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Obituaries

Western Mass Man Killed In Crash, Dragged By Bear Remembered By Friends As 'Unique Soul' You may have heard about Daniel Ducharme's death. The 31-year-old was killed in Western Massachusetts on Sunday, May 5, after he lost control of his car and crashed in Hampshire County in the town of Hatfield. A bear is believed to have dragged him from the wreckage after that. But his friends say those headlines left out who the South Hadley resident was. Dozens of social media posts paint a far more complex picture of someone who cared for his friends, loved cracking jokes and making music, and had big plans for his future. Evan Flynn posted on Facebook that Dani…

by Josh Lanier

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Yale Grad Dies At Age 24 Months After Starting Corporate Job A Yale University grad just months into his corporate job has died at 24 years old. Timothy Han died on April 18, 2024, surrounded by family and friends, according to a GoFundMe page launched to cover medical costs and burial expenses. The campaign remembers Tim as a "cornerstone of community, noting he left his family in South Korea and immigrated to the United States and embarking on an array of pursuits. Tim attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire, where he co-founded the school's first Asian-American student affinity club and involved himself in as many others …

by Cecilia Levine

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'His Kindness Was A Beacon': Support Swells For Late New England Father, Fiancé After a Massachusetts brother, fiancé, and father unexpectedly died, the community is helping support the family he left behind while remembering his lasting legacy. William Harris (known to many as “Bill” or “Billy”), a lifelong Norfolk County resident, died on Saturday, April 6. Bill, who was born in Norwood and lived with his family in Stoughton at the time of his death, had recently come back from a weekend vacation with his fiancée and the pair’s three children when he came down with the flu. The flu quickly turned into pneumonia, which led to a blood clot that required Harris to b…

by Sophie Grieser

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Nor'easter: Woman Killed By Fallen Tree ID'd As Wife Of NY Yankees Exec A woman who was killed after a tree fell on her car as a Nor'easter swept through the region has been identified as a 50-year-old mother and wife of a New York Yankees executive. New, updated report -Yankees To Dedicate Season To Woman Killed In ArmonkThe incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in Northern Westchester County. The 2021 Toyota had been northbound on Route 128 between School Street and Leisure Farm Drive, according to the Town of North Castle Police. The woman has been ID'd asCatherine Tusiani, a resident of Armonk and the wife of Michael Tusiani, …

by Joe Lombardi

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Beloved CT Music School Founder Dies At 57: 'Ever Positive, Always Hopeful' A beloved Connecticut music school founder who spent decades sharing his passion with his students is being remembered for his always positive nature and endless talent. Thomas “Tom” Deffenbaugh, who began the Summit Music School in Manchester at 421 Main St., died on Thursday, March 7 at the age of 57 after a brave fight against cancer, according to his obituary. Deffenbaugh was known for pouring his "heart and soul" into the school for the last 25 years, his obituary said. Born in Michigan in 1966,Deffenbaugh eventually moved to Connecticut in 1990 and worked as an edit…

by Ben Crnic

Friends, Family Remember Connecticut Couple Killed In Hit-Run Crash The man and woman fromConnecticut killed in an alleged hit-and-run crash in Pennsylvania over the weekend have been identified as a husband and wife. Windham County residents Richard and Rebecca Whiddon, ages 37 and 33, both of the town of Brooklyn, were passengers in a Nissan that was struck in Bucks County near the corner of Veterans Highway and Ford Road in Bristol Township on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, Both were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The driver and another passenger in the Nissan were also hurt. Earlier report - Double-Fatal Hit-Run Crash: Man, Woman Fro…

by Mac Bullock

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Young New Canaan HS Grad Remembered As Talented Musician After Untimely Death A freshman at a prestigious Massachusetts college who graduated from a Connecticut high school in 2023 is being remembered as a brilliant musician who always followed his curiosity into success. The death of Fairfield County resident Toby Woods, a 2023 graduate of New Canaan High School who was a freshman at Williams College in the Berkshire County town of Williamstown, was announced by officials at both schools on Friday, Feb. 23. Earlier Report -Young New Canaan HS Grad Dies: 'He Will Be Sorely Missed,' Superintendent SaysIn a letter to students, faculty, and staff, Wi…

by Ben Crnic

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Young New Canaan HS Grad Dies: 'He Will Be Sorely Missed,' Superintendent Says A community is mourning the loss of a bright young man who graduated from a high school in Connecticut last year. New, updated report:Young New Canaan HS Grad Remembered As Talented Musician After Untimely DeathThe death of Toby Woods, a 2023 graduate of New Canaan High School, was announced byNew Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Bryan Luizzi on Friday, Feb. 23 in a communication to district families. In his letter to families,Luizzi called Woods a "bright, kind, talented, and thoughtful young man." "His passing is a painful loss for our New Canaan Schoo…

