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Mary McCallum, 88

posted: Jul 28, 2011 2:28 pm | Comments (0)

Mary W. McCallum of New Haven, CT, departed this life on July 22, 2011. Born in Waterbury, CT on June 27, 1923 to the late Rev. Emma A. Towles-Shepard and Edgar C. Shepard.  She was predeceased by ex-husband Roy Smith Sr. and her late husband James McCallum. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Board of Education and was a very strong community activist, known as “Ms. Mary”. She leaves, son, Michele’ E. Smith (Andrea) of West Haven; sister, Mrs. Joanne Keyes of New Haven; brother, Mr. James B. Shepard of Queens, NY; 6 grand children, 8 great grand children and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.  She was predeceased by 2 children, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.  A celebration of her life will take place on Friday July 29, 2011 at 11AM at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT with calling hours from 10-11AM.  Interment will be private.  Messages of comfort: www.hkhfuneralservices.comYour text to link…

Inge Hesped Fish, 85

posted: Jul 28, 2011 11:09 am | Comments (0)

Lenny and Inge Fish. Inge Hesped Fish was 12 years old when she landed a spot—and a chance for survival—on the famous “kindertransport” out of Nazi Germany. She ended up in New Haven and made a new life with her husband Lenny (who predeceased her); for a half century they were pillars of Congregation Beth El Keser Israel (BEKI) on Harrison Street in Westville. Following is a sermon given by BEKI Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen at Fish’s funeral Tuesday at Shure Funeral Home on George Street; she died Sunday at the age of 85.

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John White, 92

posted: Jul 27, 2011 3:41 am | Comments (0)

John J. White (92) died Saturday at his home in Glenview, Illinois after a lengthy illness. He was born on the 4th of July, 1919 in New Haven, Conn. to James and Mary King White, immigrants from County Kerry, Ireland, and he resided in the Hill section of New Haven and attended Sacred Heart and Hillhouse High School where he played on the varsity baseball and football teams and was an All State Football team selectee in 1936. He attended Cheshire Academy before entering Yale University in 1938 and played football and baseball at both institutions.

A Naval ROTC cadet, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy upon his graduation from Yale and served 4 years in the Navy in WW11. He was Chief Engineering Officer on destroyers in the North Atlantic and Pacific theaters as well as Executive Officer of the USS JARVIS before retiring with the rank of LT. Commander. White began his industrial career as a trainee with the American Brake Shoe Company and worked in production and sales. He and two longtime partners started the fledgling Midland Manufacturing Corporation in 1951. With White as its president, Midland grew from a small machine shop to a worldwide supplier of railway equipment, and mobile homes and recreation equipment before its acquisition by Dover Corporation in 2004.

White also became a member of the Illinois Bar after completing night law school at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1955. He was honored by his selection as its Alumnus of the Year in 1964. He was a long time Director of the Better Government Association of Chicago serving from 1962 until his death. He also served a term as its president. Maintaining his interest in the Law and Naval affairs, he was a life member of the Chicago Bar Association Foundation and the Navy League of the United States.

Throughout his adulthood, White’s avocations were education and politics. He served 7 years as a Trustee of the Glenbrook High School District 225 in Illinois, including one term as president. He served as a Trustee and Overseer of Cheshire Academy where the Science and technology Center was named in his honor. He was counselor to the Paul Simon Institute at Southern Illinois University. White established the White Brothers Scholarship in 1985 to assist needy students matriculating at Yale from the Greater New Haven Area. He was a major donor for the reconstruction of Yale Baseball Field. In recognition of his service to his Alma Mater, he was selected as a Sterling Fellow of Yale University.

A life-time Democrat, White devoted his political energies and money in Illinois to the candidacies of “independents’ or “reformers” such as Senators Paul Simon and Adlai Stevenson, Anthony Scariano and Leland Rayson. He took special pride in “having a role” in the beginning of Rahm Emanuel’s political career. Not always with “winners”, he was the campaign chairman of Stephan A. Mitchell’s unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1960. However, that same year he was Vice- Chairman of the Business and Professionals for Kennedy, organizing local committees and fund raising for JFK throughout Illinois.

He was a member of the Union League Club of Chicago, Yale Clubs of Chicago and New York City, Sunset Ridge Country Club of Northfield, ILL., the Moorings Club of Vero Beach, FL, and the Yale Golf Club in Connecticut.

White was predeceased by his first wife, Jane, his brother James, and his sister, Mary Ellen. He is survived by his wife Virginia of Glenview, daughter Mary Carolyn of South Riding Virginia, step-sons Bradley Swick and James Burnham; nephews Jeff, Douglas, and Michael, nieces Kathleen and Madeleine, and thirteen grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held this Friday, July 29th at 4pm at the N. H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, Illinois. There will also be a subsequent memorial service this summer in Connecticut at Cheshire Academy that will be announced. Memorial considerations may be made to the Better Government Association of Chicago 11 E. Adams St. Suite 608, Chicago, ILL. 60606.

