Connecticut Region NSP
Housatonic Pequot
Lakeridge * Mohawk Mt. *  Nutmeg Nordic * Ski Sundown   Mt Southington * Pahquioque *  Powder Ridge

Memories Of Those We Lost

Robert Bounds West Granby, CT died on August 19, 2017

Thomas F. Flynn Bristol, CT died on June 23, 2017

Lorraine (Josie) Whitney 86, of West Cornwall, CT died on October 25, 2016

Richard C. Dillon, Sr. 81, of Winsted, CT died on May 20, 2015

Charles W. Mackey II 97, of Bristol, CT died on April, 5, 2015

Conrad A. Manville 97, of Avon, CT died on March 7, 2015

Cynthia Griggs 83, of Canton, CT died on February 23, 2014

Alan Fisch 57, of Beacon, NY died on February 12, 2014

Frank McNamara 76, of Ridgefield, CT died on February 1, 2014

Bill Pease 87, of West Granby, CT died on Wednesday December 4, 2013

Dick Gardiner 84, of Canton, CT died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jane Ann Pease 84, of West Granby, died on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Harold Humphrey 94, of Harwinton CT , died on Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gerry Baril, 81, of East Hartland CT, died on Sunday, August 28, 2011

Joseph Spagna Southington, died on August 28, 2011

Ellis Varcoe, 72, of North Granby CT, died Thursday December 9, 2010

Carolyn Borstel Phillips, 79, East Granby, CT, died Tuesday December 7, 2010

David A. Scudder, West Hartford, CT, died Tuesday August 24, 2010

Sam Humphrey, 86, of Canton CT, died Friday July 10, 2009

Bill Plink, died Friday September 26, 2008

Jamie A. (Savanella) Messenger, 52, of Harwinton, CT died Sunday, December 23, 2007

Joseph Henry Swindells, 88, of Windsor Locks died Monday October 15, 2007

Betty Kleiner 79, of Simsbury died Saturday, November 25, 2006

Herbert W. Winkler 74, of Columbia, died Friday, May 26, 2006, Ski  Sundown and Okemo Patroller

Mary Mills Humphrey  of Canton, died Monday March 6th. 2006, Ski Sundown Patroller

W. Bryant Merriam 46, of Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center Ski Sundown Patroller

Gilles L. Levesque   Bristol, CT, May 01, 2005 Mount Southington Patroller

Stanton "Zeke" Ellison,   67, of Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, died Monday, February 3, 2003,  Patroller at Powder Ridge

Debbie Lynne Flynn 48, of Highland, NY and formerly of Bristol, died Tuesday, July 9, 2002, Patroller at Ski Sundown

Gary M. Knox 59, of Buckland, MA, died on Thursday, August 15, 2002, Patroller at Ski Sundown and Berkshire East

John W. Schaffer Jr. 24, of 387 Andrews St., Southington died Monday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Lyndonville, VT.

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Robert Bounds

Sundown Patroller, Senior Ski and Toboggan Examiner

Robert Wiley Bounds, 88, of West Granby, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in Canton. Born in Waterbury on September 30, 1928, son of the late Allen Benjamin and Dorothy Arlene (Wightman) Bounds, he was raised in Waterbury and was a graduate of Leavenworth High School. After high school, Bob enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1948. He then attended Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Rochester, NY where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He returned to Connecticut and worked for a number of firms before he and his business partner started their own civil engineering firm, Bounds & Griffes Engineers, later becoming Bounds Kalberer Engineers, where he worked into his 70’s. Bob was a member and held leadership positions in the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was highly regarded for his work in the Northeast, and was often looked to for his expert opinion by news agencies and lawyers seeking expert testimony. In his spare time, Bob spent his summers at the family cottage on Tyler Lake in Goshen CT boating, water skiing, and fishing. In addition, he enjoyed snow skiing and was a member of the National Ski Patrol until he was 80. He also enjoyed hiking and he hiked the Appalachian Trail with his brother Allen. Bob was a dedicated blood donor and received numerous awards from the American Red Cross for his donations. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Simsbury for many years and after moving to West Granby, he attended the South Congregational Church in Granby. Bob was a dedicated father and grandfather and loved spending timd with his family. A social person in all settings, a sharp dresser, and the consummate gentleman, Bob was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He leaves a son, Walter R. Bounds and his wife Judith Ann of West Simsbury; a daughter, Tracey B. Mazrek and her husband David of West Granby; his former wife and the mother of his children, Jean B. Bounds of West Simsbury; a brother, Allen Bounds of Weston, MA; a sister, Eleanor Hutchins of Coventry; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Mazrek of Ellington and Jonathan and Jamie Mazrek both of West Granby; three nephews and five nieces. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 28, 11 a.m., at the South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St., Granby. Burial with Military Honors will be at the convenience of the family in Goshen Center Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

Robert Wiley Bounds, Died, August 19, 20175


Thomas F. Flynn

Sundown Patroller, Senior Ski and Toboggan Examiner and Senior OEC Examiner

Thomas F. Flynn, Jr., 68 of Bristol, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, June 23, 2017. Tom was born on February 11, 1949 in Hartford, son of the late Thomas F. Flynn, Sr. and Dorothy (LeBeau) Flynn. He was a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston MA and earned a degree in accounting. An avid skier, Tom was a volunteer of 40 years with the National Ski Patrol. A car enthusiast, full of humor and caring, he was most recently staying active working at Lake Compounce as a grounds man. He leaves his son, Thomas F. Flynn, IV and his fiancée Kylene Wood of Bristol; daughter Jennifer Lynn Flynn of Wappinger Falls, NY; twin sisters Maureen Drzewiecki of Farmington and Marilyn Coppola and her husband Angelo of Southington; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville (Bristol). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 33 Queen St., Bristol. Those attending are asked to meet directly at the church. Committal service and interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to go to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to National Ski Patrol, 133 South Van Gordon St., Suite 100, Lakewood, CO 80228. To leave an online message of condolence or to share a memory or photo, please visit Tom's memorial page at

Thomas F. Flynn, Jr., Died, June 23, 2017


Lorraine (Josie) Whitney

Former Patrol Director at Mohawk.

It is in sadness that I have to announce the passing of Lorraine "Josie" Whitney, Mohawk Patrol Director for many years. National Number 80. She started patrolling in 1948. Josie passed away on Wednesday October 25th at her home in the Carolina's. The service was private and a local service may be held in the spring.

Lorraine (Josie) Whitney died, October 25, 2016



Richard C. Dillon, Sr.

He was a Patroller at Ski Sundown.