by Ben Crnic

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Beloved CT Native Who Was Mother Of 3 Dies At Age 50 A Hudson Valley mother of three has died at the age of 50. Dutchess County resident Jennifer J. Strang-Thrasher, of Wassaic, died on Sunday, February 4, at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. Strang-Thrasher, born in Connecticut in the town of Sharon in Litchfield County, was a graduate of Dover High School and Dutchess Community College. She was a direct care worker at Cardinal Hayes Home for Children in Millbrook, for 30 years, according to her obituary. In addition to her mother, Boonie (Coons) Strang of Wassaic, and her husband, Daryl Thrasher of Poughkeepsie, she is s…

by Kathy Reakes

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Bridgeport Man Killed In Double-Fatal I-95 Crash In Fairfield Was Lead Singer For Popular Band The lead singer for one of the most popular bands in Connecticut killed in a three-vehicle crash on I-95, is being remembered for his voice, and for being a nice person. IDs Released For Victims In Double-Fatal I-95 Fairfield Crash: Police Seek Witnesses William "Billy" Foster, of the band Billy and the Showmen, diedin the town of Fairfield around 12:10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26 just before Exit 22. According to Connecticut State Police, a preliminary investigation revealed a tractor-trailer and two cars were traveling on I-95 northbound when the second vehicle identified as a 2018 Che…

by Kathy Reakes

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Harvard Grad, Mom Of 4 Killed In New Jersey Hit-Run Crash While Jogging Julia Sutton, the founder of an international spa and wellness brand and Harvard Business School alumna, has been identified as the person killed in a hit-and-run crash in Brick Township, New Jersey, earlier this month. Julia Sutton, 56, of Weehawken, New Jersey, was struck by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Mark Carey, Jr. of South Amboy earlier this month on Route 35, as previously reported by Daily Voice. Mark Carey has been arrested in a hit-and-run crash that left a female pedestrian dead in Brick, authorities said. Ocean County Prosecutor's OfficeSutton founded the boutique welln…

by Chris Spiker

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'We’re Completely Lost': Young Daughter Of Patriots Reporter Dies Year After Cancer Diagnosis Hallie Kyed put up a valiant fight, but after a nearly yearlong battle with cancer, the 2-year-old daughter of thePatriots reporter for the Boston Herald has died, her father announced on Instagram. Hallie was diagnosed in April 2023 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive type of cancer that attacks bone marrow, a GoFundMe campaign set up for her said. She died in her sleep Sunday night, Jan. 21, her father, Doug Kyed,announced on social media. Doug said despite the dire prognosis, Hallie never gave up the fight, her big dreams, or her bright smile. Relat…

by Josh Lanier

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Police Officer From Bridgeport Who Enjoyed Stargazing With A Cigar Has Died At 67 A former Connecticut police officer who loved law enforcement and stargazing with a cigar has died at the age of 67. New Haven County resident Thomas K. Richard, of Ansonia, died on Friday, Jan. 12, according to his obituary. Born in Fairfield County in Bridgeport on Sunday, July 8, 1956, and a long-time resident of Ansonia, where he lived with his family for more than 39 years, Thomas served in the Trumbull Police Department as a full-time traffic officer specializing in accident reconstruction before retiring from his assignment and transitioning to a part-time role working special …

by Kathy Reakes

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Cause Of Death Released For Popular Actor, 50, Who Attended Prep School In CT The cause of death has been released for a popular actor who was born and grew up in the region. The death of Alec Musser, age 50,was announced last weekend on Instagram by his fiancée Paige Press, who lived with Musserin Del Mar, California, north of San Diego. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Officer, Musser died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. "His fiancée last knew him to be alive on the evening of Friday, Jan. 12 when she had gone to bed," the medical examiner said. "On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13, she awoke and went to find the decedent seated …

by Joe Lombardi

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29-Year-Old CT Man Killed In Plane Crash Remembered As ‘Bright Shining Light’ Friends and colleagues are reminiscing on the bright personality of a 29-year-old student pilot from Connecticut who was one of three who died in a small plane crash in northern Massachusetts, after his tragic death. Chad Davidson, age 29, of the town of Woodstock in Windham County, was killed alongside a pair of Western Massachusetts residents from Hampden County on Sunday, Jan. 14 when the Baron Twin-Piston they were in crashed. Earlier Report -Triple-Fatal Plane Crash: 29-Year-Old Student Pilot From Woodstock ID'd As One Of Victims According to Massachusetts State …

