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Margaret Neill

Aug 01, 1936 - Oct 30, 2023

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Old Saybrook, CT

Margaret Neill, age 87, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut passed away on Monday, October 30, 2023. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. swanfh. com for the Neill family.

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Tracey Leslie LeBlanc

Oct 11, 1962 - Feb 25, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Tracey Leslie LeBlanc, 61, longtime resident of Guilford and most recently of Old Saybrook passed away at her home on Sunday February 25th, 2024. Tracey was the loving wife to her husband David LeBlanc. Tracey was born in New Haven on October 11, 1962, daughter of the late Roger Nelson Leslie and Mary Llynne (Tykol) Leslie. Tracey was the devoted mother of Tessa LeBlanc (fiancé Paul DeSantis), Richard LeBlanc (Lindsay), Nicole LeBlanc (fiancé Anthony Aniello), David LeBlanc (Brynna), and proud grandmother to her granddaughters Audrey, Quinn, Emersyn, and Aurora. In addition to her husband, Tracey is survived by her brothers Chris (Susan), Todd, and Gregg (Shannon), brother-in-law Doug LeBlanc (Laura), as well as several nieces and nephews including William, Megan, Maxwell, Connor, Stephen, Cameryn, and Brynn.Tracey attended Guilford High School and graduated from Branford Hall Career Institute in 1983. Tracey was employed by the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services for 35 years, where she made substantial contributions to the many clients’ lives she worked with over the years.Tracey was an avid reader, and loved to spend as much time as she could with a good book on a sunny beach. Since retiring, Tracey took much pride in her garden and spent hours planning and organizing her annual planting projects. Tracey’s dining room table was always covered with art and crafts, and she was always looking for her next painting project.Tracey had a large circle of lifelong friends and was known for her contagious laugh and her adventurous spirit. Everyone around Tracey was keenly aware that they could count on her for anything, and she always had a smile and kind word for those she loved.Friends are invited to calling hours on Monday, March 4th, 2024 from 1 pm - 3 pm, with a prayer service from 3 - 3:30 pm at Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. A celebration of Tracey’s life will be held immediately following at the Westbrook Elks Club, 142 Seaside Avenue, Westbrook, CT.

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Lisa-Jo D'Annolfo

Jan 10, 1962 - Feb 22, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Lisa-Jo D'Annolfo, age 62 passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. A calling hours for Lisa-Jo will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 PM.

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Dacia Murrin Wilcox

Feb 05, 1925 - Feb 10, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Dacia Murrin Wilcox, age 99, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

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Kerry Conway

Jan 29, 1967 - Feb 07, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Kerry Conway, 57, of Old Saybrook, passed away on February 7, 2024 in Old Saybrook. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday February 22nd at St. Margaret Church, 24 Academy St, Madison CT. Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Arrangements are by Swan Funeral Home. Kerry Conway was born in New Haven to the late Mary and Thomas Conway on January 29, 1967. She went to school in East Haven. Prior to her retirement she worked for the former SNET. Kerry Conway is survived by her Children, Matthew Dubè and Alec Dubè, and her sisters Deborah Conway and Lynn Gingras

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Thomas J. Sapak

Jul 04, 1957 - Feb 11, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Thomas J. "TJ" Sapak, formerly of Derby, CT and most recently of Old Saybrook, CT passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024. TJ was 66 years old. Funeral services for Thomas will be privately held. Online condolences can be left at SpadaccinoFuneralHome.com.

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Patricia O. Crozier

May 26, 1933 - Feb 10, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Patricia O. Crozier, age 90, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

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Betty Cestaro

Jan 11, 1929 - Feb 06, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Betty Cestaro, 95, beloved wife of the late Thomas Cestaro, of Old Saybrook, formerly of Meriden and Cheshire, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, with family by her side.  Born in Meriden, CT on January 11, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Anthony Orsini and Theresa (Demicheli) Orsini. She graduated from Meriden High School, class of 1946. She was employed by International Silver Co. prior to raising her family. She was a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church. Betty is survived by her two sons, Thomas L. Cestaro and his wife Susan and Christopher P. Cestaro and his wife Celeste and her four grandchildren, Julie, Keith, Alexa, and Maxwell.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, John Orsini and Dominic Orsini. The funeral service and burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Old Saybrook Ambulance Association, 316 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475 or the Old Saybrook Fire Department 310 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For online condolences, please visit jferryfh.com.

