Connecticut reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 8, 2020. In the year since, we've lost grandparents, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends.
Irene Johnson died due to COVID-19 last year at the age of 93. Family members say she was a throwback, the genuine article, a salt-of-the-earth matriarch whose influence on those she met spanned generations.
In this week's edition of The Storyline podcast, you'll hear the voices of Day staff members reading one-sentence obituaries they wrote about people from our region who died from complications of COVID-19.
Jude Ebbinghaus of Groton touched the lives of thousands of children and adults through reading.
Richard and Maybelle Johnson, married 70 years, died Jan. 13, just hours apart, from complications due to COVID-19.
Waldren T. 'Pokey' Phillips, a longtime judicial marshal, received a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP in 2017 for his work to combat discrimination and hate in the local community.
Those We Lost: Santo "Sam" Sperazza, a Navy veteran and former Norwich Tech teacher, died on Dec. 27, 2020. He was 88.
Healthy and vibrant at 92, Carmen Langello was taken too soon by COVID-19, family says.
Billy Lewis never shied away from a microphone or a dance. He was known for his off-the-cuff speeches at weddings and other events and for his ability to take over a dance floor.
Parke Spicer, 83, who served as first selectman from 1983 to 1995 and held numerous other town positions, died Jan. 8 of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19, his family says.
Their deaths have brought an outpouring support from town residents as well as from emergency workers outside of town.
BJ and Ramona Frasher died just days apart in December. They were residents of Greentree Manor.
Both Bettye and Robert Beard contracted COVID-19 in May. She died from the disease but he survived.
The longtime New Yorker staffer, who wrote maritime nonfiction, artist biographies and a highly-regarded book on life in Stonington Borough in the 1960s, died of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Hine died May 21, about a month after getting COVID-19. She was living at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center at the time of her death.
Warren Rogers Sr., 88, died of COVID-19 on April 30.
Thomas Bly of Quaker Hill died of complications from COVID-19 on May 5, the day before his 88th birthday.
"At first, he thought 'I’m healthy. I’m busy. I’ll be fine.' Little by little, it started wearing him down more and more,” Mary-Lou Brockett Devine said of her father, Paul who died recently from COVID-19.