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Robert Lawson March 18 1931 – Aug 12 2013

August 20, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off
In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family in friends in Connecticut and his home-away-from-home at the lake house in Ossipee, New Hampshire.

In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends in Connecticut and at his home-away-from-home at the lake house in Ossipee, New Hampshire.

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Robert M. Lawson, 82, of East Hampton CT – widower of Patricia (Prout) Lawson – died on Monday, Aug. 12 2013 at Marlborough Medical Center.

He was an active member of the East Hampton Lions Club, East Hampton American Legion and the East Hampton VFW.  He proudly served his country in the Air Force during World War II.

He was a previous member of the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals. And he worked for the former East Hampton Town News.

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Betty Jean Humphrey – Nov. 21 2012

December 13, 2012 Obituaries Comments Off

Betty Jean (Hurn) Humphrey, 79, of East Hampton, CT wife of the late William Humphrey, died on Nov. 21, 2012 at Middlesex Hospital.  She was born in Amenia, NY, daughter of the late Albert and Florence (Milner) Hurn.

Prior to retirement, she was employed at Raymond Engineering.

She was past president of the Old Home Days Committee in East Hampton and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fowler-Dix-Park VFW Post 5095 in East Hampton, and was very active with veterans’ causes.

She is survived by a son, Raymond Brookman Jr. of East Hampton, CT; two daughters, Patti Burdick of East Hampton and Debra Hartley of Rhode Island; a sister, Vivian Brookman of Marlborough; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one grandson.

She was predeceased by four brothers and a sister.

Biega Funeral Home (http://www.biegafuneralhome.com ) in Middletown handled funeral arrangements.  Burial was at the State Veterans’ Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her name may be sent to Disabled American Veterans – Attn Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Posted December 13, 2012

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Katherine Berlin Aug 17 1954 – July 20 2012

August 2, 2012 Obituaries Comments Off

Katherine Mary (Heim) Berlin of East Hampton, CT died Friday, July 20, 2012 at Hartford Hospital.

Katherine Mary (Heim) Berlin, of East Hampton, CT, wife of Robert J. Berlin, died July 20 at Hartford Hospital.

She was born in Hartford, CT on Aug. 17 1954. She is predeceased by her father Ronald Antone Heim and her mother Jeanne (Piro) Heim.

She grew up in East Hartford, CT and lived in Bolton prior to moving to East Hampton, CT where she and her husband owned and operated Thatcher’s Pharmacy.

Kathy received her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Connecticut. She was an avid painter and a member of the Connecticut and American Watercolor Societies.

Her paintings have brought joy to many observers at art shows and permanent displays at Sears Park in East Hampton, Chatham Historical Society and the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester.

She enjoyed teaching others to paint at her art studio and supply store The Art Alcove in Marlborough.

“Rooftops of East Hampton” by Katherine Berlin. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Connecticut, and was an avid painter and a member of the Connecticut and American Watercolor Societies.

Kathy was a former board member of the Marlborough Arts Center and East Hampton Art Association.

She has helped many civic organizations raise funds through her work. Her portfolio can be viewed at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/katherine-berlin.html

Kathy was a dedicated wife and mother who gave priority to her family’s needs and interests. She found great joy in celebrating their accomplishments and teaching them to see the beauty in life every day.

She was a caring individual who touched the lives of all those who knew her.

Besides her husband Bob, she is survived by her son Jason Berlin and his wife Rachel; her daughters Jennifer Berlin and Jeanne Rose Berlin; her brothers Brad and his wife Heidi, Jeff and his wife Kelly and Ronald E. Heim; her sister-in-law Lauren Heim; her stepmother Betty Heim and several nieces and nephews.

The entire family would like to thank Dr. Gorusu, the doctors and nursing staff at Hartford Hospital, Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center and Wethersfield Infusion Center for their compassionate care.

Arrangements were handled by the Brooklawn Funeral Home in Rocky Hill, CT. Burial was at Bolton Center Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Posted Aug. 2, 2012

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Anita Marie Ackerman Sept 14 1989 – July 20 2012

July 27, 2012 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Anita Marie Ackerman of East Hampton CT

Police have declined to comment on the cause of death of 22-year-old Anita Ackerman formerly of Hebron, most recently a resident of East Hampton CT, stating via email that her death continues to be under investigation.

Anita died on Friday, Aug. 20. She had a long record of arrests related to narcotics, the most recent being July 3.

Her funeral is scheduled for this Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St., East Hampton. Calling hours are the same day, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Her obituary follows (published with permission of Spencer Funeral Home):

Anita Marie Ackerman, 22, of East Hampton, CT beloved daughter of Michael Ackerman and Cheryl Rand, both of East Hampton, died Friday, July 20 at Middlesex Hospital Marlborough Medical Center.

Born Sept. 14, 1989 in Hartford, CT Anita had lived in Hebron, CT for 10 years before moving to East Hampton.

