February 2018

Rose A. Tozier

Rose Allen Tozier, 63, formerly of Portland, passed away in the Advanced Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in New Haven on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  She was born on June 27, 1954 in Middletown, the daughter of late Douglas O. Allen and Elizabeth L. Allen of Portland. Rose is survived by her son, Timothy A. Tozier formerly of East Hampton; a grandson, Timothy James Tozier of Middletown; two brothers, Arthur A. Allen of Phoenix, AZ and Benjamin E. Allen of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Susanne Anderson-Woronoff of Portland, CT   and   Nina   L.   Glinski   of   Guilford,   CT;   three   nieces;   four   nephews;   and   several grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Curt D. Allen and a nephew, Darren D. Anderson.  Rose was a loving and generous person who will be remembered for her compassion for animals and people. She will be deeply missed.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. The burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling

hours. Interment will be in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland.

Memorial donations in Rose's memory may be sent to the Connecticut Humane Society,

701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111.

Dean Randazzo

Dean Randazzo, 44, of Portland, CT, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of February 1st, 2018. Dean is survived by his mother, Rita Randazzo of Portland, CT, his father Paul Randazzo and stepmother Judith Randazzo of Myrtle Beach, SC.
Dean's legacy will live on through his treasured children, Meghan and Kyle Randazzo. Dean will be missed dearly by his sisters, Lisa Randazzo, Gina Randazzo, and Jill Hayes, and his brother Jeffrey Roy. Dean's nieces and nephews Damon, Whitney, Ashley, Brandon, Danny, Sarah, Ally, Katie, Tyler, Hailey, Aiden, and great nephew Logan will miss their one of a kind Uncle Dean. Dean married the love of his life, the late Kelly Norton Randazzo, in 1998.
He enjoyed fishing, spending time with family and friends, woodworking, and was a very talented painter. Those who knew Dean well, knew that he had a loving soul and could appreciate his humor, even if it was at their own expense. Not a day will go by that we won't miss his funny jokes and the joy he could bring to any room. Ca Caw!
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Feb 20th at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland from 5-7pm. A service will begin at 6:30pm. Burial will be private. 

Jeffrey Barry

Jeffrey Carlos Barry, 59, formerly of Meredith, NH and Portland, CT, died Monday, January 29 at his residence in Yakima, WA.
Born in 1959, Mr. Barry was the son of Carlos Barry IV and Aline (Roman) Barry of Portland, CT. He lived a full and rewarding life, and his memory will be treasured by his family and friends as long as they draw breath.
Mr. Barry was predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Christopher H. Barry. Survivors include his brother, Peter A. Barry, and niece, Corinda Barry Gibbs, and many close friends, including those in Connecticut - Larry Unikewicz, Tom Thiffault, and Bill Scully; in New Hampshire - Stu Morrill and Ken Flood; and in the Pacific Northwest — his former wife Monika Kohl, Don Johnson, and Joe and Cathy Buchanan. Mr. Barry was educated in Portland and learned the trade of carpentry working in the Lake Winnipesaukee region of New Hampshire. In his early years, he worked many projects, from public housing to million-dollar vacation retreats and everything in between. Later, he found success in purchasing and rehabilitating homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. There are several families who will be sleeping under the roofs he built tonight.While carpentry was his work, and he gave it his all, aviation became his passion. In his adult years, Mr. Barry discovered the joy of flying, earned his private pilot's license, and owned/operated four aircraft -one FAA-certified and three experimental, two of which he built with his own hands (and one which landed and took off on water!) Mr. Barry came to the Yakima Valley of Washington State in 2013 because of good flying weather, Home remodel work kept him in the chips while he flew a hand-built experimental aircraft around the western US. In these years, he became a dear friend to those who relied on his skills and knowledge and enjoyed his charming manner. (Well, "charming" may not quite catch it...) At the time of his passing, Jeff was getting ready to move back to New England, heading on to the next phase of his life. His Yakima friend would like to apologize to his New England family and friends for not shepherding him home safely. Those of us who knew him loved him. He will be missed. Memorial services will be held at Farrell's Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, with graveside services to follow at Trinity Church cemetery, Main St, Portland. A gathering for Jeff's Yakima friends will be organized in the spring. 

Richard Nickols

Richard C. Nickols, Jr., 79, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Born and raised in Pulaski, Virginia, he was the only child of Ruby Hale Nickols and Richard C. Nickols. He graduated from Pulaski High School at sixteen and attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year before enrolling at Virginia Tech on a football scholarship, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked at Armco Steel in Ashland, Kentucky before joining the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California where he worked at the Air Force Test Center developing rocket fuel for the U.S. space program. In 1964, he joined the UTC Power fuel cell division of Pratt & Whitney in South Windsor, Connecticut. During his tenure, UTC Power supplied fuel cells to NASA for both the Apollo project and Space Shuttle missions, which provided electric power and drinking water to the astronauts on board. He was granted fourteen patents during his thirty-four year career. Throughout his life, he loved to play any sport, as well as work in his woodshop and yard. He could fix anything. After retiring to Virginia in 1998, he enjoyed sailing on Smith Mountain Lake, attending Virginia Tech football games, and traveling with his wife and friends. He is survived by his wife, Sanda Marie Nickols, his daughters Katherine Thompson (Bradley) and Elizabeth Nickols, and grandchildren Adeline and John. A funeral service will be held Monday, March 5, 2018.