October 2017

Robert Currier

Robert A. Currier, 79 of Portland, husband of the late Priscilla H. Currier, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. He was the son of the late Gardner and Gertrude (Wingren) Currier. Born on August 1, 1938 in Melrose, MA, he grew up in Clinton, CT and moved to Portland, CT when he married and lived in Portland for the rest of his life. He graduated from Morgan High School in Clinton, CT, served in the Army National Guard and attended the University of Connecticut. He owned and managed Henry’s Time Recording for many years and retired as a Quality Control Inspector from Jarvis, Inc. of Middletown CT. He was a life long fireman, starting as a youth in Clinton and was an active member of the Portland Fire Department for 47 years serving as company 3 Lieutenant as well as company engineer. He was an active member of the Cellar Savers Fire Museum and the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA). He was also involved in the State Chief’s Fire Association. He enjoyed both modern and antique fire trucks. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church in Portland. For many years he and his wife enjoyed their cottage and boating on Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine. Robert was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla Henry Currier and his son Scott Currier. He is survived by his brother David Currier and his wife Kathie of Cincinnati, Ohio, his daughters, Beth Currier and her spouse Kathy Dougherty of Salem, MA and Judy Turgeon and her husband, David of Hebron, daughter in law Alicia Currier,  9 grandchildren, Daniel Turgeon, Bree Currier, James Turgeon, Brenna Currier, Julia Turgeon, Kelsey Currier-Dougherty, Emma Currier-Dougherty, Thomas Henry Currier, and Tess Currier and two nephews, Jeffery Currier of Seattle, WA and Randy Currier of Sarasota, Florida. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 10am at the First Congregational Church, 554 Main St Portland with Rev. Jane Hawken officiating. The Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland is in charge of arrangements. All are invited and welcome in the Church’s Fellowship Hall for light refreshments following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s Memory to Portland Fire Department - PO Box 7, Portland, CT 06480 or to Portland Congregational Church Memorial Fund at 554 Main Street, Portland, CT.  

Robert Lehman

Robert H. Lehman, “Bob,” beloved husband of Patricia Sullivan Lehman for 33 years, passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on October 24, 1946, a son of the late Robert Sherman Lehman and Dorothy Mae (Burnheimer) Lehman.     Besides his wife Patty, he leaves behind his cherished daughters Michele and Kelley Lehman, both of Portland CT, brother Barry Lehman and his partner Brenda of Boswell, PA, sister Barbara Weimer and her husband Gary of Johnstown, PA. He also leaves behind brothers and sisters-in-law James and Maraide Sullivan of South Carolina, Catherine S. Rau of Portland, Mary and Earl Rand of Vermont, John Sullivan of Middletown, Lisa Sullivan of Portland, Ellen and Christopher Nolan of Portland, Margaret and Anthony DeLucia of Glastonbury, many nieces and nephews, close friends, and beloved pets.   In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother- and father-in-law James and Catherine Sullivan, brothers-in-law Joseph, Michael, and Dr. Thomas Sullivan, and Christopher Rau Sr., all of Portland, CT.   Bob will always be remembered as a friendly and caring man with an infectious smile and loving heart. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to car shows, both near and far, in his 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster. He also loved listening to music, and had recently taught himself to play guitar. He was a passionate man who always stopped to enjoy the simple things in life and will be truly missed.    We would like to thank Cobalt Lodge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center and Middlesex Hospice Home Care for all their care and support through this difficult time. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 10 a.m. in St.Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Sunday, October 22nd from 4 to 6 p.m.    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Protectors of Animals, Inc. (East Hartford, CT).   

Elizabeth Schultz

Elizabeth "Betty" Patricia Schultz, 89, of Ft. Myers, FL, formerly of Portland, CT, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Florida. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 25, 1928. She was predeceased by her mother, Francis Hawk Lykens Gallagher and Matthew Gallagher.  Betty was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 56 years, Arthur R. Schultz. She was a graduate of Portland High School. Betty enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards. She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Linnae and Timothy Gould, David and Kelley Schultz, and Brian and Suzanne Schultz; her grandchildren, Michael and Yayee Gomola, Dana Schultz and Connor Schultz; her step-grandchildren, Rosemary Gould, Jeffrey Gould and Laura Gould; sister-in-law Shirley Schultz; nephew Robert Schultz and niece Piper Tobler.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland. Burial will be in the Sweedish Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Betty's memory may be sent to Hope Hospice House, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908 or Portland Fire Department, Portland, CT. 

Ruth Steffman

Ruth C. Steffman, 91, of Middle Haddam, wife of the late John A. Steffman, died on Friday, October 27, 2017, surrounded by her family. Born August 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late James and Catherine Capsalis. Ruth had been a resident of Middle Haddam most of her life. Ruth is survived by her loving family and two sons, William and Elizabeth Steffman of East Hampton, CT and James and Leslie Steffman of Portland, CT. Ruth enjoyed being a grandmother to eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Ruth is also remembered by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hartford Children's Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.