Honor Donations

This page outlines the donations made in the honor and/or memory of a love one. On behalf of our families, we assure you that the donation will be used to expand the Habitat mission of affordable home ownership. May God comfort you during this time of loss.

Nicholas "Nick" Stanton May, Jr., 64, of Rocky Hill, beloved husband of Cecile (Fennell) May, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2017 with his family by his side. Nick was born in Hartford on March 2, 1953 and was the son of Nicholas Stanton May, Sr. and Theresa (DiBella) May. Nick was a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and was employed as an Underwriting Manager for the Zurich Insurance Company, retiring in April of this year. With hard work and dedication, Nick earned the designations of ASSE and CPCU in the insurance field. He also devoted his time as both a hockey coach and baseball coach, although Nick's favorite time was with his family. In addition to his wife of 40 years and his parents, Nick leaves behind his two sons, Nicholas Stanton May III and his wife Christine of Rocky Hill and Thomas May and his wife Elizabeth of Stafford Springs, along with his beloved grandchildren: Nicholas, Juliet, Thomas and Violet, who were the light of his life. He also leaves his brothers, James May (Ari Marcus) of NYC, and Raymond May (Cathy) of Atlantic Highlands, NJ; his sisters, Patricia Havens of Wethersfield and Ann Marie DeJohn (Paul) of Wethersfield, his sisters in-law, Patricia Clark (Kenny) of Lehigh Acres, FL, MaryLou Haskell (Skip) of Hilton Head, SC, and Teri Machia ("Big Al") of Feeding Hills, MA, and brothers in-law, Bill Fennell (Mary) of West Springfield, MA, and Michael Fennell of Atlanta, GA, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Richard J. Hayner, beloved husband of the late Gracemarie (Harley) Hayner, and son of the late Clifford Hayner and Marion (File) Hayner, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born and grew up in Brunswick, NY and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a BSEE. He has been retired from Northeast Utilities for over 26 years. During his retirement, he and Gracemarie volunteered for the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, helping build houses for over 10 years. Richard met his wife-to-be on a blind date arranged by mutual friends, the late Jean and Paul Berger, where they went to dinner and dancing. They continued to dance their way through life together for the next 58 years doing square dancing, country western, polka, Cajun, swing and ballroom. Richard danced multiple times per week until just days before his passing. A special dancing memory they shared, was dancing the Blue Danube Waltz to the music of a Romanian band on a Bulgarian boat cruising the Blue Danube River between Vienna and Budapest. Richard leaves behind three devoted children: Anne E. Hayner of North Attleboro, MA; Mark R. Hayner and his wife Cathleen (Dowler) Hayner of Bedford, NH; John C. Hayner and his wife Laura (Watts) Hayner of Bristol, CT; five remarkable grandchildren: Katherine (Hayner) Bourque, and her husband, Nicholas Bourque, Kristina Hayner, Nicole Hayner, Jason Dobbins and Genevive Rios, Justin Dobbins; one adored great grandchild, Jaime Jae Dobbins and; his sister, Carol (Hayner) Edwards and her husband David of Cohoes, NY; his nephew, Christopher Edwards, his niece Mary Ann Rifenberick and her husband Chad and his grand-niece, Madison. He was predeceased by his brother, Roger Hayner. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933 Hartford, CT 06144. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial will follow in Wonx Spring Cemetery, Southington. Calling hours will be held before the service from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

William Thomas Grenier, 57, of South Windsor, beloved husband of Susan (Leclerc) Grenier, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. William was born on February 15, 1960 in Hartford, CT to the late Roland and Therese (Sirois) Grenier. A proud Hartford native, he graduated Bulkeley High School in 1978 and later attended Hartford State Tech. He married the love of his life, Susan Leclerc, in 1984 and together they built a home and a family in East Hartford before moving to South Windsor in 1995. William started working for A.K.O. Inc.,/Enfield Testing & Balancing Inc., in 1991, where he was still employed. Everyone knew William as a smart, self-taught man who liked to work with his hands. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and uncle who will be remembered as a silently strong, kind, and soft-spoken person who was quick with a joke. He found peace while searching for moose near the family cottage in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, collecting black and white photographs, and watching his favorite show: Law and Order. He was a friend of Bill. Along with his wife of over 32, years, Susan, he leaves his children, Jonathan W.R. Grenier and his partner Allison Shilling of Worcester, MA; his daughter, Alyssa S. Grenier of South Windsor; his brother, Richard Grenier and his wife Teri of Nyack, NY; his sisters, Elizabeth Martello and her husband Richard of Portland, Susan Nesco and her husband Jerry of Cromwell, and Gisele Rozman of Wethersfield and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Jaqueline Lallier and his nephew Christopher Lallier. His family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 5 - 8 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 99 Sand Hill Rd., South Windsor. Burial will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity.