August 19, 2022

Death Announced of Artist Betty Louise “Betsy” Davies, Formerly of Hadlyme, Studied at Lyme Academy

MARBLEHEAD, MASS. – Artist, fisherman, cartographer, teacher, wife and mother, Betty Louise “Betsy” Davies departed for another adventure Aug. 8, 2022.

Betsy was born April 21, 1925, in Palmer, Mass. It was not to be a conventional, predictable, quiet and orderly life. She had many adventures, meeting them with a zest for exploration, invention and a love of people …

… she caught the eye and heart of cadet David L. Davies. Thus began the 81-year epic romance through life and into the hereafter. After retiring from the service, they found roots in Hadlyme, for over 50 years where they made lifelong friendships; and Betsy firmly established a career as an artist after her studies with Dean Keller, Aaron Shikler and Elisabeth Gordon Chandler at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Betsy and David found their dream life in Marblehead …

Betsy’s services will be privately held …

Visit this link to view the full obituary published by The Day on Aug. 14, 2022.

Death Announced of Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme; Graduated 2004 From LOL High School

OLD LYME — Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme passed away July 12, 2022, with his loving family by his side.

Gerry was born Aug. 16, 1986, to Gerald and Joanne Karpuska in New London. After Gerry graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2004, he went on to excel at carpentry being a craftsman, not just a carpenter …

Gerry was a man of many talents, being very mechanically inclined and having the desire to labor outdoors. His meticulous labor was that of a perfectionist …

Gerry was a conversation starter with memorable Vermont vacations, eventful Florida trips, Fourth of July escapades, fishing, motocross, and skiing experiences …

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Joanne Karpuska of Old Lyme; his brother and wife, Kyle and Alyssa Karpuska of Waterford; his sister and husband, Dana and Matthew Stark and nephew Rusty of Old Lyme; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Joan Karpuska of Old Lyme; and many caring cousins, aunts and uncles …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerry’s name to Bikes For Kids at P.O. Box 94, Centerbrook, CT 06409.

Death Announced of Ethel Gordon Chatkin, 93, of Old Lyme, Longtime Musician

OLD LYME – Ethel Gordon Chatkin of Old Lyme, passed away July 22, 2022, at the age of 93. Ethel was born and raised in Minot, N.D., and moved to New England, subsequent to her attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa …

Ethel was a musician, beginning in grade school with violin lessons from Arturo Petrucci of Italy, who also taught an eminent Julliard professor Sally Thomas, also originally of Minot …

The family would like to pay tribute to Rabbi Marc Eckstrom and Dr. David Walker, Michele Snitkin and Martha Shoemaker for their support during Ethel’s struggle for healing …

Death Announced of Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme; Services Thursday in OL

OLD LYME — Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme, passed away July 22, 2022, peacefully at home after a six-month fight against cancer …

Pat owned and operated “A Yellow Butterfly” salon in Clinton, for 36 years, and was a poker dealer at Mohegan Sun for the last 20 years.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Duck River Cemetery, McCurdy Road, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Aug. 8, 2022 by The Day.

Death Announced of Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., Father of Glenn of Old Lyme

Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., born in the Throgs Neck section of The Bronx and resident of Smithtown, NY for over 54 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 25th with his wife of 68 years, Margaret “Peggy” by his side. He was 89 years old …

He is survived by his wife Peggy, his children and their (spouses); Daniel (Lois) of Washington, DC, Cathy Thomas (Pete) of Darien, CT, Glenn (Marla) of Old Lyme, CT and daughter-in-law Dawn of Naples, FL.  …

Warren leaves his 11 grandchildren whom he adored and spoiled on every occasion.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 7, in Newsday.

Death Announced of Dr. Robert “Bob” James Staab of Old Lyme, Services Thursday in OL

OLD LYME — Dr. Robert James Staab, 71, of Old Lyme, passed away July 29, 2022, surrounded by family. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme, followed by a reception.

Known affectionately as “Dr. Bob,” he was born in Roselle, N.J., Sept. 18, 1950. He married his high school sweetheart, Susan Hornyak July 29, 1972. They were married for exactly 50 years to the day and had four children together.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Robert (Kathleen), Katherine, Christopher (Erin), and Stephanie …

He earned graduate degrees from St. John University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in biology from his beloved alma mater, Boston College. His profession was his true calling in life …

The other great passion of his life was his faith …

He could be found cruising the Connecticut River in his 1966 Bertram Moppie “Blue Chip” from April to November …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 1, 2022 in The Day.

