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World War II HFD Honor Roll
Hamden Fire Department
We Remember (*) Asterisk denotes those who died while still in active service (**) Two asterisks denote LODD
Douglas A. Yocher 9/28/1939 – 9/30/2018
Edward C. Doiron 11/9/1938 – 10/4/2017
William Davin 10/9/1942 – 1/14/2017
Walter R. Vining 8/29/1939 – 12/24/2016
Robert E. Kelo 1/16/1939 – 8/19/2016
Samuel A. Jones 11/4/1925 – 10/29/2015
John Tramontano 7/8/1937 – 9/2/2015
Jerold Bradbury 12/24/1934 – 5/16/2015
Joseph J. Yoga , Jr. 12/18/1942 – 5/25/2014
Hugh McLean, Jr. 7/10/1924 – 2/10/2014
Howard Hurlburt, Jr. 8/24/1948 – 11/20/2013
Harry Cubbellotti 9/6/1928 – 10/23/2013
Gerald Wolf 6/25/1927 – 8/30/2013
Richard Kenyon 10/17/1944 – 5/16/2013
Charles Cargan 5/30/1941 – 3/17/2013
Burton Hillocks 4/21/1921 – 9/4/2012
Paul Reutenauer 1/29/1935 – 3/25/2012
Sid Trower 4/8/1915 – 4/12/2011
Frank Critchett 8/15/1950 – 10/10/2010
Warren Blake 12/31/1923 – 9/15/2009
Salvatore Ferraro 8/7/1915 – 8/11/2009
Edward Bevins 9/28/1926 - 5/22/2009
Arthur Heriot 10/20/1933 - 4/17/2009
Christopher Moreland* 11/30/1977 - 3/31//2009
Joseph Shields 2/4/1929 - 12/13/2008
Robert O'Donnell 5/9/1925 - 6/15/2008
Vincent Roth 1/29/1916 - 12/19/2007
Charles Esposito 3/12/1941 - 5/11/2007
John McKee 7/13/1920 - 10/4/2006
Gaetano Amarante 1/28/1933 - 6/11/2006
Russell Norman 4/30/1917 - 3/29/2006
Russell Smith 8/1/1940 - 11/28/2005
George Reutenauer 12/6/1919 - 6/20/2005
James Strain 8/10/1909 - 9/8/2004
Paul Rosadina 2/21/1920 - 10/6/2003
George Patten 2/22/1938 - 3/30/2003
Richard Greening 1/16/1952 - 12/6/2002
Francis Leddy 9/10/1921 - 2/22/2002
Raymond Vreeland 2/21/1925 - 1/19/2002
Mario Serafino 7/26/1909 - 2/14/2001
Francis Eitler 7/5/1917 - 9/27/2000
Wilbur Baker 9/2/1914 - 11/2/1998
Frederick Knudsen 5/9/1923 - 7/2/1998
David Herrmann 1/2/1916 - 5/11/1998
Eugene Maturo 12/2/1923 - 7/15/1997
Fiore Cubbellotti 5/6/1919 - 5/22/1997
Bernard Early 1/29/1929 - 3/21/1997
John Hoffman 9/12/1907 - 11/29/1995
Julius Norman 4/9/1893 - 4/24/1995
Walter T. Macdowall* 2/6/1943 - 3/17/1995 *Chief, La Grange [Illinois] Fire Department
Clement Wetmore 12/20/1903 - 3/9/1995
V. Paul Leddy 4/27/1919 - 4/29/1994
Stewart Keeler 11/11/1911 – 9/23/1993
Luke Tobin 2/4/1926 - 2/12/1993
Thayer Jones 11/12/1901 - 11/7/1992
Frederick Fletcher 8/5/1920 - 9/29/1992
Michael Cantarella 1/21/1916 - 7/6/1992
Thomas Cummins 11/27/1926 - 11/2/1991
Ronald Altieri** 10/27/1942 - 4/30/1991
Leslie Coe 1/22/1904 - 2/23/1991
Robert Williams 12/3/1926 - 12/5/1990
Daniel O'Connell 2/24/1924 - 11/13/1990
Richard Stacey 6/18/1921 - 7/2/1989
Lawrence Bellemore 10/9/1921 - 4/22/1989
Stanley Brown 3/19/1928 - 4/7/1989
David Howe 2/18/1926 - 1/12/1989
Raymond Bantz 4/1/1935 – 12/13/98
Kenneth Harrington 3/30/1919 - 10/6/1988
Raymond Reilly* 7/23/1943 - 8/12/1987
Joseph Hromadka 9/6/1907 - 11/2/1986
Edward Kromer 9/25/1897 - 8/23/1986
Gerald Dinneen* 7/10/45 - 12/25/1985
William Mulcahy* 2/15/1943 - 6/19/1985
Arthur F. Norman 3/29/1891 - 3/26/1985
Howard Hurlburt, Sr. 7/24/1924 - 3/5/1985
Raymond Carofano 7/1/1913 - 10/14/1984
Wayne Butterworth 6/6/1935 - 4/13/1984
Arthur Smith 4/5/1912 - 3/25/1983
Daniel Hume 1/6/1909 - 3/23/1983
Edward Charbonneau** 8/25/1939 - 12/4/1982
Robert Callahan 10/30/1925 - 11/28/1982
George Benton 9/2/1900 - 4/21/1981
Gregory Shammett* 11/19/1946 - 8/21/1980