Richard C. Dillon, Sr., died at home on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, after a long illness. He was born on July 13, 1934, in New Rochelle, NY, the son Joseph and Monica Dillon. Richard was inseparable from his wife of 28 years and full time caregiver, Beverly Lamont Dillon. He was devoted to his entire family. Richard and Marie Dillon of Torrington, Kevin Dillon and Ellen Gordon of Island Park, NY, David and Robbin Dillon of Torrington, John Dillon of Groton, Erina and Brian Smith of Colebrook, multiple grandchildren, several great grandchildren. Other surviving family members include brothers in law Daniel Lamont of Riverton and Brian Lamont of Winsted. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, June Dillon, a daughter, Mary Rose, a son Mark and sisters Patricia Cichon and Jean Dubois.

Richard retired as a machinist from Sterling Engineering, a company that unstintingly indulged his passion for community service and emergency medical care by allowing him to leave whenever Winsted Ambulance was dispatched. Richard was awarded "Lifetime member" status of Winsted Area Ambulance Association when he retired from active call in 2007 after 30 years of service as an officer, EMT attendant, CPR and Emergency Medical Services Instructor and mentor to generations of new professionals. He spent uncounted hours "on-call", taking everything from simple falls and the baby they delivered in 1989 to family care of patients beyond their help. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital recognized him in 2014 for his "service and dedication to the EMS community". He was awarded the Civilian Service medal and commendation by the Winsted Police Department for his actions in responding to a bank robbery at Society for Savings in Barkhamsted in 1999.

He was a retired member of the Ski Sundown Ski Patrol, serving the mountain and the skiing public for 15 years. He was also a member of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance Team, supporting team operations in times of federal disasters. He was also a member of the Winsted Fire Department.

Married in October 1986, Richard became an instant fixture at the Lamont Christmas Tree Plantation during December selling seasons. Richard was also and avid reader and traveler, especially Disney Cruises that took them from Los Angeles to Mexico, through the Panama Canal all around the Caribbean, Mediterranean, transatlantic and around the Baltic through northern European capitals including Berlin and St. Petersburg. He spent many summer hours on the Miramaichi River in New Brunswick, Canada, fishing or just relaxing and watching the river go by.

Mere words do not convey our sincere, heart-felt appreciation of the nurses, especially Ella M. and home health aids, especially Helen M. from the Foothills Visiting Nurses for their service, support and friendship over the past fourteen months, to Winsted Ambulance members for their unstinting emotional and logistical support, to Sundown Ski Patrol and the DMAT team for the understanding that family comes first. We ask that memorial donations recognizing Richard's service be made to the Winsted Area Ambulance Association or in his memory to the Foothills Visiting Nurses Association. Calling hours and a memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 4pm - 7pm at the Maloney Funeral Home 55 Walnut Street in Winsted.

Richard C. Dillon, Sr. died, May 20, 2015


Charles W. Mackey II of Bristol, husband of Claire Mackey passed away, April, 5, 2015, at Sheriden Woods Health Center, Bristol.

He was born in Waterbury on Feb. 3, 1923, and was the son of the late Charles W. Mackey I and the late Margaret Mackey.

Shortly after high school he joined the United States Navy serving the duration of World War II. After the war he worked as a Design Engineer at Scovill Manufacturing. He left Scovill Manufacturing to run his newly acquired hardware store (Mackey & Dunn Hardware) in Forestville, operating it for twenty years.

He was an avid skier, skiing to the age of 84. After selling the hardware store he held the position of Ski Patrol Leader at Mount Southington Ski Area. At a later point, he held the position of Assistant Manager at Mount Southington Ski Area.

Carpentry was also one of his GREAT interests, which led him to help run the carpentry shop at The Bristol Senior Center. He was elected as President of “The Friends of the Bristol Senior Center” many times. Charlie also held a job at Home Depot after retiring from the ski area and customers sought his help often.

Besides his wife, he leaves two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles W. Mackey III of Costa Rica and Theodore N. Mackey and Andrea Mackey of Cheshire; his one grandson, Nathan N. Mackey of Cheshire; and his one surviving sister, Barbara DiVito of Watertown. He also leaves his stepson, Scott Price and his wife, Francoise Price, and his stepdaughter, Lori Price. Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by a sister, Judith Sullivan, and his first wife, Barbara N. Mackey.

Calling Hours will be at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol on April 9, 2015, between 6 and 8 p.m. Donations may be made to The Friends of the Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol, 06010. To leave an online condolence, share a memory or a photo, visit Mr. Mackey’s memorial page at

Charles W. Mackey II died, April, 5, 2015



Conrad A. Manville

Conrad A. Manville, 97, formerly of Avon, passed away on March 7, 2015 in Branford. He was the husband of Lillian (Bogart) Manville and the late Doris (MacDavid) Manville.

Born in Bridgeport, he was a son of the late Alfred and Florine (Arnold) Manville. He graduated from Chester High School in 1936 and from the CT State Technical Institute in 1951. Mr. Manville retired in 1979 from the SNETCO, where he was employed as an engineer. At one time, he was a machinist apprentice, precision small tool grinder, and journeyman electrician wiring homes. He designed and built a ski lodge in 1963 in Plymouth, Vermont, which became a second home in 1979. Mr. Manville was a World War II US Army veteran. He joined the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops in 1943, served through 1945 and received a Bronze Star for combat in Italy.

Mr. Manville began skiing at the age of eight and had skied throughout the Northeast. He joined the National Ski Patrol System in 1947, became a National Ski Patrolman #1147 in 1950 and was Regional Chairman for CT for 13 years. He was a past president and lifetime member of the Newington Ski Club, a past president of the Connecticut Ski Council and had taught skiing in the Mohawk Mountain Ski School for 12 years. He was also a former branch chairman in Avon for the American Red Cross for 3 years and was an active certified American Red Cross first aid instructor for 27 years. Mr. Manville was a member of the 10th Mountain Division Alumni, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the National Rifle Association, Telephone Company Pioneers, New England Ski Museum, Chester Historical Society, Avon Senior Citizens and a lifetime member of the United Church of Chester.

Besides his wife, Lillian, he is survived by three grandchildren, Jared and his wife Alyson Manville, Kristin and her husband Vincent DeGregorio, and Elizabeth K. Manville; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his first wife, Doris, he was predeceased by his son, Jon A. Manville.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. The Rev. Dr. Brian Hardee will officiate. Family and friends are invited to call one hour before the service, from 12- 1 PM. Burial will be in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, VT, at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 1100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Conrad A. Manville, 97, passed away on March 7, 2015



Cynthia Griggs

She was a member of the Sundown Ski Patrol.

