Bereavements

Dan Jeff Sanders
The Sanders family invites you to a Celebration of Life to honor the memory of Jeff Sanders.

Jeff was a simple man and this will be a casual event held at the family home.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, snacks and, of course, icy cold Pabst Blue Ribbon will be served; the pool will be open for those that are interested.

Please join us on Saturday, June 15 from 1 PM-5 PM at 99 Tom Wheeler Road, North Stonington, CT.

Terry Royce
A celebration of Life will be held for Terry Royce on Saturday June 8 at the Brown Derby (158 Norwich/New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT) from 7-9 PM.

The first round of cocktails will be on Brenda Royce. If you arrive late, mention the Royce Party to waive the cover charge.

Greg Joyce
Retiree Greg Joyce passed away in Florida on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

While a celebration of life is being held in Florida, his Connecticut friends are invited to join in the spreading of his ashes at 12:30 PM on Thursday, April 11 at Dockside/Sunset Ribs. A gathering at The Lyme Tavern Sports Bar & Restaurant (229 West Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357) will follow from 1-3 PM.

His obituary is as follows:

Mr. Gregory Scott Joyce, 73, of Lake City, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 2, 1946 to the late William Scott and Mildred Placke Joyce. He lived most of his life in Niantic, Connecticut, but moved to Lake City in 2009. He was a Welder by trade, and was part of the Boilermakers Union in Connecticut until his passing. He also served his country in the United States Navy, serving as a Fighting Seabee. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, collecting coins, going for walks and being around the water. Mr. Joyce was also very active in the local Veterans Administration and the Lake City Chapter of Alcoholic Anonymous.

He is survived by his children, John Joyce of South Carolina and Gregory T. Joyce (Christa) of West Virginia; brother, Mike Joyce of Ohio and sister, Sheryl Delong of Ohio. Three grandchildren, Ava, Michael and Erin also survive.

A celebration of life for Mr. Joyce will be conducted on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home (Lake City, FL). The family will receive friends from 10-11 A.M. (one hour prior to the services) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be considered to the local VA Medical Center.

Kenneth Bellelo Jr.
It is with the deepest sadness and regret we inform the membership of the passing of beloved member Kenneth Bellelo Jr. on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

His obituary is as follows:

Kenneth R. “Kenny” Bellelo, Jr., 41, of New Haven departed suddenly for heaven on March 14th, 2019 at his home.

Kenny graduated from Sheehan High School in 1995 and worked as a foreman for Boilermakers Union Local 237, where he was employed for the past 23 years. Kenny will be remembered as fun, loving, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and many friends. Kenny especially loved spending time at Fireside in New Haven.

He was the beloved son of Kenneth Bellelo Sr. (Joanne Ierardi Bellelo) of New Haven and Susan Arcangelo Abolafia (Gary Abolafia Sr.), the adoring older brother of Victoria Abolafia, and the step-brother of Gary Abolafia Jr. all of Wallingford. Kenny is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Charles Arcangelo, James Arcangelo Jr., Anna (Richard) Perillo, Marianne (Joseph) Cinquino, Carl (Linda) Bellelo, and Rose (Jim) Konners, as well as 13 cousins, including Mia (Michael) Manzo and Kristy (Jeremy) Grondzik, who were like sisters to him.

Friends may call at the PORTO FUNERAL HOME, 234 Foxon Rd. (Rte 80) East Haven TUESDAY from 4:00-8:00 PM and are asked to go directly to the St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at Our Lady of Pompeii Church on Wednesday morning for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Smilow Cancer Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508 or at www.closertofree.com

Edward Silva
Retiree Edward Silva passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018. His obituary from The Day is as follows:

Edward David Silva, 69, formerly of New London, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2018.

He was born in Derby, on Oct. 25,1948, the son of Lorea Carpenter Silva and Edward Silva.

Edward attended Lee Academy in Pittsfield, Mass., and was a boilermaker of the Local 237 for 32 years when he happily decided to retire in 2004.

He lived in New London for many years and enjoyed boating, fishing, and catching some sun at Ocean Beach. He enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He looked forward to spending time with his grandkids and spoiling them as much as he could.

Edward will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He will always be remembered as a “Loving Grampy.”

He is survived by his two daughters, Rebecca Stefanelli, and husband Gerald Stefanelli, of East Lyme, and Rachel Branch, and husband Ricky Branch, of Uncasville; three grandchildren, Anthony Stefanelli and Calla Stefanelli of East Lyme, and Madison Branch of Uncasville; four siblings, Lorea Spath of Niantic, William Silva of Preston, Kelly Duncan of Preston, and Melissa Silva of Boston. He is also survived by his former wife and lifelong friend, Annaliesa Radomski of Waterford.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. There will be a graveside service with his ashes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, in Union Cemetery. Condolences may be shared on Mr. Silva’s memorial page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.

Robert Simon
Retired member, and son of former Business Manger James Simon, Robert Simon passed away on March 13, 2018.

His obituary from The Day is as follows:

Robert Carl Simon of Groton passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his residence.

He was born in New London on July 18, 1960. Robert grew up in the Pleasure Beach section of Waterford and graduated from Waterford High School. He became a Boilermaker for the National Transient Division, working for Boilermakers Local 237 out of East Hartford for seven years before going out on disability pension.

His hobbies included clamming, scalloping, crabbing, fishing on Jordan Cove and collecting Budweiser memorabilia.

He is survived by his sisters, Cheryl Rydecki and husband, James and Wendy Preischel and boyfriend, Karl Smith; niece, Shannon Orenstein; brothers, James Simon and wife, Janet and their children, Jeanine and Lucas, Richard Simon and wife, Estelle and their children, Oliver and Grace; his girlfriend, Robin T. Gardiner; and several nieces and nephews.

His family will receive relatives and friends from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave. New London; followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.

Milton Hudson Spath
Retired member Milton Hudson Spath passed away recently.

As more information becomes available it will be posted here.

Ryan Rafferty
Member Ryan Rafferty passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Visiting hours will be Thursday morning from 9:00-10:30 AM in the Iovanne Funeral Home, 11 Wooster Place, New Haven, CT 06511. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Church, 731 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Branford.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family at this most difficult time.

Clyde Monts
Member Clyde Monts recently passed away.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held ton Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8 AM the Phillips Metropolitian CME Church. Funeral to follow at 9 AM.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.

Sandra Winchester
On Friday, April 22, 2016, member Raymond Winchester’s wife, Sandra, passed away.

A memorial service honoring Sandra’s life will be held this summer – additional details will be posted here when available.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

David McQuillian
On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, member David McQuillian passed away.

Unfortunately, no arrangements have been made, nor any any other details available.

Harry McFadyen Sr.
On Monday, November 23, 2015, retired member Harry McFadyen Sr. passed away.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 12 noon at the S.R. Avery Funeral Home, 3A Bank St., Hope Valley, RI 02832. A calling hour will precede the service, starting at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry’s honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Charles Lathrop
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, retired member Charles Lathrop passed away.

His family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 25th from 4-6 p.m. at the Mystic Funeral Home on Route 1 in Mystic.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 26th at 10 AM, from the funeral home. Burial will follow with military honors at the Elm Grove Cemetery on Route 27 in Mystic

James William Pearce
On Sunday, September 30, 2015, James William Pearce – brother to Local 237 member Thomas Renfrow – passed away.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7 PM at the New Comer Funeral Home, 343 New Kamer Road, Colonie, NY 12205.Calling hours will precede the service from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in James’ name may be made to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205.