Robert Williams, 69

posted: Jul 21, 2011 7:25 am | Comments (0)

Robert R. Williams, 69 of New Haven, born September 7, 1941 to the late Allen and Eula (Bolden) Williams went home to be with the Lord July 18, 2011.  Robert was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1962 and retired from the United States Postal Service after 43 years. He leaves to cherish his memory, son, Lynair Walker of New Haven; sisters, Gloria Williams of New Haven and Linda Williams of Hamden; sister-in-law, Mary Williams of New Haven; grandson, Robert Walker of New Haven; great granddaughter, Shianne Renae and a host of relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by brothers, Joe, Danny, and Charles; nephews, Kelly and Allen.  A celebration of his life will take place Saturday, July 23, 2011; 9:00 AM at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 806 Orchard Street New Haven, CT with a calling hour from 8-9:00 AM.  Interment with full Military Honors will take place at Beaverdale Memorial Park. To leave a message of comfort, please visit

Marlee Humphrey, 40

posted: Jul 19, 2011 5:56 am | Comments (0)

Marlee Shanel Humphrey, 40 of New Haven, CT passed away on Saturday July 9, 2011.  Born on December 23, 1970, Marlee was a graduate of Career High School in 1990.  She was a former employee of Saint Regis Healthcare System (currently Sister Anne Grimes) as a CNA for 10 years.  She leaves to cherish her memory; siblings, Javana (Andreus) Jones-Locke, Tia (Terry) Jones, and Latrice Jones; 7 nephews and 1 niece.  She was predeceased by mother, Mary Jones.  A memorial service will be held on July 22, 2011 at 6PM at Powerhouse Temple Ministries, 577 Howard Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519. Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  Messages of comfort:

Ernest Lee Dawson, 67

posted: Jul 15, 2011 8:35 am | Comments (0)

Ernest Lee Dawson, 67, of New Haven, departed this life July 12.

Born in Darlington, S.C., on June 1, 1944, he was the son of the late Joel and Annette Dawson.

Prior to retiring, Mr. Dawson was employed at Amity Regional High School as a custodian.

He is survived by a son, Ernest D. Dawson, Jr.; daughters Melinda and April Dawson; brothers James, Monroe, Johnnie, Roy and Ricky Dawson; sisters Mae Frances Bailey, Patricia Dawson and Mildred Mullings; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Mr. Dawson’s life and legacy will be held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Church, 95 Bishop Williams Court, Ansonia. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St. An online guestbook is available at

Johnnie Murph Corley, 100

posted: Jul 14, 2011 2:48 pm | Comments (0)

Johnnie Murph Corley, 100, of New Haven, entered into eternal rest Friday, July 8.

She was the widow of Joseph Hasting Corley.

Born in Buffalo, S.C., on Sept. 30, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Pearl Lindsey Murph.

She was a member of Community Baptist Church and was employed as a seamstress at many companies throughout New Haven before retiring at a young age.

Mrs. Corley leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Leatrice Lewis; grandchildren La’Trece Brown, Shunte Corley and Anola Hicks; great-grandchildren Paul Locke, Jr., Kayla Johnson, Modikiah Johnson III, Quayshon Sharpe, Shacore Gibbs, Xyaire Smith and Xyeta Smith; special nieces JoAnn Giles and Thelma Giles; and a host of nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by sisters Claudia Murph and Thelma Norman; brothers Charles and K. Murph; and a grandson, Frank Brown Jr.

A celebration of Mrs. Corley’s life and legacy will be held Friday, July 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Community Baptist Church, 143 Shelton Ave. Viewing and visitation will be held at the church from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden.

Professional services entrusted to Curvin K. Council Funeral Home, 128 Dwight St. An online guestbook is available at

Michelle Renee Abrams, 44

posted: Jul 13, 2011 2:40 pm | Comments (0)

Michele Renee Abrams was born April 7, 1967, to Gloria and Robert Abrams. She departed this life July 7 at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a long illness.

She was employed by the Christmas Tree Shop in Orange until her demise.

She leaves to cherish her memory: mother Gloria Abrams; father Robert Abrams, of Virginia; sister Kim Abrams; and nieces Rekeya Abrams and Tenisha Harper.

A celebration of her life will take place Friday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Morning Star Deliverance Ministries, 125 Dixwell Ave., with calling hours from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be in Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hamden.

Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St. To leave a message of comfort, visit

Claude Edward Lyons, 52

posted: Jul 12, 2011 8:22 am | Comments (0)

Claude Edward Lyons was born in Skipwith, Va., on July 29, 1958. He was one of two children born to Nannie Bell Lyons and the late Marvin Alfred Lyons. He departed this life July 7 after a lengthy illness.

Claude leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Nannie Bell Lyons; sister, Margaret Lyons; niece, Yolanda Lyons-Tubman; nephew-in-law, Alfred Tubman; six aunts, four uncles and a host of relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St., with calling hours from 5-7 p.m. Services and interment will be in Skipwith on Saturday, July 16. To leave a message of comfort, visit

Richard Bland, 21

posted: Jul 11, 2011 2:06 pm | Comments (2)

Richard B. Bland, 21, of New Haven, passed away July 6.

He was born to Robert Bland and Grace Luysterborghs, of New Haven, on Aug. 5, 1989. Richard worked as a receiver at Quinnipiac University. He was a hard worker since the age of 13. He was gentle and easygoing, loved to race cars and was a jokester.

Besides his parents, he leaves to cherish his memory: brothers Robert (Rachael) Bland, of Burlington, N.J., Dwight Aldrige, of Levittown, Pa., Renaldi (Schakeema) Dixon and Craig (Angela Bernardo) Bland, both of New Haven, and Robert Bland, of Trenton, NJ; sister Lamesha Randolph Bland, of West Haven; maternal grandmother Ethel Luysterborghs, of Guilford; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Living Word Ministries, 225 Meloy Road, West Haven, with calling hours from 9-11 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Service by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel Street, New Haven. To leave a message of comfort, visit

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