April 11, 2021

Death Announced of Merlva L. Davis of Old Lyme, Mother of Raymond, Also of OL

OLD LYME — Merlva L. Davis of Old Lyme passed away March 26, 2021. She was born March 10, 1929, in Woodhaven, Long Island, the daughter of Nunzio Patrick Giuliano and Merlva Anderson Giuliano …

… She is survived by her son Raymond Davis and his wife Lee of Old Lyme; …

… A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 4, in The Day.



Death of James Collins Cushing Announced; Father of Anne Scheel of Lyme, Christopher Cushing of Old Lyme

WATERFORD – James Collins Cushing peacefully departed this world at home, surrounded by his family Tuesday, April 6, 2021 …

… Jim leaves behind the love of his life, Phyllis Cushing, who he married June 22, 1957. Together, they raised five children, Richard Cushing married to Jan Ayer of Niantic, Paul Cushing married to Karen Blodgett of Waterford, Anne Scheel married to Robert Scheel of Lyme, Christopher Cushing of Old Lyme and Julie Wilson married to John Wilson of Niantic. Jim was known as “Grampy” to his 13 grandchildren and “Great-Grampy” his 11 great-grandchildren. His family was the most important part of his life …

… Jim retired as the Chief Procurement Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London …

A celebration of life will be planned for a date in the future.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 9, in The Day.

Death Announced of SFC Carmen Joseph DePaulo III, 36; Member of Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2002

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – SFC Carmen Joseph DePaulo III, 36, of Fayetteville, N.C. formerly of Lyme, passed away March 6, 2021. SFC DePaulo was assigned to A Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Special Forces Group (Airborne).

SFC DePaulo was born Sept. 10, 1984, in Jacksonville, Fla. He attended Lyme-Old Lyme High School in Old Lyme, graduating in June 2002 …

… SFC DePaulo’s awards and decorations include … the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist badge, and Military Free Fall Parachutist badge. He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal …

… He is survived by his wife Abigail DePaulo; and daughters, Kathrine and Alexandra of Fayetteville, N.C., father and mother Carmen and Tonya DePaulo of Lyme; …

… Burial will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 9, in The Day.

Death Announced of Gerald “Jerry” Walter O’Dell of Old Lyme, ‘Exceptional Engineer, Inventor … Problem Solver,

OLD LYME – Gerald “Jerry” Walter O’Dell, 73, of Old Lyme, passed away April 1, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He is survived by a big and loving family, including his wife of nearly 52 wonderful years, Dawn (Rochette) O’Dell of Old Lyme; his three children and their loving spouses, Brian and Jessica O’Dell of Old Saybrook, David and Kristen (O’Dell) Arseneau of Fairfax Station, VA., and Jason and Kelsey (O’Dell) Cole of Madison; as well as six cherished grandchildren …

… Jerry was an exceptional engineer, inventor with several patents to his name and problem solver, who, as a young husband and father, took on the challenge of designing and building his own home in Old Lyme …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 4, in The Day.

Death Announced of Luigi “Gino” Giansiracusa of Hartford, Old Lyme; Owner/Operator of Luigi’s Restaurant, Loved Spending Summers at Miami Beach in OL

HARTFORD & OLD LYME — Luigi “Gino” Giansiracusa, 85, of Hartford and Old Lyme, beloved husband of 60 years of Ines (Santilli) Giansiracusa, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born on March 31, 1936 in Sortino, Province of Siracusa, Sicily, son of the late Sofio and Lucia (Corsello) Giansiracusa, he had been a resident of Hartford for most of his life …

… Gino was a hard worker, throughout his career he was the owner and operator of H&L Dress Company, Gino Fashions, G.G. Sportswear, and Luigi’s Italian Restaurant …

… Gino loved the beach, it was a place he considered his sanctuary and loved spending his summers at his home at Miami Beach in Old Lyme with his family and friends …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published April 6, in the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Robert C. Coleman, Jr., Father of Marisa Hartmann of Old Lyme

Robert C. Coleman, Jr.

