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Velma (Thibodeau) Hines

Velma (Thibodeau) Hines, 84, of Bristol, died on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. She battled her entire life with a defective heart but refused to accept the limitations her doctors placed on her. She was tired of fighting and on Monday, she succumbed to her illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis P. Hines Junior for 59 years.

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David O. “Doc” Cornish

David O. “Doc” Cornish, 96, devoted husband of Helen (Tuleja) Cornish, of New Britain passed away Feb. 2, 2014, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, with his family by his side. David was born in Woodbridge and was son to the late Oscar and Harriet (Gage) Cornish and previously resided in Durham. He attended Durham High School, proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Air Force Reserves for 30 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and had been employed by Fafnir Bearing as an engineer, retiring in 1980. David was also a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and past member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Mrs. Rose Dipinto Santamaria [11/27/1921 – 01/28/2014]

Mrs. Rose Dipinto SantamariaRose Dipinto Santamaria, 92, wife of the late Dominick Santamaria died at Apple Rehab in Guilford and went to join her heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 28,2014. Rose was born in Turi, Italy on November 27, 1921 to Antonio Dipinto and Palma Stanisci. When she was 14 yrs old she lost both her parents and traveled aboard the Conte Di Savoia to live with her Aunt Jenny in Guilford. CT, arriving February 11, 1935. She was a hard worker with her uncle at his landscaping business and at the Guilford Cannery packing tomatoes. She married Dominick Santamaria March 29, 1941 at St. George Church in Guilford and took great pride in raising her family. Rose enjoyed gardening and crocheting. Before arthritis set in she would crochet everything from delicate doilies and tablecloths to afghans. Since 1983 she had lived in Guilford Senior Housing on Boston Terrace where she had many friends. She continued to work well into her seventies, never asking for help from anyone. Family was number one and she loved everyone. She is survived by children Antonio (Jackie) of Clinton, Marie Cullen (Larry) of Higganum, Larry (Pauline) of Guilford, Jenny Morse (Robert) of Guilford, Michael (Linda) of Clinton, Debra Bennett of New Haven. Also survived by 16 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren and one great great grandchild and a sister Camela of Italy. Predeceasing her were her husband Dominick Santamaria, Sr., children Dominick, Jr, Patricia, and John, her parents, brother Lorenzo and great grandson Jonathan Santamaria. The family thanks the staff at Apple Rehab for the care given their mother during her stay. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. George Church, 33 Whitfield St, Guilford on Thursday, February 6 at 11:30. Burial will follow Mass in St. George Cemetery, Hubbard Rd, Guilford. Friends may call prior to Mass on Thursday from 9 to 11 am at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford, CT 06437. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Guilford Meals on Wheels, 310 State St, Suite # 200, Guilford, CT 06437.

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Eunice Kelly

Eunice Kelly, adored wife of Francis “Bud” Kelly died surrounded by family on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Born Eunice Mary McGinn to the late Charles Timothy McGinn and Eunice (Granger) McGinn in Milford, MA on February 23, 1931, she had grown up in Windsor Locks, CT. She often described her life as compartmentalized. In the compartment of education, Eunice graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph College and earned her Masters at Wesleyan University. A lifelong consummate reader, she never stopped taking courses nor met a course she didn’t love. In the compartment of careers the early years were in the field of training. Eunice was a training director at the legendary G. Fox and Co., and later training director at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago. From the 60’s on her field was marketing which included Director of Communications for St. Joseph College and a two decade attachment to Westledge Associates where she retired as senior Vice President of Marketing. For over 40 years Eunice wrote a weekly column “View from my Window” which first ran The Farmington Valley Herald in 1968. A humor/general commentary column it garnered a host of local fans and regardless of what level of executive success she rose to, nothing was as gratifying to her as the bond she formed between her and readers. The adventures of her entire family from grammar school days on were chronicled in it. When grandchildren came along readers were introduced to them as Kate the Great, Princess Whitney, Cool Dude Jay and Brenna the Beautiful. In the compartment of culture all the arts interested her, but theater and film were life long loves. She often reminisced of halcyon days (from 1949-1954) when she was the ingenue at the Somers Stock Theater in Somers, Connecticut. Civic commitments were many. St. Joseph University and the friends of the Simsbury Public Library remained her favorites. Eunice was currently serving as a director on the Board and had been Present of Friends during the expansion move. All compartments mattered to her but overall there was just one compartment that soared above the rest in the province of her heart—that of family. Eunice always described herself as the luckiest of woman, married to a man who was her husband, her lover, the father of her children and her best friend. Mother of three sons, all of whom she adored, mother in law to three wives she thought of as her daughters, and grandmother to four who danced on the moon. A family matriarch of wild Irish wit, tempered by a warm and compassionate heart, Eunice leaves behind her beloved husband Francis J. “Bud” Kelly Jr.; her son, Francis Joseph “Kel” Kelly, III, his wife Heather of Weston, MA and their children, Whitney Kelly of Boston, MA and Francis Joseph “Jay” Kelly, IV of Washington, D.C. and his fiancée Laura Dean of Washington, D.C.; her son, Timothy Charles “Tim” Kelly, his wife Susie of Corvallis, OR and their daughter, Katherine Virginia “Katie” Kelly of San Francisco, CA; her son, Christopher Matthew “Chris” Kelly, his wife Sharon and their daughter Brenna Marie Kelly, all of Simsbury, CT. She is also survived by her brother, Bill and Lois McGinn of Boca Raton, FL and numerous nieces and nephews and an inner circle of treasured friends who at every stage enriched her life. As the Irish believe…if love of family and friends could have saved her, she would be with us yet. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT on Friday, February 7th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 8th, 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 942 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Burial will be in Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Eunice Kelly Memorial Library and Education Fund, 10 East Tomstead Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. Please visit Mrs. Kelly’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

