July 2019

Charles Bronson


Charles Ira Bronson, 89 of Covenant Village in Cromwell, Connecticut peacefully passed away on June 29, 2019.

Charles was born on November 6, 1929 in Middletown, Connecticut to Paul and Dorothy (Carlson) Bronson. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School, Class of 1947. Charles graduated from Upsala College, New Jersey.

Charles married Nancy L. Bronson on March 17, 1951. Charles and Nancy made Portland home and were married for over 66 years. Charles operated the Paul N. Bronson Insurance Agency from his Portland home on Main Street. Charles and Nancy moved to Covenant Village in Cromwell, Connecticut in 2009.

Charles was a long term member of Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, Connecticut. He served on the church council and was acting treasurer for 25 years. He served on the Swedish Cemetery Committee. Once Charles and Nancy resided in Cromwell, they attended Bethany Lutheran Church.

Summers were enjoyed at the family cottage at Cornfield Point, Old Saybrook and years later in Point Judith, Rhode Island. Charles loved gardening and listening to classical music. Car trips to Tanglewood and shows at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam were favorite destinations.

Charles leaves his beloved son, William and his wife, Linda of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Grandchildren include Michael (wife Amanda) of Wakefield, Rhode Island; David (wife Cara) of Auburn, New Hampshire; Heidi (husband Lucas) of Marblehead, Massachusetts; and Christopher (wife Jennifer) of Pittsford, New York. Eight great grandchildren: Hayden, Noah, Teagan, Gavin, Madison, Emily, Jessica and Hailey. He leaves several nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by his wife, Nancy; his son, David and 2 brothers, Dr. William Bronson and John Bronson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday (July 8th) at 11 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in the Swedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday (July 8th) from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Charles’ memory to Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William St, Portland, CT, 06480 or to Bethany Lutheran Church, 50 Court St, Cromwell, CT, 06416.

Bill and Linda wish to thank “all of you” that were involved with Dad’s care over the past couple of years.

Ryan Valeri

 Ryan M. Valeri, 38, a lifelong resident of Portland, CT passed away at his home on July 11, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Andrea (Berger) Valeri, his mother, Christine Valeri, and his brother and sister-in-law, John and Chelsey Valeri, also of Portland, CT. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas M. Valeri. Born on January 30, 1981, Ryan spent his childhood cultivating the interests that would become his passions; these included hockey (go Penguins!), music, and all manner of outdoor adventures. He graduated from Portland High School in 1999 and later earned an Associate degree from Middlesex Community College. He most recently worked at Yale Electric Supply, where co-workers supported him generously throughout his illness. Ryan was fiercely loyal to family and friends, and seldom passed up an opportunity to share their company, whether it be to make them waffles, play guitar, light a ceremonial bonfire, or set off fireworks. When confronted with the eventuality of death, he chose to live fully in his final years. He married his longtime partner, traveled within the country and beyond, tended to his house and yard with absolute pride and devotion, and made memories that will be carried on in others. He also helped to care for his beloved mother, with whom he shared a particular fondness for sunflowers. Ryan's last weeks were spent surrounded by the people and things he loved most. He had a quiet strength that enabled him to defy expectations and embrace mortality on his own terms. While the years in his life were short, the life in his years was not—and we'll all live just a little bit better for having known and loved him. A special note of thanks to the Hematology team at Smilow Cancer Center for their genuine friendship, and for sharing in both happy times and hard ones. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org. Calling hours will be held on Monday (July 22) at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland from 5-7 p.m. Services and burial will be private at a later date. 

Pasqualo Lapadula


Pasqualo "Patsy" Lapadula, 86, of Portland passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday.  He was the beloved husband of Bunny Lapadula for 64 years.  He was born on September 12, 1932 in Middletown, son of the late Dominic and Filomena  (Russo)  Lapadula.  Pat was a life-long resident of  Portland and was a member of  the Portland Fire Dept. Company 1.  He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War until 1954.  He worked at Stone Container for 30 years, retiring at the age of 55.  Pat co-owned and operated Portland Bowl for 11 years, "a place everyone enjoyed."  Pat was active in all kinds of sports and he was inducted into the Portland Sports Hall of Fame, which he was very proud of.  His enjoyments in life were his grandchildren, family, cooking, and his sports. Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving family, a daughter Deborah (Lapadula) Cunningham, two sons and daughter-in-laws Jeffrey Lapadula and wife Kim, and Patrick Lapadula and his wife Sally.  He is also survived by his four grandchildren Lauren Lapadula and her husband Joshua Obermeier, Patrick Lapadula, Jr., Matthew Lapadula, and Jessinta Cunningham, and his great-granddaughter Madison Didato.  He also leaves behind his only living aunt Helen Sutkowski and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his devoted caregiver Lisa Mazzotta.  He was predeceased by his sister, Gloria Clark.  

The funeral will be held on Tuesday (July 30th) at 10:30 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 at 11:30 a.m.  Burial with full military honors will be in the State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m.

Richard O'Keefe

 Richard  R. " Tiny " O'Keefe, 66, of  Portland, husband of  Cathy (Schwamb) O'Keefe, passed away on Tuesday at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his family. Born on January 20, 1953 in Hartford, son of the late Francis and Joyce (Gustafson) O'Keefe. He was raised in East Hartford before moving to Portland 27 years ago. Richard had been retired from Pratt & Whitney Co. after 41 years. A member of St. Mary Church Portland. Besides his wife, he is survived by his loving family,  three sons  Rick   O'Keefe and daughter-in-law Taylor of   Southington,  Matthew Fasciani and wife Jessica of Portland, and John  O'Keefe of Portland.  Three daughters Melissa Chivers and husband Craig  of  Middletown,  Margaret O'Keefe of Portland, Kara O'Keefe  and Austin.  A brother Frank O'Keefe of Vernon.  Three sisters Brenda  Pagano of East Hartford,  Anne  Cimadon of East Hartford, Sheila Brown of South Windsor.  Six grandchildren Raychel, Brionna, Molly, Avery, Matthew, Cole, and also several nieces and nephews.  He loved his family more than life itself. He was a kind, gentle soul who loved nature, woodworking, but most of all spending time with his family and friends. He was the 'BEST' man to all that knew him. He will be missed every day for the rest of our lives.   

The funeral will be held on Saturday (July 13) at 9 a.m. from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland followed by a mass of Christian burial in St. Mary Church, Portland, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Swedish Cemetery  Portland.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday (July 12) from 5  to 8 p.m.