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A Look Back: The Final Goodbye To Tim Smith

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Jan 282020
 

(photo submitted by Kirk Kolligian)

Saturday, Jan. 25, the day of Tim Smith’s funeral.

Note: short video clip links are highlighted in red

As cars and first responders’ vehicles filled the parking lot at Holy Infant Church, Mother Nature gave us hope that she’d show a little mercy, until 9:18 a.m. when it began to drizzle. 

Around 9:35 a.m. the rain was so fine that it was almost unnoticeable as Firemen, police officers, EMTs and other first responders from countless cities and towns lined up along the driveway in front of the church with assorted honor guards, and waited.

Three CT Drum and Bagpipe units lined up on the lawn across from the church.

Inside Holy Infant Church, mourners sat quietly and listened. Then the sound of the police motorcycles leading the funeral procession could be heard as they motored up Racebrook Road and turned into the side street under the arch from the ladder trucks displaying a large American Flag. They proceeded through the rear parking lot followed by a police SUV, vehicles from the Fire Marshal’s office, the Muster Truck carrying Tim’s body, and all of the emergency vehicles in the procession.  When the motorcycles reached the front of the church the last of the fire trucks in the procession were entering under the flag. 

The distinctive sound of the bagpipes permeated the air as the pallbearers reached up to remove the casket from the truck, then in perfect unison, all three units began to play, the bass drums keeping time as they carried the casket into the church. Click HERE for video.

Someone from the fire service carried Tim’s turnout gear to the front of the church where it was carefully placed on display. Firefighters escorted Tim’s family members to the front pews and the mass of the Christian Burial began.

A friend read heartfelt tributes from Tim’s girlfriend, Terri and girls, followed by Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent’s thoughtfully crafted eulogy.

Jamie held his emotions together the best he could as he shared humorous snippets from their experiences over the years, both as friends and professionally. A little thing, like a description of how Tim would greet visitors to his office, by removing his glasses, leaning back in his chair, and so on, brought so many back to happier days.

We could only imagine how unbearably painful it was for Jamie to respond to the accident scene just six days prior, knowing that this was not just any victim, only to have Fire Chief Sean Rowland have all of the first responders line up to make way for him. Jamie thanked Rowland and everyone who was there for this thoughtful gesture.

A short time later, inside the church, came the heartbreaking final alarm, transmitted by the Orange Police Dispatcher. First a tone, then the message, captured at the end of Amy Williams’ video (her father, Art, an Orange firefighter, saved it on his radio).

“All units be advised that car 39, Fire Marshal Tim Smith has responded to his final alarm and is now off the air. Fire Marshal Smith, your service to the citizens of Orange, the Orange Fire Marshal’s office and your loving dedication to your family and friends will not be forgotten. God Speed Tim, we’ll take the watch from here.”

I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the church, but by then I was outside.

The air seemed a bit more chilly and the sky began to cry, still not a downpour, but it was definitely more uncomfortable. Prior to taking their places on the lawn, the bagpipers exited the building together and made sure everything would be perfect for the final farewell. Moments later first responders came out of the church and began to line up along the driveway. Traffic on Racebrook Road slowed down as it passed the church grounds.

Everyone snapped to attention and saluted, and the bagpipes began their sad song, when the pallbearers emerged from the shelter of the church and awning and slowly walked to the muster truck, some were stoic while others choked back tears before lifting the casket onto the truck. The men and women lining the driveway slowly lowered their arms but remained at attention. Click HERE for video. Strains of Amazing Grace permeated the air and it was time to say goodbye.

After the pallbearers settled into the vehicles, the first responders and bagpipe units snapped to attention again.  The muster truck and its escorts slowly pulled away, leaving those who knew Tim behind with nothing but their memories and hearts filled with love.

“Every Life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished.” — Madeleine L’Engle

 

Police Commissioner Susan Lewin, 52, Will Be Laid To Rest Today

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Nov 302013
 

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 8.25.11 AMSusan Lewin, a beloved and respected member of the Board of Police Commissioners in Orange will be laid to rest today.

Susan, 52, died on Sunday, Nov. 24 after a brief illness.

Aside from her work as police commissioner, Susan was a passionate advocate of women and children, always looking for creative ways to encourage youth to fulfill their potential.

She leaves behind her husband Clement Lewin and daughter Sylvana here in Orange.

The Orange Volunteer Fire Department will honor her by hanging an American Flag over Orange Center Road by a ladder truck in front of Station One. 

Her funeral will be held at 11 am at the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Lane.

Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.

 

 

 

Obituary Information For Friends of Edward Maum Sheehy

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Apr 232013
 

Woodbridge First Selectman Edward Sheehy

Woodbridge First Selectman Edward Sheehy

Edward Maum Sheehy, 73, first selectman of Woodbridge, attorney & loving husband to Eleanor Sanders Sheehy of Woodbridge, entered into eternal rest April 22. He was born April 1, 1940 in New Haven, son of the late Michael & Lorretta O’Neil Sheehy.

He was a graduate of the Assumption School in Ansonia, the Fairfield Preparatory School, Yale University, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and practiced in the law firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter in Southport.

He was first elected to the Woodbridge board of selectmen in 1979, and during his tenure served in many capacities. He served 3 terms as first selectman and was running for his fourth term. He served as the editor in chief of the Connecticut Law Review and past president of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, and the University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association.

He was also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was a life fellow both of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association.

He was appointed by Chief Justice of Connecticut Supreme Court as a member of Civil Commission, Recipient of Career Service Award, Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, Recipient of Connecticut Bar Association John Eldridge Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award, and recipient of Connecticut Defense Lawyers Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Service to the Defense Bar.

In addition to his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Mary Rose Sheehy of Woodbridge, three sons, Michael Sanders Sheehy & his wife Lindsay of Wilton, Patrick Goode Sheehy of Woodbridge & John O’Neil Sheehy of West Hartford, two grandchildren Hannah Sheehy & Rory Sheehy of Wilton and several cousins, nieces & nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday April 27 at 10:00 a.m.with friends asked to go directly to Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Road (Rte. 114) in Woodbridge. Burial will follow in Milfordside Cemetery in Woodbridge.

Friends may call on Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Our Lady of the Assumption Church of Woodbridge.

The Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St. Ansonia, (www.jenkinskingfh.com) is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to his church, Our Lady of the Assumption, or to the University of Connecticut Law School Foundation.