Cynthia Griggs, 83, of Canton, beloved wife of Philip Griggs, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 surrounded by her family. Cynthia was born and raised in Wethersfield, CT, and she and her husband, Phil, have spent most of their lives in Canton where they raised their family. She followed a diverse career path, as a Registered Nurse, Biological Researcher, Teacher/Naturalist, and Health and Science Educator. Cindy served with many local organizations, town boards, committees, and service groups, including Canton Historical Society, Canton VNA, Farmington River Watershed Association, Canton Conservation Commission, American Red Cross, Sundown Ski Patrol, First Congregational Church of Canton Center, and the Lower Farmington River/Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic Study Committee. Following a lifelong interest in nature and people, she began researching Native American history of the Farmington Valley twenty five years ago. Over the years she has given many lectures, and written historical articles which have been published in newspapers, books, and in tribal publications. In 2008 she received an award from the Brothertown Indian Nation, naming her, “Friend of the Brothertown,” and presenting her the “Circle of Life” Elders Blanket. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children, Alisa (Glen) and sons Griggs and Timothy; Ed (Karen) and children Ed (Amy) and Kaylee; Chris; Cheri and Mike; Carolyn (John) and son Ryan; and Andrew (Marjean) and children Erik and Liza. Calling hours will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, February 28th at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike (Rte. 44) in Canton. A memorial service will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 1st at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road (Rt. 179), in Canton Center. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front Street, Collinsville, CT 06019 or the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, PO Box 133, Canton Center, CT 06022.

Cynthia Griggs February 2014



Alan Fisch

He was a member of the Pahquioque Ski Patrol at Thunder Ridge for six years.

A life-long Beacon area resident passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was 57. Alan was born in Philadelphia, PA and adopted immediately after by his parents Samuel and Frances Fisch of Beacon, NY. Alan was a high school graduate of Trinity Pawling Prep School in Pawling, NY and a graduate of Dutchess Community College with an Associate Degree in Business. With a passion for business, Alan was the owner of Hudson Valley Kayak Pools. He was the third generation business owner of the former Fisch's for Men and started the former Beacon Sneaker, both located in Beacon, NY. Alan was also a devoted member of many community organizations. He volunteered his time as an EMT for the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corp and served as a Ski Patroller for the Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, NY.

Alan is survived by his wife, Randi; son Jason and his wife Erica, and grandchildren Michael and Naomi of Wappingers, NY; and daughters Jenna and Jessica of Fishkill, NY. He is also survived by his sister Cynthia Duncombe and her husband Robert as well as his nephew Samuel of New Port Richey, FL.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 PM at Beacon Hebrew Alliance, Fishkill Ave., Beacon. Interment will follow in Beacon Hebrew Alliance Cemetery, Fishkill, NY. Shivah will be observed at sundown at his residence, Sunday, February 16, Monday, February 17, and Tuesday, February 18.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to, Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corp. 1 Arquilla Dr. Beacon, NY 12508.

Alan Fisch
Alan Fisch, February, 2014



Frank McNamara

Frank E McNamara, 76, of Ridgefield and formally of Prospect, Connecticut passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born in Danbury, Connecticut on October 15, 1937 the son of Frank P. and Elizabeth Humphries McNamara. Frank was an avid skier, a member of PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America), a member of the National Ski Patrol, and was past president of NAVA Ski Club of Waterbury. Frank and Simone enjoyed spending their winters skiing and enjoying time with friends at Burke Mountain in Vermont. In 1984, Frank and Simone began their ski touring business, Prospect Ski Tours, Inc. that led groups to many different ski locations in Europe and the Rocky Mountains. Frank was owner of McNamara Apartments, LLC in Connecticut. He married Simone Adam in February of 1961 and they lived in Prospect, CT most of their lives before moving to Ridgefield. Frank is survived by two children: Patrick and Michael McNamara of Ridgefield and their wives, Paula Kelly McNamara and Stephanie McNamara. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Finn, Liam, Declan, Brenden and Kiley all of Ridgefield; his brother, Paul S. McNamara of Ridgefield and his wife Dewey McNamara, his sister Mary M. Warlop of Tiverton, RI and several nieces and nephews: Kevin McNamara of Fairfield, CT, Chrissy McNamara Carroccio of Dorset, VT, Elish and Alana Warlop of Denver, CO, Veronique Adam of Paris, France and Jules Loic Adam of Portsmouth, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 5, 2017 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield. Interment will take place at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Tuesday, February 4, 2017 from 5PM to 8PM. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Frank's memory to the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, 90 East Ridge Rd, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Frank McNamara
FrankMcNamara, February 2014



Bill Pease

Patroller at Ski Sundown. Senior OEC Instructor and Connecticut Regional Legal Advisor. Driving force behind getting Ski Patrollers added to the Good Samaritan Law.

William "Bill" Pease, 87, of Granby, beloved husband for 62 years of the late Jane Ann Pease, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, (December 4, 2013) in Simsbury. Born in West Hartford on September 11, 1926, son of the late Alfred and Sarah (Clement) Pease, he was raised in West Hartford and was a graduate of Kingswood School. After graduation, Bill continued his education at Haverford College until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve during World War II. After his honorable discharge as a Seaman First Class in 1946, Bill returned to Haverford College and graduated with the Class of 1949. He returned to Connecticut and enrolled at the University of Connecticut, School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1952. Bill started his practice as a lawyer in Simsbury and served as the Town of Simsbury's Counsel for many years. He was a well-known attorney throughout the Hartford area and practiced law for over 50 years at his office in Simsbury center. A long time resident of West Granby, Bill served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Granby for many years and was an active member and volunteer at the Salmon Brook Historical Society. He was also a founding member of the Granby Tennis Club and a longtime member of the Hampstead Hill Swim Club. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed biking and skiing with his wife and daughters, and was a member of the ski patrol at Ski Sundown. He loved his property in West Granby and enjoyed maintaining his historic farm house the surrounding flower beds, trees and fields looking out over Farmington Valley. Bill and his wife also loved to play bridge and were a member of several bridge clubs in the Granby area. He leaves two daughters, Martha Clement Pease of West Granby and Sarah Pease Dalton and her husband Jeffrey Griffiths of Issaquah, WA; two grandchildren, Nicholas B. Dalton and Jeffrey T. Dalton; a brother-in-law, George Houze of Arizona; and five nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Alfred Pease and Clement Pease. A celebration of his life and a time of sharing remembrances of Bill will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2-5 p.m., with a toast to William at 3 p.m., at the Good Life Grill, 17 East Granby Road, Granby. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Salmon Brook Historical Society, 208 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT 06035.