William Hines* 11/25/1918 - 5/9/1979
Raymond C. Spencer 11/19/1895 - 12/14/1978
Albert Purce 8/21/1903 - 12/13/1978
John Reilly 3/5/1937 - 2/8/1978
Emil Strain 4/28/1911 - 3/22/1976
George Thatcher 12/16/1902 - 6/19/1975
Clement Kammerer 10/12/1894 - 6/15/1973
Everett Doherty 8/4/1901 - 8/9/1972
Ralph R. Rosson 12/17/1887 - 3/4/1972
Alfred Ramelli** 7/25/1921 - 1/1/1972
Joseph Dukat 3/11/1893 - 4/2/1971
Anthony Onofrio 4/6/1906 – 10/1970
Frank Nolan 5/22/1902 - 5/7/1968
Everett J. Mason 1/30/1902 - 4/9/1968
Walter Thomas 5/14/1903 - 6/20/1967
August A. Ball 12/27/1895 - 12/28/1964
Roland Ruwet 2/18/1891 - 10/3/1961
Robert Reutenauer 8/27/1889 - 3/17/1961
Charles Loller 11/4/1867 – 1/22/1961
David F. Howe 10/12/1878 - 9/16/1951
James J. Shea 12/13/1899 – 6/12/1951
Joseph A. Marchitto 4/19/1890 - 7/8/1950
Albert M. Molleur 3/7/1888 – 1/15/1948
Timothy S. Fennelly 12/12/1900 – 4/1/1945
John Vroman 1/1871 – 4/24/1940
Charles N. Coe 8/1880 – 2/20/1937
Earl Gussman 1/27/1897 – 11/1936
Rollin C. Horsfall 1865 – 1930
Edward D. Meegan**
8/1891 – 12/11/1927
Killed in the line of duty
Lieutenant Douglas A. Yocher (1939 - 2018)
We are deeply saddened to report the passing on September 30th of retired Hamden Fire Department Lieut. Douglas Yocher, at Yale-New Haven Hospital, following a long illness.
Doug served on the Hamden Fire Department from July 1969 until his retirement in June 2000. An excellent firefighter and fire officer, Doug was also a member of the Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department all his adult life and served as Chief of Department from 1984 until 1987.
Calling hours are Thursday, October 4th, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home, 615 South Main Street (Rt. 10), Cheshire. Services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, October 5th, starting at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors immediately following services at Cheshire Hillside Cemetery, 166 Wallingford Road, Cheshire.
Please keep Doug's family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
We are deeply saddened to report the passing on October 4th of retired Hamden Firefighter Edward C. Doiron, at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
Ed served on the Hamden Fire Department from November 1964 until his retirement in June 1993. He was a charter member of the Hamden Professional Firefighters Association, Local 2687, I.A.F.F. and served as the local's first treasurer from 1979 to 1993. Ed also was a founding member of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association, Inc. in 2009.
Services conducted by HFD chaplain Rev. Owen Sanderson took place at Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home in Centerville on Friday, October 13th at 10 a.m.
Please keep Ed's family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
We regret to report the passing of retired Hamden Firefighter William P. Davin on January 14, 2017, following a long illness. He was 74 years old.
Bill was a member of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association and the Hamden Guardian Services Retirees Association.
Bill began his fire service career in April 1959 as a member of the Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Company, No. 5, and was appointed to the Hamden Fire Department as a career member in October 1965, where he served for thirty years.