by Sophie Grieser

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Popular Actor Who Attended Prep School In CT Dies At Age 50 A popular actor who was born and grew up in the region has died. Alec Musser was 50 years old. Click here for a new, updated story:Cause Of Death Released For Popular Actor, 50, Who Grew Up In Region He died Friday night, Jan. 12 at his home in Del Mar, California, north of San Diego.A cause of death has not been released. His death was announced Saturday, Jan. 13 on Instagram by his fiancée Paige Press. Musser appeared on the ABC-TV soap opera "All My Children," playing the role of Del Henry after joining the cast in the summer of 2005, following a first-place f…

by Joe Lombardi

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‘Beautiful Boy’: University Of Vermont Student, Age 20, Dies While Walking Dogs New Year’s Eve “A sweet, smiling, confident young man” — that’s how friends and family described a college student from Pembroke, who died while out walking his dogs on New Year’s Eve. Callum Tomas DiCenso had just turned 20 when he suffered a cardiac arrest while walking his dogs, Piper and Kevin, on Sunday, Dec. 31. He was excited to see his friends and classmates at the University of Vermont, where he was a sophom*ore in the Honors College, his obituary read. DiCenso's brother-in-law said in a Facebook post: "My brother in law Callum suddenly passed away this past Sunday. We all loved him so much and …

by Khier Casino

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'Family Came First': Mom Killed In CT Crash Was Going Home For Daughter's Birthday For Paula Garcia, there was nothing more important than her family. The Hampshire County, Massachusetts, mother of three lived for her children, her husband Joe Bock said in an interview with the Daily Voice. Paula was killed Tuesday, Jan. 9, while returning to her Easthampton home after the car she was in was hit by a tractor-trailer in Hartford, Connecticut,state police said. It was her daughterAlba's 13th birthday, Bock said. Paula's birthday was a day later. Paula Garcia poses for a photo with her children —Alba, age 13, Matteo, 9, and Lia…

by Josh Lanier

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Visitation Planned For 4 Children Who Perished In CT Fire A visitation will be held to honor the four Connecticut children killed in a house fire as the community continues to raise money and donations of goods to help the grieving mother and remaining siblings. 4 Children Dead After Fire Rips Through Multi-Family Somers Home Fire Update: Residents Donating To Help Somers Family That Lost 4 Children In Blaze The fire occurred in Tolland County around 10:25 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 44 Quality Ave., in the town of Somers. Killed during the fire were Lukas Koropatkin, age 11; Genevieve Koropatkin, age 9, Benjamin Koropatkin age 7, and Archer Kor…

by Kathy Reakes

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Beloved High School Teacher In Greenwich Dies At Age 48 A high school science teacher from New York who worked in Connecticut and was also an award-winning athlete is being remembered by her community. Northern Westchester resident Amy Bridget (nee Cleary) Dillane, a resident ofPleasantville, died on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the age of 48 following an eight-year battle with cancer, according to her obituary. Born in Mount Kisco in 1975,Dillane graduated fromHorace Greeley High School in Chappaqua in 1993 before earning a Bachelor's Degree in biology fromSUNY Geneseo in 1997 and her Master's Degree in Teaching from P…

by Ben Crnic

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Former Police Chief, Veteran From Brookfield Dies A former police chief from Connecticut who led a department in Northern Westchester is being remembered for his lifetime of public service. Fairfield County resident Fred Gambino, Jr. of Brookfield, the former chief of the North Castle Police Department, died on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the age of 86, the department announced on Monday, Dec. 11. Born in White Plains in 1937,Gambino graduated from White Plains High School before going on to serve in the Marine Corps. After this, he then began a long career in law enforcement by joining the New York State Police. He eventually joi…

by Ben Crnic

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Heartbreak After Massachusetts Woman Killed By Shark In Bahamas Coworkers and friends of the 44-year-old Massachusetts woman who was killed by a shark while on vacation in the Bahamas say they are heartbroken and shocked by her death. Lauren Van Wart, of Lowell, located northwest of Boston, was attacked by a shark on Monday, Dec. 4, about a mile fromSandals Royal Bahamian Resort while she was paddleboarding with a relative, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said. Van Wart worked at Curriculum Associates, an educational material company in Billerica.Rob Waldron, CEO of the company, said she was a beloved member of the company. …

by Josh Lanier

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Connecticut Native Norman Lear, Iconic Sitcom Producer, Dies Legendary television producer Norman Lear died after a lifetime of laughter surrounded by family on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes, according to his obituary. He was 101 years old. Lear, known for creating such iconic situation comedies as "All In the Family," and "Maude," was born in Connecticut in 1922 in New Haven,the eldest child of Jeanette and Hyman "Herman" Lear, a traveling salesman. He grew up in a Jewish household.When Lear was 9 years old and living in Massachusetts with his family in Chelsea in Suffolk County, his father went to prison…

