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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Joseph "Brian" Mikkelson

February 19, 1960October 17, 2019

Joseph "Brian" Mikkelson, 59, of Bristol, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at his home. Brian was born on February 19, 1960 in Hartford, CT to Andrew and Virginia Mikkelson. Bold, loud, opinionated. Larger than life. There was never any question if Brian was in the room. He grew up in East Hartford where he graduated from East Hartford High School. Then going on to earn his masters degree in social work from the University of Hartford. He also spent much time playing shows and recording with his punk and heavy metal band, The White Pigs, throughout the 1980s. Brian was viciously proud of his children and grandchildren. Never missing an opportunity to brag about their accomplishments, big and small. A contradiction in every measure. Known for his mohawk, extensive tattoos and piercings but also for his conservative political views. A life long musician, New York Giants and Yankees fan. A deeply compassionate social worker by day, an unparalleled master of the curse words by night. To assume you ever had him figured out was foolish. The more of his family and many, many friends you speak to, the more facets of Brian you learn. A truly unique man, Joseph "Brian Ripthroat" Mikkelson, was an everyday rockstar. Brian is survived by his partner, Tracy Franco; children, Daniel Mikkelson, Brittany Mikkelson, David Mikkelson, Mercedes Mikkelson and her Husband Joseph Zappulla, as well as grandchildren, Joey, Aleksandra, Evan, Colin, Angelina and his two dogs, Tyler and Perry. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11AM at St. Christophers Church, 538 Brewer St., East Hartford CT. Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, East Hartford, is handling arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Andrew Mikkelson, Father
  • Virginia Mikkelson, Mother
  • Tracy Franco, Partner
  • Daniel Mikkelson, Son
  • David Mikkelson, Son
  • Brittany Mikkelson, Daughter
  • Mercedes Mikkelson and Joseph Zappulla, Daughter
  • Brian is also survived by his grandchildren, Joey, Aleksandra, Evan, Colin, Angelina and his two dogs, Tyler and Perry; as well as his punk and heavy metal band, The White Pigs.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Thursday, October 31, 2019

Memories

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Donna Quinn

October 31, 2019

My dear sweet friend Brian. I don't know where to start really. I was only 12 when we met. we always joked about that...ill just leave what you would say between me and you, lol even though we would always tell everyone we met. So may memories. Plain Dr., Then getting to live across the street from you on Tolland St. so many good times. I'm grateful that we went to KORN & ALICE IN CHAINS. I had no idea it would be the last time Id see you. But you were so happy. I love you and will miss you forever.

Rick Stanford

October 30, 2019

Wow !! I still can’t believe my cousin is gone !! Even though I haven’t seen him in a few years we still kept in contact via social media !! We both shared a love of music both playing it and listening to it !! I use to tell him you remind me of Ian hunter/ Mott the hoople/ and Robert plant !! Two of his favorite singers !! So he liked that !! We were close when we were younger growing up until life got so busy and we grew older !! Brian never wanted to celebrate any milestone birthday s as he hated getting old !! We always looked out for each other growing up / even though we would get in some kind of trouble on plain drive with Brother / or Eddie and manny and Billy !! We took care of each other !! He will be sorely missed by all / especially myself !! Rock the heavens cuz!! Till we see each other again and we can play some tunes together !!! RIP Brian !! Love you. ! Rick/ Ricky!!

Brian Reagan

October 27, 2019

I met Brian in 1984 in Willimantic at the bookstore. Our bands played a number of shows together and he sort of supervised our recording sessions. Always great to talk with and just watch him interact with all sorts of different people. Haven't seen him in about 25 years...wont make me miss him any less.

Da’Jhon Jett

October 25, 2019

Brian... from the first day I met you, you were simply amazing! You welcomed me into the company with open arms and made me feel right at home, as if we had known each other for years!! The passion you had for the guys, for the work, and for everything you touched, was inspiring. From day one you showed me how much love you had to give everyone around you and I always told you the guys were extremely lucky to have you, but I forgot to mention how extremely lucky I was to have known you too.

When I left we were supposed to go out for lunch, and we never got around to lunch, but like clock work you or Tracy would text me each month and just check in on me. It was these monthly conversations that always reminded me how lucky I was to have friends like you both.

