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Classic Cars for Photo Shoot – Southford Falls State Park – July 31, 2016

Padgett’s Digital Studios of Waterbury will be holding a photo shoot at the Southford Falls State Park, 175 Quaker Farms Road in Southbury, on Sunday, July 31 from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Anyone with a classic car that would like to be part of this photo shoot are invited to stop down. At least six models wearing swimwear wishing to update or start their portfolio will be participating in the photo shoots and will pose with the cars and owners if they so wish. You are not required to stay for the entire four hour shoot. In return the vehicle owners will receive both digital files and prints. If anyone requires more information they can contact Tim Padgett at...

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Gary H. Cole – 1951 – 2016 – avid car cruiser and drag racing fan

OAKVILLE — Gary H. Cole, age 64, of Oakville, passed away unexpectedly at Saint Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness. He was the widower of Sharon (Wrisley) Cole. Gary was born September 12, 1951 in Waterbury, the son of the late Howard and Martha (Fry) Cole. He grew up in the Terryville area and was a graduate of Terryville High School. Gary spent many years working as an Electric Motor Mechanic, repairing large electric motors, most recently at B&J Electric. Gary loved to “tinker” and was a jack of all trades and had the ability to repair or customize just about anything that needed repair. He enjoyed attending classic car shows and enjoyed restoring and collecting cars and was an avid fan of drag racing. What brought the most joy to Gary was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Cole is survived by his son, David Cole and his wife, Lorna, of Oakville; his daughter, Carol Moran and her husband, Chris, of Thomaston; his grandchildren, Lorena, David, Teagan and Riley; as well as several nieces, nephews and a large extended family. A Memorial Service for Mr. Cole will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main Street, Oakville. Burial will be private and...

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Thank you from the Labonte Family

Thank you everyone for another successful Cruisin for Moe car show!! We were able to raise over $1200 towards next years scholarship. We really appreciate the love and generosity that everyone has shown us! A special thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, including Peggy from Connecticut Accounting and Tax, numerous friends, family and members of our car show family and a big thank you to Brass City Cruisers for their generous donation and for allowing us to...

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William F. Brown – 1934 – 2016 – member of the Roaring 20s Car Club

ANSONIA — William “Bill” F. Brown, age 82, a longtime Valley resident also of Leesburg, Fla., passed away July 1, 2016. He was born March 27, 1934 in New Haven and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and former Civil Defense member. As a young man he worked as a mechanic and then as an electrician for Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. Bill was an avid car enthusiast and member of the Roaring ’20s Car Club, a HAM radio...

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Thank you from Raymour & Flanigan

Thank you to everyone from Kirk Peterson, store manager at Raymour & Flanigan: The car cruise-in this afternoon was absolutely outstanding and we are so glad we could be a part of it!!!! Money raised to support Homes For The Brave: Total of funds raised $611.00 We feel privileged to be involved with two very involved organizations today in The Brass City Cruisers and Homes for The Brave…Thank you both for your commitment to the event today. The added...

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Calling All Cruisers: Help for Billy Summers

Billy Summers of the Ghostworx Garage in Waterbury, and friend of the Brass City Cruisers, was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Coupled with an infection, Billy is currently in Yale New Haven Hospital receiving treatments to cure the infection, then to shrink the tumor, and then faces surgery to remove the tumor. Doctors have informed Billy that this is one of the most dangerous and complex surgeries in their field and he is expected to be out of work...

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Michael J. DiPietro – 1946 – 2016 – longtime car cruiser and member of the Oil Can Boys Car Club

WATERBURY — Mike DiPietro, 69, of Waterbury, CT, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, after a long illness. Mike was born in Norwalk, CT, the son of the late John and Antonette (Marotto) DiPietro. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 38. He was the president of Yankee Cruisers Car Club for 10 years. He loved going to car cruises and car shows. He was most...

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Death of longtime cruiser and friend Mike DiPietro

It is with heavy hearts this morning that we pass along to everyone the passing of Mike DiPietro. Mike passed away last evening after several months of serious health issues. Despite these issues, he continued to cruise with us and most recently came to our Walmart show on Friday. Mike was a good and faithful friend to the Brass City Cruisers. Mike, as a member of the Yankee Cruisers, ran several cruises and shows in the Woodbury area. These...

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Juan Luis Soler – 1975 – 2016 – owner of Classic Auto Body Inc.

WATERBURY — Juan “Lupito” Luis Soler, age 40, passed away on Thursday June 16, 2016. He was born on Aug. 7, 1975, in Newark, N.J. He was a longtime resident of Waterbury and was an important part of our community. He is survived by his wife, Casandra Roman; six children, Sebastion, Skye, Juliana, Anthony, Juan and Kristal; parents, Juan Tomas Soler and Carmela Soler; two loving sisters, Cynthia Medvec (Michael) and Ana Maria Soler; brother, Sandro Soler; one niece...

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Cars Keyed at Wendy’s Cruise?

Recently it came to our attention from several “sources” that several vehicles were keyed at the cruise night at Wendy’s in Waterbury on May 21. A cruiser that was there that night heard it from someone at the cruise in North Haven the following Monday. The rumor is that it was between 15-20 vehicles that were keyed. To confirm: No vehicles were keyed at Wendy’s. The May 21 cruise was very overcast with a lot of clouds and rain...

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Gloria Vespoli – 1929 – 2016 – widow of longtime cruiser Tony Vespoli

MANCHESTER — Mrs. Gloria (Muscio) Vespoli, age 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Manchester Manor. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tony” Vespoli. Mrs. Vespoli was born on April 27, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Domenic and Delia (Pafundi) Muscio. Gloria was a graduate of Wilby High School, Class of 1946. She worked for Redwood Furniture as a Bookkeeper for 20 years before starting her family. Later she worked as...

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James K. Norman – 1953 – 2016 – avid car enthusiast and drag racer

James K. Norman, 62, of Middlebury, passed away on Tuesday May 10, 2016, at Waterbury Hospital in the presence of his loving wife after a courageous battle with his illnesses. He was the beloved husband of Donna G. (Mansfield) Humphrey Norman. Jim was born in Waterbury on September 30, 1953, son of the late Edward C. and Josephine (Mariano) Norman Sr. He graduated from Crosby High School Class of 1972, attended Mattatuck Community College and completed the GMC Auto...

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