John M. deRezendes, 102, of Colchester and West Hartford, passed away on Tuesday, (March 26, 2013). Born in West Hartford on June 24, 1910, he was the loving son of the late Manual and Marianna (Melo) deRezendes. He leaves behind a sister, Helena E. Chaves of Glastonbury. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Bollea, his brother Joseph deRezendes, and his friend and companion Alice Hill. He also leaves behind many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends that cherished the time they spent with him. John maintained connections with the family across the entire United States and Canada as well as with relatives in the Azores Islands. John was a World War II veteran having served his country as a medic in the U. S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and several times during the war he crossed paths with his brother Joe who also served for his country in the Army. John was an avid reader, reading the newspaper from front to back daily. John did not look his age and retained his mental faculties his entire life. He lived a good long life and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
The Funeral Service will be Monday, April 1, 11 a.m. at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Burial will be in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Visitation will be prior to the funeral service from 9:30-11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415 or to a . Online condolences may be made at

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Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
1084 New Britain Avenue West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 561-3800

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 29, 2013