December 2018

Judith Hernandez

Judith A. Hernandez, 72, of Portland, beloved wife of 54 years to Buddy Hernandez, died on Saturday at her residence. Born on March 8th, 1946 in Middletown, daughter of the late Nicholas and Vera (Bagadinski) Giuliano. Judith had lived most of her life in Portland; a member of St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Judith had been a school bus driver for the Nichols School Bus Company for 36 years driving bus #8. She enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and NASCAR, and also loved playing Setback and traveling to the casino. She was also a member of the Duketts Singing Group. She is survived by her loving family: a son, Michael Hernandez of Portland, a brother, Sebastian Giuliano of Middletown, and a granddaughter Addison Hernandez. She was predeceased by a son, Chris Hernandez, and a brother, Edward (Edju) Bagadinski. The funeral will be held on Saturday, December 8th at 9:30 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland followed by a Mass of Christian burial in St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Russell Morrison

Russell T. Morrison (Timmy) of Portland passed away peacefully on December 15, 2018 at the age of 89.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Robidoux) Morrison with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.

Russell was born to the late Mary and Louis Morrison of North Brookfield, MA on April 12th, 1929. He graduated from North Brookfield High School and attended Becker College on an athletic scholarship.  He later joined the US Air Force and served from 1950 to 1954. Upon his discharge he worked for his father's floor covering business.  He married Eleanor Robidoux in 1958 and moved to Meriden CT where he worked for Edward's Floor Covering.  While living in Meriden, he played semi-pro baseball for the Polish Knights.  In 1962 they moved to Portland where he started Morrison Floor Covering which he owned and operated for over 35 years.  He coached little league baseball and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Portland. 

Russell loved taking care of his cats and spent many hours watching the birds at his feeders.

Besides his loving wife Eleanor, Russell is survived by his brother Arthur and his sister Shirley both of MA, daughter Susan of Colorado, son Stephen and wife Carolyn of NJ, and son Bruce of Portland. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren Matthew, Amanda and Andrew.

Russell was predeceased by his siblings Luis, Robert and Jean.  

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19th at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 554 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Tuesday, December 18th from 5 to 7 p.m.

Richard Randall


Richard Stuart Randall, Jr., from Portland, returned to his heavenly home on 11 December, dying peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 76. As a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, “Rich” was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed the outdoors: hunting, fishing and golf. His hobby was fixing classic cars.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, his son, Msgr. Kevin Randall, his son Wade and Kim, his wife, and their son, Nathan. He is also survived by his daughter, Susan, and Antonio Parremo and their son, Jeho. He is survived by his sister Barbara, and her husband, Sal, and a brother, Bob, and his wife Linda, as well as many nieces and nephews. Rich was preceded in death by a sister, Judy.

Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Friday (December 

28th) from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday (December 29th) in St. 

Mary’s Church, 51 Freestone Ave, Portland, followed by a reception at the church. A Veteran of the US Navy, 

Rich will be laid to rest with military honors at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Middletown on Monday (December 31st) at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Lorraine "Noreen" Dube


Lorraine "Noreen" Dube, 87, of  Main St, Portland, wife of the late Eusebe Dube, died on Friday at  her residence surrounded by her family. Born on June  12, 1931 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, daughter of  the late Thomas  and  Evelyn (LaPointe) Perreault.  Lorraine had been a resident of Portland for 58 years and a  member of  St. Mary Church, Portland.  She had been retired from the Airex Rubber Co.  

Lorraine  is  survived by her loving family, a son and daughter-in-law Robert and Nancy Dube of  Portland, two daughters Diane Morneau of Portland, and  Patricia and son-in-law Cesar Tamayo of  Cromwell, two brothers  Darold Perreault of Quebec City, Canada, and Roy Perreault of Montreal, Canada, as well as two sisters Jackie  Simmons of  Essex, and Julliette Buchanan of  Portland.  She is also survived by five grandchildren  Michael, Leslie, Lisa, Ashley, and Robert Jr., and eight great-grandchildren Mariah, Shawn, Justin, Destiny, Kaden, Noah, Cora, and Alex, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She is predeceased by three brothers Louis, Maurice, and Alvin, a sister Marie Mae, and a great-granddaughter Alina.

The family would like to thank the Middlesex Hospice home care for the compassion and kindness shown to their mother.  

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday (December 31st) at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church, Portland.  Burial will be at a later date in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland.  The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.