Bill Pease
Bill Pease, December 2013



Dick Gardiner

Patroller at Ski Sundown and Master Instructor

Richard C. Gardiner, 84 of Canton, CT died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Son of Henry M. and Aurelie Schwiers Gardiner, he grew up in Glastonbury, CT and Stonington, CT. After serving in the U.S. Air Force in Newfoundland, Canada, Dick attended the University of Maine where he spent much of his time exploring the White Mountains and the trails on Katahdin, his favorite mountain, with the Outing Club. He returned to Connecticut, earning a BS in Biology at Central Connecticut State University and an MS in Botany at UConn. He first taught science and math at Pomfret Community School and then Earth Science at Bulkeley High School. Dick was passionate about education and empowering students in Hartford. He led bicycle and hiking clubs to reach out to students, teaching them about the environment, self-worth, and respect. Dick was proud to be a member of the National Ski Patrol for over 45 years, patrolling at Ski Sundown ever since it was known as Satan's Ridge. He was one of Connecticut's first Outdoor Emergency Care trainers, teaching first aid and training the instructors. He set up the Connecticut Region Nordic Ski Patrol program in the 1970s, and was the area's Mountain Travel and Rescue Instructor Trainer as well as a Level II Avalanche Instructor. Dick received his National number in 1986, a great honor for any patroller. His proudest moment was teaching two of his grandchildren as they joined the patrol. The woods and mountains of New England were his second home, hiking and climbing throughout the White Mountains since the 1950’s. He cut ski trails during the development of Sugarloaf ski area, built lean-to’s in northern Maine and in the White Mountains, and has hiked and skied many of the trails and climbing routes of the Presidential Range, the Shenandoah, and Mt Katahdin. In recent years, Dick could often be found on the trails at the Roaring Brook Nature Center, Stratton Brook, or McLean Game Refuge. Dick was an avid cyclist, commuting from Canton to Hartford by bicycle daily since the 1960’s. He raced as a member of the Nutmeg Wheelmen cycling club and was the 1976 State's National time-trial champion. When not on a bicycle or hiking trail, Dick rowed and kayaked in the Farmington River, building the wooden kayaks he and his family paddled. His greatest joy was sharing his love of the outdoors with family and friends. Dick will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Betsy, daughter Lee and her husband Chris of West Granby, son Bill and his wife Jo of Bainbridge Island, WA and by his beloved grandchildren Madison, Cody and Alex who he was so very proud of. He also leaves behind a large and happy family: Allen and Harriett Gardiner of New Jersey, Ray and Donna Gardiner of Maryland, Aurelie Palmer of Waterford, Linda and Gerry Raulinaitis of Manchester, Ellie and John Flavell of California as well as nieces and nephews Byron, Sandy and Kathryn, Tom, Anne Marie and Matt, Doug, Judy, Kim and Katy Rose, Lynn and AJ, Christine, Pete and Garrett, Walter Jr, Beth, Jim and Phil, Ben, Karna, and Catherine. Dick will also be truly missed by his many friends and extended ski patrol family. Calling hours will be on Friday, July 26th from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton, CT. A memorial service will be held at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT on Sunday July 28th at 10:00. Memorial Donations may be given to the Roaring Brook Nature Center, a spot Dick loved to walk and whose mission he supported at 70 Gracey Road, Canton CT 06019.

Dick Gardiner
Dick Gardiner, July 2013


Jane Ann Pease

Former Patrol Director at Ski Sundown

Janet H. Pease, 84, of West Granby, beloved wife of 62 years of William Pease, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA. She was born August 28, 1928 to the late Harry and Carmel (Hunt) Houze in Batavia, NY. Janet and William have lived in West Granby for the past 59 years where she was a Chemistry teacher in the Granby Public Schools, was very involved in the community including the Republican Town Committee, Salmon Brook Historical Society, Sundown Ski Patrol and served as voter registrar. She also was a member of the Granby Tennis Club and the Hampstead Hill Club. Among her many interests she especially enjoyed gardening, reading, bridge and crossword puzzles. In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Martha Pease of East Haddam; Sarah Dalton and her husband Jeff Griffiths of Issaquah, WA; her brother, George Houze of AZ; as well as two grandchildren, Nicholas and Jeffrey Dalton. Her family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. following the calling hours at the funeral home. Donations in Janet's memory may be made to the Granby Land Trust, PO Box 23, Granby CT 06035.

Jane Ann
Jane Ann Pease, June 2013


Harold Humphrey

Patroller at Ski Sundown

HARWINTON - Harold W. Humphrey, Jr., 94, of Harwinton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Having moved to Harwinton in 1947 with his late wife Lois Farrand Humphrey, he served on town committees and the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, endearing himself to his community by his buoyant good cheer, humor, kind helpfulness, and zest for life. Born in Canton Center, Mr. Humphrey graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1939 with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned his Professional Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Humphrey had a distinguished career as a Mechanical and Design Engineer at the Torrington Company-Ingersoll Rand for nearly 50 years. During World War II, his critical engineering design work for weaponry, including the Bazooka, contributed significantly to the war effort. Following his retirement, he served as a consultant for the company and designed snow-making equipment for ski resorts in the United States, Spain, and Chile. He was very active in a Christmas tree business he and his siblings ran on the family farm in Canton Center until the farm, which had been in the family since 1789, was sold in 2008. Mr. Humphrey had many hobbies and interests and selflessly served his community throughout his long life. He sat on Harwinton's Zoning Board and Board of Finance, as well as the Fire Department for decades, serving as Secretary until shortly before his passing. Just a few years ago he could be seen flipping burgers at the Fire Department booth at the Harwinton Fair. For all his community service he was voted Harwinton's "Citizen of the Year" in 1985. An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Humphrey played company softball while employed by The Torrington Company and continued long after he retired. He earned his National Ski Patroller's certificate and was a member of the ski patrol at Ski Sundown for more than 30 years. Into his late 80's he trained other patrollers. He won many medals for ski racing, including first place in a national race for competitors over 70. He competed into his late 80's, beating competitors in younger age categories. He was also an avid tennis player and sailor, and enjoyed taking friends out on his 28 foot Catalina sailboat, "September Morn." He loved sports cars, especially his Porsche, and in the late '60's he and his rally partner won Connecticut's State Rally Championship. He was the proud owner of a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, which he enjoyed riding in fair weather. He pursued all of these activities with extraordinary enthusiasm and shared his love of sports with his five daughters. He could often be seen cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events. The home he inhabited for 65 years was "decorated" with trophies, medals, awards certificates, and sports uniforms on every wall. Mr. Humphrey had a lively wit and zest for life, which delighted his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by his family and his long-time loyal and loving companion, Connie Worthington of Manchester. A wonderful and beloved father, he leaves five daughters, Joyce Hawes and her husband Don of New Canaan, Judith Humphrey and her husband Marc Egnal of Toronto, Canada, Mary Lou Thomas Williams and her husband Rick of Jacksonville, Florida and Carmel, California, Nancy Humphrey Case and her husband Colyn of Hyde Park, Vermont, and Kathryn Wollman of Harwinton; his grandchildren, Benjamin Egnal, Barton Egnal and his wife Emily, Jennifer Thomas-Larmer and her husband, Eric Larmer, Jessica Thomas Wadsworth and her husband, Geoffrey, Christa Case Bryant and her husband Evan, Ian Ethan Case and his wife Stephanie, Alycen Bronwyn Case, Timothy Wollman and Stacey Wollman, and two great-grandchildren, Kye Egnal and Isabella Wollman. He also leaves his brother, Frederick G. Humphrey of Guilford, Vermont, and his sister, Lucy Wong of Woodstock as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his late wife, Lois, he was predeceased by two grandsons, Stephen Wollman and Brandon Wollman, his brother Samuel Humphrey, and his sister, Ruth Humphrey. Mr. Humphrey's love of life and the many joys it offers will forever be an inspiration to all who knew him. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, on Friday, June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. at the Harwinton Center Congregational Church, 1 Burlington Road in Harwinton. Private burial will be in West Cemetery in Harwinton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, 158 Burlington Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. Please visit Harold's "Book of Memories" at for online condolences.

