October 2018

John Bump

John F. Bump, 82, of Sebring, FL passed away on Sept. 13, 2018, after a long illness. John was born in Old Lyme on July 11, 1936. John worked as a truck driver and delivery driver for many years and loved to travel. He lived most of his life in Connecticut, spending the last three years in Florida.
John is survived by two daughters, Annie Vuto (Bernie) of Lakeland, FL and Deborah Bump of Burnt Hills, NY; three stepsons, William, Robert, and Dean Warner, and a stepdaughter, Sherilyn D'Erocle. He is survived by a brother, Thomas (Elsie) Bump of Old Lyme; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and other family and friends. John is preceded in death by his first wife, Luella (White) Bump, a granddaughter, Rhonda "Girdie" Thomas; his second wife, Anita (Piatti-Warner) Bump; a daughter, Mary Thomas and brothers Patrick and Frederick Bump.
A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24th at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St Mary's Cemetery, Portland.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: www.stjude.org

Harry Hetrick

Harry (Dutch) E. Hetrick, 83 beloved husband of 56 years of Judith (Bryant) Hetrick passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. They were married in May 1962 in St. Francis Church in Middletown, CT. Harry was born on August 3, 1935 in Middletown, CT son of Harry B. Hetrick and Mary (Peg) O'Neil. He graduated Portland High School in 1954. He entered the Navy in 1954 and serviced thru 1958 on the USS Iowa and was a plank member of the Saratoga. He joined the Portland Fire Department in 1958 and was an active participate for 55 years plus in Company 2. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He was employed at CL & P and retired in 1993 after 33 years of service.
He was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and a lover of all things outdoors. He and Judith were lifetime members of St. Mary's Church in Portland, CT.
Survived by his daughter, Michele (Binke) Bryant and her husband Ronald of Unity, NH and by sons; Master Sargent Paul Hetrick and his wife Diane of Clinton, MA and Edward Hetrick and his wife Tina of Portland, CT and also by his two granddaughters and two great grandchildren.
The funeral will be held on Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portland with full military honors. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Thursday, October 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donates came be made to St. Mary's church rebuilding fund or Portland Fire Engine Company Number 2 equipment fund. 

Robert Sanstrom

It's with great sadness that the family of Robert P. Sanstrom , son of the late Linus and Vera ( Facius ) Sanstrom and beloved husband of Rosemary ( Auterino ) Sanstrom passed on Wednesday October 24 at the age of 73 at home under the care of Middlesex Hospice. He was a life long resident of Portland, Ct. He retired from S.N.E.T. after many years of service. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era . Bob was a co owner of the S & S race care number 33 SK modified at Stafford for many years. He was a lifetime member of B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 771 in Middletown, a lifetime member of the Pioneers Club, and the Madeira Beach American Legion. Bob enjoyed spending his winters in Florida. In addition to his parents Bob was predeceased by his brother Linus L. Sanstrom and his brother in law Vincent J. Auterino. Besides his loving wife he is survived by his sister in law Donna ( Adranus ) Van Ryswyk, Nancy Kelley Sanstrom, and Carolyn B. Auterino. He also leaves behind his loving nephews John Scott Auterino, Travis ( Amanda ) Conrad, Adam ( Liza ) Auterino, Justin Conrad Sr. , Erik ( Kerri ) Conrad and Daniel R. Sanstrom and great nephews Andrew Conrad, Justin Conrad Jr. , Aiden Conrad and his great niece Annabelle Grace Conrad. Bob also leaves hi coffee buddy George. The funeral will be held on Saturday ( October 27 ) at 9 am from the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St. Portland followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Portland. Burial will be in the Swedish Cemetery Portland with full military Honors. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday ( October 26 ) from 5 to 7 pm. The family wished to thank Middlesex Hospice for their compassion and care during this difficult time particularly to his nurse Diane and his aides Joanne and Janice. A special thanks to his caregivers that were like family through out his care Alaiyyah and Jaime. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Middlesex Hospice Unit C/O Development Office 55 Crescent St. Middletown, Ct. 06457 in Bob's name.