Obituaries

Suzanne Long

 Suzanne Frances Long was born April 11, 1945, daughter of Francis Joseph Long and Hazel May Henderson Long in Portland, Ct. . The first born of three daughters, she attended schools in Portland, and was proud to be a Portland Highlander, fondly recalling the black and red school colors in her last days. Sue worked for Colt Firearms in Hartford for much of her life. Later in life she became a Certified Nurse's Aide and cared for the elderly in their homes. She also volunteered, often, to care for her nieces and nephews. Sue was best known for her ever present sense of humor, joy of life, and incredible generosity. She loved deeply, and was always there for her family and friends, with a kind heart and unconditional love. She was a wonderful sister, trusted friend, and the most amazing Aunt. She adored her nieces, nephews, great -nephews, and great nieces. Wherever Aunt Sue was, the kids were by her side. She also loved Sebastian, her pet parrot, who liked to scream loudly whenever she called you on the phone. Sue is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Rogers of Haddam, Ct. Claire Davis of Branford, Ct; brothers-in - law John Rogers and Jeffrey Davis; nephew, Ryan Rogers of Baltimore, MD; nieces Jennifer Rogers Roth of Haddam Neck, Ct. and Nicole Ragland of Thompson's Station, TN; and their husbands, Scott Roth and Zachary Ragland; great-nephews Connor and Hunter Roth of Haddam Neck, Ct; and Ryder Ragland of Thompson's Station, TN; a great niece, Evalyn Ragland of Thompson's Station, TN; and dear friend, Brian Hasselman of Glastonbury, Ct.. She is also survived by a multitude of the Long and Henderson family cousins, and many friends she dearly loved. Suzanne died peacefully, following a short illness, on the Hospice Unit of Middlesex Hospital, surrounded by family, and cared for by the amazing Hospice Team. In gratitude for the care she was given by Middlesex Hospital, Sue has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Middlesex Hospital Development Fund. A life well lived and well loved, she showed such great courage in her final days. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday ( April 10 ) at 10 am in St. Mary Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in Center Cemetery, Portland, at a later date. 

Robert Goff

 Robert E. Goff of Portland, passed away peacefully Thursday morning March 23rd, at Middlesex Hospital with his loving wife of 40 years by his side. Robert was born on April 11, 1941 in Middletown, son of the late Clarence and Florence (Hills) Goff, Sr. He lived in Portland all of his life. A Vietnam era Veteran of the US Army and served the Portland Fire Department for over 40 years, he was a fan of all sports, but most avidly the NY Mets and NY Giants. He is survived by his wife Sharon (Dean) and two sons Timothy and Andrew, a sister Eleanor and brother-in-law Clifford Robinson of Portland and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers Clarence Jr., Herbert and Fredrick. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in Center Cemetery, Portland at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday morning from 10:30 until the time of the service. The family would like to thank Nurses and Doctors at Middlesex Hospital Hospice for their care and kindness during Robert's illness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Portland United Methodist Church or the Portland Fire Department. 

Mary Coiro

Mary (Wetmore) Coiro, 89, widow of Anthony Coiro of Portland, passed away Sunday, April 2nd, at Middlesex Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Edith (DeRose) Wetmore. Born in West Hartford on July 5, 1927, she graduated from Bulkeley High in 1945. She retired from St. Francis Hospital, Business Office. Mary was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and had served as a Eucharistic minister for many years. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Elsie Wetmore. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Herbert Wetmore, and sister, Janet DeMore. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 8:30 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 10 am. Burial will be in the family plot in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, 51 Freestone Ave, Portland, CT, 06480. 

Darren Dean Anderson

 Darren Dean Anderson, 47, of Portland, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, with his family by his side. Born on April 23, 1969 in Middletown, he was the son of Susanne Anderson-Woronoff and the late Dean E. Anderson. Darren was a lifelong resident of Portland and a 1988 graduate of Portland High School. Before his 15-year career as a legal assistant in the law offices of Attorney Ronald Kutz and Attorney Joseph Prokop, he worked in the business office of Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison in Middletown. Using his outstanding computer skills, he also did work for the Swedish Cemetery, B & S Auction Services, the Portland Historical Society, and many others. Besides his mother, Darren is survived by his brother Chad Anderson and his wife Andrea of East Hampton, his sister Kim Hue Quach and husband Kent of Worcester, Massachusetts, his step-father, Bruce Woronoff of Portland, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. In his teens, Darren was an active member of the Cruisers, a team of young local athletes living with physical disabilities who participate in wheelchair sports. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Portland where he was involved in many church activities and a former member of the Spina Bifida Association. As a youth, Darren enjoyed boating with his father and brother in Great Hill Lake, Portland. He had a love for fine dining and enjoyed sharing recipes with friends and family, especially dessert ones. Losing Darren wasn't just a loss for his family but a loss for everyone who knew him; he touched the lives of so many. He was known for his warm smile and willingness to help anyone. He was a dedicated volunteer at Middlesex Hospital with 20 years of service, volunteering over 5,000 hours. In 2014, he was presented with the President of the United States' Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong commitment of volunteer service at the Patient Financial Services of the Middlesex Hospital. He had a close relationship with many nurses, doctors, and staff at the hospital. After graduation, he kept in touch with his fellow classmates and was the force behind the coordination of his class reunions. As one of his classmates commented, "Darren's journey in life was not easy but his smile, kindness, and dedicated friendship gives us all an example to live by and cherish." Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland. Burial will follow in the Swedish Cemetery. Friends may call at the Zion Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 183 William Street, Portland or to the Hospital for Special Care (HSC), 2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06053. HSC is the managing sponsor of the Cruisers, a team of disabled athletes who compete locally, regionally, and nationally in wheelchair track and field competitions. The family wishes to extend a warm "thank you" to the doctors, nurses, and their staff of the Critical Care Unit at Middlesex Hospital for their devoted care to Darren for the past several days. We would also like to thank the staff at the Greystone Retirement Home for their care and support. 

Frederick Goff

Frederick D. Goff, 74, of Middletown, died on Tuesday at Middlesex Hospital. Born on November 2, 1942 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Clarence and Florence (Hills) Goff, Sr. Frederick was raised in Portland and attended local schools, before moving to Wallingford 30 years ago. He was a former member of the Portland Fire Dept. and was an avid Red Sox and UConn Girls basketball fan. He is survived by his loving family, a brother Robert and sister-in-law Sharon Goff of Portland, a sister Eleanor and brother-in-law Clifford Robinson of Portland, and also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence Goff Jr. and Herbert Goff. -