Harold Humphrey, September 2009


Gerry Baril

Patroller at Ski Sundown

Gerald Edward Baril, 81, of East Hartland, beloved husband of Constance (Gaudette) Baril, died peacefully on Sunday, August 28, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on August 22, 1930 in Lyndonville, VT, son of the late Oscar and Laura (Dufort) Baril. Gerald was also predeceased by a brother , Gerard of IN. Gerald was a graduate of the Lyndon Institute and went on to graduate from the University of Vermont. He served our country during the Korean conflict with the U.S. Army and went on to serve with the National Guard for 20 years. A resident of East Hartland for over 38 years, he was a member of St. Therese Church in Granby. Gerald worked as a Fire Protection Engineer for Industrial Risk Insurers in Hartford for over 36 years. He was a charter member of the Hartland Lions Club, where he also served as president and secretary. Gerald served on the East Hartland Fire Department and worked as the East Hartland Fire Marshall. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, skier and woodworker. Gerald skied during college on the UVM ski and ski jump team and later on the U.S. Army Ski Team in Germany. He was a member of the Unites States Ski Association, a National Junior Ski Patrol Advisor, a National Ski Patrol Instructor, CT Region Ski Patroller of the Year and Ski Sundown Ski Patroller of the year. Gerald was also currently serving on the ski patrol at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, where he received a 25 year service award. He was also an American Red Cross Instructor in CPR and First Aid. A kind, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be greatly missed by all. Along with his wife of over 56 years, Constance, he leaves five sons, Peter Baril of East Hartland, Joseph Baril and his fiancé Kathleen Gorski of Granville, MA, Lawrence Baril and his wife Johanna of Granby, Marcel Baril and his wife Debbie of Winsted and Douglas Baril and his wife Krissi of N. Carolina, daughters, Deborah Ransom and her husband Peter of Hartland and Laurie Ransom and her husband Thomas of East Hartland, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Jaunice Baril of IN, and numerous nieces and nephews. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. at the Hayes Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will follow in East Hartland Cemetery, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hartland Lions Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Rob Davis 84 South Lane, East Hartland, CT 06027.

Gerry Baril, May 2005


Joseph Spagna

Patroller at Mount Southington

Joseph Spagna, 56, passed away on August 28, 2011 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Maryann (Paradise) Spagna.

Joe was born in New Britain on June 21, 1955 son of the late Salvatore and Josephine (DeGrandi) Spagna.

Joe was a “Shop Teacher” at the Middle School of Plainville for 34 years. He was very active in helping others outside of his career as a teacher. He was a supervisor for AMR in Waterbury, was on the Mt. Southington Ski Patrol, a volunteer in the Southington Fire Department, and was a member of UNICO. Joe was an avid scuba diver. He was a member of Mary Our Queen Church.

Besides his wife he is survived by a son Salvatore Spagna and wife Stephanie, a daughter Suzanne Spagna, a sister Anna Satterfield and her husband John, a niece Alessia Satterfield, and a nephew Ryan Satterfield.

His funeral will be held on Friday 9:15 a.m from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St. for a mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bread for Life, P.O. Box 925, Southington, CT 06489.

Joseph Spagna, August 2011


Ellis Varcoe

Patroller at Ski Sundown

Ellis Varcoe, 72, of North Granby, beloved husband of Linda (Ziolo) Varcoe for 32 years, passed away on Thursday (December 9, 2010) at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Pittsfield, MA, son of the late Ernest and Rachel (Daigle) Varcoe, he lived in Simsbury and Windsor before moving to North Granby 32 years ago. A graduate of Weaver High School and Northeastern University in Boston, he was a mechanical engineer and employed by Stanadyne Corporation in Windsor for over 35 years. An avid outdoorsman with a big heart, no challenge was too big, he enjoyed sailing, mountain climbing, kayaking and skiing. He was a member for over 30 years of the National Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown in New Hartford. Besides his wife Linda whom he married on November 24, 1978, he leaves a son, Craig Varcoe of Farmington; a daughter, Kimberly Varcoe of Simsbury; two grandchildren, Emily Varcoe and Ethan Varcoe; three brothers, Russell Varcoe and his fiancé Patricia Florentino of Shelton, Kenneth Varcoe and his wife Josette of Paris, France, Paul E. Varcoe and his wife Paula of North Carolina; and a sister, Joanne Simonds. Memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Attn: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.

