen’s Carnival. Even into his 90s, you could find Al marching in the Memorial Day Parades, typically as a Parade Marshal.

Al was a member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, retiring at age 90 – after serving as a Captain, and more than 30 years as treasurer. A member of the American Legion Orange Post 127 for 56 years, serving many years as their treasurer and receiving the Legionnaire of the Year award in 2019.

Al played card games weekly throughout his life with family and friends. At the Orange Senior Center, he taught his favorite card game, bridge. Along with his passion for cards, he would enjoy a good book, a great movie, crossword puzzles, and Sudoku.

An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending NY Yankee games and watching NY Yankees and NY Giants games with his sons.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven, on Thursday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m., and are invited to go directly to Holy Infant Church Friday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, 280 Derby Ave, West Haven.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 127, 630 Grassy Hill Rd., Orange CT 06477. Sign Al’s guest book online at www.portofuneralhomes.net

Obituary: William Luciano, 79, Beloved Father, Brother, Veteran

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Feb 232020

William “Bill” Luciano, 79, of Orange and formerly of Milford, passed away peacefully at Bridgeport Hospital (Milford Campus) on Sunday, February 16, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Born on December 25, 1940 in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy (Capozzi) Luciano. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend of over 21 years, Alberta Dzubin Luciano; and a stepdaughter, Dawn Marie Scharf.

A 1958 graduate of Stratford High School, Bill served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne. After his discharge from the Army, he was employed by Coulter-McKenzie Mfg. for many years. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a security guard for Conyers Farm/Securitas of Greenwich for more than 17 years. Bill loved food, watching movies, listening to 70’s music, and spending time with his family, especially with his three step-great-grandchildren who were the shining lights of his life.

Bill is survived by his son, William Luciano. In addition to his son, he is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Butterworth of Stratford and Elaine (Ralph) Esposito of Southbury; two stepdaughters, Doreen (Tom) Van Horn and Faye (Dave) Marklinsky; step-granddaughter, Sarah (Richard) Catenza and their three children, all of Hamden. He also leaves behind brother-in-law, Leroy Dzubin of Wallingford; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he adored.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. at the CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad St., Milford, CT. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 2205 Stratford Ave., Stratford, CT.

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Obituary: Severio “Bob” Fodero, 87, Beloved Husband, Army Veteran

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Feb 162020

Severio Dominick Fodero, known by all as “Bob”, died peacefully on February 6 at Hospice holding the hand of his beloved wife of 46 years, Janice Benoit Fodero.

Born 87 years ago in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, Bob was the son of Italian immigrants, the late Dominick and Josephine (Lupino) Fodero.

From an early age, he was taught to be honest, humble, courteous and disciplined. Bob graduated from Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army ROTC, Bob served as Commanding Officer of the 555th Medical Service Corps in Orleans, France. He returned statewide with the rank of Captain and joined the 340th General Hospital Army Reserve Unit in New Haven. After 30 years of service, he retired as Commander of the Unit with the rank of Colonel.

Bob launched his professional career with the New Haven Board of Health. Subsequently, he joined the Yale University Student Health Service, now known as Yale Health where he retired as Associate Director after a 42-year career.

With his affable manner, Bob made many friends on the Yale campus. He was honored to be a Fellow of Timothy Dwight College and a recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award for his service to New Haven and Yale. Bob also served as President of the Yale Club of New Haven, where he unabashedly admitted he had no Yale “class”.

Bob was blessed with a positive attitude and easy-going spirit. He viewed everyone as a friend and brought out the best in people. In one of his evaluations at Yale, Bob’s supervisor described him as a “prince among men”. He had the knack of seeing the folly and humor in life. With spontaneous, clever quips, he could quickly stir sedate gatherings to uproarious fits of laughter. This talent made him a popular emcee and speaker at organizational functions and retirement parties.

Bob and his wife enjoyed travelling. While he drove, Janice was navigator and tour guide. They explored National Parks and historic sites in 37 states, including Hawaii. A favorite trip with Road Scholar was the 300th anniversary tour of the Louis and Clark Trail, starting in St. Louis, Missouri and ending in Ashland, Oregon. International travel included vacations in Canada, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, England, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and trips to Italy, including Sicily.

Bob credited the U.S. Army as the training ground for his leadership and administrative skills. He served as president of both the Lung Association of South Central Connecticut, and the New England Public Health Association. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of People’s Bank and on the Board of Opportunity House in Hamden, a residential facility for autistic adults. Bob maintained a lifelong interest in the U.S. Military and Veterans’ Affairs.

During his tenure as chair of The New Haven Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he initiated the now traditional Memorial Day concerts. He also co-chaired the Connecticut Army Retiree Council and served on the New England Army Retiree Council. As head of the War Remembrance Committee in Orange, he helped create a memorial garden with a brick walkway to honor residents who had served in the military.

