Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT


John A. Risley

April 19, 1946July 6, 2019

John Anthony Risley, Sr., 73, of East Hartford, passed away on July 6, 2019. He was born in Hartford, a son of the late Robert Sr. and Rosina (Laraia) Risley. He was an automobile mechanic at Strong's Alignment in East Hartford for 40 years. He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Frances (Tomminello) Risley in 2015. He is survived by his daughter Laura L. Risley of East Hartford, his son John A. Risley Jr., of Newington, his sister Louise Landry and her husband Robert of Coventry, two brothers Robert Risley Jr. and his wife Jean of Coventry and Franklin Risley and his wife Denise of Lebanon, and four grandchildren Nicholas and Justin Risley, Jahnai Williams and Jalen Dukes. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sister Geraldine Costa. A graveside service will be held Thursday July 11, 2019 at 11AM in Hillside Cemetery, Hillside Street, East Hartford. There are no calling hours. Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108 is entrusted with his arrangements. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 11, 2019


John A. Risley

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Julie Cunningham

July 9, 2019

John , We will all miss your smiling face at the pond. May you rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

The Cunningham's (a.k.a Sawka)

Joan Hayward

July 9, 2019

My condolences to all the family. My memory was the garage with all the boys initals - I just thought that was a neet thing their dad did. Also babysat for the sisters kids next store. Very special moments. God Bless.

Michael (Wizz) and Mary Ellen Wisneski

July 8, 2019

Our condolences to the Risley family. John was a very special man, and a good friend. He was always willing to lend a hand. He will be missed very much by all. Rest in peace our buddy. The Wizz's.