Ellis Varcoe, May 2005


Carolyn Borstel Phillips

Patroller at Ski Sundown

Carolyn Borstel Phillips, 79, of East Granby, formerly of Portland, ME, died December 7, 2010. She was the wife of the late Edward Finley Phillips. Born October 27, 1931, and raised in Portland, ME; she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Martha (Dresser) Borstel. Carolyn attended local schools graduating from Deering High School in 1949, and attended Westbrook Junior College. She played tennis, clarinet in the band and volunteered in the American Red Cross. A 1954 graduate of Boston's prestigious New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, "Cal" was known for the warm friendliness and sound judgment that brought her wide popularity. Cal loved summers at the family cottage at Highland Lake and sailing in her father's sloop, being near the water brought her joy. A Campfire Girl, she taught Sunday School while an eighth grader and said she was moved by the litany, as well as the music. Carolyn took easily to the orderly, uncompromising regimen offered by Deaconess. In 1954, with her Deaconess pin and starched nurse's cap bearing the black stripes of her alma mater, Carolyn realized, as an operating room nurse at Deaconess, an enduring happiness... Years later, she would show her children the proper way to authoritatively slap into the recipient's awaiting hand a pair of scissors or a butter knife. In the OR, she found the highest justification for her essential precision and deliberateness. Soon thereafter, at the Falmouth Foreside wedding of mutual friends, she was found by the man who would a year later become her life partner, the much older (at 31) pilot and dashing war veteran, Edward Phillips. The courtship survived Ed's successful efforts to teach Carolyn to drive. They married in August 1954., and soon after a Maine honeymoon enlivened by Hurricane Carol, drove away from their beloved Down East coast to Connecticut. There in 1955, Ed began work as a writer at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks; Carolyn resumed her nursing career which would span 40 years as a staff nurse and educator, concluding in 1996, as a supervisor at Kimberly Hall Nursing Home., in Windsor. In 1962, with their beagle pup named Tyler, joined by sons Jeff and Matt, Carolyn and Ed moved into their newly built house in East Granby; the home in which they would raise a family and make a life together in service to their community. Daughter Leah joined them all in 1963. By then Cal and Ed were active in the town. They led the establishment of the East Granby Kindergarten Association, enrolling in turn all three children. Making a difference led to volunteering in town politics; Carolyn who had served in her high school student council, rose to be Republican Town Committee Vice Chairman; in 2005, she was named East Granby Republican of the Year. She was a delegate to many presidential and gubernatorial conventions. Throughout their lives in East Granby, the couple was central to the development of worthy candidates at local, state and national levels; constructive party platforms and ethical campaign management. Carolyn and Ed enthusiastically engaged in political activity to benefit their community, acting unselfishly and without ego for the common good. Carolyn ran for the Board of Selectmen in 1975, winning by that election's biggest plurality and sharing the distinction with another candidate of being the first woman in the town's history to run for the office. Re-elected repeatedly, she served in the post for fourteen years. Her stewardship, marked by the same pragmatic orderliness and compassion that has served her in nursing, brought East Granby effective government, kept affordable by a Yankee thrift learned as a girl in the Great Depression. She proved adept at the essentials of town governance. She helped develop the town's industrial park, nurtured the growth of its public schools and served on the Council of Small Towns. Inseparable in their marriage, Carolyn and Ed made great music together. With Ed on the drums, Carolyn played in summer concerts of the Salmon Brook Band, in Granby. In 1991, the couple shared the East Granby Lion's Club's Col. Edward D. Miles Citizen of the Year Award. To supplement the memorials to other wars, they placed a maple tree and memorial in the town's center to those who served in Korea and the Gulf. They together served their church. Carolyn as a member of the Old Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Women, twice its president. She served on the Alter Guild and chaired the United Thank Offering. Unsurprisingly, the status quo was nowhere safe from Carolyn's drive; she became a leader in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and was active in the local Red Cross swim program. A lifelong skier, she was a YMCA ski instructor. In 1971, she completed the arduous regimen to become a member of the National Ski Patrol, volunteering at Sundown Ski Resort, in New Hartland, serving there more than 20 years and rising to the rank of Hill Captain. She was a justice of the peace and President of the East Granby Social Committee which introduced inner-city youth to summer camp in the town. She helped establish the East Granby Ambulance Association and was a charter member of the East Granby Historical Society. Her efforts ushered in town recycling and helped establish a local Meals on Wheels program. She was especially proud of the work she and Ed did creating the town's Cowles Park nature area on whose trails they loved to cross-country ski together. Carolyn's wish for her town was that it remain an attractive place with open spaces, benefiting from public transit and sound governance. The East Granby of today, one of New England's most successful communities, reflects her fidelity to that vision and stewardship to her fellow townspeople. She is survived by sons Jeffrey Edward Phillips, an Army Reserve brigadier general stationed in Georgia and Matthew Alan Phillips, working in ski area management and real estate investment of Boulder County, CO and a daughter Leah Catherine Porter, a student at Harvard University, of Swampscott. MA. She was the cherished grandmother of Olivia and Jackson Porter and sister of Trudance (Borstel) Anderson of Stoneham, MA. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations be sent to Old Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, 59 Tariffville Rd., Bloomfield, CT 06002, or the East Granby Ambulance Association, 6 Memorial Drive East Granby, CT 06026.

Carolyn Borstel Phillips circa 1979 VT

David A. Scudder

Patroller at Ski Sundown

David A. Scudder of West Hartford, Ct and Shelter Island, NY passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2010. He was the beloved husband to the late Nancy Steele Scudder. Born in St Province, Baguio, Philippine Islands. David received his bachelor's degree from Kenyon College and an MBA from Cornell University. He served in Germany as part of the occupation following the Second World War as a high-speed radio operator. After his stint in Germany, he was stationed in Point Barrow, Alaska with the National Geodetic Survey. David spent many years in Simsbury while employed by the Travelers Corp. In the mid-1970's he moved to Great Falls, Va. where he became the General Manager for the National Flood Insurance Program for EDS and a lobbyist for the National Electrical Contractors Association. Upon retirement, he and Nancy returned to New England to pursue their joint passions for skiing, sailing and tennis. David loved life, the outdoors and staying active with Nancy. He spent many years as a senior ski patrolman for the national Ski Patrol. He sailed both with his family for pleasure and competitive racing as Captain and crew for many different class boats. David was an avid tennis player and was known to drop everything for a quick "set". He also enjoyed building railroad and ship models. He was a member of the Shelter Island Yacht Club, Hartford 20th Century Club, Niantic Bay Yacht Club, Kenyon College Alumni Association, past president and member of the Hartford Tennis club, and the Bloomfield Racquet Club. David was the son of the late Walter Tracy Scudder Jr. and Ruth Blanchford Scudder. David leaves his children Sarah Scudder Evans of Marlborough, Timothy Tracy Scudder of Stamford and Linda Scudder Casey and her husband John Casey of New Hartford; eleven grandchildren, Bree and Scudder Evans, Alison and her husband Royal Tuttle, Robert, Richard, Hilary, Sarah and Molly Scudder; Emily, Blair and Madeline Casey; His brother Brent E. Scudder and wife Reggie of New London, NH also survived David. His brother, Dr. Walter Tracy Scudder III, and his son-in-law, Kip B. Evans predeceases him. Calling hours are scheduled for Monday, August 30 at 5 – 8 PM at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, Ct 06119. A Memorial Service will be scheduled for Shelter Island, NY at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics, Connecticut, PO Box 4000, Hamden, CT 06514-0010.