by Kathy Reakes

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Pitt Grad ID'd As Woman Killed By Shark In Bahamas Bahamian officials have identified the Boston woman who was killed on Monday, Dec. 4, by a shark while she was paddleboarding off the coast of a five-star resort. Lauren Erickson Van Wart, age 44, was killed while playing in the ocean with a family member, theRoyal Bahamas Police Force announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Related: Boston Woman Killed By Shark In Bahamas RBPF Spokesperson Sergeant Desiree Ferguson said in a news conference the couple wereabout a mile from the five-star Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort when she was attacked. #BREAKING - The victim of yes…

by Josh Lanier & Jillian Pikora

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Funeral Set For 'Beloved' CT Teacher Killed In Wrong-Way Wreck The superintendent of the school district where a 35-year-old woman who worked has canceled classes on Friday, Dec. 8, so students and staff can attend her funeral. Connecticut resident Kayla Morey, age 35, of Dayvillein Windham County, died Saturday Dec. 2 in Massachusetts when she was involved in a head-on collision in Worcester County. Related:'Gifted, Talented' Teacher Killed In Wrong-Way Crash In WebsterPolice said Jordan Pimentel, age 31, got onto I-395 in Webster, driving north in the southbound lane, and crashed into Morey just after 10:15 p.m. They both di…

by Josh Lanier

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New Update: Parents Of 3 Killed In Thanksgiving Crash On CT Roadway Were Beloved Attorneys The young parents from New York who were killed in a horrific crash while visiting family in Connecticut on Thanksgiving Dayboth worked as attorneys. The single-vehicle crash happened in Hartford County just after 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 near the Bristol/Farmington town line on Stevens Street in Bristol. The initial investigation showed that a westbound vehicle was traveling on Morea Road in Farmington, had crossed into Bristol on Stevens Street, east of Cherry Hill Drive, and had left the roadway to the right, striking a roadway sign and vegetation/trees.Bristol Police sai…

by Joe Lombardi

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Iconic Newsman Pablo Guzman Dies: 'Was Real Deal' Veteran journalist Pablo Guzman, who became well-known and well-loved among New Yorkers over his decades on the air with several outlets, has died, according to a report by CBS News. Guzman, who spent nearly three decades with CBS New York after joining in 1995, died on Sunday morning, Nov. 26 at the age of 73, in Westchester. A graduate ofthe State University of New York at Old Westbury in Nassau County, Guzman began his television career atWNEW-TV Channel 5 in 1984 before joining WNBC in 1992. After this, he started his career with CBS in 1995, eventually becoming a senior correspon…

by Ben Crnic

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Chef José 'Chichi' Barcacel, Stamford Native, Dies At 34: 'He Was Destined For Greatness' The family of a 34-year-old New Haven chef is shining a light on mental health following his death. José "Chichi" Gabriel Barcacel died on Friday, Nov. 17 after what his family said was many years of battling mental health issues, according to his obituary and a GoFundMe launched for family. "My brother Jose we called him chichi struggled and battled mentally for a large portion of his life his fight lasted so long because of the fierce love he had for his family," Barcacel's brother, Xavier, writes on Facebook. Barcacel was raised in Stamford and attended Norwalk Community College, befor…

by Cecilia Levine

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Donald Trump's Sister Dies At 86 In New York The elder sister of former President Donald J. Trump has died while in hospice care in New York, a source with direct knowledge told Daily Voice early Monday morning, Nov. 13. Maryanne Trump Barry, a Queens native and retired federal judge, died over the weekend from cancer while in hospice care in New York City, the source said.She was 86. Barry became an Assistant US Attorney in 1974 and was appointed to the US District Court for the District of New Jersey by the late President Ronald Reagan in 1983. She was appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia…

by Jerry DeMarco & Kathy Reakes

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Norwalk Deputy Fire Marshal Dies At Age 47 A much beloved Fairfield County fire marshall has died after a short battle with cancer. Norwalk Deputy Fire Marshal Luca Feola was 47. He died on Thursday, Nov. 2, said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. Feola served in the Norwalk Fire Department for nearly 20 years. He started as a firefighter in2004 and was promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal in 2011. Feola grew up in Norwalk and was well-lovedby the Norwalk Fire Department and the larger community, Rilling said. He was also a loving husband andfather and served in the US Marine Corps before beginning his career as a fi…

by Kathy Reakes

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Beloved Nurse Remembered After Being Found Dead In CT Basem*nt: 'Always Went Extra Step' A beloved mother, grandmother, and wife who dedicated her life to doing everything she could for her patients as a visiting nurse is being remembered following her murder in a Connecticut residence. Joyce Grayson, age 63, died on Saturday, Oct. 28 after going missing while she was performing her duties as a visiting nurse at a residence in the Windham County municipality of Willimantic. Grayson was reported missing by her family around 2 p.m. on Saturday, prompting Willimantic Police to search the area of Chapman Street. After finding her vehicle, officers tracked her to a nearby resi…

by Ben Crnic

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