Death Announced of Altabelle Pflomm, 90, Lifelong Resident of Old Lyme, 1938 Hurricane Survivor

OLD LYME —  Altabelle Pflomm, 90, widow of Wilbur Pflomm, passed away June 22, 2022, at Bride Brook Health & Rehabilitation Center …

She moved to Hawks Nest Beach in Old Lyme when she was young, where she survived the Hurricane of 1938 with her family. She … graduated from Old Lyme High School in 1950. Altabelle was a lifelong resident of Old Lyme. She married Wilbur Pflomm in 1950, and they made their home first on Blood Street and, later, on Ledgewood Drive …

She is survived by three children: Kathryn Fisher and her husband Keith, Deidra Jones Pflomm and Alexander C. Pflomm …

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library or the Lyme’s Senior Center.

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

Death Announced of Former Principal of Old Lyme’s Mile Creek School, Ronald “Ron” Martino; Services in OL, Aug. 3

Ronald Edward Martino
May 8, 1935 – July 16, 2022

MYSTIC, CT/OLD LYME, CT — Ronald “Ron” Martino 87, beloved husband of 62 years to Alberta Martino, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Born in New Britain, he was the only child of the late Anthony and Frances Martino.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from CCSC and his Master’s at the University of Hartford and his 6th year certificate at UCONN. He spent the majority of his career in education serving the Old Lyme school system as principal of Mile Creek Elementary School for 25 years. In addition, he was an accomplished musician and led a 5 piece dance band that played throughout CT in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. His passion for music continued throughout his life, having played percussion in the Old Lyme Town Band, and in his retirement played piano at the Flood Tide Inn in Mystic.

When he and his wife eventually moved to Evergreen Woods he continued to play piano at many resident social events. Ron and Alberta raised their family in Old Lyme, and enjoyed living on the shoreline, taking advantage of the beaches and Long Island Sound. Ron and Alberta had a wide circle of friends with whom they socialized over dinner parties, boating, and ski trips. Ron was an avid fisherman and boater. On many Saturdays in the early hours of the morning he could be found on the waters, many of those days with his best friend Larry Kelliher chasing whatever fish wanted to jump onto their hooks.

In retirement, he and Alberta moved to Naples, Florida where they were snowbirds for 10 plus years. They moved from Old Lyme to Niantic in 2003, and moved to Evergreen Wood last year to be closer to his children. He was a loving, kind and devoted husband and father.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Christine Carey and her husband Michael of Westport and Laura Martino and her spouse Elizabeth Ingalls of Guilford and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his cousin Joe Martino who was like a brother to him.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 AM in Christ The King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme.

Gifts in his memory can be made to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, P.O. Box 589, Old Lyme CT 06371 or online at

Death Announced of Ronald Sheldon Houlihan, Member of OLHS Class of 1956

Ronald Sheldon Houlihan

OLD LYME — Ronald Sheldon Houlihan, aged 83, of Homosassa, Fla., died July 6, 2022. Ron was born July 18, 1938, to the late George and Grace (Morgan) Houlihan of Old Lyme, Conn., where Ron and his four siblings grew up. After graduating from high school, Ron joined the Army. He trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, served in Korea, and was in the Special Forces. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1959.

In Old Lyme, he married and had two daughters, Cindi and Lisa, whom he loved without limit. His simple joy was to walk in the same woods he had as a boy, now with a different dog and a daughter or two.

Working for Connecticut Light & Power as a lead lineman, he served his union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, as the business manager of Local 1175, and charter member then president of Local 457. He served his hometown on its Democratic Town Committee and its Conservation Commission.

After 30 years with CL&P, he retired to Homosassa, Fla., with his partner, Sheryl Williams. Ron was a life member of the 101st Airborne Division Association and of the VFW, serving two terms as commander of Post 8189. He also belonged to AmVets, American Legion Post 155, and Moose Lodge 2013. He enjoyed golf, especially a hole-in-one that might have been his proudest non-paternal moment; hunting deer and pheasant; reading westerns and military history; and maintaining his Irish in drink and temper. He was proud to keep his yard precisely mowed and his vehicles pristine. You could eat off his lawn, but not in his car.

His brother George of Westbrook, sisters Millie Jackson and Joyce Grisky of Old Lyme, and daughter Cynthia (Cindi) Houlihan of Norwich predeceased him. He is survived by Sheryl, his devoted companion of more than 30 years; daughter Lisa Houlihan (Richard Caccavale) of Denver, CO; sister Faye Hubble of Naples, FL; sister-in-law Norma Houlihan of Punta Gorda, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

VFW 8189 at 8856 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa, will host a memorial service with a military salute on July 23 at 2 p.m. Ron’s ashes will be interred in Bushnell National Cemetery.

