Ernest Mark Montavon of New London, CT, passed away in the earliest hours of July 24, 2021 at Yale New Haven Hospital. Mark was a proud, first-generation American born and raised in Waterbury, Conn, on July 18, 1942 to the late Ernest Montavon of Salerno, Italy, and Vincenza Montavon (Manzione Sarlo) of Contursi Terme, Italy. He graduated from Kaynor Tech in Waterbury, Class of 1960. One of his earliest jobs was as a car salesman where he met his future wife, Charlene Poudrier, who worked part time at the dealership. They married in 1968. His experience as a salesman made watching him haggle with other salespeople a treat, although those salespeople might describe it differently. In 1967, he was drafted into the US Army where he proudly served in Vietnam. Upon his return, he attended UCONN and graduated from the University of New Haven in 1971 where he earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1972, he began his career at the US Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, CT, where he co-authored various scientific reports, one example being the "Estimation of the Two-Dimensional Spectrum of the Space-Time Noise Field for a Sparse Line Array". He remained employed there until his retirement. He relocated to New London, Conn, in 1975, where he enjoyed having family from Waterbury spend summer days together at his home near Ocean Beach Park. He also loved music very much. From Doo Wop and Motown, to the Beatles and all the hits of the 50s & 60s, he was always playing music and singing along happily, even if in his own key. Mark took great pride in his role as a NL Minor League baseball coach for two seasons. His first season focused on fundamentals, and by the second season under his guidance, his team went undefeated and many of the boys he coached went on to be All Star players from Little League on into High School. He was a member of the Shennecossett Golf Club in Groton, CT, where he loved to golf and socialize with friends every weekend. He was a sports enthusiast who loved a good sports story (especially from family) and was a devoted lifelong fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants and CT Huskies. Some impressive hidden talents of his included photography, cooking, and growing his own beautiful tomatoes. He was a true Mr Fix It; whether it was his car, electronics or furniture, he always had a new project going. As a political junkie who had an opinion about everything and loved to debate with friends and family, he was a staunch supporter of our freedom of speech and believed that everyone had the right to their own opinion. He was the king of one-liners and had a very quick wit, and was often asked to MC events that he was attending. Ernest Mark Montavon was a fountain of valuable information who was always willing to help anyone in need, and was a man who said what he meant and meant what he said. He was a loyal brother, father, uncle and friend, and when he gave his word on something, it truly was his bond. Mark will be sorely missed by all who loved him, but his sharp wit, classic one-liners, extraordinary intelligence and love of family will live on in our hearts forever. He was predeceased by his brothers Anthony and Joseph Sarlo of Waterbury, Salvatore Montavon of Waterbury, and Ferdinando Montavon of New Haven. He is survived by his children, Michelle Montavon (Brian Albano) and Ernest Michael Montavon (Nina Soares) of New London, his former spouse and friend, Charlene Poudrier Montavon of New London, his brothers John A. Sarlo and Mario Sarlo (Dorothy) of Waterbury, and his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved with all of his heart. There will be a Calling Hour on Friday, August 20th from 10:30-11:30 am at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St. Portland, followed by a 12 pm burial with full military honors at the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Mark's name to an organization close to his heart: the ACLU, the CT Food Bank, and/or the CT Humane Society
Oscar Solis of Portland died unexpectedly on August 7, 2021 at the age of 60.
Oscar was born on January 28 1961 in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico to his parents Martin Solis and Rosa Santiago. With eight siblings he is pre -deceased by his brothers Gabriel and Angel Solis. He is survived by brothers Mario Solis, Victor Solis, Radames Solis, And sisters, Hilda Solis, Carmen Solis, and Madeline Castro.
Granddaughter Mariah Banks, god children Jay Torres and Myra Vaught, and a host of nieces and nephews.
On February 25,1987 he welcomed his only son Oscar Solis Jr, with his life Partner Martha Valentin.
Oscar was a devoted father who shared a love for all sports with his son. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with family. He was a natural problem-solver who took on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house. Oscar worked at Meadow meat for over two decades and was the neighborhood mechanic when he wasn’t at work.Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Wednesday, August 18th from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Graveside services will follow at the Swedish Cemetery, Portland, at 11 a.m.
Richard Dickinson Sr., 89, of Portland, died Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at UConn John
Richard was born in Middletown, CT in 1932, son of the late Ernest G. and Mary T.
Dickinson. He is predeceased by his loving and devoted wife, Joan DeGraff Dickinson, whom he
married in 1955. Richard served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was
awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from Pratt & Whitney after 32 years of
employment. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Portland, and a member of the Portland
Fish and Game Club.
Hunting and fishing were Richard’s passions. His own honeymoon did not dissuade him
from missing any part of hunting season. En route to their honeymoon destination, Richard
pulled over in order to scout for birds or deer, which very quickly prepared his wife for the rest
of their married life. Richard greatly enjoyed his weekly boys’ nights where he and his friends
would share tales of their fishing and hunting escapades. His favorite hunts included duck, deer,
When he wasn’t hunting or fishing, Richard could be found birdwatching beneath the
large pine tree in his yard or tending to his garden. Tomatoes were his favorite produce to grow,
and he made it a point that he consume the first tomato to sprout each year—though he loved to
share the rest of his harvest with everybody he knew.
Richard is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Bennett of Lebanon, and Denise Cordner
(Matt) of Colchester; sons, Richard Dickinson, Jr. (Theresa) of Niantic, and Ronald Dickinson
(Carrie), of Portland; son-in-law, Nicholas Ranno of Middletown; brothers, Burton Dickinson,
and William Dickinson; sisters, June Baber, and Laura Bystrek (Tony); a brother-in-law and
sister-in-law, Lionel DeGraff (Marie) all of Portland; and a sister-in-law, Barbara DeGraff, of FL;
nine grandchildren; 16 1/2 great grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. He was also
predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Ranno; a son, Michael Dickinson; brothers, Ernest Dickinson
III, and Charles Alan Turning; a son-in-law, Ted Bennett, and a grandson, Joseph Bennett.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Hegde and staff, as well as the
staff at UConn John Dempsey Hospital.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to St. Mary’s Church, Freestone Ave.,
Portland, CT 06480, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN
The Dickinson family will receive friends at St. Mary’s Church, Portland, on Saturday, September 4th at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary’ Cemetery, Portland. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.