East End Suffers another loss

Thomas F. Ashe

Loved reading and gardening

August 9, 2017 –

SIMSBURY – Thomas F. Ashe, 96, of Simsbury, beloved husband for 61 years of Jeannette “Jan” (Jolin) Ashe, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Born in Waterbury on Feb. 6, 1921, he was son of the late Daniel M. Ashe and Julia (Brennan) Ashe.

Thomas graduated from St. Mary Elementary School and attended Leavenworth High School in Waterbury. He worked at a division of Chase Brass & Copper Co. as a machine operator and a stock clerk.

Since he was a child, he loved going to the movies and listening to the radio. He met his wife on a blind date set up by friends. They were married in Waterbury during a snow storm on April 7, 1956.

He and his wife lived in, and lovingly restored, an old home in the East End of Waterbury. They raised a family there, and he hand-built beautiful rock walls to surround it. Tom worked for 26 years as a meter reader for CL&P/Northeast Utilities.

Along his routes in Waterbury and the surrounding communities, he collected rocks for his walls. He loved reading, keeping his yard neat, watering his gardens and doing crossword puzzles. His television was usually tuned to “Turner Classic Movies” or “This Old House,” and his radio was tuned to WATR.

He enjoyed collecting bottles and American soldier statues. Most of the bottles were unearthed on his Waterbury property.

Tom was quiet, but will always be remembered for the sparkle in his eyes, as well as his wit, sense of humor, Irish sayings and his love of sweet foods. He was a congregant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, and St. Mary Church in Simsbury.

Tom and his wife moved to Simsbury in 2011 to be near their grandchild. They thoroughly enjoyed living in the country, and quickly made friends in their new community through their church and local senior centers.

Thomas was predeceased by his sister, Norine Kaminsky, and her husband; his brother Michael and Mike’s wife; his brother John; his nephew Daniel Kaminsky; his son, Daniel M. Ashe, and his daughter, Julia M. Ashe.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” McElligott, her husband David McElligott and their son, Kevin T. McElligott, as well as his son, Timothy T. Ashe, Tim’s wife Deborah Ashe, and Tim’s stepson, Angelo Stango. His niece Mary Ellen Girard, and his nephew Francis Ashe, as well as their children and grandchildren, also survive him.

Thomas’ family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, at St. Mary Church, 942 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070. A memorial Mass at 10 a.m. will follow the calling hour. All are invited to attend a reception at the parish hall after the service. A private burial will be at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Thomas’ memory may be made to the Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 301, Simsbury, CT 06070 or Simsbury Senior Center, 754 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.

The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center is in care of the arrangements. For directions or to leave a condolence message for the family, please visit





Francis J. Mercier

Obituary for Francis J. Mercier
WATERBURY- Mr. Francis J. Mercier,86, passed away on Saturday, March 11th, at the VITAS Unit in St. Mary’s Hospital.
Francis was born on September 24, 1930, son of the late Jane (Dugal) Mercier and the late Joseph Mercier. He graduated from the Taft School in Watertown in 1948. He was a retired employee of Diecraft Tool Co. He enjoyed researching his family’s genealogy. He was an active member at the East End Senior Center, East End Community Club as well as a strong supporter of the Fidelco Organization.
Francis is survived by a sister Shirley and her husband Edward Migliorisi of Wolcott as well as several generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Joan Gauthier and a brother Edward Mercier.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and the VITAS unit for their exceptional care.
A funeral home service will be held on Monday at 11 AM at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home 690 Woodtick Rd. in Wolcott. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday (TODAY) from 6 to 8 PM and Monday from 10 to 11 AM.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the East End Senior Center 117 Southmayd Rd Waterbury,CT 06705




Christopher D. Corbett
(April 4, 1975 – June 11, 2015)

Please keep Chirs, his wife, his parents and all those who feel his loss in your thoughts and prayers .  May God hold him in the Palm of his Hand

Christopher D. Corbett


Deputy Police Chief

Waterbury – Chris Corbett, 40, beloved husband of Joanne Hinman Corbett, entered peaceful rest on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Chris was born in Waterbury on April 4, 1975, and was the cherished son of F. David and Betty Quinn Corbett. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, Holy Cross High School, and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He joined the Waterbury Police Department in 1997 and was initially assigned to the Patrol Division. While a patrol officer, he attended classes in Traffic Crash Reconstruction and was a member of the Department’s Crash Reconstruction Unit, investigating serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents.

He was reassigned in 2003 to the Department’s Management Team, which was responsible for researching and writing a 1000-page Policy and Procedure duty manual for the Department. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 and was assigned as the Second-in-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and to serve as the Department’s Public Information Officer. He continued to serve in both capacities when he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006. He was promoted to Captain in 2010 and served as the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (Detective Bureau)—his favorite job in the Police Department. He was appointed Acting Deputy Police Chief in 2013.

Chris was twice awarded departmental commendations for excellent police duty. He was a certified instructor in accident and criminal investigation. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

In addition to his duties in the Waterbury Police Department, Chris served on the Holy Cross High School Board of Directors, the Waterbury Retirement Board, and the Holy Land Board of Directors, and was treasurer on the Police Activities League Board of Directors.

Chris fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became a police officer. He wanted to be a policeman from the time he was four years old. He was a true professional. He worked tirelessly, making himself available 24/7. He had genuine care and concern for others and believed it was important as a police officer to treat everyone with respect. He was so proud of the Department and its crime-solving record. He always said Waterbury solved murders so quickly because of the dedication of his officers. No one went home until the murder was solved.

Chris was equally dedicated to his family. He deeply loved his wife, Joanne, and his parents, Betty and Dave—and he told us that all the time. We are all so fortunate to have had this wonderful man in our lives. He was the best person any of us have ever known and we were all so incredibly proud of him.

Besides his wife and parents, he leaves a number of aunts and uncles, several cousins, and a host of wonderful friends. We will all miss him terribly.

In lieu of flowers donations in Chris’ name may be made to either:

The Police Activities League of Waterbury
64 Division Street
Waterbury, CT 06704

Holy Land USA Waterbury
P.O. Box 828
Waterbury, CT 06720

Arrangements: A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 16, at 10 AM at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on the Green in Waterbury. Burial will follow the Mass at New Calvary Cemetery on East Main Street. Police will meet at the funeral home and all others are asked to go Directly to the Basilica. Calling hours will be held Monday, June 15, from 4 to 8 PM at Chase Parkway Memorial/ The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury

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