Death Announced of Gregory S. “Greg” Curtis, 59, of Old Lyme; Husband of Melissa, Father of Jacob & Maggie

OLD LYME — Gregory S. “Greg” Curtis, 59, of Old Lyme, passed away July 6, 2022, after a long battle with leukemia. Greg leaves his wife Melissa; a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Maggie. He is survived by his parents, five brothers and sisters; and many nieces and nephews …

Depending on the season, he loved skiing, swimming, biking, fishing and birding, especially when accompanied by his two dogs, Folly and Moose. But his greatest joys are Jacob and Maggie. He was so proud of the incredible young adults they have become …

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Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 11, 2022 by The Day.

Death Announced of Diane J. (Otrin) Chapman of Old Lyme; Wife of Burton, Mother of Tricia Granata, Both of OL

OLD LYME — Diane J. (Otrin) Chapman, 81, of Laurel Drive, Old Lyme, formerly of Old Saybrook, died on June 27, 2022, at her home. Diane was born on April 13, 1941, in Guilford …

Diane owned and operated The Feed Bag in Old Saybrook for 35 years before retiring in 2003 …

She is survived by her husband Burton E. Chapman, Jr., of Old Lyme; her son Jeff Chapman of Old Saybrook; her daughter Tricia Chapman Granata of Old Lyme; …

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Visit this link to read the full obituary published July 7, 2022 by The Day.

Death Announced of Christopher “Chris” Charles Pardue, Husband of Longtime Lyme-Old Lyme Elementary School Teacher Deb Pardue

MYSTIC — Christopher “Chris” Charles Pardue, 71, of Mystic, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 in New Haven, following complications from surgery. He was born Feb. 10, 1951, in Loving, N.M., to Maurice and Mary (Love) Pardue …

On June 4, 1978, he married the love of his life, Deb (Boyko) Pardue. They were married for 44 years. Together they raised two sons, Nathan and Bennett. Chris had four grandchildren, with the fifth (a boy) due in mid-July.

Chris is survived by his loving wife Deb (Boyko) Pardue; sons, Nathan (Emily) Pardue and Bennett (Arianne) Pardue …

Private graveside services for immediate family were held July 8, while a Celebration of Life ceremony will follow in August, for extended family and friends. Both services will be held in Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chris’ name to the “Maurice P. Pardue Loving High School Scholarship Fund,” via the Carlsbad (N.M.) Community Foundation. Donations can be made online at …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Jul. 3, 2022 by ‘The Day.’

Death Announced of Helen M. (Finn) Sullivan; Mother of Ellen Tyler, Maureen Dinnan of Old Lyme

Helen M. (Finn) Sullivan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Helen M. (Finn) Sullivan, 91, of the Hungry Hill section of Springfield, was Called Safely Home on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Helen passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by the care and comfort of her loving family.

She was born in Springfield on April 19, 1931, a beloved daughter of the late John J. Finn and Helen E. (Shea) Finn. She graduated from the High School of Commerce in Springfield and was a lifelong resident of the city.

She was last employed as a Para Professional for over 20 years for the Springfield Public School System. She previously was a Secretary for both the Springfield Fire Marine Insurance Company and the Springfield Armory.

Active in her Catholic faith, Helen was a longtime communicant of the former Our Lady of Hope Church in Springfield where she served her parish as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Instructor and was a member of the Women’s Guild. Following the closure of her beloved church, she became a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Springfield.

She loved being surrounded by her children and grandchildren and spending time at the beach. Helen and her husband, Robert, enjoyed their vacation home on Brighton Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut for over 45 years. Above all, she was a remarkable woman who deeply loved her family and her many friends.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband and soul mate, Robert E. Sullivan who was Called Home on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. They were married on January 8, 1955 at the former Our Lady of Hope Church in Springfield and were blessed with over 66 years of happiness together.