Dave Scudder circa 1979 VT


Sam Humphrey

Patroller at Ski Sundown

HUMPHREY, LT., Col. Samuel S., Ret. Lt., Col. Samuel S. Humphrey (US Air Force Retired) died Friday, (July 10, 2009) at the John Dempsey Hospital, UCONN Medical Health Center after a brief illness. Lt. Col Humphrey was born April 25, 1923 in Canton Center. He married a local Canton woman, the late Mary (Mills) Humphrey in February, 1945. They had been married 61 years before she passed away in 2006. Lt Col Humphrey attended Canton public schools, including the one room school house in Canton Center, and graduated from Canton High School in 1941. He entered the Army Air Corps in World War II, working his way through Aviation Cadets to become a Master Navigator. He was stationed in the South Pacific with the 433rd Troop Carrier group during the war including New Guinea, the Philippines, and the Japanese mainland. He navigated the first US airplane into Hiroshima after the bomb to measure the remaining radiation. After the war he graduated from the University of Connecticut majoring in Physics. He continued his education at Wesleyan University where he obtained a Master's Degree in Physics. He completed doctoral studies in Physics at the University of Utah. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and remained on active duty until retiring from the Pentagon as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1971. Lt Col Humphrey completed 29 years of military service, he returned to his home town of Canton and began 38 years of civic and public service. He was elected to the Board of Finance and served as the board's chairman for four years. He was then elected to the Board of Selectmen for six years. He served as the First Selectman for the Town of Canton from 1983 to 1987, during which time he oversaw the town's adoption of its charter form of government. After First Selectman, he returned eventually to the Board of Finance where he was at the time of his death and served for 18 years. He was member of the National Ski Patrol for 40 years. He and his wife Mary patrolled at Sundown Ski area, becoming Senior Patrollers and Hill Captains. He was named Sundown's Ski Patroller of the year in 1993. He joined the North Canton Volunteer Fire Department in 1974 and served for 24 years as a fireman and fire policeman. He was a prominent Christmas tree grower managing Humphrey's Cherry Brook Farm Christmas tree plantation. He was a member of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association, serving as their President and receiving the association's Merit Award in 2000. He was a member of the New England Christmas Tree Growers Alliance, serving as chairman of the alliance's Eastern States Exhibition Christmas tree exhibit for many years and assisting the New England Christmas Tree Conferences. He was awarded the alliance's Certificate of Appreciation in 2005. Locally in Canton, he was chairman of two Historic District Study Committees (Canton Center and Collinsville). He served on the Republican Town Committee for 36 years. He was treasurer and a trustee of the Canton Center Congregational Church for 13 years. He was a Justice of the Peace for 34 years. He taught Math and Physics at Canton High School. He was selected into the Canton High School Wall of Fame in 2004 for outstanding leadership, scholarship, and civic responsibility. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Warren and Deborah Humphrey of Groton MA, Ken and Mary Ann Humphrey of Canton and Marianne and Harold Burbank of Canton; his grandchildren, Harl Humphrey, Samuel Humphrey, Patrick Humphrey, Katie Humphrey, Benjamin Humphrey, Harold Haley Humphrey Burbank, and Anna Burbank. He is also survived by his brothers Harold Humphrey of Harwinton, Fred Humphrey of Guilford VT, and his sister Lucy Wong of Woodstock. He was predeceased by his sister, Ruth Humphrey of Canton Center. He leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews. He was especially proud of saying that he, his two sons, his daughter-in-law, and his grand-daughter contributed 73 years of active military service serving during five wars. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, Tuesday, July 14, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be celebrated Wednesday, July 15, 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, 184 Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center with the Reverend Susan M. Prichard officiating. Private burial with military honors will be in Dyer Cemetery, Canton. Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church, PO Box 133, Canton Center, CT 06020. For online condolences please visit www.




Bill Plink

Patroller at Powder Ridge

Bill Plink passed away on Friday September 26, 2008. A former Powder Ridge Patroller. There will be a memorial service at the Marlboro Congregational Church on Sunday at 3PM Sept 28.


Jamie A. (Savanella) Messenger

Patroller at Ski Sundown

Jamie A. (Savanella) Messenger, 52, of Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton, CT died Sunday, December 23, 2007 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She is the wife of Thomas Messenger. Born June 4, 1955 in Torrington, CT, she is the daughter of James and Ruth Savanella of Harwinton, CT. She was self-employed by T J Mess Trucking Business and as a pet sitter. An avid skier, she participated in the Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown. She loved animals of all types. In addition to her husband Thomas, her father James and her mother Ruth, she is survived by her daughter, Regina Dimmock and son-in-law Daniel of Norfolk, CT, one brother, Derek Savanella and sister-in-law Pat of Harwinton, CT, two sisters, Jennifer Savanella and Janis Savanella both of Torrington, CT, and two nieces, Christine Savanella and Domenica Perkins. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The LaPorta-Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington, CT. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at The LaPorta-Cook Funeral Home. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Torrington Animal Hospital, LLC., 765 East Main St., Torrington, CT 06790 to the attention of Dr. Peter Humphrey, DVM. Condolences may be sent to the Messenger family by visiting


Joseph Swindells

Patroller at Ski Sundown

Joseph Henry Swindells, 88, of the 3100 block of Sterling Way, passed away Monday (October 15, 2007) in Maryview Hospital. A native of Windsor Locks, he was the son of the late Joseph and Edith Swindells. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Captain and was a veteran of World War II. He also retired from Golf International Inc. after 15 years of service. He volunteered for over 30 years with National Ski Patrol and was an E.M.T. volunteer in Simsbury. He was a graduate of Williston Academy in North Hampton, MA and the University of Connecticut. Joe was a decent, kind, caring and a wholly pleasant person. Joe is survived by his wife Jeanne Carter Swindells; and his son, Jonathan Swindells of Atlanta, GA; step-children, Christine Amirratti of Arlington, VA, John P. Carter of Hartford, Carolyn Alzamora of Lakewood, CO, Sally Carter-Keef of Virginia Beach, VA, and Rachel Conklin of St. Cloud, FL.


Betty Kleiner

Asst. Patrol Leader at  Ski Sundown

KLEINER, Betty Betty (Stanton) Kleiner, 79, of Flintlock Ridge, Simsbury, beloved wife of Gilbert N. Kleiner, died Saturday, (November 25, 2006) at Hartford Hospital. She was born July 23, 1927 in Halsey, OR daughter of the late Richard and Dorathea Laurie (Cogswell) Stanton and had lived in East Granby prior to moving to Simsbury, 38 years ago. Mrs. Kleiner was a member of St. Mary's Church, Simsbury, and the Roaring Brook Nature Center, was past president of the Hartford Audubon Society and was the editor of the Connecticut Warbler for 20 years. She was also a past president of the Simsbury Garden Club and was involved with the Bridge of Flowers in Simsbury; she was also a member and board member of the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut and was on the state committee for invasive plants. Betty was a life member of the Hartford Ski Club, 35-year member of the National Ski Patrol System, was a hill co-captain at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, was a CPR instructor and taught First Aid in Windsor Locks. Besides her husband of 48 years she is survived by a son, Tim Kleiner of Vermont; a daughter, Laurie Goodwin of Simsbury; two sisters, Marjorie Knowles and Ann Craig both in Oregon; two grandsons, James and William Goodwin; two nieces, Sandy Sue Sharp and Sister Rita; two nephews Douglas Craig and Bill Casey as well as several other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Colonel Richard Stanton; a sister, Barbara Sharpe and a nephew, Brian Craig. Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Tuesday, November 28, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, November 29, 9 a.m., St. Mary's Church, Simsbury. Burial will be in Simsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, 06019.


