John James Yurko, 63, of Mount Juliet, TN, formerly of Portland, CT, died May 18, 2020 at Trevecca Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Nashville, TN due to complications from a traumatic spinal injury. John is predeceased by his mother, Catherine (Ford) Yurko of Portland, CT; father, Peter Yurko Jr. of Hartford, CT; sisters Paula Yurko of Hartford CT and Sandra Moore of Portland CT and his faithful companion, Lilly. He leaves behind his partner, Shirley Bougor of Mount Juliet, TN; daughters Mandy Yurko of Warwick, MA and Tia Yurko of Ashburnham MA; brothers Leon Yurko of Dorchester MA, Bob Yurko of Simsbury CT, and Tom Yurko of East Hartford CT; sisters Linda Stone of Portland CT and Candie Dipersio of Lynn, MA; grandsons Dustin and Colin Estelle of Warwick MA and Kalvin Richard of Ashburnham MA; and many nieces and nephews.
John graduated from East Hampton High School in 1975 and received an Associate degree in Art from Middlesex Community College. He was a member of Wesleyan Potters in Middletown CT.
An artist through and through, he was passionate about painting and cooking and spent his career perfecting both skills. A man for all seasons, he enjoyed fishing, skiing, tennis, playing guitar and good food, wine and friends. John was a man about town and a friend to all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 23rdat 11 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial will be on Monday, August 24that 11 a.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Susan Day Laplant, wife of Richard Laplant Jr. of East Hampton and formerly of Portland. Born on March 18, 1957 in Middletown, daughter of Ronald Day Sr. and the late Caroline (Jordan ) Day. Susan also is survived by her brother Ronald Day Jr., two stepdaughters Melissa and Nicole, two beloved grandchildren Aliyah and Kameron, also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Susan was the former payroll manager of Bob's Stores with over thirty years of service. Susan was a very caring person and cared for all those around her. Sue, you will be very missed by all of us.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday (August 20th) at 10 a.m. in Center Cemetery, Portland. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 188, North Haven, CT, 06473.
The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland is in charge of arrangements.
John L. Gilbert of Portland, Ct. passed away peacefully on August 22, 2020 at home. John was born on March 29, 1930 in Hartford, CT, son of the late Chauncey and Agnes (Sanderson) Gilbert. He grew up in Middletown, Ct. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954. He married Ann Shorey in 1951 and they lived in Portland.
He was employed and retired from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Ct.
He was a proud member of the Masons, Warren Lodge #51 in Portland for over 50 years. He was also a Shriner and a charter member of Portland Fire Dept, Company #3.
John loved camping, hiking, skiing and spending time in Vermont where he built the family vacation home. He also enjoyed golfing, reading and doing crossword puzzles.
He was predeceased by his lovely wife of 65 years Ann and his son David Daniel. He is survived by his son Robert of Bethel, Vt., his son Thomas and wife Leslee of Portland, Ct., grandchildren Kenneth Morey, Keri O’Neill and family, Ryan Tyson and family, David Gilbert, Leah Gilbert and Jessica Gilbert. He also leaves 7 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the Middlesex Hospital Hospice team for their wonderful care and compassion. Also, a special thank you goes to Clara his live-in care giver.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 29 at 10am in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shriners Children’s Hospital at donate.lovetotherescue.org or 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Todd J. Strubell passed away unexpectedly on August 21. Todd was sitting on his deck watching the river flow by, one of his favorite things to do in life, with his kitty Abbey. Our brother Todd was a toughie with a heart of gold. We will always say " Odd Todd Odd Todd 1/2 Turtle 1/2 Frog". He was born on July 6th , 1955 and lived in Portland all but 5 years of his life. You could usually find Todd on his Kabota digging holes, helping neighbors or riding down the road to visit. Todd is survived by his three brothers Rick, Kim, and Kris.. two sisters Terry and Kelley.. five nephews Rick, Ryan, Paul, Garrett and Connor and one niece Dana. We love you, Todd. Be at peace with Mom and Dad. No services will take place. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home 231 Main St. Portland is in charge of arrangements.