She leaves her six loving children, Dennis M. Sullivan of Springfield, Ellen M. Tyler and her husband, Ronald, of Old Lyme, CT and Abbot, ME, Maureen A. Dinnan and her husband, James, of Old Lyme, CT, Patrick J. Sullivan and his wife, Nancy, of Springfield, Elizabeth M. Jury and her husband, Jack, of Westfield and Theresa M. Sweeney and her husband, Patrick, of Suffield, CT; her 18 cherished grandchildren; her ten cherished great-grandchildren; her two dear sisters in law, Marion Rogers of Springfield and Kathleen Cavallo and her husband, Frank, of Feeding Hills; her brother in law, Edward Sullivan of Springfield; and her many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, numerous friends and extended members of the Sullivan and Finn families.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her dear brother, Thomas J. Finn; her dear sister, Dorothy A. Finn; her two dear brothers in law, Gerald Sullivan and Raymond Sullivan; and her dear sister in law, Eleanor Haggerty.

Her family received friends on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01104, which was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Her Burial followed the Mass at Saint Michael Cemetery, 1601 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109.

Her funeral arrangements were entrusted to the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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Death Announced of David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme; Brother of Scott, Graduate of OL High School

OLD LYME — David William O’Donnell of Old Lyme passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Middlesex Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife Linda; a brother Scott O’Donnell … and two nephews, Owen and Adein O’Donnell.

David was born in Keene, N.H., the son of Carol Rose and Andrew O’Donnell. At age 10 he moved to Old Lyme. He graduated from Old Lyme High School, and joined the Army, …

David married his wife Linda Jean Murphy, June 30, 1984, at Rogers Lake Clubhouse in Old Lyme. In 2008 he moved back to Old Lyme with his wife, to be closer to his family …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 10, 2022 in The Day.

Death Announced of William Martin Auwood, Father of Nancy Laro of Old Lyme

QUAKER HILL — William Martin Auwood, 94, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully June 21, 2022. Bill was the beloved husband of Ruth (Hartman) Auwood who passed July 19, 2019. The shared sixty-seven blessed years of marriage …

Bill began a career at Charles Pfizer in quality control, at the time the department had only eight employees. He retired after 42 years of service …

Bill is survived by his daughters, Nancy Laro and her husband Dr. Kenneth Laro of Old Lyme and Kathleen Hill and her husband Peter Hill of Springfield, Va. …

There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home located at 48 Grand St., in Niantic …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 30, 2022 in The Day.

Death Announced of Donna Lee Calabria Poeta of Old Lyme, Wife of Late Bill Poeta

OLD LYME — Donna Lee Calabria Poeta, 73, of Old Lyme, beloved wife of the late William Louis Poeta Jr, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, June 13, 2022. She was born on December 27, 1949 in Sewickley, PA and was the daughter of the late John and Mary Jane Mihalik Calabria …

She recently lost her husband Bill last month after 40 years of marriage …

She is survived by her daughter Devon Poeta of Attleboro, MA; step son Ryan Poeta and his wife Kim of Shelton, CT, and their children Landon and Leighton Poeta …

Calling hours will be held on Friday June 24 from 5 to 8 PM at the Fulton Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln. in Old Lyme. A graveside service will follow on Saturday, June 25 at 11 AM at the Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme.

Visit this link to read the full obituary on Dignity Memorial.

Death Announced of Michael Jon Gumkowski, Formerly of Old Lyme, Husband of Francine; He ‘Loved his Family, Friends, and the CT Shoreline’

Michael Jon Gumkowski

OLD SAYBROOK, CT — Michael Jon Gumkowski was born in East Haven Connecticut on June 11, 1954 to Walter and Jean Gumkowski. He died on June 13, 2022 at the age of 68.

Michael loved his family, his friends, and the Connecticut shoreline.

Although challenged by a series of debilitating health issues for the past 25 years, he battled every illness with relentless diligence and care, driven by the desire to see his family grow. His wife Francine and children Simon Walter (Angelica), Nina Marianne (Berk Calli) and newborn grandchild Charlotte Marie were the lights of his life and he was so proud of them all. His influence led Simon and Nina to become caring and compassionate adults. He was devoted to his mother who survives him also. She instilled in him the importance of honesty, a relationship with God and a love of the Bible.

Growing up as an only child, Michael was close to his many cousins. Upon his marriage to Francine D’Eugenio in 1983, he gained seven D’Eugenio siblings, who harassed him lovingly and formed an incredible support system for him and Francine: Marianne (deceased), Eileen, Karen, Joanna, Michael, Franklin, and Rosalind.