Herbert W. Winkler

Patroller at  Ski Sundown and Okemo

Herbert W. Winkler, 74, of Columbia, husband of Elaine (Humeston) Winkler, departed this life on Friday, May 26, 2006 in Hartford. He was born on July 31, 1931 in North Branch, New York, son of the late Walter and Mabel (Odell) Winkler. Herb was retired from the Southern New England Telephone Company after 35 years of service. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was retired from the Army National Guard. He was a communicant of St. Columba Church, a life member and EMT instructor with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Herb was a former Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the National Ski Patrol, the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. His interests included skiing, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and dining out. Herb leaves his wife of nearly 55 years, Elaine, two sons, Warren and his wife Kathleen, Richard and his companion Wendy, one daughter, Kathleen and her husband Steve, six grandchildren, Erin, Stephen, Ryan, Kevin, Jessica and Jonathan. He also leaves one great grandson, Austin and one great granddaughter McKenna who were the light of his life and always put a smile on his face.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Columba Church, 238 Rte. 66, Columbia, CT 06237 or the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 26, Columbia, CT 06237.


Mary Mills Humphrey


Patroller at Ski Sundown


Mary Mills Humphrey passed away on Monday March 6th. 2006 at 11:30 am. 
Calling hours are on Wednesday March 8th. 2-4 pm. and 6-8 pm. at Vincent Funeral Home on Rt. 44. in Canton. The funeral service will be on Thursday March 9th. 2pm. at Canton Center Congregational Church Rt. 179 Canton Center. Since Sam And Mary were long time patrollers at Sundown, Sam has asked that patrollers who attend the Funeral wear their parkas or vests and sit in the reserved seating area. 


W. Bryant Merriam

Former Patroller of Ski Sundown


W. Bryant "Beaver"  Merriam, 46, of Cherry Brook Road, Canton Center … Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, Thursday, May 5, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be Friday, May 6, 11 a.m at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center Former Sundown Ski Patroller. 



Gilles L. Levesque


Patroller at Mount Southington


September 06, 1934 - May 01, 2005 Bristol, CT Visitation: There are no calling hours. Funeral Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Wednesday (May 4, 2005) at 11 AM at St. Ann Church, 215 West St Bristol. Burial: Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Connecticut Forest & Park Association, 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT, 06481 or National Ski Patrol Memorial Fund, c/o David J. Nelson, Fund Chairman, 2 Terrace Road, Boonton, NJ 07005.



Stanton "Zeke" Ellison


Patroller at Powder Ridge


Stanton "Zeke" Ellison of Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham, died Monday, (February 3, 2003) in New Haven. He is survived by his former wife, Nina Wagner Ellison of  Guilford. Father of Stanton Ellison, Jr. of Southbury, Ronald L. Ellison of Guilford, Meili Ann Horiel of Drexel Hill, PA, Joanne Ellison Taylor of Pepperell, MA, Sulynn Euler of LaPine, OR, Frank H. Ellison of  North Branford and Nicole Hjort of U.S. NAVY. Brother of Carl Ellison, Jr. of Ivoryton and Bret Ellison of Willimantic. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, Stanton (Justin), Kirsten, John, Janis, James, Megan, Ian, Aarron, Zackery, Eligha and Kendra. Funeral service at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford, Sat. Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. Friends may call prior to the service from 2-4 p.m. Burial private. Contributions in Mr. Ellison's memory may be made to CT Regional Ski Patrol, c/o Robert Cassello, 96 North Cherry St., Wallingford, CT 06492. Published in the Hartford Courant


Debbie Lynne Flynn

Former Patroller of Ski Sundown

Debbie Lynne Flynn, 48, of Highland, NY and formerly of Bristol, died Tuesday, (July 9, 2002) at St. Francis Hospital & Health Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born February 17, 1954 in Bristol, daughter of the late Clarence M. and Marion (Cowles) Ritter, Jr. Debbie was employed as a Pharmacy Technician for the Eckert Pharmacy in New Paltz, NY. She was a nursing student attending the Suny Ulster Community College and was a former member of the National Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown in New Hartford. She is survived by a son, Tom Flynn, of Bristol; a daughter, Jennifer Flynn, of Bristol, and  presently living in New York; her former husband and father of her two children, Thomas Flynn, of Bristol; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Susan Ritter of Bristol; a sister, Nancy Ritter of Farmington; a close friend of the family, Emily Perretta of Farmington; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville. Burial at the convenience of the family will be in the Forestville Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the  funeral home Sunday, 5-8 p.m. Published in the Hartford Courant on 7/12/2002.


Gary M. Knox 

Former Patroller of  Ski Sundown and Berkshire East

BUCKLAND — Gary M. Knox, 59, of 119 Elm St. died Thursday (8-15-02) at home. Born in Gardner, Maine, Jan. 24, 1943, he was the son of Kenneth and Phylis (Wells) Knox. He graduated in 1961 from Bristol (Conn.) Eastern High School and from Hartford State Technical College. He had lived in Connecticut most of his life, with brief sojourns in Delaware and Pennsylvania, before settling in Buckland 12 years ago. Knox was an engineer for DuPont for 23 years before transferring to Remington Arms and then Kennametal Industries in 1991 in South Deerfield. He was a record-setting champion swimmer, Boy Scout leader, Ski Patroller and golfer. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture and other pieces for family and friends. Besides his parents of Bristol, he leaves his wife, the former Kathleen L. Ierardi, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1963; a son, Kenneth J. of Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Karen S. Dettmer of Torrington, Conn.; a sister, Pamela Roberts of Bristol, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., Greenfield. Memorial contributions are suggested to Franklin Medical Center Oncology Department, 164 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301, or to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421.

Published  in The Recorder,  Greenfield, MA



John W. Schaffer Jr.

Patroller at Mount Southington John Winter Schaffer Jr., 24, of 31 Middle St., Lyndonville, Vt., and 387 Andrews St., Southington died Monday, Jan. 3, 2003 in Lyndonville, VT. John was born on Oct. 27, 1978 in New Britain, the son of John Winter Schaffer Sr. and Mari (Bitel) Schaffer. A lifelong Southington resident, John was a 1997 graduate of Southington High School where he participated in Lacrosse and football. John had been a member of the National Ski Patrol since the age of 14 at Mount Southington. He had completed four years at Lyndon State College and was serving his internship in ski area management at Burke Mountain. In addition to his parents, he leaves a brother, Matt Schaffer of Southington; and his maternal grandparents, Helyne and Walter Bitel of Kensington. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. from the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington to St. Dominic Church for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Eastern Division Memorial Fund, c/o Mt. Southington Ski Patrol, P.O. Box 347 Southington, CT 06489.