Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Cecilia S. Fortier

September 8, 1923July 1, 2020

Cecilia (Short) Fortier died peacefully at home July 1, 2020 at the age of 96. She was born in New Haven, the daughter of Christopher Short and Cecilia Cain. She was the beloved wife of Kenneth L. Fortier whom she married on February 7, 1945, and who died in 2008.

She graduated from Saint Raphael’s Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse while raising her family.

She is survived by six children: Mary Fortier Shea, of Higganum; Christine Talenda (Robert), of Uniontown, OH; Barbara Whitlock (William), of Sanford, NC; Richard Fortier (Margaret), of Medford, MA; Joseph Fortier (Adrian), of Cheshire; and Katherine Guerra, of Madison. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, July 6, at 11:00 am at St. Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Drive, Killingworth.

Donations in her memory may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, July 6, 2020


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Tela Wilson

August 4, 2020

What a exquisite women. I cannot say enough to express my condolences to everyone in her family. I just learned of her passing and am extremely heartfelt for her kids, grandkids, great grandkids, caregivers and everyone that once had the privilege of caring for her. My prayers & thoughts.

Mike Paradis

July 6, 2020

Aunt Babe. An amazing woman - last of an amazing family (the Short family). Raised my amazing cousins. We SO enjoyed Christmas at the Fortier home when we were growing up. What a wild time with so many of us kids. I think I'll go and make some signature Aunt Babe white cupcakes with never-too-many chocolate chips in memory of my dear aunt and the last of a truly great generation! Goodbye my Aunt! :(

Tom Paradis

July 5, 2020

All of my memories of Aunt Babe are great, except one and that was definitely not her fault. Oh but if we could get a glimpse of the reunion party above as they all welcome her through the gates.

To all my cousins and their families i give my heartfelt condolences and love. Sure do miss our regular gatherings.

Carol Pilis

July 5, 2020

Aunt Babe was my godmother and since Mary & I were always close when we were kids we would spend time at each others house. It was always fun to spend time with them. She was a nurse at St Raphael in the neonatal unit.
My kids and I spent a few days with them in FL which was a great treat. I'm sure the party in Heaven is in full swing now that she is with all her generation is gathered together.

JoAnn Isaacs

July 5, 2020

Dear Kathy, Mike and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of you.


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