Obituaries

Posted July 20, 2006

Timothy R. Hazelton

Timothy R. Hazelton, 25, of New Britain, Conn., died unexpectedly on July 10 as a result of an accident. Tim was born on March 11, 1981 in Hartford, Conn., to Laurie Ann (McPherson) and Timothy J. Hazelton of Newington, Conn. He graduated from Newington High School Class of 1999 and attended Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, where he studied to be an electrician. While in high school he was a member of the football and basketball teams. In the afternoons after high school, he loved the humor of Bart Simpson. At the time of his death, he was accumulating hours towards his electrical license and also roofing.

Tim had an incredible zest for life. He enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, water sports, especially sailing, and all sports that involved the outdoors and adventure. He loved his beach time at his family's home on Sengekontacket Pond on Martha's Vineyard, especially fishing, clamming and diving off the Big Bridge. He also loved music, and attended many indoor and outdoor concerts with all of his buddies and camping out in his R.V. "Tim-Dog", as his friends called him, will be missed by the many friends who loved him; Tony "Wicked" Grano, "Beeper" his roommate, Charlie and the 709 crew, especially Danielle and dog Sage. A good and helpful son and friend, he leaves a big hole in the hearts of his mother, family, and friends.

He is survived by his mother Laurie Hazelton of Newington; his father Timothy Hazelton; his uncle and godfather Rob McPherson of Boston; his grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Sidney R. McPherson of Cotuit; his godmother Kathryn Winkeler; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Leonore G. McPherson and his aunt Nancy Hazelton. Timmy is keeping others alive through his tissue and organ donations. A memorial service was held on July 14 at the Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home in West Hartford, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tim's memory may be made to the Friends of Sengekontacket Inc., P.O. Box 740, Edgartown, MA 02539.

Irene R. Regan

Irene R. Regan

Irene Ring Regan died on July 13. She grew up in Arlington and attended the Parmenter and Central Schools on Academy Street. She began her secondary education at Arlington High School but moved several different times during her high school years owing to her father's career as a corporate attorney. These moves however, did not dim her academic achievements; she demonstrated a gift for music and languages, among them Latin, German, and French.

A strikingly pretty and tall girl, Irene worked for Eastern Airlines in Boston in the airline's early days after World War II. In 1946 she married Bill Regan of Arlington. They had known each other since junior high where she "had her eye on him."

For the next 35 years of her life she concentrated on her primary vocation, motherhood, and the raising of her 13 children. Believing that every child deserves a loving and nurturing environment, she and Bill opened their home to foster children "whenever the crib was open."

Irene's involvement in the lives and well-being of her children extended to the many organizations of which she was a part. She was a charter member of the Arlington Catholic Women's Club, the Arlington Catholic Mothers' Guild, a St. Agnes Band Parent Booster, as well as a vocal cheerleader for her children's athletic endeavors.

Once her children became more independent and she was able to devote time to causes outside the home, she actively participated in Massachusetts Citizens for Life and Birthright, counseling women in crisis. An avid editorialist, locals looked for Irene's "column" in the Letters to the Editor section of the Arlington Advocate. Although passionate about her beliefs, Irene always respected opposing viewpoints, maintaining a civil tone and recognizing the necessity of the free exchange of ideas and opinions in a democracy.

Retirement in Florida provided her further opportunities to hone her golf game, improve her garden, and go birding with her husband. No day could truly begin without their friendly morning crossword puzzle competition; bragging rights were on the line. Until his death in 2003 she prided herself on frequently besting her Harvard-educated husband.

Irene and her husband enjoyed active involvement in many organizations, among them: Habitat for Humanity, the March of Dimes, Veterans' Poppy Drive, Hammock Civic Association, Scenic A1A beautification, Marineland dolphin sanctuary and other environmental causes. Always an active participant in her parishes in Massachusetts and Florida, she was a member of the Sancta Maria del Mar Ladies Club in Flagler Beach, Fla.

After a brief illness, Irene died surrounded by her children.

Mrs. Regan is the beloved wife of William H. Regan, Jr., who predeceased her. She is loving mother of William and his wife Peg of Arlington, Jack and his wife Peg of Oak Bluffs, Catherine of Guttenberg, N.J., Dennis and his wife Kate of Needham, Martin of Palm Coast, Fla., Joe and his wife Angela of Sharon, Terry and his wife Joan of Newburyport, Mary and her husband Ed Sullivan of Scituate, Martha of Los Angeles, Calif., Irene and her husband Richard Schaefer of Barnegat, N.J., Helen Regan Driscoll of Watertown, Elizabeth and her husband Joseph Dellanno of Arlington, and Maureen of Arlington. She was the sister of Richard Ring of Plymouth and Naples, Fla. She was predeceased by her brothers John, Robert, and David Ring. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Agnes Church, Medford St., Arlington, on July 18. Interment was in Massachusetts National Cemetery. Memorials in Irene's name may be made to Fidelity House, 25 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474.

Benjamin Sutherland

Benjamin Sutherland, 18, of Concord, died accidentally from a fall on July 14 while working as a crew member on board the Schooner Alabama off Vineyard Haven. Born April 23, 1988 in Cambridge, Ben grew up in Concord. He attended the local Thoreau Elementary School, Peabody Middle School and graduated from Concord Carlisle High School in June 2006. Benjamin showed great potential as a scrimshander while working on his senior project. He had planned to attend art school, but was taking a year off to explore life. Benjamin, lovingly known as Bennie by his sister, enjoyed snowboarding, sailing, computer games, drawing, reading, music, playing guitar, photography, and being with friends.

He is survived by parents Mark and Dominique Sutherland; and sister Juliette, 17; his grandmother, Carmen Laprique from Le Mans, France; grandparents Barbara and Peter Sutherland from South Yarmouth; an aunt Fay Sutherland of Somerville; an uncle, Daniel and wife Elizabeth Sutherland; and cousins Morgan Sutherland and Peter de Florio from Nantucket; an uncle, Ambler and cousins Anna and Helena Thompson from Frederick, Md. He was predeceased by his aunt Amy Sutherland Thompson.

Visiting hours at the Joseph Dee and Son Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center are from Friday, July 21, 3 to 6 pm. A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 22 at 10 am at the First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Road, Concord Center. Burial will follow at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. Donations may be made in his memory to the family. For directions or to share a memory in the family guest book on the funeral home website please visit www.deefuneralhome.com.

Elmer A. Santos

A graveside service for Elmer Amaral Santos will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 11 am at the New Westside Cemetery, Edgartown, with honors offered by the Veterans of Martha's Vineyard and the Edgartown Fire Department. A "festa" to celebrate his life will follow at Edgartown Firehouse. Family and friends are invited to attend. Donations may be made in his memory to the Edgartown Fire Department Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1064, Edgartown, MA 02539 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.