PARKVILLE, MD. — A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated later in 2021 for Robert C. Coleman, Jr., a resident of Oak Crest Village, who died on April 1, 2021. Born in Indiana, PA he would add, “Jimmy Stewart’s hometown,” as he would introduce himself. Following graduation from the State Teachers College, Indiana, PA, now Indiana University of PA, he enlisted in the Navy and graduated from the Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI. He served almost five years of active duty during the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Chickaskia.

While attending a service at Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura, CA, he met wife-to-be, Lou Ann Beacom. They married and came east in 1955. Bob joined the Baltimore County School System that year, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and mainly personnel administrator for thirty-four years.

Family was primary in his life–being involved in the lives of their six children was challenging and rewarding to Bob who was an only child. Camping vacations to multiple state and national parks provided many memories when the children were young. An active lifestyle was important to Bob, enjoying retirement playing golf and bicycling on the North Central Trail.

Religion was a guiding force throughout his life. Prior to Oak Crest, Bob was active at St. Joseph’s Church in Cockeysville where he was a choir member for twenty years and a parish council member. He was also active in the Catholic Community at Oak Crest. Singing enriched his retirement as he sang in barbershop choruses, church choirs and the Oak Crest Chorus.

He is predeceased by his loving wife, Lou Ann. Surviving are their two daughters, Julie of Annapolis, MD and Marisa of Old Lyme, CT; four sons, Brian of Jarrettsville, MD, Michael of Cancun, Mexico, Christopher of Del Ray Beach, FL, and Daniel of West Chester, PA and nine grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Crest Benevolent Care Fund, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville, MD 21234.

Death Announced of Rachel Wertheimer, 51, of Old Lyme; Daughter of Sheila, Also of OL

OLD LYME — Friday, March 12, 2021, Rachel Wertheimer, beloved daughter, sister, and aunt, passed away at the age of 51. Rachel was born Nov. 21, 1969, in Atlanta, Ga., and moved to Waterford in 1971. She graduated from Waterford High in 1988, and remained a lifelong resident of Southeastern Connecticut …

… In recent years she rescued multiple black labs, including her beloved Lilly. Her cat Jake, a gift for her 40th birthday from her mother, was the love of her life …

… Rachel was preceded in death by her father Stanley. She will be dearly missed by her mother Sheila; sister Alyssa Morin; brother-in-law Eric Morin; brother David; nephew Alec; and niece Emma …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published March 31, in The Day.

Death Announced of Bruce Bennett Smith of Old Lyme, Raised Family in OL with Wife Deborah Over Past 36 Years

OLD LYME — Bruce Bennett Smith departed this live in the early hours of Monday, March 22, 2021.

A loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, Bruce is survived and celebrated by his sister Sandy; his wife Deborah; and his children, Cathy, Jennifer, Richard, and Lynn; and grandchildren, Devon, Kenneth, Gabrielle, Evelyn, Vera, and Bennett.

Born in Kentucky, Oct. 6, 1951, Bruce was a traveler who made his home with his wife Deborah in Old Lyme, where over the past 36 years they raised their family …

… In lieu of flowers or gifts donations can be made to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice program, who assisted him and his family throughout his final years …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published March 29, in The Day.

Death Announced of George Moore, Lyme Land Trust Director Emeritus

George Moore

LYME — The death of Lyme Land Trust Director Emeritus George Moore has been announced by Lyme Land Trust Executive Director Kristina White.

In an email sent March 25 to Lyme Land Trust members and friends, White states with “deep regret” that Mr. Moore, “… passed away recently.”

She notes, “He leaves behind his wife, Rosemary, two sons, John and Chris, daughter Joanna and their families. George and Rosemary were planning to move shortly to Chester Village, and Rosemary is living there now.”

Commenting that, “George’s love of Lyme and its people will always be remembered. He gave his time to something he deeply believed in and dedicated his last 17 years to making the Land Trust what it is today.”

