David Gannon

David Gannon, 62, of Portland, beloved husband of Patricia “Patty” (Conroy) Gannon, died suddenly Thursday (January 15, 2015). He was born in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of the late Herbert R. and Alice (Purcer) Gannon, Jr. Dave was employed for over 35 years with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in …

Daniel Robert Coleman

Daniel Robert Coleman, 87, of East Hampton, CT, died January 17, 2015.  Born in Manhattan, NY September 7, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Coleman. He was a member of Hamburg Cove Yacht Club and Marlborough Congregational Church. Dan was a graduate of Kings Point …

Edward A. Organek

Edward A. Organek, Sr., 74, of Portland, beloved husband of Rosemaire (Spada) Organek died Saturday at Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit with his family at his side. Ed was born in Middletown the son of the late Adam and Genivieve (Wojtusiak) Organek. Prior to his retirement he was the owner …

Harry W. Brahen

Harry W. Brahen, 84 of East Hampton, husband of Mary (Fazzino) Brahen passed away Wednesday January 14, 2015 at Marlborough Health Care Center. He was the son of the late William and Leona (Smith) Brahen. Born on July 1, 1930 in Hartford, he has lived in East Hampton for the …

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David Gannon

David GannonDavid Gannon, 62, of Portland, beloved husband of Patricia “Patty” (Conroy) Gannon, died suddenly Thursday (January 15, 2015).

He was born in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of the late Herbert R. and Alice (Purcer) Gannon, Jr. Dave was employed for over 35 years with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. He was an avid golfer and longtime member and past Men’s Club champion at Quarry Ridge Golf Course, Portland.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Gannon of Overland Park, KS, Kelly Reyes and her husband, Ruben of Providence, RI, and Rebecca Baenig of Annandale, VA. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Gannon and Patrick Gannon of East Haddam, his sisters, Gayla Bagley and her husband Ronald of Higganum, Casey Biega of Somers, and Amy Gannon of Norwich; two grandsons, Andrew and Benjamin Reyes and several nieces and nephews.

Some say a man with daughters always longs for a son, but with Dave this was not the case. Dave coached his girls in sports and reveled in their academic achievements. He taught them to be independent women by making sure they were able to do basic home improvement and automotive tasks. He shared his passion for music and sports with them. Later in his life, Dave experienced the joy of boys through his two grandsons who brought him much pride.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Jan. 20th) at 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to The American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.

Daniel Robert Coleman

Daniel_ColemanDaniel Robert Coleman, 87, of East Hampton, CT, died January 17, 2015.  Born in Manhattan, NY September 7, 1927, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Coleman. He was a member of Hamburg Cove Yacht Club and Marlborough Congregational Church.

Dan was a graduate of Kings Point Military Academy.  A consummate salesman and sailor, Dan was a long-time resident of East Northport, NY where he was a member of the Centerport Yacht Club; never happier than when sailboat racing on Long Island Sound or cruising with Norma. He and Norma traveled the world, but loved nothing more than a family reunion.  He will be missed. He is survived by his loving wife Norma, his five children Paul Coleman and wife Victoria of AZ, Brian Coleman and wife Diane of KS, Carol O’Brien of NJ, Lynn St. Clair of PA, Nancy Coleman of Marlborough a sister Dorothy Mathews of CA and ten grandchildren. He was predeceased by his three brothers. A Memorial service will be held Wednesday Jan. 21st at 11AM in Marlborough Congregational Church, with the Rev. Robert Faulhaber officiating. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Tuesday Jan. 20th from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Marlborough Congregational Church Memorial Fund P.O. Box 57 Marlborough, CT 06447. To leave online condolences please visit www.spwencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Edward A. Organek

Edward A. Organek, Sr., 74, of Portland, beloved husband of Rosemaire (Spada) Organek died Saturday at Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit with his family at his side.

Ed was born in Middletown the son of the late Adam and Genivieve (Wojtusiak) Organek. Prior to his retirement he was the owner and founder of Precision Plastic Products Inc. He was a Communicant of Saint Mary Church. Ed was a Veteran serving with the U.S. Navy.

Besides his wife Rosemarie, Ed is survived by a daughter, Joanne Musumeci and her husband David of Middletown, two sons, Edward Organek, Jr. and his wife Magdelena of Portland, Joseph Organek and his wife Eve of Portland, two sisters, Carole Adams of Florida, Lorraine Kemp of Cromwell, seven Grandchildren, Matthew, Adam, Alexander, Michael, Sebastiano, Anthony, Edward III also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown followed by an 10 a.m. Funeral Liturgy in St. Mary Church, Freestone Ave., Portland. Private burial with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Biega Funeral Home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Weiss Hospice Unit c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Harry W. Brahen