Sisk Brothers of Hamden was in charge of arrangements. Burial was private. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family.
We deeply regret to announce the passing on December 24, 2016 of former Hamden Firefighter Walter R. Vining of Wallingford, formerly of Hamden. Walt is survived by his wife, Barbara, six children, fifteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Walt joined the Hamden Fire Department in August 1966, and was assigned to Platoon 1. With the 42-hour workweek, he was assigned to Platoon 2 at Station 3. He left the department in 1971 for the private sector.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Walter's family at this sad time.
We deeply regret to announce the passing on August 19, 2016 of retired HFD Lieutenant and HFRA & HGSRA member Robert "Bob" E. Kelo in Chesterfield, Virginia. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jacqueline; and his children, Robert Jr. of Fort Myers, Fla., Michael (Susi) and Deborah, both of Chesterfield.
Bob joined the Hamden Fire Department in July 1970. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1984. Among his assignments was co-leader of the department's hazardous materials team. Bob also was a longtime member and past Chief of Citizen's Engine Co. 2 of Seymour before he and his wife Jackie moved to Virginia following his February 1, 1998 retirement.
Those of us who were fortunate to have worked with Bob remember him as a good friend, caring firefighter and a fine officer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, 8901 Winterpock Rd. Interment Sunset Memorial Park, Chester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Bon Secour's Hospice, 8580 Magellan Pkwy., Bldg. IV, Richmond, Va. 23227.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family at this sad time.
We deeply regret to announce the passing of our brother retiree and HFRA member Sam Jones on Thursday, October 29th, in Knoxville, Tennessse, with his wife, Elaine, and son, Ken, by his side. Sam's 90th birthday would have been two days ago, on November 4th.
Samuel Augustus Jones joined the Hamden Fire Department in May 1961, the department's first African-American career member. Following his appointment, Sam was assigned on old Platoon 3. When the 42-hour work-week was adopted in 1970, Sam was assigned to Platoon 4 until his retirement twenty-five years ago this month. Sam will be remembered as a fine firefighter - and an amazing chess player.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam's wife, Elaine, his son, East Point [Georgia] Firefighter Ken Jones, and the rest of Sam's family.
It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden passing of retired Hamden Fire Chief John R. Tramontano last Wednesday, September 2nd, at his home in Gilford, New Hampshire.
Active and retired Hamden fire and police personnel and all other fire service colleagues and friends of Chief Tramontano's met for a Memorial Service, conducted by members of the Hamden Fire Department in cooperation with the Tramontano family, at Hamden's Memorial Town Hall on the morning of Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
May 27 - We deeply regret to announce the passing of our brother retiree Joe Yoga last Sunday morning at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
Funeral Mass was held on Friday morning, May 30th, at St. Thomas Becket Church in Cheshire.
Joe started his fire service career in 1959 as a member of the Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Co. No. 5, and was appointed to the career department in 1965. While attempting the rescue of a young woman from an apartment fire above the Merryfield Veterinary Hospital on Shepard Avenue, Joe suffered a severe back injury that forced his retirement from the department in 1980.
Following his retirement, Joe served as a dispatcher for the Cheshire Police Department for twenty-two years. Joe was an active member of the HFRA and regularly attended meetings during the past five years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's wife, Lillian, and the rest of the Yoga family.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on February 10th of retired Hamden Firefighter Hugh McLean, Jr.
A World War II and D-Day Veteran, Hugh proudly served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 in North Africa and in the Allied invasions of Sicily and Normandy.
Hugh joined the Department in October 1949 and served with distinction for 38 years until his retirement in 1987. In 1973, Hugh received the Department's Alfred Ramelli Award, and in 1982 he was named Fireman of the Year by Hamden's Civitan Club.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne, and sons Hugh Scott McLean (Susan) of Pennsylvania, and Brian McLean (Judi) of Clinton. He is also survived by his three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hugh's family.
Some of the above information was excerpted from The New Haven Register obituary for Hugh McLean.
Lt. Howard Hurlburt, Jr. (1948-2013)
Lieutenant Howard Hurlburt, Jr.
(1948 - 2013)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Hamden Fire Department Lieutenant/Paramedic Howard "Howie" Hurlburt, Jr. on Wednesday, November 20th in Arkansas, where he resided for the last several years.