For Bob, giving back to this country was an honor and a privilege. As chair of the Orange Board of Health, he initiated 24/7 emergency transportation to area hospitals. For his contributions to the community, Bob was named a Living Treasure of Orange in 2011.

In retirement, Bob joined his childhood buddies from the “old” Fair Haven neighborhood for breakfast reunions. When he wasn’t exercising at Griffin Hospital with another group of friends, he was meeting with a coffee klatch at the local McDonald’s. But that’s not all: he was organizer for The Mory’s Military Association, an informal group of fellow retirees, whose membership requirement is military service and a sense of humor.

Bob leaves his sister-in-law, Eileen Benoit of Branford, brother-in-law, Marino D’Agostino of Wallingford, nieces, Raeleen D’Agostino Mautner of Wallingford, and Angela D’Agostino Mauriello of East Haven, three grandnephews and two grandnieces, as well as his “adopted” Laotian-American family: Mone, Vankhkam and Christina Lavarn of Meriden; Larry, Kate, Andrew and Justin Nitirouth of Meriden; and Joy and Bob Pocobello of Wallingford. He was predeceased by his sister, Rachel D’Agostino, brother, Richard Fodero, sister-in-law, Liz Fodero and brother-in-law, Frederick Ensling.

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden was in charge of arrangements for Bob’s private funeral with full military honors. Family and friends will be welcomed to celebrate Bob’s life at a date to be announced in the near future. Contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Opportunity House, 320 Old Hill Road, Hamden, CT, 06514 or Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or a charity of one’s choice. To send a condolence to Bob’s family, please see his obituary at: beecherandbennett.com

Obituary: Leo Vincent Chaisson, 87, Beloved Husband, Father, Woodworker, Veteran

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Dec 132016

Leo Vincent Chaisson,screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-38-14-am 87, a lifelong Natick resident and well-known cabinetmaker, died on Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016 at Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center.
He and his wife, Joan (Holt) Chaisson, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in September.
Born in Milford, he was a son of the late Joseph A. and Elizabeth (Cordeau) Chaisson. Leo was a graduate of Saint Patrick School in Natick and Newton Technical High School.
He enlisted in the Army, serving as a Corporal with the Army of Occupation in Germany during the Korean War. Leo returned to Natick where he worked with his father at Chaissons Woodworking on East Central Street. Following his fathers retirement, Leo successfully ran the business for several decades. He then continues his passion as a woodworker for the Natick School system until his retirement.
Leo and Joan raised six children and together spent many vacations at a family home he helped build on Plum Island. They also enjoyed camping trips, cruises and travel to Alaska. Alaska was a favorite place for Leo where he enjoyed his passion for fishing.
He also enjoyed with his wife watching many of their grandchildrens sporting and school events. He is survived by his beloved Joan; their children, Gail and her husband Bruce Speca of West Dennis, Lynda and her husband Thomas Simeone of Ashland, Leo Jr. and his wife Cindy of Holliston, Susan and her husband Gary McCarthy of Upton, Keith Chaisson and partner Paul Jacques of Orange, CT, and Michael Chaisson of Anchorage, AK; nine grandchildren, Kristen Simeone of Maui, HI, Tricia Simeone of Colorado Springs, CO, Nicole Simeone of Worcester, Timothy Speca of Crested Butte, CO, Kevin McCarthy of Holliston, Matthew McCarthy of Upton, Angela Chaisson of Malden, Leo Chaisson III of Allston, and Alison Chaisson of Holliston.
Brother of Marie Czarnetzki of Bourne, and the late Joseph, Homer, and George Chaisson, he also is survived by his sisters-in-law, Sandi Giordano of Natick and Beverly Major of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
His funeral was held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Monday, December 5 at 11:00AM.  Committal Services were at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Leos memory may be made to the USO, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077-7677 (uso.org) or the Massachusetts Wildlife Sanctuaries (massaudubon.org.)

Obituary: Gerd Weindling, 88, Beloved Husband, Father of Keith Weindling, Army Veteran

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Jan 202016

yarzheitGerd Weindling, 88, of Trumbull, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Mr. Weindling was born in Wurzburg, Germany, the son of the late Paul and Marion Weindling. Gerd served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from City College of New York, and worked for over 35 years as a Manager with GE Supply in Bridgeport.

After retiring, Gerd volunteered at St. Vincent Medical Center as a Medicare Counselor, served several terms as the State Director and President of AARP, and served on the Board of Directors for the CT Commission on Aging.

Mr. Weindling is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Myrna Weindling, his devoted sons, Keith Weindling of Orange, CT, Craig Weindling of Seattle, WA, his adored grandsons, Brian Weindling and his wife Rachel of Milford, MA, Mark Weindling and his wife Lauren of Quincy, MA, and by his cherished great-grandchildren, Ava Weindling, Zinnia Weindling, and Camden Weindling.