I’m going to miss you my friend! The light of the world is a lot dimmer since you left. My prayers go out to Tracy and the rest of the family! What a great guy, definitely gone way too soon!

- Da’Jhon Jett

Teresa Lombari

October 25, 2019

I was Brian’s hairdresser throughout the 80s.i would go see him with my brother Ant at the agora ballroom and touch up his mohawk back stage. I had white pigs t-shirts for sale at my salon. To see him for the first time is starteling, but once he speaks... he was the most intelligent, informative man. Never a duke moment when he was around. RIP Brian. Teresa

Dorothy Mangino

October 24, 2019

BRIAN u were always there for anyone who needed anything u gave me good advice when i needed someone to talk to u are gone way to early but god knows best RIP

Ellen Rudzis

October 22, 2019

My first statement to you was in the stairway of the Lit Club
“you have legs like Joey Ramone” you laughed and I kicked you.

From then on you were an amazing friend my ‘Uncle Brian’ who I tormented and pranked, who I cried on and who offered me advice.
I carried that idiotic giant black upside down cross to gigs in my car and ran into your arms at The Clash show after Joe Strummer saved me from being crushed.
I could always find you in the crowd- and you were always there.
Without you there would be no Ted and Ellen.. no Mary……you made it all happen.
I’m so glad we got to see each other again last year. So happy I got to hug you (despite that god awful coat) and tell you again that I love you.
The world is uglier without you-but I’ll meet you on another stairway some day in the future. All hopped up like a dopefly

My condolences to your family, your friends and your fans……1-2-3-4…

Rick Serra

October 22, 2019

My Dearest Brian,
I remember my first encounter meeting you when I first came on board at a Sexual Harassment class I attended with Susan Valvo Kelly. My first impression was who is that crazy man with the spiked blue hair, tattoos, and piercing's way before everyone in the world was doing so. I thought to myself, I just adore people who aren't afraid to be themselves. Well my impression never changed going forward. You were way ahead of yourself, always a positive attitude, caring smile, and gracious word for all those around you. Two of my fondest memories, although I have many more is the time we had a Christmas Party in the Hartford area and how you busted my butt because I made friends with Peter, Paul, & Mary from the bar and I went home with them and didn't even know who they were. You had stated "what's wrong with you, your trashed, you don't know these people". Well low & behold I did live to see another day. My second is the time you taught PMT (by the way thanks for leaving that nightmare to me) and the comments you printed on my Certificate. Due to my foul language I will have to attend Detention and my fee would be a million dollars. I still have that hanging in my office (always made me smile & always will). We have enjoyed numerous cocktails together, laughs, sadness, and of course our conversations through SComms. I will truly miss you. You had an amazing spirit. I hope they have "Gunsmoke" and "Land of the Giants" airing in Heaven. I'd hate to have you sit there all day long without anything to watch except us trying to get on with our lives without you. Gone way too SOOOOOOON!!!! My deepest sympathy to Tracy, your Family and of course the "pups". May GOD Bless them and keep them safe always. We loved you my dear friend. Peace...Love....Harmony.....
Rick

Jill Chaus

October 21, 2019

So many wonderful touching memories, hard to choose which ones to share...

First time I heard you, it was in the office during your training week and I thought, who IS that man with the booming, jovial voice? I would soon find out.

When I first met you, you offered to drive me to a meeting for one of our individuals and our conversation was easy and the connection was quick. I immediately liked you.
You were a magnet, myself and others were just drawn to you and your big personality. Your connections with people were real, you made sure you reached out to everyone. You were a friend to all. You cared for everyone and we all felt it.

My favorite memory of you Brian, we were at the group home and you told me to watch an interaction you would have with one of the young men. You told him, "you know I love you Man", and this individual exclaimed, "I know that!!" You asked him teasingly, "how can tell??" He answered, "I could see it in your eyes!!" You then laughed and your eyes sparkled.

You often told me you loved each of the young men who lived there. They were all very fortunate to be in your house and experience your kind of unconditional love and caring for them. It spilled out to everyone you knew.

You lived life by your own rules. You gave with a full heart. You were true to yourself.
I loved you and will miss you my friend.

Sherri Bennett

October 21, 2019

I rember we all hung out in the back parting and haveing a great time. I will always rember that smile you had. R.I,P. My friend .

FROM THE FAMILY