Obituaries August 2017

Richard Pelkey

Richard J. Pelkey, 85, of Newington (formerly of Portland) wife of the late Pauline (Robida) Pelkey died on Wednesday, Aug. 2nd in West Hartford. Born on January 3, 1932 in Worchester, MA, son of the late Wilmer and Florence (Trudell) Pelkey. Richard had been a resident of Portland most of his life before moving to Newington. He was a Veteran of Korea serving in the U.S. Air Forceand a member of St. Mary's Church Portland. He had been employed by the former Shapiro's Store in Middletown for 18 years. Richard is survived by his loving family: 2 sons, Joseph Pelkey of Middletown, David Libby and daughter in law Lisa of FL, daughter Laurie Ganem and son in law William of Newington, sister Verna Joslin of MA, granddaughter Alyssa Ganem, 2 brothers in law; Edward Gyllenhammer of Portland and Raymond Robida of Hartford. Also several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his daughter Sophia Pelkey and son Kevin Libby. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday at 10 am in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery Portland. There are no calling hours.