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Robert Durant Jr [04/03/1938 – 01/30/2014]

Robert Durant JrRobert Durant, Jr., age 75 of Bridgeport entered into eternal rest Thursday, January 30, 2014 at St. Mary's Vitas Hospice, Waterbury, CT. Born in Bridgeport to the late Robert and Sadie Matthews Durant, Robert has been a life-long resident and disciple of East End Baptist Tabernacle Church since the age of nine. He served East End Baptist Church as a Trustee and clerk of the works for all church projects. He was a licensed plumber, employed with the Bridgeport Brass nineteen years, the Dept. of Correction, Bridgeport, twenty-four years and owner/operator of his very own enterprise, Small Job Construction Service. He was the former president of Local 1565 A.F.S.C.M.E. His loving companion of over thirty years, Vivian Walker and a stepson, Robert Walker predeceased him. Survivors include four sons, Matthew Durant, Sr. of Naugatuck, Kirk Cook of FL, Robert Rankin and Tracy Durant both of Bridgeport; a stepson, Reginald Walker of Bridgeport; two daughters, Jennifer Gibson-Drake and Lisa Rankin both of Bridgeport; two stepdaughters, Deborah Walker of CA and Sharon Walker of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 6, 2014,11:00 AM at East End Baptist Tabernacle Church, 548 Central Ave., Bridgeport with Rev. Dr. C.L. Stallworth, Pastor, officiating.

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Lillian (Buckbee) Powers

After a long and courageous battle with a long illness, Lillian (Buckbee) Powers, born March 25, 1925, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. Powers. Lillian was employed as a Registered Nurse at the former New Britain General Hospital for most of her employment years, and retired from the American Red Cross. She raised her family in Newington for many years before moving to Plainville several years ago.  

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Paul Domin

Paul Peter Domin, 76, of West Suffield, died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. He was born August 17, 1937 in Hartford, son of the late Frank and Isabelle (Brazatis) Domin and had lived in the Granby and Suffield areas his entire life. He had served in the U.S. Army. Paul was a graduate of the Simsbury High School, Class of 1955 and had received his Masters Degree in Education from New Britain Teacher’s College (now CCSU) in 1961. Mr. Domin was an Elementary School Teacher in the Simsbury School System for 37 years prior to his retirement. Paul was a member of St. Bernard’s Church and had enjoyed gardening, bowling and fishing. He also was an avid fan of the NY Giants, the Boston Red Sox and UCONN Basketball. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, at family get togethers and events, cookouts and holidays. He is survived by his son, David Domin and his significant other Ellen Orzech of Avon; his daughter, Stefanie (Domin) Rezende and her husband David of South Windsor; his former wife and close friend, Shirley Domin of Granby; four grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Isabella and Zack; his brother, Ronald Domin and his wife Sharon of East Windsor; his special niece and nephews, Beth Gunther, Bryan Domian and Steven Domin and many close cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Domin. The family would like to thank his caregiver Rose and Masonicare Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Paul. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Thursday, February 6th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral will be Friday, February 7th, 10:15 AM from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00 AM at St. Bernard’s Church in Tariffville. Burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to Masonicare Home Hospice, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. Please visit Paul’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

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