Anita was a 2007 graduate of East Hampton High School where she had many close friends. She loved animals (especially her dog, Dozer), fast cars and watching movies. She had a passion for music and was an avid reader and was very close to her family and grandparents.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her great-grandmother Helen Badrick, her paternal grandparents Arlene and Peter McArthur of East Hampton; maternal grandparents William and Gail Rand of Old Saybrook, CT; two sisters, Emilie and Olivia Ackerman of East Hampton; paternal aunts Colleen Ackerman, Melissa and Jeff Ackerman and cousin Christopher; maternal aunts and uncles, Kathy Erlandson, Valerie Stockberger and Don Richards, Wayne and Maria Rand, Mary Beth and Danny Julian; and many special cousins, and close dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St., East Hampton. Burial will be private, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org

Posted July 27, 2012

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Funeral for East Hampton man who drowned in Connecticut River

July 6, 2012 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

The funeral for 37-year-old Dariusz Czarnota, formerly of East Hampton, CT who was found dead in the Connecticut River on July 3, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain, CT on Monday, July 9, 2012.

The funeral for 37-year-old Dariusz Czarnota, formerly of East Hampton, CT who was found dead in the Connecticut River July 3, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in New Britain, CT on Monday, July 9.

Calling hours are from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 at the Venskunas Funeral Home, 670 Stanley St., New Britain.

The full obituary can be found at this link http://www.venskunasfuneralhome.com

Posted July 6, 2012

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Thomas J. McCabe Oct. 13 1956 – April 10 2012

April 11, 2012 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Thomas J. McCabe, 55, a long-time resident of East Hampton, CT passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

The beloved son of William F. and the late Helen Fagan McCabe, he was born in New Britain, CT on Oct. 13, 1956.

Tom was a loving father, brother, son, uncle and friend. He was a wonderful father to his four children, Drew, Chase, Craig and Taryn.

Besides his four children, Tom is survived by his father William F. McCabe, sister Sheila and brother-in-law Allen King, all of Kensington, CT and his brother Patrick and sister-in-law Carol of West Harford, CT and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Helen and brother William McCabe.

A lifelong athlete, Tom was a graduate of New Britain High School and a member of the 1972 and 1974 State Championship Class LL baseball teams.

Tom graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors Degree in physical education and a Masters Degree in Science. He received an additional graduate degree from Sacred Heart University.

For over 30 years Tom was a respected teacher, coach and school administrator.

For the past four years, he was the Athletic Director and Coordinator of Student Activities for the Rocky Hill Public School System.

Prior to that, he was a teacher in the East Hampton and Glastonbury School systems.

During his life as a physical education teacher and coach, Tom touched the lives of thousands of Connecticut students and athletes. He had a passion for working with student athletes and served as a mentor both on and off the field.

Tom’s coaching career included head coaching positions in high school boys baseball and football, and girls lacrosse and basketball. He coached high school teams in Windsor, New Britain, East Hampton, Glastonbury and Southington.

Early in his life Tom coached baseball teams in the New Britain Babe Ruth League and the American Legion league.

He relished his years coaching high school football and was a dedicated New England Patriots fan.

Tom’s dedication to his students and players was only surpassed by his deep love for his four wonderful children.

Tom was also proud of his Irish heritage.

Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Farrell Funeral Home 110 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT. Tom’s friends are invited to go directly to St. Patrick’s Church, East Hampton, CT on Friday, April 13 for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain, CT.

Tom’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Smilo Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital for their care and support of Tom, the compassionate nurses and staff at the Middlesex Hospital Hospice, and the support from his friends and colleagues at Rocky Hill High School.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Thomas J. McCabe Children’s Education Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 1169 Farmington Ave., Berlin, CT 06037.

Posted April 11, 2012

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Matthew Anthony D’Amico July 16 2000 – Dec 25 2011

December 28, 2011 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Matthew D'Amico, age 11, of East Hampton, CT died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2011 in a car accident.

Matthew Anthony D’Amico, 11, of East Hampton, CT, beloved son of Maurizio and Maria (Prisco) D’Amico, passed away tragically in a car accident on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2011.

Born July 16, 2000 in Middletown, he had lived in East Hampton for the past six years.

Matthew had attended the Center School, Memorial School and was attending East Hampton Middle School at the time of his death. Matthew was a very good student and was always striving for success.

Matthew loved sports and enjoyed playing baseball, paintball, dirt bike riding, snowboarding, playing Xbox with his cousins and gatherings with his family and friends.

Matthew would play full speed in all his activities and lived life to the fullest extent each and every day.

Matthew was a joy to be around, with his affectionate smile and grin, and he will be truly missed.

Besides his loving parents, Matthew is survived by his older brother, Ryan D’Amico of East Hampton; his paternal grandparents, John and Sebastiana D’Amico; his maternal grandmother, Lina Prisco; cousins John D’Amico, Lindsey Robinson, Lauren D’Amico, Melissa Bigelow, Jessica Malettesta, Jonathan D’Amico, Michael D’Amico, Christina D’Amico, Jenna D’Amico,  Zachary D’Amico, Kaitlyn D’Amico, Bethany Dillon, Nicholas Prisco, Tony Prisco Jr., Raffini, Nino Prisco and Fallon Prisco. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Onofrio Prisco.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 at St. Patrick Church in East Hampton, CT. Burial will be private. Friends and relatives may call at the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St., East Hampton CT from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Posted Dec. 28, 2011

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East Hampton boy dies in car crash on Christmas Day

December 26, 2011 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

Police say D’Amico was pronounced dead at the scene. His cousin was flown to Hartford Hospital by Life Star. He is currently in stable condition.