White gives a history of Mr. Moore’s involvement in the Lyme Land Trust, explaining, “He was elected to the Land Trust Board as a volunteer Director in 2003. In 2007, he was elected Board President, and in 2013 the Board appointed him as its first Executive Director. Through his vision and effective management, George has helped transform the Lyme Land Trust into one of the most active and successful in the state.”

She says, “Among his many accomplishments – in addition to the day-to-day management of the Land Trust – are:

  • building the Land Trust’s membership to comprise half the households in Lyme; assisting in acquiring numerous preserves, including Chestnut Hill, Walbridge Woodlands, Banningwood and Brockway-Hawthorne;
  • assisting with securing the coveted national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance;
  • initiating the President’s Circle, composed of the Land Trust’s most generous supporters;
  • arranging for the production of the PBS film on the Land Trust and conservation in Lyme, as well as its sequel, The Rest of the Story (both of which can be viewed at lymelandtrust.org);
  • organizing and managing our highly successful annual fundraiser, a regionally recognized, fun and scenic biking event for all ages and abilities: the Tour de Lyme.”

White concludes, “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Land Trust, the Board elected George as its first Director Emeritus and named a nine-mile loop in four Preserves, The George and Rosemary Moore Trail, Rosemary having been a great help to George in all of his Land Trust activities.”

There will be a private family service held at a future date.

To send condolences: Rosemary Moore, Chester Village West, Chester, CT 06412.

Death of John C. Brown Announced; Earl Peters of Old Lyme was his Guardian, Friend

NEW LONDON — John C. Brown was born Aug. 17, 1949, and passed from this earth March 11, 2021; he was 71 years of age.

John leaves behind his Seacorp/The Arc Eastern Connecticut Family; his guardian and friend Earl Peters of Old Lyme; and a rich assortment of people whose lives were touch by him and his amazing spirit.

John will be remembered for his strength, compassion, and sense of humor. Most notably he will be remembered for his love of a good tale, his enrichment of every story and his innate ability to get people to move their cars by yelling at them out the window …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published March 17, in The Day.

Death of Joseph S. Migatz of Old Lyme Announced, ‘a Family Man of Faith’

OLD LYME — Joseph S. Migatz, 85, of Old Lyme, CT. beloved husband of Jean Lois (Otfinowski) Migatz, passed away at home Sunday March 14, surrounded by his wife, son and daughter …

… He was a 55 year member of the Point O’ Woods Beach community in Old Lyme …

… He is survived by his beloved wife Jean and cherished children: Michael Joseph Migatz of Old Lyme, Carol Ann Migatz and fiancé David Reese Kean of Old Lyme and Christchurch New Zealand; his beloved grandson Joseph James Sullivan of Wethersfield, CT. and several nieces and nephews.  Joe was a family man of faith who was hardworking, dedicated and loyal. Joe was also brave, courageous and inspirational in his 22 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published March 17 in The Day.

Death Announced of Donald S. Bugbee Sr. of Old Lyme; Father of Don, OL Parks & Rec. Director, LOLHS Girls’ Basketball Coach

Donald S. Bugbee, Sr.

OLD LYME — Donald S. Bugbee Sr., 90, of Mile Creek Road, passed away peacefully after a short illness, Tuesday evening, March 9, 2021, in Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, while under Hospice care.

Mr. Bugbee was born Oct. 8, 1930, in New London, the son of Roger and Bernice (Morgan) Bugbee. He was a lifelong carpenter and property caretaker.

He is survived by his son Don Bugbee of Old Lyme and was predeceased by his parents; wife Dorothy Bugbee; daughter Deborah Rutty; daughter Patricia Bugbee; brother Ray Bugbee; and his partner Barbara Gardiner.

