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Honor Your Loved One and Support House of Heroes

Mourning the loss of a loved one is never easy. The emotional toll can be devastating, and it is only natural that those in mourning seek, in the process of grieving, an appropriate way to honor the memory of those we’ve lost. Hence, affording grieving friends and family the option to make a memorial contribution in the loved one’s honor to a non-profit organization or cause “in lieu of flowers” has become popular with families arranging memorial services.

In the years since House of Heroes Connecticut’s establishment in 2012, while in the process of honoring the service and sacrifice of Connecticut veterans, we have had numerous conversations with family members, friends and supporters about how they can support House of Heroes Connecticut while honoring the memory of a loved one lost – particularly someone who may have served.

Accordingly, House of Heroes Connecticut has provided funeral homes statewide with information about our work and has encouraged them to consider suggesting our organization as a memorial option for grieving families they counsel. The suggestion has been well-received, and we have been the fortunate beneficiary of countless donations in recent years from grieving family members honoring the memory of the loved one they lost. These contributions are vital to sustaining our mission and provide the added benefit of giving those who mourn great satisfaction in knowing that their loved one’s memory has been appropriately honored in support of an organization they trust.

In the unfortunate event that you, too, will be faced in the future with the sobering and heart-wrenching task of arranging services for a loved one, we encourage you to speak to your funeral home of choice about establishing House of Heroes Connecticut as your family’s charity of choice for memorial contributions in your loved one’s honor. You can be comforted knowing your choice will support an organization both you, and your loved one, can be proud to be associated with.

Memorial contributions may be made to:

House of Heroes Connecticut

3342 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, Connecticut  06518

Please include: 1) A note indicating the name, hometown and date of passing of the loved one you wish to honor.

2) Branch and years of service if the loved one served in the military.

Please note that military service is not a prerequisite of such a memorial contribution.

House of Heroes Connecticut in Memory of Honor Roll

House of Heroes Connecticut is proud to recognize the following individuals in whose honor memorial contributions have been made in support of our mission. (This list is updated periodically. If you have made a memorial contribution to HOHCT in honor of a loved one and that loved one’s name is not listed, please let us know at

Dr. Guy Aliotta

Meriden, CT

Nancy Anteck

 North Haven, CT


Alphonso Asensio

Plainville, CT

Michael Bakaysa Jr 

Bristol, CT

Aloysius Binkowski


Marion Bombace

Hamden, CT

Timothy Breda

Ansonia, CT

Ralph Carlson

Andover, CT

Victor Cassella 

North Haven, CT

Justin David Castle

Shelton, CT

Olga Chudzik

East Hartford, CT

Officer Michael Cirillo

Hamden, CT

Stanley Clymer

Hartford, CT


Simeon Donahue

Cheshire, CT

Michael Donnelly Stamford, CT


Woodward Eastburn

Wilmington, DE

Ken Fish

Groton, CT

Fred L Griego  

Englewood, Florida

Philip T. Gervais

 Southington, CT


Clifton Hartman

Cheshire, CT

Kerin Hinman

Wallingford, CT

Suzanne Hofmann

Bethany Beach, DE

Ronald Hogg

South Windsor, CT


Robert Jeffery

Norwalk, CT

David Kandefer

Winsted, CT

Chester Kasprzycki

New Haven, CT

Florence Kasprzycki

New Haven, CT

Joseph Kelliher

New Britain, CT

Gerry Lacasse

Southington, CT

Marilyn Langdon

Hamden, CT


William LaHommedieu Bethel, CT

Paul Lewoc

Meriden, CT

William F. Legault

Manchester, CT

Louis P. Mandeville Sr.

Plainville, CT

Rudy Marica

Haddam, CT


Russell Martin

New Britain, CT

John McGovern

Stamford, CT

James Meehan

Rocky Hill, CT

Thomas Peter Millaras

Quaker Hill, CT

Robert Myska

Southington, CT

Frederick Miller Sr

Hamden, CT

George J Murphy Sr

Waterbury, CT

John Palmieri Sr.

Cromwell, CT


Jean L. Paradis

Southington, CT

Edward Petrillo

Monroe, CT

 Ronald Randino

Middletown, CT

Allan Risedorf

Winsted, CT

Joseph Roman

New Britain, CT

Betty Rousseau

Plainville, CT

Neil Richard Santacroce

Plainville, CT

Stephen C. (Smitty) Smith

Higganum, CT

Michael Spear Jr.Glastonbury ,CT

Dick Staples

Mansfield, CT


Harvey H Stowe

Shelton, CT

Estelle Stuart

Guilford, CT

Glenn Stuart

Woodbridge, CT


Jack Susco

Plainville, CT

Delores A. Sullivan

New Haven, CT

Alexander Suprin

New Britain, CT


Jerry Terlecky

Kensington, CT

Richard Tonucci- Ansonia, CT


Carol Ann Tripp

South Windsor, CT

Philip C. Wache

Southington, CT

Gladys Walsh

Suffield, CT

Spencer H. Weis

Middletown, CT

Emerick Witalls

Stratford, CT

Ron Wollenberg

Terryville, CT 

Robert Young

Farmington, CT

This website is dedicated to past Chairman and Co-Founder of HOHCT


Bill "Big Cheese" May

December 6, 1957 - December 3, 2016 

Lieutenant Colonel William "Bill" May III (Retired) always found a way to serve after completing his distinguished military service. He was a champion of veterans' causes and exemplified his own motto of "service before self." With 24 years of military service, leadership roles in the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and his recent inception of the non-profit organization, House of Heroes CT(HOHCT). Bill was a leader and a hero for veterans not only in Connecticut, but across the country. Bill began his service to our country with Army ROTC leadership at the University of Delaware. Upon graduation, he was selected for flight school at Ft Rucker, Alabama. Bill's passion for flight led him to become a maintenance test pilot and found him a spot in Germany. He served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Unit Test Pilot where he was responsible for aircraft personnel and maintaining an operational ready status for his unit. Upon leaving Europe, Bill became the Director of Combat Development at the Aviation Logistic School at Ft. Eustis, VA. He was specifically responsible for developing the requirements of future Army aircraft. When Bill retired from active duty he started a civilian career with Sikorsky Aircraft and moved to Connecticut. He continued his service to our country and joined the CT National Guard, where he served for 17 more years. He became dually qualified as a Blackhawk test pilot for the CT National Guard. Bill's knowledge and expertise of Army Aviation helped form Congressional reviews and Blackhawk procurements for our soldiers. During this time, he was selected to attend the National College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC. LTC May's graduation from the National War College inspired him greatly and led him to pursue his life's passion of serving veterans. Bill's lifetime membership of AAAA has led him to hold many leadership positions within the organization. His most recent endeavor for veterans, House of Heroes, has led him to link AAAA members to service veterans nationally. In 2012, Bill founded the Connecticut Chapter of House of Heroes. Under Bill's guidance, House of Heroes Connecticut has repaired 83 homes in five years. Bill procured many corporate sponsors including Stanley Black and Decker Tools and Home Depot to complete other House of Heroes home remodels in Delaware, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana. Anyone who encountered Bill will attest that he was a consummate professional, getting the job done with excellence, year after year, with no expectation of recognition. Bill's immense impact was not only on the local veteran community, but nationwide. His perseverance after his distinguished military service, along with his dedication and vision towards service and action to others makes him our hero. In his spare time he loved to be with his family, build unique water features, create stained glass, photograph the world, take selfies, head-up Dance Team Support, paint murals and be with "BaDane".

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