Hubert F. Sweet
June 11, 1921 – November 12, 2020
Hubert “Bert” Sweet, 99, of East Hartford passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2020 surrounded by family. Bert was born in Southbridge, MA on June 11, 1921, a son of the late William and Leona (Blais) Sweet. Bert proudly served in the United States Army during World War II for which he was decorated with the Bronze Star and Silver Star for his heroic and meritorious service, and gallantry in action. After returning home, Bert met and married the love of his life, Sophie Golen. Bert and Sophie settled in East Hartford where they raised their daughter, Patty. Bert was a graduate of Manchester Trade School & Manchester High School where his name is etched on the Veteran's Wall of Honor. Bert was a long-time loyal employee at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, working 33+ years before retiring in 1983. Bert was a loving and devoted husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family. He also had a passion for camping, which led him to be a co-founder of a privately owned co-op campground in Chaplin, CT that still operates as Cha-Wi-Ma Campground. Not only was he a co-founder of a camp, but Bert knew how to throw a good horseshoe, winning state & regional tournaments with many trophies to show for it, earning the nickname "Dead Ringer". Bert and Sophie were faithful communicants of St. Isaac Jogues Church in East Hartford for many years. Bert was an active bowler right up to age 94, most recently at Silver Lanes. He was also actively involved in the E. Hartford South End Senior Center for many years. He loved music and played guitar most of his life, picking up on organ lessons in later years. He was an active member of the Manchester Hammond Organ Society and had the thrill of restoring pipe organs.
Bert will be dearly missed by his daughter, Patty Quey and her husband, Frank, of Bolton and Bert’s sister, Diane Willis of Manchester, several nieces & nephews, especially Sally Miller Rogers of Windsor, and Suzanne Grela Burke of Westford, MA who faithfully visited, called or sent cards & letters, as well as numerous cousins of the Curtin, Cummisky, Grady, Donovan & Leonard family clan. Dear friends who called daily, especially Denis Derosier & Mary Simoes of E. Hartford, Doris Ennis of Manchester, Joanne Singer of Coventry, and his camping buddy Gladyce Pescetello of the Willimantic area. Bert is predeceased by his parents, and his loving wife Sophie. The eldest of 5 children, Bert is also predeceased by his brother Francis Sweet of Long Beach, CA, his sister Valerie Richter of the Chicago, IL area and his brother William Sweet of Manchester, CT.
Bert’s family would like to thank all involved in helping Patty get her Daddy home in his final weeks including the VA of Newington, Masonicare Hospice, and Dynamic Touch Homecare of Manchester, with heartfelt appreciation to his live in Aide, Lesa Rowe & Aide Quiandre. In leu of flowers, donations to these organizations would be appreciated.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at a later date due to the COVID virus & health safety for all. It is scheduled on what would have been Bert's 100th birthday on June 11, 2021, 9:00 am at Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, followed by a Mass service & full military honors at St. James Cemetery, Broad St., Manchester. In addition, a Catholic Memorial service is planned on Sat, January 9th, 4:00pm, St. Mary's Church, corner of Main St & Maplewood Ave., E. Hartford for anyone who would like to attend. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit www.NewkirkandWhitney.com
Hubert "Bert" Sweet Memorial Service
Hubert F. Sweet
MARGARET WAWER -ZITKO
November 28, 2020
Patty , I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. My heart and prayers are there for you and your family.......
November 25, 2020
Bert was one of the first people who befriended us at Cha-Wi-Ma when we arrived over 20 years ago. He loved to share old pictures and stories around the fire pit. Bert and his Suburban will be forever missed at camp. Patti and Frank are always welcome at their Dads Cha-Wi-Ma.
Ron and Fran Boulay
November 24, 2020
Our deepest Sympathy for your loss.
We will remember the gatherings around the campfires, the picnics, the long talks my husband had with him about anything and everything. he was a wealth of information about days gone by, how he and the others started the campground and the work they put in to make it what it is today. He had a life well lived and we will remember him always.
Jim and Nancy
November 22, 2020
Oh Patty, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your father today. I know he was the light of your life and you spent countless happy times together. And what a life he led! 99!
That is amazing!
I am sure the memories you shared will sustain you in the difficult time ahead.
You and Frank are in my thoughts and prayer at this sad time.
November 21, 2020
Pat, Frank & Family: I send you my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. It is a lovely tribute that was published about him. May his soul Rest In Peace following such a well-lived life here on earth.
November 19, 2020
My memories of Uncle Bert are fond ones. Although we lived in Illinois, we would come back to Connecticut every year to visit Mom's parents and siblings, of which Uncle Bert was the oldest. I remember bowling with him, and playing golf with him on those trips. I even tried out horseshoes, which he had set up in his backyard.
Most special, though, was the encouragement that he and his father, my grandfather, gave me to learn to play the guitar. I owe them both sixty-one years of joy that continues to sustain me even as I now grow old.
A life well-lived, Uncle Bert. You will be missed.
Your nephew Steve from Stillwater, MN
November 15, 2020
For Patty and her husband Frank, and my Aunt Diane and her family...Ed, Robyn and I and Steve and his family have you in our thoughts and prayers. You know Uncle Bert was always special to me. Now he is at rest with Sophie, my mom, and his brothers. Will miss him. Love you all, Joanne Doerr