James A. Lavery, Sr., 75, of Newington, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Hospital of Central CT. He was the beloved husband of Hope (Hartigan) Lavery for 52 years. Born and raised in New Britain, son of the late Gerald and Rita (Griffin) Lavery, he graduated New Britain High School and then served in the U.S. Navy as a signalman on a destroyer during Vietnam and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1970, James began his career at the Newington Police Department as a Master Patrolman and then went on to be a Narcotics Detective and Hostage Negotiator. He was even featured on an episode of Rescue 911 for his negotiation skills. After his retirement from the police dept., he began his career at D.E.E.P. as an Environmental Compliance Specialist until his retirement from there in January 2015.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his three sons, James Lavery and his wife Lisa, Donald Lavery and his wife Gina, Richard Lavery and his wife Soraya; his daughter, Susan Hilerio and her husband Luis; and five grandchildren, James, Jillian, Abigail, Brian and Quinn. He also leaves two sisters, Martha Riccio and her husband Ted of Palacious, Texas, and Nora Petrash and her husband Randy of Nevada City, Calif.; three sisters-in-law, Patricia Lavery, Pamela Lavery and Nancy Beaupre, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Peter and Gerald Lavery; brother-in-law, Ronald Beaupre; nephew, Shawn Lavery; and nieces Rita DiSanto and Emily Riccio.
Funeral services will begin on Wednesday, March 14, at 9 a.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Newington. He will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newington Memorial. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory, please visit us at www.newingtonmemorial.com .