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Harry W. Brahen, 84 of East Hampton, husband of Mary (Fazzino) Brahen passed away Wednesday January 14, 2015 at Marlborough Health Care Center. He was the son of the late William and Leona (Smith) Brahen.
Born on July 1, 1930 in Hartford, he has lived in East Hampton for the last 48 years. He worked as a draftsman for Pratt & Whitney for 36 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Belltown Auto Club and a member of St. Patrick’s Church in East Hampton.
Besides his wife, Mary, he leaves his children, Michael Brahen of Thompson, Debra Brahen of Portland, Mary Leighton of Hadlyme, Connie Mata of Portland and Patrick Brahen of St. Augustine, FL, a brother, Edward Brahen of Portland, numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William and a sister, Betty.
Funeral services will be held on Monday January 19, 2015 with a Mass at 11AM at the Church of St. Mary, Portland. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Portland. Relatives and friends may call at Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St Portland on Monday from 8:30 to 10:30AM prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association CT. Chapter 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Suite 100 Rocky Hill, CT. 06067. To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net.

Calling Hours: Monday January 19, 2015, 8:30 – 10:30AM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday January 19, 2015, 11:00AM at Church of Saint Mary
Burial: Monday January 19, 2015 at St. Mary Cemetery

Beverley Ann Farkas

BeverlyAnn farkasBeverley Ann Farkas, 77, of East Hampton, widow of Endre Farkas died Monday Jan. 12th at her home surrounded by her family. Born Sept. 24, 1937 in Westminister, CA, she had lived in East Hampton for over 40 years. Beverley loved to sew and quilt and enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her son Leland Farkas and his wife Rachel of East Hampton, her daughter Charlotte Brombacker of Hamden, and her seven grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Victoria, Haley, Philip, Monica and Caroline. She was predeceased by her 3 brothers Wayne, Leland and Charles Allen. Funeral services will be held Friday evening at 7PM in the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton with the Rev. Fred Dole officiating. Burial will be private in the Connecticut State Veteran’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 5PM until the time of the service at 7PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donation can be made to Middlesex Hospice c/o Middlesex Hospital department of Philanthropy 55 Crescent St. Middletown, CT 06457. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Carlton Earl Durgan

CarltonEarlDurganCarlton Earl Durgan, 79, of East Hampton, beloved husband of 59 years to Sandra “Rustie” Durgan died Saturday Jan. 10th at Marlborough Health Care. Born June 8, 1935 in Middletown, CT he was the son of the late Alvin R. and Grace (Riford) Durgan. Carlton had worked as a State Forest Ranger in the Meshomasic State Forest and as a Cross Country Truck Driver before his retirement. He enjoyed working on antique cars and car shows and he also raced at CT Dragway for many years. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughters Dianne Durgan, Debra Wilmes and husband Michael, a brother Robert and wife Dianne, sisters Beth Ballinger, Linda Durgan, son-in-law John Sobolewski, grandchildren Craig, Jaclyn and Jennifer Sobolewski and Alicia M. Wilmes, and several nieces and nephews and close friends. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his step mother Barbara Durgan and his daughter Darlene Durgan. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday Jan. 17th at 11AM in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Route 66 in East Hampton. Burial will be private in the family plot in Union Hill Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Don Juan Martin

Don Juan MartinDon Juan Martin, 73, of East Hampton, beloved husband of Phyllis (Peterson) Martin died Saturday January 10th in a tragic traffic accident in Portland. Born Feb. 10, 1941 in Las Cruces, New Mexico he was the son of the late Don Luis and Pauline (Purvines) Martinez. Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era 1959-1961. Before his retirement he was an Insurance Executive for the Cigna Insurance Company. Don was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Middle Haddam, a former member of Rotary International, a member of the East Hampton Republican Town Committee, and the East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals. Besides his wife Phyllis he is survived by his three sons Jon Martin and wife Min-Shan “Maritza” Liu of West Hartford, Jeffery Martin and wife Laura of New Hartford, David Martin and wife Jackie of Farmington, two brothers Patrick Martinez and wife Diane of VA and, Michael Martinez of Washington D.C., a sister Ann Bradley and husband James of MD, six grandchildren Nicolas, Tomas, Henry, Sofia, Sawyer and Zoe. He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law Robert and Carol Martinez. Besides his love, commitment and … Continue Reading

Russell Fred Oakes

Russell OakesRussell Fred Oakes, 75, of East Hampton, husband of Sheila (Crowley) Oakes died Wednesday Jan. 7th at Middlesex Hospital. Born in West Stewartstown, NH, on Aug. 29, 1939 he was the son of the late Fulford and Mary Ellen (Bumford) Oakes. Russ was a 1958 graduate of Colebrook Academy NH where he played soccer, basketball and baseball and was in the marching band. He was a graduate of Manchester Technical Institute in Manchester, VT and the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his apprenticeship program to become a Sprinkler Fitter. He was a Sprinkler Fitter in Local 676 National Automatic Sprinkler Industry for 35 years. He was a member of … Continue Reading

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