William H. Flood, Jr. of Portland, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021. He was 86.
Bill was born in Portland on February 24, 1935, the second child of William and Lillian (Greene) Flood. He was a star athlete at Portland High School, lettering in three sports. In basketball, he captained the 1952-53 Central Valley League champions. In baseball, he played third base for the undefeated 1953 team, which won the Connecticut Valley Conference championship. At the same time, he played for American Legion teams that won two district titles. Following graduation, he played semi-professionally in the Middlesex County Baseball League, where he earned selection to a local team that faced a barn-storming team of major leaguers. For these and other achievements, he was inducted into the Portland Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He also shared his love of sports by serving as a coach for local children's baseball and soccer teams. Even into his seventies, he got up early every morning to shoot baskets at the YMCA, and discuss matters of global importance over breakfast with his buddies.
From 1956 to 1957, Bill served in the U.S. Navy aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Northampton, which operated in the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Following his discharge, he went to work for Aetna Life & Casualty, retiring after 38 years there in 1992. While working in the Purchasing Department, he made lifelong friends, with whom he played many cutthroat card games. After retiring, he worked as a delivery driver for Bordonaro’s Pharmacy or as he used to joke, “running drugs.”
He was a passionate fan of the Hartford Whalers, the Boston Celtics, the New England Patriots, the UConn women’s basketball team, and--above all else--the Boston Red Sox. Even in old age, he could recite the year-by-year batting statistics of his hero, Ted Williams, and the starting line-ups of Williams-era teams.
As a parent, Bill instilled in his four children a love of politics, sports, newspapers, nature, animals (especially dogs), wry humor, and his hometown. As Papa, he found joy spending time with his two granddaughters, and never missed a game, swim meet, or performance of theirs.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Arlene; son Kevin Flood and his partner Diane Willcutts of West Hartford; daughter Marie Massaro of Stonington; son William J. Flood of Portland; daughter Sheila Fenton and her husband John of Rocky Hill; granddaughter Reia Massaro and her fiancée Rose Richi of New Haven; and granddaughter Jillian Massaro and her boyfriend Kodi Sullivan of Farmington. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Flood.
The Flood family would like to thank the many staff of Portland Care and Rehabilitation who provided compassionate care in Bill’s final years.
Family and friends are invited to call Monday, September 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street in Portland, Conn.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 14, at the Church of St. Mary, 51 Freestone Avenue in Portland. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1318 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury, Conn.
The family requests those who haven’t received their COVID-19 vaccinations yet to consider sending their condolences or making a memorial donation in lieu of attending.
Mary Ann (McGlynn) Traska of Portland passed away on September 7, 2021 at her home at the age of 85. She was the loving wife of the late Robert J. Traska (Bob) until his death in 1988. Mary Ann and Bob shared a life-long passion for teaching foreign languages and science, respectively. When they were not busy teaching, Mary Ann and Bob enjoyed spending their summers together near the ocean at their cottage in Point Judith, RI, and raising their beloved daughter, Jennifer (Traska) Gibson.Born on Sept 30, 1935 in Woonsocket, RI, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna (Coffey) McGlynn. She was a 1952 graduate of Saint Clare High School in Woonsocket, RI and a proud alumna of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City. After graduating from CMSV in 1956, Mary Ann pursued her love for foreign languages by teaching high school French and Spanish in Cromwell, CT for 38 years and touching the lives of countless students. As a passionate teacher and shameless Francophile, one of Mary Ann’s greatest joys was organizing trips for her students to travel to Paris to study the French language, cuisine, art, and culture. Mary Ann was a devout Roman Catholic. She belonged to St Mary’s Parish in Portland, where she taught faith formation classes for many years.Although fiercely independent until the end of her life, Mary Ann had a deep sense of empathy and was always quick to lend a helping hand to those in need. Ever a lover of words and language, Mary Ann could often be found doing a crossword puzzle (in pen). She loved traveling and spending time with friends and family. She had a generous spirit and was loved by many.She is survived by her loving daughter, Jennifer, and her husband Robert Gibson of Brooklyn, NY and Narragansett, RI. She was the doting and treasured grandmother to Timothy and Connor Gibson. She was also a dear friend to Louis V. Negrelli. Mary Ann leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews, friends, and cherished former students. She will be greatly missed.The funeral will be held on Monday, September 13th at 9 a.m. 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 family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, September 12th from 5-7 p.m.Masks and social distancing are required.In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Portland Food Bank, P.O. Box 71, Portland, CT 06480.
Susan (Susie) B. F. Starkowski, 59, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021.
She was born on Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on August 7, 1962 and was the daughter of Theresa M. Ferguson and the late William J. Ferguson.
Susie graduated from Portland High School in 1980 and continued her studies at Central Connecticut State University, graduating with a degree in Communications.
She was employed at The Connecticut State Lottery as a Fiscal Administrative Officer since 2006 and enjoyed her work greatly.
Susie was a wonderful person who greeted every day and everybody with a smile. She was thoughtful, kind, and entertaining. Susie loved her family and friends immensely and always made new friends quickly and easily wherever she went. She was always fun to be around and was able to find humor in the toughest of situations.
Susie was a talented writer and loved music, the beach, and gathering with family and friends.
Susie's legacy is one of love, laughter, and triumph.
She is predeceased by her father William J. Ferguson, sister Mary Ferguson, and nephew Manny Ferguson. She is survived by her mother Theresa M. Ferguson, her stepmother Diane Grier Ferguson, her daughter Kristen Starkowski, her son Michael Starkowski, and their father Brian Starkowski.
She also leaves behind her beloved sisters Catherine (Kenneth) Onouha, Loretta (Michael) Foley and Janet Ferguson.
In addition, our sweet Susie leaves behind a veritable village of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews,long time friends (including her "taco girls"),her special friend Eddie Socha, co-workers, and neighbors.
She will be deeply missed and always loved. God bless Susie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 25th at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, Portland. Burial will be in the family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland on Friday, September 24th from 5 to 8 p.m.