OBITUARY

Llewellyn Edwin Priest Jr.

December 30, 1953February 28, 2019

Llewellyn E. “Lou” Priest, Jr., 65, of East Hartford, beloved husband of over 36 years to Mary C. (Claffey) Priest, passed away unexpectedly and journeyed home on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his residence. Born in Hartford on December 30, 1953, a son of the late Llewellyn E. and Marion R. (Bennett) Priest, he had resided in East Hartford for most of his life. Lou was a graduate of East Hartford High School, Class of 1971 and earned his B.S. Degree from Central Connecticut State University. Lou worked in sales at Kell-Strom Tool in Wethersfield for 21 years prior to being employed by the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he retired last year as a Purchasing Agent. A devout Catholic, Lou was a faithful communicant of St. Christopher Church, East Hartford where he was a Lector for several years. He was very active at St. Christopher School where he was a past President and longtime member of the school board, volunteering many hours at several fundraisers and activities supporting the school. Lou was also a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Hartford B.P.O. E. Lodge #19. In addition to his loving wife Mary, Lou is survived by two sons, Louie E. Priest, III of Danbury, Sean R. Priest of Cockeysville, MD; a brother, Mark Priest and his wife, Louise, of Lewisville, NC; a sister, Dawn Jacques and her husband, Marcel, of Lebanon; his father-in-law, Robert V. “Bob” Claffey of East Hartford; three brothers-in-law, Robert Claffey, Jr. and his wife, Lori, of East Hartford, Richard Claffey of Newington, Dennis Claffey and his wife, Patricia, of Manchester; three sisters-in-law, Ellen Rawding and her husband, Brian, of Fort Wayne, IN, Ann Bradley and her husband, Christopher “Bud”, of East Hartford, Kathleen Dziedzic and her husband, Robert, of Siloam Springs, AR; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Along with his parents, Lou was predeceased by a sister, Susan P. Sansom of Norwich. Funeral service will be Friday (March 8th) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 am at St. Christopher Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. Lou’s family requests that everyone please go directly to the church on Friday morning. Burial will follow at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Lou’s family will receive relatives and friends at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford on Thursday (March 7th) from 3 – 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lou’s name may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.

Services

  • Calling hours Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Llewellyn Edwin Priest Jr.

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Karen Southwick

March 6, 2019

Lou, forever in my heart. Watch over your family, comfort them in their sorrow, may they find peace knowing you are still near them.

Melanie Chebro --UConn Music Dept.

March 6, 2019

It is with extreme sadness that such a bright light is now gone. Lou always worked magic in the 18 years I knew him as a Purchasing Agent for UConn. With a heavy heart, I wish the family peace and joy in the memories of his life. God Speed, Lou may we meet again. Melanie Chebro, UConn Music

Mary Ann Sprankle

March 6, 2019

It was with a heavy heart that Terry & I learned of Lou's passing. Lou was a kind, loving, man devoted to his family, friends and his community. He was generous with his time, talents, treasure and great sense of humor. It was a privilege to have known him. Our condolences to Mary, Louie and Sean.

Darla Quick

March 5, 2019

Dear Priest Family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Lou's passing. I worked with Lou at UConn for years and he was always a gentleman and a true pleasure to work with. I am so sorry for your loss.

With sincere condolences,
Darla Quick - UConn Admissions

Leslie Fiorey

March 5, 2019

Bob and my prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time. Lou was a loving husband and father and a role model for his children. Lou brought light into the world each and every day, you will be missed.

Anita Piacenta

March 5, 2019

My prayers are with your family at this time, you were a true gentleman and it was an honor to know you.

Deacon Giard

March 5, 2019

Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Lou was a true "Catholic Gentleman" and I was honored to get to know him and his family during my years at St. Christopher Parish.

John Coccia

March 4, 2019

I new Lou Jr and all of his family from when we were very young. He was a very generous person. I have a few good memory's but one that come to mind is when Lou Sr. towed our trailer to Vt. And all of us worked to take down a two room cabin to make room for the trailer, and making a nice swimming hole in the brook by stacking up big rocks.

Charleen Miele

March 4, 2019

Mary, Louie and Sean...I remember Lew fondly as he often arrived early for Mass to be sure all was set with the Lectionary. I would already be at the piano getting my music ready and we would take a few moments to chat. Pleasant, friendly...I treasure those conversations. His reception into the church was so powerful and such a wonderful parish wide celebration. My memories of my years at St Chris were the best of my spiritual journey and Lew and all of you are a part of those memories. May he now rest in the arms of the God who loves him so! Peace, Charleen (and Anthony) Miele

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY