Kevin C. Oliva

16 septembre 196727 juin 2021
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Kevin C. Oliva, 53, of Southington passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Mylinda Howard-Oliva. Kevin was born September 16, 1967 in Hartford and was the son of Robert Oliva of Windsor Locks and the late Alice (McCarthy) Oliva. Kevin was and will always be a bright, shining, and positive soul impacting the lives he touched on earth and knowing his spirit will always be with us. Kevin met the love of his life, Mylinda, at Central Connecticut State University while they were both studying and working on campus. Kevin has been employed with CCSU for thirty Years and rose to the position of Director of the Academic Center for Student Athletes. Kevin loved spending time with his family, friends, co-workers, and loved ones.

He loved being able to help steer young athletes to success academically and personally. His Pride and joy was always in his two children, Mitchell Oliva (23) and Jocelyn Oliva (21) whom he loved more than words could accurately describe.

Kevin’s greatest attribute was his commitment to family and helping others. He always called to make sure his father, brother, sisters, nieces/nephews, and children were taken care of. On days when we were down, he would be our rock to help pick us up. If there was ever a job to be done, Kevin would be there to do it. There was never a person Kevin did not offer to help. His bright and ever-shining spirit will protect us all through the love he has shown us.

In addition to his wife and father he is survived by his two children, Mitchell Robert Oliva and Jocelyn Sally Oliva both of Southington; his brother, Robert Oliva and wife Laurie of Enfield; three sisters, Lisa Prebit and husband Glenn of Windsor Locks, Kelly Famiglietti and husband Charles of Longmeadow, MA and Marie George and husband Mickey of Wilbraham, MA. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Sally Green of Prospect and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandparents, William “Babe” and Frances Oliva and William and Alice McCarthy and his father-in-law, Herbert Green.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Bridget’s of Sweden Church, 175 Main St., Cheshire. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Southington. For online condolences and directions please visit, www.dellavecchiasouthington.com

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) or to the Susan G Komen for a Cure Foundation (www.komen.org) in Kevin’s honor.


  • Matt Grimm
  • Robert Oliva
  • Salvatore Tocco
  • Greg Threscher
  • Anthony Famigiletti
  • Nick Oliva


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  • Mass of Christian Burial

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Kevin C. Oliva


Jessica Walsh

3 juillet , 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Kevin was an amazing man who I met when he was a dorm director for James Hall and who later hired me at the admissions office. He helped me by just being who he was and that encouraged me to want to do better. I am so sorry I never got to tell him THANK YOU as he really did help me stay on the path I needed to be on. I figured we would run into each other at an alumni event some day and would pick up where we left off as he was that person. I know I learned from him by example to take care of community and the people are around me and that along with his family is his legacy.

Geraldine Artis

2 juillet , 2021

Every time I think about you a smile forms from my mind to my lips. The talks we had at CCSU before work, after work and while working usually ended with a laugh from you…that what will carry me through this difficult time. You had such Pride and Joy discussing your family. I am so pleased to know you had such happiness in your life. From CT to Va and back again, thoughts of you skip through my memories like our kids once did together. Thank you for your time. Artis Family.

Michael Dunn

1 juillet , 2021

Dear Mylinda, Mitchell and Jocelyn, words simply can’t express our profound sadness. Kevin is simply one of the kindest and best people I’ve ever known, honest, humble, funny and rock-solid dependable, who took the time to really ask how you are doing and then to really listen, who enjoyed each moment fully and cared enough to help without even needing to be asked. As one of his closest in age in the McCarthy crew - he was a pitcher, I was a catcher, he wore a Yankees hat, mine was Red Sox, he was tall, I was less so - I treasure my memories as cousins: softball at July 4th parties on Sutton Drive, our special visit to Uncle Al and Aunt Marge Whitney’s in Long Island, adventures in Riverside Park, and, more recently, our many conversations by the Sturbridge pool marveling at how fast each others kids were growing up. Mitchell’s post the other day was nothing short of prophetic, and I know Kevin’s broad smile, easy laugh and strong arms are just across the veil, present as ever although we miss him so terribly. With deep love and sympathy, Mike, Kathleen, Fiona, Michael, Sean and Mary Dunn

Kathy Heneghan

1 juillet , 2021

I hope Kevin is reminiscing about his days playing Little League on the VFW with his coach, Mike. Mike would have been proud of Kevin for influencing the lives of student athletes. Kevin was one of Mr. Heneghan's favorite student athletes!

Jillian Holt

30 juin , 2021

I had the pleasure of getting to know Kevin through the Commencement committee at CCSU. His kindness, positivity, and deep care for the students was infectious and inspiring. I only hope to have a fraction of the impact on the CCSU family as he did. His absence is palpable on campus and will be for years to come. Sending prayers and my sincerest condolences to Kevin's family and friends. May you rest in peace, Kevin. I will miss our conversations about kids and family.

Jennifer Nicoletti

30 juin , 2021

To The Oliva Family
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Kevin. I work in the same building as Kevin at CCSU. We would happen to leave work at the same time and would walk together to our cars often talking "shop" and discussing our families. Mitchell was also my son's camp counselor for many years. So Kevin would often give me updates on Mitchell. I will miss our chats, his kind spirit and gentle nature. God bless you all on the loss of your husband and father. He will be sorely missed at CCSU. May your wonderful memories of Kevin provide you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


Jennifer Nicoletti


29 juin , 2021

Dear Mylinda, Mitchell, and Jocelyn,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are truly very sorry for your loss.
David, Suzanne, and Katherine Trykowski

Jean Alicandro

29 juin , 2021

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Mindy, Mitchell, Jocelyn and the entire extended family who loved Kevin so dearly. CCSU and Reslifers morn the loss of a special CCSU community member, and a true Blue Devil who inspired many a student, staff and faculty during his time at CCSU. I only have positive memories of Kevin. I especially remember his favorite greeting whenever I saw him, “How you doing? How’s the family? Kevin‘s fierce love of his family shined through whenever you spoke to him. May Kevin’s calm, quiet, positive nature be a great influence to all of us as we go about our days. ☮️💙🙏🏼

Jon Bryden

29 juin , 2021

I was sad to learn of Kevin's death. He was a great friend. I remember when he was a Resident Hall Assistant at CCSU just getting started. 30 years ago this year I graduated. I spent the night before out with Kevin. We took that wonderful trip to Daytona all 6 of us in my car. I will never forget that. Whenever i would come to Connecticut we would visit at CCSU. I saw how much Kevin enjoyed his work.
Kevin found a home at CCSU and gave back so much to the University. He touched so many lives for the better.
I am sorry for your loss I will miss him!

Suzanne Kaswan

29 juin , 2021

Dearest Mylinda, Jocelyn and Mitchell,
Words cannot adequately convey my sorrow at the passing of my beloved Kevvy. Such an extraordinarily and deeply kind person and not a phony bone in his body. Just truly and genuinely good. And so funny - always with a twinkle in his eye. The very fondest memories of my childhood were spent at 239 Sutton Drive. So much love and laughter. I will cherish his memory forever. We used to joke as young singles that we would wind up on a porch together in rocking chairs. I’m sure glad he met Mylinda and you both created the family of his dreams. Sending all our love and prayers during this unimaginably difficult time. Sue, Ian, Erin and Sara Kaswan