Alice Corrinne Kearns, age 72, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at Middlesex Health Care Facility in Middletown, CT. She was born on December 28, 1947, in Norwalk, CT, to Vinnie Braud and Corrinne (Poirier) Braud. She split her childhood between Connecticut, Florida and Louisiana. She was a 1966 graduate of Central Catholic High School. She worked as a business manager for a multitude of businesses where she shined as a dedicated, organized boss. Alice truly lived life , she loved to travel, her first big trip was to Germany where her husband was stationed with the Army. On weekends she would travel all over Europe by train to see as much as possible, after 2 years she returned to CT to start her family, but never lost the travel bug. Her favorite place was by the water, as a child she was an accomplished Jr. Olympic swimmer and one of the youngest lifeguards on the Atlantic Coast. After raising her children, she made the move to the ocean. She lived for 25 yrs in Stuart Fl, where she had a lot of friends and loved gardening and going to the shore. She returned to Ct to be with her 2 granddaughters that were truly the loves of her life. She is predeceased by her father Vinnie Braud, her mother Corrinne Poirier Braud and her brother Hermas Braud. She is survived by her son, Sean Kearns; Her daughter Colleen McMeken and husband Cliff, their 2 daughters Jaclyn and Brynn; her sister Kathy Braud and brothers Arthur and Henry Braud. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. The family has chosen to honor her wishes of being returned to the ocean at a later date. In lieu of flowers they would like you to make a donation to the Dementia Society of America in her name. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, is in charge of arrangements.
We are sad to share that Mike Pacholski passed away peacefully at home from natural causes. Having lived in Portland his whole life, he knew the woods and river like the back of his hand. He was an avid lover of nature; most comfortable with a fishing pole, hunting gear, and a beloved dog at his side. Mike was a very skilled big game angler; in fact, was on the crew to win “largest tuna” off Montauk in a tournament in 2012. He learned to appreciate nature early on, as both his parents taught him that animals were to be respected and that the purpose of hunting and fishing was sustenance. At Portland High, Mike excelled at soccer. Then years later, as a dad, he gave his son Eddie advice on the sport, just as our father gave sports advice to Mike. Growing up, he was his father’s sidekick watching the Giants play football. His younger brother has fond memories of staying up all night together, watching nature documentaries, stand-up comedy and MTV. Mike was a master at autobody repair as well as boat fiberglass and teak refinishing. His ability to bring the delicate intricacies of teak to life was amazing.
Mike is survived by his mother Fran Pacholski , his son Edward Pacholski and Eddie’s significant other Valerie Peters, his sister Linda Liptrot and brother Joseph Pacholski.
In lieu of a service, Mike’s ashes will be scattered at sea, where he was the happiest.
We ask that you honor Mike’s memory by providing a kindness to someone in need or adopting a pet.
Walter William (Bill) Olson Jr. of Portland passed away July 25th. Born in Portland on August 19, 1925 he was the son of Walter and Alice (Johnson) Olson. He graduated from Portland High School in 1944 and served the Navy in the Pacific theater aboard a PTO boat until the end of the war.
Upon return Bill joined Bell Telephone, moving up through the ranks from a pole-climbing lineman to a foreman for Southern New England Telephone.
Bill was involved in both local and state politics. He was a former Portland selectman, state representative, elections commissioner and member of the Portland Republican Party. Always forward thinking, in 1962 he became the first politician to use the newly invented answering machine during an election - making him accessible to his constituency 24-7.
In 1947 Bill was married to Ruth Lucey Olson, a blessed union that lasted until her passing in 2019.
They had two children, Arlene and Robert (Rob).
As a young father trying to make ends meet, Bill also worked weekends building homes throughout Portland with Al Walstead. Throughout his life he used these skills to build four houses for himself and his children. A life-long learner, he came from the generation that fixed anything and everything.
In retirement, when he wasn’t working as a handyman for Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital in Middletown, Bill and Ruth spent months each year traveling all 48 contiguous states by RV, always a Labrador Retriever by their side, first a chocolate (Buster), then a yellow (Hagar), and lastly a black (Sparky). They also visited Alaska and Hawaii. If there were no dogs in heaven, Bill and Ruth agreed to meet up again wherever dogs went.
Family and friends were central to Bill’s life. He hosted trips to Disney World with his children and grandchildren as well as trips to Florida and abroad with Arlene, Rob and their families.
At home he was ever in motion, cutting and splitting wood from his lots, tending his bountiful vegetable gardens, and raising Christmas trees that were a “must have” for neighbors, family and friends.
Bill also built a home in Wellfleet on Cape Cod where he would relish the off-season fishing, clamming, helping Arlene and Dwight build their house, entertaining neighbors and forever “finishing” his own house.