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James Kirtland Rankin

Jun 21, 1962 - Jan 30, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Old Saybrook - James Kirtland Rankin, 61 of Old Saybrook died unexpectedly at his home on January 30, 2024. James was born in Middletown CT on June 21, 1962 to his parents, Robert and Helen Rankin who resided in the town of Deep River. Jimmy, also known as (Jumbo) graduated from Valley Regional High School in Deep River in 1981. After graduating from high school, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and served four years at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach Florida. Following his service to his country, Jimmy became an auxiliary member of the Old Saybrook VFW, Post 10153 and the American Legion Post #113 in Old Saybook. He was very proud of the time he served in the military. He was all about God and country as all could see by the flags that were displayed on the front of his home. Jimmy was a veteran of the Deep River Fire Department, a past member of the Old Saybrook Fire Department and also served on the Essex Ambulance Association. For many years, Jimmy played the fife. He was a member of the Deep River Drum Corp, the Ancient Mariners and recently joined the Stony Creek Drum Corp. When he sustained a serious injury to his hand and was unable to play the fife for several years, Jimmy worked with one of his fifing mates and they were able to design a fife so he could play again. He was ecstatic when he was able to march in the Deep River Muster this past summer and many will always remember hearing that beautiful sound that came from such passion. Jimmy was an avid football fan and loved to coach youth football with the Tri-Town football league when he was a younger man and also an assistant coach with the Valley Regional Warriors. He was a big fan of the Washington Redskins (Commanders) and loved to spend his Sundays watching the game. Jumbo was a big presence when he walked into a room. As most know, he was the life of the party and loved to make people laugh. Jimmy’s greatest love was his family, spending holidays together and he greatly enjoyed his nieces and nephews. Jimmy is survived by; his mother, Helen P. Rankin of Centerbrook, his sister Marilyn Sicord and her husband Michael of Lyme, his brother Russell Rankin and his wife Leigh Ann of Centerbrook, his twin brother Jay Rankin and his wife Pam of Old Saybrook. He had five nieces and nephews, Benjamin Rankin, Jayson Rankin, Alyssa Rankin, Stephanie Shea and Jennifer Rankin. He is also survived by four step brothers and one stepsister: Robert Gahran, Andrew Moore, Tina Moore and Daniel Moore. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Robert R Rankin and his wife Fay Rankin, his brother, Robert R. Rankin Jr., his half-sister, Darlene Tiezzi, and his step brother James Gahran. A funeral will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024, at 11:00 AM, at the Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Deep River, CT 06417. Burial will immediately follow with Full Military Honors at the Fountain Hill Cemetery, 57 High Street, Deep River, CT 06417. To share a memory or to leave a condolence for his family please visit www.rwwfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jimmy's name can be made to the American Legion Post #113, 113 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 and the Old Saybrook VFW, Post 10153, 315 Essex Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

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Margaret A. Riccitelli

Nov 10, 1939 - Jan 30, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

Margaret A. Riccitelli, age 84, of Old Saybrook, Connecticut passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

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David G. Brown

Mar 27, 1954 - Jan 19, 2024

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Old Saybrook, CT

David G. Brown, artist and farmer, 70, of Old Saybrook, CT died peacefully in his home at the Hay House Farm in Old Saybrook on January 19, 2024. David was born in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on March 27, 1954 to George and Mary (Wyda) Brown. He graduated from Old Saybrook High School in 1971, 2nd in his class. David started college at Middlebury, where he began to paint portraits and still lifes. He longed to see the world though and took a year off to travel overland across Asia. He visited India, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, where he saw the Buddhas of Bamiyam, and he trekked through Nepal. This journey would change his life. Upon returning, David attended Dartmouth College, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1976 having studied World Geography and Food Problems. He later received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University in 1989. David returned to Nepal to teach at the Village School in Syrabu from 1976-1978. The residents were refugees from the Tibetan Village of Happiness. He was amazed by how genuinely happy the Tibetans were, despite having so little. During his travels, David took photographs for UNICEF and Save the Children that were later published in a children’s book. When he returned to the U.S., he sought a similarly simple lifestyle, starting a farm in 1986 in Old Saybrook. He moved into a home built from hay bales covered in stucco, which was without plumbing or electricity. There he created his own personal sanctuary, the Hay House Farm, where he melded art and farming into his everyday life. The message of the Hay House was, “this is more than enough”. From 1987-1991 David taught social studies and art at the Hammonasset School in Madison. One year, he brought his students to Nepal for a month to work at the Tibetan refugee camp. The group brought with them duffel bags full of clothing for distribution. In October, 1991, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dali Lama was invited to Yale to receive an honorary degree. David was asked to drive the Dali Lama and the Tibetan Cabinet around New Haven. At the end of 1992, David helped resettle 20 Tibetan families in Old Saybrook. From 1992-1997, David worked as the Operations Director for the Tibetan Culture Center of CT. From 1993-1997, he served on the Old Saybrook Board of Education. David built the first Buddhist stupa in Connecticut at the Hay House Farm to serve as a place of meditation for the community. It was dedicated in 2007. David was a talented painter. His work was displayed at the New Britain Museum of Art in 1999, and at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport in 2000. In 2004 he was featured at an open house at the Florence Griswold Museum where he created “The Installation”, a life-size still life of the inside of the Hay House with the outside painted in the four seasons. The Installation was accompanied by 365 paintings of sunrises from the past year, and a big grid of portraits of his friends - his everyday heroes. He was the recipient of numerous best in show awards in Guilford, Essex, and at the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven. He displayed his work at several solo exhibitions throughout Connecticut. “Farmer Brown” became a fixture of the Connecticut shoreline community and was well known for his jam, eggs, produce, honey, paintings, and Lhasa Apso-derived dogs (a breed originating in Tibet). He hosted an annual “daffodil brunch” every spring at The Hay House, when tens of thousands of daffodils bloomed throughout the farm. He was a regular vendor at numerous farmer’s markets in the region, most recently in Chester. David was also the author and illustrator of the children’s book, "Getting Along like Cats and Dogs: Kitty and Puppy at the Hay House." He inspired countless residents of Connecticut and beyond to respect the earth, live simply, and do what you love. David was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Marjorie Szerlip. He is survived by his sister, Audrey Brown and her husband Peter Cummin of Mystic, and his nephews Aaron and David Szerlip and their wives and children. Tibetan Buddhist Service will be held Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at the Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM and A celebration of his life will be in the Spring when the daffodils are in bloom.

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