Services will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM from Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, with interment following at the B’nai Israel Cemetery, Kings Highway, Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Obituary: James P. Rodrigues, 69, Brother of Barbara Tonucci

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Sep 082015

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 1.18.11 AMJames P. Rodrigues, 69, of Deep River, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at his residence.

He was the beloved husband of Maurine (Sturken) Rodrigues. He was born in New Haven on March 27th, 1946, the son of Manuel and Frankie (Howell) Rodrigues.

Jim grew up in New Haven and was a graduate of the Eli Whitney High School, class of 1965. Following graduation, he entered the United States Army and had a twenty-nine year career in service to his country. Along with his service during the Vietnam War, he proudly served actively during Desert Storm.

Jim worked in sales for many years, specializing in the sales of military connectors; he retired in 2006. He was a Corvette enthusiast, and a member of the Connecticut Military Corvette Club and the Corvette Club of Connecticut.

He also was an avid deer hunter and member of the NRA. Jim also was a certified handgun instructor and member of the North Madison Rod and Gun Club for many years.

Besides his wife Maurine, he is survived by his daughters, Tina Sutton of Deep River and Michele Marquis and her husband Eugene of Old Saybrook, stepsons, John Gieras and his wife Angela of Kansas City, Kansas, Gregg Gieras and his wife Jessica of Berlin, his three grandchildren, Natasha Best, Tanner Sutton and Felicia Sutton, and five step-granddaughters. He also leaves his sister Barbara Tonucci of Orange.

Visitation will be held at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook, on Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

A graveside service with the rendering of Full Military Honors will be conducted on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the State Veteran’s Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to Dogs Days Adoption Events, Inc., 48 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

To share a memory of Jim or send a condolence to his family, please visit www.rwwfh.com.

Obituary: Sam J. Crescione, 86, Beloved Father of Cheryl Watts, Devoted Grandfather, US Army Veteran

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Dec 122014

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 12.12.10 PMSam J. Crescione, 86, formerly of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Orange and is at last with his beloved and treasured wife, the late May Hope Crescione.

Born on September 12, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT, he was the son of the late George and Maria Fico Crescione.

Sam served with great pride and honor in the US Army with the Post War Occupation Forces in Japan, tragically witnessing the devastation of Hiroshima.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed with the US Postal Service.

A devoted husband, Sam was also a kind and caring father, grandfather and great grandfather, and he will be greatly remembered for his love of family and his generosity on the holidays.

He is survived by his daughters; Hope Annunziato and her husband Frank of New Haven, Cheryl Watts and her husband William of Orange and Jill Mack and her husband Michael of Bridgeport; six cherished grandchildren and two great grandchildren and many more loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife May, he was predeceased by his sister, Josephine Garber and brothers, Santo, Joseph, John and James Crescione.

Friends and family may call on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 12:00 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460.

Interment to follow at Gates of Heaven in Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

Obituary: Pauline Blaney, 85, Last Survivor of her Family, US Army Veteran

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Jul 142014

army funeral flagPauline Blaney, 85 of Orange passed away June 26, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford.

She is the last survivor of her family, a US Army veteran and proud member of the First Congregational Church in Orange.

Funeral services were in the care of Clancy Funeral Home, East Haven.

Graveside service with military honors was held at Beaverdale Memorial Park Cemetery in New Haven on Friday July 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

“Till the end of time.” 

Obituary: Joseph Charles Canna, 82, Beloved Husband, Father of Stephen Canna, Army Veteran

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Mar 092014

joseph cannaJoseph Charles Canna, 82, of Northford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, (March 4, 2014) at the Smilow Cancer Hospital with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Lillian D’Elia Canna. Joseph was born in New Haven on October 5, 1931; son of the late Gennaro and Elizabeth Carbone Cannavaciolo; served his country faithfully in the US Army during the Korean war and was decorated for fighting in three major battles.

He obtained an Associate’s degree in 1956 from Quinnipiac College and a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958 from UCONN. Joseph had worked at B.F. Goodrich Aerospace as the Purchasing Manager for 30 years retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the VFW and a parishioner and usher at St. Monica Roman Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and a dedicated UCONN basketball fan.

Loving father of Joseph E. Canna of Middletown, Stephen Canna (Tea) of Orange, Elizabeth Fabrizi (Mark) of Westbrook and Gregory Canna (April) of Tolland. Loving grandfather of Matthew, Thomas and Lauren Canna, Olivia and Juliana Fabrizi, Justine and Ethan Canna. Brother of Alphonse Cannavaciolo (Albina) of North Haven, Anna Buono (Alfred) of Northford, Elizabeth East of North Haven, Geraldine Mioline (William) of Branford and the late Gerald Canna (Cannavaciolo). Brother-in-law of Alice Canna and the late Robert East.

The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue. His funeral procession will leave the funeral home Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Monica Church at 11:00 a.m. with military honors being rendered immediately following the Mass.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smilow Cancer Hospital, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.