Prayer Intentions

Please remember in your prayers the special intentions from the Xavier High School community listed here:

  • Prayers from the Class of 2012 for the Harrington Family and Friends. Classmates once, Family Forever.
  • Ryan Graham `03 was seriously injured in a car accident. Please keep Ryan in your prayers and prayer chains. He is stable in intensive care but it will be a very long haul for recovery.
  • We pray for peace in the world.
  • Fr. Greg Galvin, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Norwich,  continues a diocesan wide prayer campaign on behalf of the nine seminarians currently studying for the priesthood in Norwich, including Xavier's former Dean of Faculty formation Peter Langevin. 

You may submit Prayer Intentions here.  We will post these for at least a month.

In Memoriam

Here are the listings which we will be publishing in our Fall 2014 edition of Xavier Today. Please remember these deceased members of the Xavier High School community.  We recognize here alumni, faculty and staff, and members of their immediate families (including grandparents). Please send us an email with news of any current deaths that you do not see listed here.  Please include the date of death and where the obituary or announcement was published (newspaper or funeral home).

Here are the listings which we have submitted for our Summer 2014 edition of Xavier Today which is scheduled to be in the mail by the end of June. Please remember these deceased members of the Xavier High School community.  

TYLER REYNOLDS (1990 - 2014) Tyler Campanaro Reynolds age 23 of 5 Frederick Place Clinton died Sunday June 29, 2014. He’s the son of William J. and Susan Campanaro Reynolds of Clinton. Tyler was born in Middletown Nov. 2, 1990. He worked at the Bristol Car Wash and was an avid soccer goalie and basketball player. He graduated from the Morgan High School in Clinton Class of 2010. Besides his parents he survived by 2 brothers Jonathan and Dominick Reynolds of Clinton, also his maternal grandparents Louis J. and Lynn Campanaro Sr. of Clinton. His paternal grandmother Violet Reynolds of Bridgeport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wed. 10a.m. at St. John Church 161 Main St. Old Saybrook. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Clinton. Colonial Funerals 86 Circular Ave. Hamden in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at:

Dr. Robert W. Aube, Jr. `84 (Yearbook photo), age 48, joined the angels in heaven on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital, after a valiant three year battle with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma. Family was paramount to Bob. He was the father of Jack Christopher Aube `16 and Brendan Michael Aube who has been accepted for the class of 2018. Bob is also survived by his wife Elizabeth Woram Aube and two younger children: Lillian Teresa (11) and William Henry (8). He attended Rocky Hill Public Schools before coming to Xavier High School. At Xavier Bob was a four year member of the outdoor track team.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, math team and participated in school plays, MYARC, XLI, choir, M-X band and was a homeroom representative. After graduating in 1984, Bob went on to major in physics and graduate Magna Cum Laude from Boston College in 1988. He attended New England College of Optometry and returned to Rocky Hill to practice in 1992. Bob was very active in the Connecticut Optometric Association and was nominated "Young Optometrist of the Year" in 2000. More recently, he was one of the first optometrists to become board certified in the state of Connecticut. His practice, Visual Perceptions, was voted Best Eyecare of Rocky Hill several years in a row. Bob loved his profession, his patients, and his Visual Perceptions family. Bob was a die-hard Red Sox and fan and it was always a great day when the Red Sox won and the Yankees lost. He was a Boston College football season ticket holder for twenty-five years and hated to miss a game. He was the Commissioner of the Gus Peterson Fantasy Football league and enjoyed fantasy baseball as well. He was a board member of the Rocky Hill Soccer Club, and member of the Rocky Hill/Wethersfield Elks BPOE 2308. Bob didn't waste a moment. He was a cub-scout leader, and coached softball, basketball and soccer as his children were growing. Bob was truly an example of BC's motto, "Ever to Excel." He was exceptional at everything he set out to do. Whether it was coaching his beloved Strikers, cooking chilis for his annual Christmas party, providing care to his patients, or planning trips for his Visual Perceptions staff, he did it with zest. He appreciated every day and lived it to its fullest. He said he loved life and was good at living it! Donations may be made to the "Aube Children's Fund," care of Webster Bank, 377 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

Rosemarie Salperto Buonocore, 78, of Branford died peacefully May 14, 2014 at Yale–New Haven Hospital with her family by her side. She was the grandmother of Jack Curran IV `17.

Antoinette “Toni” (Faraci) Dadario, 86, lifelong resident of Middletown, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2014 at Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center. She was the Mother of William R. Hewitt, Jr. `71 and and Carey M. Hewitt `74. She was the grandmother of Shawn William Hewitt `10.

Salvatore "Sal" Cosmo DiBella, 88, of Old Saybrook, joined his heavenly Father on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014. He was the father of Michael L. DiBella `74. Sal was also the grandfather of Michael DiBella `06, Daniel DiBella `09, Matthew DiBella `12 and Joseph DiBella `13.