Police report that 12-year-old Matt D’Amico of East Hampton, CT was killed at about 8 p.m. on Christmas Day in a car crash.

The accident was on Wopowog Road. Police say D’Amico was a passenger in a car driven by his 15-year-old cousin, of New Britain. Police have not yet released the cousin’s name because he is a minor.

The car struck a tree in the area of Brook Hill Drive.

Police say D’Amico was pronounced dead at the scene. His cousin was flown to Hartford Hospital by Life Star. He is currently in stable condition.

Posted Dec. 26, 2011

Related link: Channel 3 video http://www.wfsb.com/story/16393745/boy-dead-after-east-hampton-crash

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Flags to fly half-staff for Connecticut soldier killed in Afghanistan Sunday

November 1, 2011 Areawide, Obituaries Comments Off
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Nov. 1, 2011) ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags to fly at half staff in honor of Connecticut resident Sgt. Ari Cullers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Sgt. Cullers, of New London, CT was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while repairing a bulldozer in Kandahar province.

In a prepared statement, Gov. Malloy said, “It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of Sgt. Cullers, who gave his life serving our nation… On behalf of all Connecticut residents, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones as we honor his life and remember his service.”

Sgt. Cullers served in the Army Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and was stationed out of Ft. Drum, NY.

Flags will remain at half staff until burial, the details of which will be forthcoming.

Posted Nov. 1, 2011

Remains of missing East Haddam man found

October 22, 2011 Local News, Obituaries Comments Off

bob masciThe remains of Robert Masci, 68, of Boardman Road, East Haddam, CT have been found in a heavily wooded area near his home.

Masci, who was first reported missing Tuesday afternoon when he failed to return home from a walk, was found off Deer Run Road by a K-9 unit shortly before noon on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Volunteers had gathered this morning at the Nathan Hale Ray High School at 7 a.m. in a town-wide coordinated search effort to find Masci, who suffered from mild dementia.

The search was called off shortly before noon when reports came back that he was found.

Masci’s wife, Marci, announced shortly thereafter to the group gathered at the high school that Robert’s remains had been found. She spoke briefly to thank all of the volunteers gathered for all their hard work. Family and friends surrounded her and offered their support.

State Police are considering this an open case until their investigation is completed.

Posted 10-22-2011

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Norman Licata Sr. Sept. 9, 1929 – July 10, 2011

July 14, 2011 Obituaries Comments Off
Norman Licata, Sr.

Norman Licata, Sr.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Norman Licata Sr. while surrounded by his loving family. He passed comfortably on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the age of 81.

Born on Sept. 9, 1929 at Windham Community Memorial Hospital, he was the sixth of nine children born to the late Joseph P. Licata Sr. and Lily (Salveggio) Licata.

Norman was an avid supporter of both community and country.

He graduated in 1947 from Windham Technical School.

While proudly serving his country from 1950-52 in the Korean War he was decorated twice with a bronze star.

Soon after returning, he began working as a machinist at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT. In 1993, he retired after 41 years of hard work and dedication to his craft.

From 1996-99, he was the custodian for the Coventry School System where children, teachers and administrators loved his joviality and work ethic.

From the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Norman was very active in local community programs where he helped coach, teach and prepare young athletes for the next level of sports and life.

Members of the Willimantic Youth Baseball Farm Teams, and especially the VFW Midget Football Program from that era, will remember Coach Licata as hard nosed, patient and dedicated to teaching, but most of all, their biggest fan.

He was an active member of several cultural and community organizations including: since 1980, the Ella T. Grasso Lodge #2538 O.S.I.A. of Hartford, CT; in 1983, he joined the Veterans of Foreign War Home in Willimantic, CT where he served terms as both Post Commander and Chaplin while becoming a Life Member; he became a 3rd-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #14 of Windham, CT and for 27 years, BPO Elks #1311 in Willimantic, CT.

Norman was baptized and a devoted parishioner at St. Joseph Church, and a member of their Men’s Prayer Club.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years Elizabeth (Thompson) Licata, and two sons Norman Licata, Jr. and his wife Maryann of Beacon Falls, CT and Samuel A. Licata and his wife Pamela of East Hampton, CT.

He was predeceased by his sisters Mary and Josephine, and brothers Paul and Joseph Jr.

He is survived by his sisters Rose Bodino of Shreveport, LA. and Lillian Cohen of Coventry, CT and brothers Samuel Licata of Willimantic, CT and Angelo Licata of East Hartford, CT, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

His family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St., Willimantic www.baconfh.com

Friday July 15, calling will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m.

Burial, with full military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Windham, CT.

In lieu of flowers, Norman and the family ask that you consider a donation to either of these two worthy causes: the St. Joseph Church Renovation Fund, 99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226 or the Veterans of Foreign War Home Building Fund, 1415 West Main Street, Willimantic, CT, 06226.

Posted July 14, 2011

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