He was blessed in his life with nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

He enlisted and loyally served his Country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Throughout his life he enjoyed his family, friends, work, hunting, fishing, camping, square dancing, tractors, trips to Vermont and watching Old Lyme High School girls basketball games. After work was completed each day, he was commonly seen in his workshop at home where anything could be built, remodeled or fixed-up good as new.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Laysville Cemetery in Old Lyme. All are welcome to attend. Family will gather privately prior to the Service at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home. Please visit www.fultontherouxoldlyme.com to sign the online guestbook and leave a tribute for Mr. Bugbee’s family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any donations be made to the charity of their choice. The family would also like to thank all the Hospital and Hospice staff for their kind and comforting care during his last few days.

“Rest in peace Dad. You are now reunited with loved ones. You are loved by many and will be missed. Forever in our hearts. Your loving Son, Don.”

Death of Margaret Riccio Labriola, Formerly of Old Lyme, Announced

Margaret Riccio Labriola, 86, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2021. She was born on May 18, 1934. “Marge” as she like to be called, resided at Davis Place in Danielson, CT for the past two years. Marge was predeceased by her late husband Daniel J. Labriola of 59 years in March of 2017. Marge was raised in Hartford, CT and moved to Old Lyme, CT in 1958 following her marriage to Daniel. They have four children who reside in CT: Maryann Labriola; Daniel T. Labriola (Michelle); Patricia Novick (Eric); and Michael Labriola …

… Marge and Dan sold their family home in Old Lyme in 1997 and moved to Melbourne, FL …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published March 8, in the Hartford Courant.


Death Announced of James H. (Jim) Jones, Jr., Father of Beth Jones of Lyme

LCDR James H. (Jim) Jones, Jr. USNR, Ret. of Haddam, CT, formerly of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on February 24, 2021 at the age of 96. He died peacefully at home during his afternoon nap …

… In December, 2019, Jim moved to Connecticut to be with family. Having voted in every presidential election since he reached voting age, a source of great pride was that he was able to cast his vote in one more presidential election in November, 2020 …

…  Jim is survived by Randy Jones (Marie) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Connie Jones of Virginia Beach, VA, Beth Anne Jones (Steve) of Lyme, CT, and Jamie Jones (Wendy) of Virginia Beach, VA, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published March 7, in The Virginian-Pilot.

Death of Francis J. “Frank” Purdue Announced, ‘a Life Full of Love and Joy’

OLD LYME — Francis J. “Frank” Purdue passed away peacefully Feb. 12, 2021, holding his wife, Maria’s hand, at Middlesex Hospital after a short illness. Born March 8, 1933, in New York to Francis and Viola Purdue.

Frank is survived by his wife, Maria, and his six children, Frank (wife Linda), Maureen (husband John), Susan, Edward (wife Carole), Pamela (husband Paul), Gina (husband Garth); and 18 grandchildren …

… Frank lived a life full of love and joy.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Feb. 18, in The Day.

Death Announced of Joanne Trawicke Centola of Old Lyme; Loved Living on Rogers Lake, Volunteered at High Hopes

OLD LYME —  Joanne Trawicke Centola, 73, of Old Lyme, passed Feb. 24, 2021, due to complications from heart failure. Born June 3, 1947 in Waterbury, Joanne was the only child of the late John D. and Anna B. Trawicke.

She grew up in Meriden and spent her summers on Rogers Lake in Old Lyme …

… Joanne always loved living on Rogers Lake and moved there full-time in 2005. To her family, she was affectionately known as “Lake Girl.” She enjoyed boating, water skiing and ice skating when she was younger and boat rides, paddle boarding and even tubing with her grandchildren as she got older …

… Joanne also enjoyed volunteering at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Center in Old Lyme …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Feb. 28, in The Day.

Death Announced of A. John Plikus Jr., 80, of Lyme; He Took Great Pleasure in … Bringing out the Beauty of his Corner of Lyme.

LYME — A. John Plikus Jr., 80, of Lyme passed away Feb. 18, 2021, at his home. John was born April 3, 1940, son of Anthony J. Plikus Sr. and Alice (McCully) Plikus in New London …

… He leaves his beloved wife Christine (Audibert) Plikus; son John M. Plikus and his wife Kerry; daughter-in-law Monica Plikus; step-son Mark Hope and his wife Melissa; step-daughter Dr. April Chitwood; …

… In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Lyme Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 911, Hadlyme, CT 06439.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Feb. 21, in The Day.