Howie's fire service career began when he joined the Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Co. in 1965. Howie became a member of the career department in 1970 and was one of Hamden's first EMTs the following year. In 1976, Howie was among the first eight Hamden paramedics to be certified. Following a brief stint as the Department's first Mechanic in 1984, Howie was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to Platoons 3 and 4 until his retirement in 1993
Howie was from a family with deep roots in Hamden public service. His brother, Clark, a 30-year veteran of the Department, is a retired Deputy Chief. Howie's father, the late Howard Hurlburt, Sr., served on the Hamden Fire Department from 1948 until his retirement in 1981, and later served on the Hamden Legislative Council. His mother, Nancy, also served on the Council and was Hamden Town Clerk for several years during the 1980s and 90s.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, Clark and the rest of the Hurlburt family.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Hamden firefighter and HFRA member Harry Cubbellotti on October 23rd. Harry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a proud and dedicated member of the Hamden Fire Department from 1957 until his retirement in 1993.
Harry was the husband of the late AnnMarie Rose Martone Cubbellotti. He was the father of Dawn (Daniel) Farricielli, Joseph J. (Karen) Cubbellotti, and the late Lisa Marie Cubbellotti; and the grandfather of five. Harry's brothers, Fiore (Frank) and Albert Cubbellotti, were also career firefighters with Hamden and West Haven, respectively.
Calling hours are Friday (today), October 25th, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue (corner of Clintonville Rd.) in No. Haven. Harry's funeral procession will leave the funeral home Saturday morning at 9:30. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church, 555 Middletown Avenue, North Haven at 10:00. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
Contributions in Harry's memory may be sent to Ali's Angels Fund, c/o Yale-New Haven Hospital Office of Development, P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-1849.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Hamden firefighter and HFRA member Gerald "Jerry" Wolf on August 30th. Jerry served on the Hamden Fire Department from 1957 until his retirement in 1991.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura Wetmore Wolf, his son John Wolf of Hamden, and his daughter Linda Campagna and husband Thomas of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and five grandchildren.
Jerry's Funeral Service took place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, at Beecher and Bennett followed by burial with military honors at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Contributions in Jerry's memory may be sent to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of our brother retiree, Richard "Ricky" Kenyon, husband of Luciana Maio Kenyon. Ricky passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Florida, where he and his wife were residing. Rick was the father of Kimberly (Mark) Rapela and Nicole (Raymond) Phelan. Stepfather of John (Diana) Kusmit and Jeffrey (Amy) Kusmit. Loving grandfather of Lauren, Victoria, Brendan, Olivia, Tyler, Connor and Alexander. He also leaves behind his one sister Nancy Stanish.
Ricky served in the U.S. Army for four years. He joined the Hamden Fire Department in July 1969 and served until his retirement in April 1993. Ricky was a dedicated firefighter and was for many years a tireless negotiator for our three bargaining units, the Hamden Paid Firemen's Sick Benefit Association, the Hamden Firefighters Association and the Hamden Professional Firefighters Association, Local 2687, IAFF. In recent years, Ricky was a frequent contributor to the website, emailing links to online stories about labor issues concerning retirees.
Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hamden. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ricky's wife Lucy and the rest of the Kenyon family.
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing on March 17th of our brother retiree, Charles "Chaz" Cargan. He was 71.
Charlie was a United States Army veteran, serving in the 225th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War era. He joined the Hamden Fire Department on October 8, 1968 and served for 33 years. Charlie was a dedicated and hard-working firefighter. A frequent attendee at HFRA meetings, he was well liked by all.
Funeral service with Military Honors took place at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue (Rt. 5) at the corner of Clintonville Road (Rt. 22), on Friday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association extend their condolences to Charlie's wife, Bonnie; his children, Chris, Keith and Reid; and the rest of the Cargan family.
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of brother fire retiree Burton C. Hillocks early Tuesday morning, September 4, 2012, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 91. Burt's grandson, Franklin Wetmore, also of Vero Beach, reports that no funeral is planned.
Burt Hillocks was born on April 21, 1921 in Dundee, Scotland and came to the U.S. as a young boy. Burt served with distinction during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th AF, where he flew on 30 missions in a B-17 in various E.T.O. campaigns, including Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
Burt joined the Hamden Fire Department on September 11, 1950. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1966, and captain in 1974. Burt retired on February 18, 1981, and had resided in Florida most of the time since his retirement. Survivors include his son Bruce Hillocks of Meriden, CT; grandchildren Melissa Wetmore of Sebastian, FL and Franklin Wetmore of Vero Beach, FL.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association extend condolences to the Hillocks and Wetmore families.