A proud graduate of East Haven High School, Michael continued his education at UConn where he was honored as a University Scholar and obtained a degree in Pharmacy. Although he was a practicing pharmacist for only a few years after graduation he took great pride in his Connecticut pharmacy license and never let it lapse, aceing each continuing education course right up until his recent hospitalization. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison he earned a PhD in pharmaceutics, and accumulated lifelong friends who affectionately dubbed him ‘Mikey’ as they bonded over the card game Setback. Although scattered across the US now, they continue to be referred to singularly as ‘The Setback Gang’. After completing post doctoral work at Duke University in 1987, he began a 25-year career in drug formulation research at Pfizer where he was widely respected for his integrity and expertise. In retirement, he took great joy in teaching students at Mass College of Pharmacy and Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Michael will be fondly remembered as the very tall guy who loved to sing with gusto – anything from the UCONN fight song to Broadway tunes to Chicago blues to the Great American Songbook. He had an appreciation of rainbows, moon rises, sunsets, and the first strawberries of June. The egrets, herons, ducks, and osprey visiting his backyard provided satisfactory entertainment while he read the New Yorker cover to cover with the sun at his back. A good meal and a comfortable chair always made him smile and his chats with neighbors on his daily walks brought a smile to others. His insistence on being an adamant stickler for precision, following rules, and discarding anything that reached its expiration date was well known and not always appreciated but he still managed to endear himself to everyone.

Michael will be greatly missed for his role as the keeper of the memories. His recall of facts and events was legendary. The personalized birthday poems he consistently and painstakingly crafted for his wife and children as a synopsis of their previous year are much loved treasures and will be missed.

A memorial service will be held in late summer to honor this kind man who had such a good heart.
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Editor’s Note: Michael and Francine Gumkowski were Old Lyme residents from 1994-2019. Both their children were graduates of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Remembering Graham Nelson Raynolds of Hadlyme

Editor’s Note: An informal Memorial Service celebrating Graham Raynold’s life and memory will be held on Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. at one of his favorite spots: the picnic area on the bank of the Connecticut River just north of the Hadlyme Ferry landing.  All are welcome, please bring a folding chair if you need one.

IN MEMORIAM – Graham Nelson Raynolds

Graham Nelson Raynolds

HADLYME/LYME — Graham Nelson Raynolds was born Feb. 15th, 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression and nearly eleven years before Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into World War II. He died on New Year’s Day, 2022.

His father Randolph Raynolds had served as a medic in Europe during World War I, and while those historic times along with his father’s resulting PTSD and alcoholism (unrecognized and hidden, of course) profoundly shaped Graham and his brother Randy’s young lives and character, Graham was known by all who encountered him in his 90 years as friendly, engaging, thoughtful, intelligent and good-humored.

In 1936 the family bought one of the houses built by Samuel Brooks circa 1799 at the Hadlyme Ferry, adjacent to the 122 acre property then owned by William Gillette (now Gillette Castle State Park). Along with his older brother, Graham attended a series of boarding schools in Connecticut including the Avon School and Choate Rosemary Hall, from which he graduated in 1949.

He attended Brown University for two years from 1949 to 1951, and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving a four-year stateside enlistment during which he received training in electronics, and receiving an Honorable Discharge in March of 1955.  His eyesight had surely disqualified him from receiving pilot training from the Air Force, but having been introduced to flying by his Choate classmate and lifelong friend Henry Blodgett, Graham earned his private pilot license during the later 1950s, while returning to Brown from 1958 to 1960 and earning a degree in Geology.

Graham eventually learned to fly both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and during the ‘60s and ‘70s made his living that way, living and working for various lengths of time along the U.S. Gulf Coast flying helicopters to offshore oil rigs, in the Middle East for Saudi Arabian Helicopters, and in Alaska flying seaplanes as a bush pilot.  It was here that had his most colorful adventure, surviving for nearly a week while wearing only street clothes, after having to crash land the plane on a glacier due to low visibility, thanks to a down sleeping bag loaned to him minutes before takeoff by a concerned airport attendant and a fortuitously discovered hunting cabin stocked with a few long-expired canned goods.

His return to Hadlyme as a more-or-less permanent resident from the ‘70s on to live with his aging mother unfortunately caused him to become one of the original sufferers of Lyme Disease, which of course was not recognized and so named until fellow resident Polly Murray, whose husband and sons had become afflicted with the now-widely recognized symptoms, brought their plight (along with that of dozens of other locals) to the attention of the Connecticut Board of Health.

The slow recognition and development of effective treatment for Lyme disease by the “medical establishment” made Graham a “healthy skeptic” of conventional doctors and hospitals for the rest of his life. Anyone who knew him from the mid-90s on, however, could not escape hearing of his admiration for Dr. Linus Pauling and his enthusiasm for Pauling’s doctrine of the wide-ranging disease-fending and life-extending benefits of daily mega-dosing Vitamin C.