Thomas W. Harrington `12
(Yearbook photo), age 20, of Killingworth died on March 19, 2014. Tom was a four year member of the Xavier football team and was a guard and inside linebacker on the 2010 and 2011 State Championship teams. Tom received cum laude recognition  on the National Latin Exam. He was a homeroom representative on for the Student Activities Council. Tom also participated in Indoor Track & Field as a sophomore. After graduation, Tom enrolled at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

William Joseph Harrison
, 90, of Ridge, LI passed away on April 4, 2014.  He was the grandfather of Xavier English teacher Mr. John Popielaski.
Brittany Leigh Holland, 25, of Hebron, died unexpectedly March 10, 2014. Brittany was the sister of Jake Holland `17.

Albert F. Mancarella, 80, of Middletown died March 16, 2014 at Middlesex Hospital. Albert was the grandfather of Garrett Byrne `09 and Riley Byrne `14.

Evariste Lawrence Mayo, 81, of Huntington, passed away April 9, 2014 in Griffin Hospital. Mr. Mayo was the grandfather of Ryan Heslin `17.

Dr. David McDowell `81 (Yearbook photo), age 51 of New York, NY died June 4, 2014 at his home. He was the brother of Dr. Arthur “Bud” McDowell, III `70, Steven McDowell `73 and Thomas McDowell `76. After graduating from Xavier, he went on to attend The College of the Holy Cross, where he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1985. He then graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. While in medical school, he served as the president of his class and began publishing scientific papers. After a medical internship at The Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Dr. McDowell completed a residency in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University. He later completed a fellowship in Substance Abuse at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center in 1995. At that time, he began a private practice in psychiatry in New York City. Dr. McDowell joined the faculty of Columbia University’s Division on Substance Abuse in the Department of Psychiatry in 1995. He was a founder of STARS, the Substance Treatment and Research Service and acted as the medical director until 2004, after which he served as the senior medical advisor of STARS. In 2004, he founded the Buprenorphine Program at Columbia University, the first such opiate treatment program in the nation. Dr. McDowell was the author of numerous scholarly articles and chapters, in addition to the well-regarded book, Substance Abuse: From Principles to Practice (Brunner-Mazel, 2001). His scholarly work focused on co-occurring psychiatric disorders and substance abuse problems. In particular, his academic expertise focused on club drugs, such as MDMA and marijuana. He wrote widely on issues of sex and sexuality and was a regular guest and contributor to talk shows, magazines, newspapers, and national news organizations. Dr. McDowell served in a wide variety of positions. He was the longest serving member of the American Psychiatric Scientific Program Committee, and served as the Vice-Chair and Acting Chair from 2005-2007. He was named Distinguished Fellow from the American Psychiatric Association and was named one of the Best Doctors in America. He consulted widely on a variety of topics and was involved with a number of highly successful plays and films, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal. In 2008, he joined the faculty of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he expanded the teaching and clinical services for those with substance abuse issues and the dual-diagnosed. At Mt. Sinai, Dr. McDowell was honored for his transcendent teaching work. He won the Teacher of the Year Award (voted on by all residents) in both 2013 and 2014 as well as the Excellence in Residency Education Award (voted on by graduating residents) in 2014. Also in 2014, Dr. McDowell was honored at his 25 year Columbia Class of 1989 reunion with 2 Chairs in the new Graduate and Medical Education Building.

Marian (Bednar) Patnaude, 84, was gently called to heaven on March 24th, 2014. Marian was the mother of Fran Patnaude `70, Steve Patnaude `73 and mother-in-law of Greg Hancock `79. She was also the grandmother of  Matthew Hancock `07.

Margaret (Maggie) Augur Sherban, 49, died peacefully on March 13, 2014 at home surrounded by her beloved family. She was the mother of Rory Sherban `17.

Mildred (Truslow) Sindelar, 83, of Haddam, wife of the late Walter Sindelar, Sr. died April 11, 2014 at Connecticut Hospice of Branford. Mildred was the grandmother of Matthew Micowski `02 and Mark Micowski `07 and the mother-in-law of Michael Micowski `67.

Michael Brian Skinner `91 (Yearbook photo), age 40 of East Hampton, beloved son of Judith Skinner and the late Wayne Skinner, died March 1st, at Hartford Hospital. Born Oct. 7, 1973, in Middletown, Michael grew up in East Hampton and was a 1991 graduate of Xavier High School. He attended Central Connecticut State University, where he received his teaching degree. Michael was employed as a dog groomer at Pampered Pets in Windham. At Xavier, Michael ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track as a freshman and sophomore, participated in SADD as a junior, and worked as a member of the Musicals and Prom Committee in his junior and senior years.

LeRoy M. "Roy" Thelen, age 78, of Avon, MN peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on April 6,2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN. He was the grandfather of Noah Kagel `17.

For listings from previous editions of Xavier Today, we invite you to visit our Xavier Today Magazine library and view the In Memoriam section found in each issue.
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