Death Announced of Kathleen Jane “Kathy” Munday of Old Lyme, Member of OLHS Class of 1967

OLD LYME — Kathleen Jane “Kathy” Munday passed into the hands of Our Lord Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7, 2021, the thought of Tom Brady winning another championship being the last straw. Kathy was born May 31, 1949, in Woonsocket, R.I., the third child and only girl of nine.

After the family resettled in Old Lyme, she graduated from Old Lyme High School in 1967, and went on to college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she received a degree in education. After substitute teaching at Center School in Old Lyme, but not finding permanent employment, she started working at EB Publishing, a job she truly loved …

… Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday March 13, with private burial to follow …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Feb. 21, in The Day.

Death of Mark Michael Gordon, 61, Announced; Spent All His Childhood Summers at Old Colony Beach, ‘Unforgettable Memories, Amazing Lifetime Friends’

Mark Michael Gordon, of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 2021 at the age of 61. Mark grew up in Bloomfield, CT and after attending Bloomfield High School, he continued his education and graduated from Adelphi University in New York …

…  we would be remiss if we did not mention Mark spent all of his childhood summers with his immediate and extended family at Old Colony Beach in Old Lyme CT making unforgettable memories and amazing lifetime friends …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Feb. 22, in the Hartford Courant.

Death Announced of Lifelong Democrat David Woolley, He “Devoted Himself to Performing Public Service”

David B. Woolley. File photo.

OLD LYME — It is with deep sadness that we report the death of David B. Woolley on Jan. 30, 2021.

After service in the Navy and a long, exemplary career in banking, he became a permanent resident of Old Lyme in 1989 when he moved into what had been his summer home at Old Lyme Shores.

To quote from his obituary, “During his entire adult life, David devoted himself to performing public service,” which included serving continuously as a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance from 1995 through 2019. During that time, he was designated as a board of finance specialist to the Old Lyme Volunteer Fire Department.

His obituary states, “Mr. Woolley was a lifelong, dedicated member of the Democratic Party. He became a member of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee in 1994, was elected chairman in 2002, then served in that capacity continuously until 2018. He remained an extremely active member of the committee until the present time.”

It continues, “During that time, he oversaw a substantial increase in the Democratic party registration in the Town of Old Lyme, and the successful election of important town offices from the Democratic Party during this period,” adding, “He ran numerous fundraisers for the Party, including the beloved “Lobster Fest”. ”

The obituary notes, “David’s primary interest in life involved dedication of time and activities with his family and friends, and his many hours spent performing public service. He greatly enjoyed his political activities as a highly respected and loved member and chairman of the local Democratic Political Party.” He also served as President of the Old Lyme Shores Beach Association for many years.

Asked her reaction to hearing of Mr. Woolley’s passing, former Old Lyme Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said, “It is sad news about Dave. He was a true gentleman, cared deeply about Old Lyme, the beach communities and his fellow Democrats.”

She continued, “And he was always an advocate for me and other democrats who ran for office. In 2003 and 2005, we ran together for Selectman and First Selectman and he was so loyal, hardworking and determined. He will be greatly missed by many in Old Lyme.”

She concluded, “My heart goes out to his sister, Pat Cronin, who cared for him in his last days.”

Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal offered similar sentiments, saying, “Dave Woolley was a gentleman to the core. He was a mentor to me and to many on the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee. Dave was kind, fair and engaging. He was a good listener, thoughtful, a strategic thinker, and he always put Old Lyme and our residents first.”

She ended with the words, “I will miss him very much. My condolences to his family and many friends.”

We too, here at LymeLine, extend our sincere sympathies to Dave’s family and friends. He was a good and genuine man, who served his community endlessly. He will be deeply missed by many.