Ff. Paul Reutenauer
Firefighter Paul Reutenauer
(1935 - 2012)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of brother retired Hamden firefighter, Paul Reutenauer, on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Florida.
Paul's fire service career began when he joined the Mt. Carmel Volunteer Fire Co. in 1951. He became a member of the career department in December 1957 and was assigned to old Platoon 2 under Deputy Chief Everett Doherty. From the start of the 42-hour workweek in 1970 until his retirement in March 1993, Paul served at Station 4 on Platoon 3. A great guy with a wonderful sense of humor, Paul will be missed by all who knew him.
A Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Friday morning, March 30, 2012, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hamden. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family.
CLICK to read Sid's obituary in The New Haven Register
Firefighter Sidney Trower (1915 - 2011)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Hamden firefighter Sidney Trower on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, four days after his 96th birthday.
Sid was appointed to the Hamden Fire Department on May 1, 1947. He retired after 33 years of service on February 24, 1980. He had been a member of the Hamden Fire Retirees Association and was a charter member of the Hamden Professional Firefighters, Local 2687, I.A.F.F.
Sid is survived by his two daughters, Sylvia Bontatibus of Meriden and Barbara Wysopal of North Haven, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Sid was married 63 years to the late Eileen Blanchard Trower.
Originally posted April 14, 2011
Lieut. Frank Critchett
The New Haven Register - 10/12/10
Lieutenant Frank Critchett (1950 - 2010)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing this past weekend of retired Hamden fire lieutenant Frank Critchett. He was 60 years old.
Frank was appointed to the Hamden Fire Department in April 1981, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1987. He retired in the mid '00s. Frank was also an active member in the Seymour Fire Department, having once served as Chief.
The funeral service was conducted Thursday morning by Hamden Fire Department Chaplain, Rev. Owen Sanderson.
The members of the Hamden Fire Retirees' Association wish to express our sincere condolences to Frank's family.
Updated 10/14/10 - 1100 hrs. -
Firefighter Warren Blake (1923-2009)
Firefighter Warren Blake
(1923 - 2009)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Hamden Firefighter Warren Edward Blake in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Warren had been a resident of Jefferson, Maine since his retirement in April 1979.
Warren served in the U.S. Navy as an Electrician's Mate for ten years, and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a firefighter with the Hamden Fire Department from April 16, 1949 until his retirement on April 20, 1979.
Warren was predeceased by his wife, Jane. He is survived by his sons, Robert, Bradford, David, and several grandchildren.
Firefighter Sal "Cookie" Ferraro (1915 - 2009)
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Salvatore "Cookie" Ferraro at home on Tuesday, August 11, 2009. Cookie's 94th birthday was only a few days earlier.
Following service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Cookie was appointed to the Hamden Fire Department as a substitute on December 15, 1947, and became a fulltime firefighter the following October. He retired on June 11, 1979.
Cookie is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Judith; two sons, Mark and Richard; and five grandchildren.
Sal Ferraro will always be remembered as a great guy with a cheerful disposition who was a friend to all. He will be missed.
Published in The New Haven Register, August 12, 2009
Ff. Art Heriot
Firefighter Arthur Heriot
(1933 - 2009)
April 17, 2009 - ASHFORD - Arthur Joseph Heriot, 75, of Ashford passed away April 17 of cancer. Born in New Haven, CT to the late Arthur and Alice (Lawlor) Heriot, he served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Noreen Baker in 1956; Noreen survives him. He retired from the Hamden, CT Fire Department after 36 year of service.
During his retirement years, Art could be found at the Plainfield Dog Track or Mohegan Sun's Race Book Room where he indulged his love of racing. He also loved gardening, the Boston Red Sox and UCONN Basketball, boy's night out with his sons and attending his grandsons' concerts.
He is survived by his children: Arthur and Joyce Heriot of Hebron, David and Marybeth March of Griswold and Michael and Paula Heriot of Columbia and his much loved grandsons Jonathan and Seth March. He also leaves his sister Judy Dwyer of Hamden and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Paul Heriot, predeceased him. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on April 20 from 6-8 at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street (Route 195), Willimantic.
The funeral will be private at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ashford Fire Department. For online memorial guestbook and directions to the funeral home please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com
From the Norwich Bulletin, Sunday, April 19, 2009.