July 2018

Robert Del Russo Sr.

 Robert "Bob" Louis Del Russo, Sr., 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2018. Born in Waterbury, CT on December 10, 1939, he was the son of the late Sam Del Russo, Sr. and Irene (Priola) Pannone. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (Ferrucci) Del Russo with whom he lived in Portland, CT and wintered in Bonita Springs, FL. Bob was co-owner and Secretary/Treasurer of The Waverly Printing Co. in Portland, CT, retiring in 1998. An early innovator in four color printing processes, The Waverly Printing Co. was known throughout New England for its high quality corporate printing services. Bob was known for his personal work ethic, growing the company along with his father, brother and many dedicated employees. Bob also served as a trustee of Glastonbury Bank & Trust. Bob graduated from Crosby High School in 1958 where he was a star football player and team captain, culminating in his participation in the 1st Connecticut All-Star East-West Nutmeg Bowl. His resulting nickname on the field and amongst friends was "Moose". During high school Bob also served his country in the National Guard. He attended the University of Dayton and the University of Connecticut. Later and outside of his business, Bob's interests included his commitment to land preservation in CT and involvement with many charitable organizations personally and on behalf of the company. Bob and his brother, Sam, enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends locally and throughout North America. Bob was an avid golfer and member of several golf clubs including Clinton C.C. in Clinton, CT where he had a Hole in 1 in 1996. Besides his wife, Bob is survived by his son, Robert Louis Del Russo Jr. of Portland, CT; daughter, Pamela J. (Del Russo) Peterson and her husband Neil Peterson of Littleton, MA; two grandchildren, Cory and Jessica Leigh Peterson; his sister, Grace Klobedanz; two brother-in-laws, James and John Ferrucci and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his beloved brother and sister-in-law Samuel C. & Celeste Del Russo. Bob's family thanks the Portland Care & Rehabilitation Center for the exceptional care given. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Mary's Church, Portland, at 10 am. Burial will be at a later date in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the following organizations: St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave Portland, CT 06480 Middlesex Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457 or online: https://middlesexhospital.org/donate-now

Charles Harmon

Charles 'Chic' Harmon of Middle Haddam, CT passed away Saturday 7/7/2018. He was 61 years old. Chic was born in Akron, OH to J.E. 'Phil' Harmon and Barbara Templeton Harmon. His early childhood was spent on the Naval Academy campus where his father taught after his deployments at sea. One of the highlights of his childhood was attending a football camp taught by Roger Staubach. He became a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys, enjoyed watching Nascar races and loved riding his triumph hardtail motorcycle when he was younger. As a father, Chic spent many hours driving to visit his daughter Melissa; they enjoyed many movies and mini golf outings when she was younger. With the birth of son Stephen, the family needed to spend more time at their home in West Palm Beach FL. Chic helped coach Stephen's Little League Team and was Assistant Scout Master for Stephen's Cub Scout Pack. After the family relocated to CT in 1999 due to his wife's work for Pratt and Whitney, Chic also acted as Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 57 in East Hampton. Chic worked as an architectural draftsman; first on vellum and later self-taught on the computer. He worked under a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, and founded his own drafting company drawing construction documents for a wide range of municipal and office buildings, luxury homes, and the Riverhouse in Haddam, CT. Chic attended The Charismatic Episcopal Church Seminary and was ordained Deacon in 2005. During his studies he was led to the Roman Catholic Church which he joined in 2011. Chic was a member of Saint Patrick's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Belltown Council 6190. Chic leaves behind his loving wife Patricia 'Patty' Harmon, his daughter Melissa Harmon Faber (Ryan Faber) of Port Orford, OR from his first marriage, son Stephen (Phoebe Harmon) of East Hampton, CT, brother Rick Harmon, sister Susan Blackburn (Jerry Blackburn), nephews Andrew, James and Sam, nieces Danielle, Sarah, Stephanie and Dominique, as well as grandchildren Matthew, Arianna, Mason and Damien. A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 47 West High St, East Hampton. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, East Hampton. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland on Friday (July 20th) from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Patrick Church of East Hampton, 47 West High St, East Hampton, CT, 06424. 

Paul J. Randazzo

  Paul J. Randazzo, 71, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Middletown and Portland, Connecticut, passed away on July 3rd, 2018 with his beloved family by his side after battling a brief illness. Paul was pre-deceased by a son and daughter in law, Dean & Kelly Randazzo both of Portland, CT. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judith Randazzo, two daughters, Lisa Randazzo of Portland, CT, and Gina Randazzo of Middletown, CT, step-daughter Jill Hayes and her husband Bill of Middletown, CT and step-son Jeffrey Roy and his wife Chrissy of Middletown, CT. Paul had thirteen grandchildren whom he adored and who all knew him as Poppi, Kyle, Meghan, Brandon, Danny, Sarah, Allyson, Hailey, Damon, Katie, Whitney, Ashley, Tyler and Aiden. He also had one great grandson, Logan.

In his free time Paul enjoyed all retirement life had to offer, Friends and Family, keeping up with his garden, fishing and golfing. Paul was a US Navy Veteran serving from October 1965-May 1971 aboard the USS Essex. During most of his working years, Paul was a Director at Aetna Insurance and most recently Pitney Bowes until his retirement in 2012.

Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Thursday, July 26th from 5-7 p.m. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown will full military honors on Friday, July 27th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor, P.O. Box 188, North Haven, CT, 06473.

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