Although he eschewed most aspects of organized religion as an adult, Graham loved baroque music and choral singing whenever and wherever he could find it, which was ironically often in church – but even if it was just in a holiday sing-along at the family home in Hadlyme with the score of ‘The Messiah’ on his lap.  In what proved to be one of the highlights of his later life, Graham joined The Chorus of Westerly (Rhode Island) in 1994 and remained an active participant for the next 19 years, gladly traveling 45 minutes each way weekly or more often to practice the craft along with so many other dedicated and welcoming singers.

He participated in many, many performances with the Chorus over the years including the annual Twelfth Night, Summer Pops, and performances of many classic works of Brahms, Handel, Mozart, and many more. He loved to accompany the group on its summer excursions to singing camp, attending numerous annual sessions at Camp Ogontz in Lyman, New Hampshire, where he thrilled to learn from the legendary British choral conductor, organist, composer and music administrator Sir David Willcocks.

He also enjoyed traveling, participating in the Westerly Chorus’ 1995 trip to England, where the group sang all services at Westminster Abbey on Aug. 5 and 6th and their concert at St. Alban’s Cathedral was recorded live by Classic FM of Britain and later broadcast nationwide with introductory comments by John Julius Norwich. Graham had other brushes with fame (or at least famous people), working for years on website design and management and assorted odd jobs for the local renowned (and later infamous) antique firearms expert, dealer and author Larry Wilson.

Always fascinated by advances in technology, Graham was always among the first to own a new gadget, and anything he considered especially well-engineered – whether that was one of the first Texas Instruments red LED calculators, an audiophile-quality “boom box” by JVC, a Sony Trinitron color TV, or one of the original Apple Macintosh computers (and every edition of the “Mac” after that!). 

Putting this interest in technology and electronics into practice, he started a business in the ‘80s with a local friend called “Prime Time Satellite TV” installing large satellite dishes in backyards around Lyme, East Haddam and environs for a decade or so, until cable TV overtook them. In the realm of well-engineered gadgets, Graham owned a red 1969 VW Camper bus and did some solo traveling and hiking, sometimes accompanied his brother’s family on camping trips to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. 

In the 70s he bought a small open-topped motorboat with a 50 HP Mercury outboard and enjoyed taking his nephews and niece boating and waterskiing out on the Connecticut River and in Selden Creek.

Throughout his life he was a lover of the outdoors, enjoying hiking and camping and even writing membership checks to the Appalachian Mountain Club. Right up until the end, he loved to walk the trails of the Gillette Castle grounds and he became something of an expert on the life and estate of the eccentric Gillette. 

During his long adult life in Hadlyme, Graham served on the Board of the Hadlyme Ferry Association and was an early member of the volunteer Lyme Ambulance Corps.

He was predeceased by his mother, Ellen (Nelson) Raynolds, his father Randolph Raynolds and his brother Randolph Raynolds Jr.  He is survived by his niece Alex Raynolds Skinner of Littleton, MA and his nephew Ned Raynolds of Portsmouth NH.

Death Announced of Susan K. Barnes, 65, Sister of Mark Barnes of Old Lyme

Susan K. Barnes, 65, aka Susie Q” of Bristol, Misquamicut, RI, and Wellington, FL, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2022 …

Susan is survived by her siblings Mark Barnes (Jean) of Old Lyme, Jimmy Barnes (Pam) of Bristol, Holly LeDuc (Kevin) of Plainville, Lisa Barnes of Bristol, …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 8, 2022 by The Bristol Press.

Memorial Service for Elizabeth “Lee” Howard to be Held in Old Lyme, June 16

Elizabeth “Lee” Howard died on December 14, 2021 in Chester, CT. She was 90 years old.

Born on June 16, 1931 to Archibald Murray Howe and Margaret Allen Howe in North Andover, MA, Lee and her siblings Archie and Peggy grew up on Osgood Street, the former home of the first postmaster general of the US …

Lee graduated from Vassar College in 1952.

Working with local, state and national arts councils, Lee was a life-long leader in making access to the arts available to all …

She later worked with … Lyme (CT) Academy of Fine Arts.

In recognition of her 50 years promoting the arts from Chester to China, Lee was granted an award for “Lifetime Achievement in Arts Leadership.”

She was an active parishioner of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, serving on the Vestry (was Warden) …

A memorial service will be held at St. Ann’s Church in Old Lyme on Thursday, June 16th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Ann’s Church can be made in Lee’s name.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published June 3, 2022 in the Hartford Courant.