Beau Thurnauer

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Beau Thurnauer, 65, beloved husband of Nancy (Gillon) Thurnauer, passed away at his Coventry home on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Born in Manchester, he received his bachelor's degree from UConn and his master's degree from the University of Hartford. Beau served on the UConn Police Force, raised to the rank of Captain for the Manchester Police Department leaving that position to become Chief of the Coventry Police Department and finished his career as a Deputy Chief of the East Hartford Police Department. He was a lifetime member of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Manchester Community College and Central Connecticut State University. Beau's resume goes much deeper than this, but he was a humble man and always downplayed his accomplishments as those were not the things that defined him. Beau loved many things; first and foremost his family - no conversation with Beau went without him talking about his son, Logan, and his daughter, Jackie. His pride for his children and his wife, Nancy, were evident always. Beau loved knowledge, learning, words, books, Newfoundland dogs, Bruin's hockey, cars, his bird feeders, cats, music, the beach, Vermont, laughter, humor, and sarcasm.

Besides his wife, Nancy, Beau is survived by his son, Logan Thurnauer and his girlfriend, Alix Finnegan, of Philadelphia; his daughter, Jaclyn Orlowski and her husband, Rick, of Manchester; his sister, Frost Krist and her husband, Joe, of Hebron; his nieces, Pam Atwood and her husband, Tom, Debby Potticary and her husband, Richard, and Abby Krist and her fiancé, Dean Howard. He also leaves many nieces and nephews who will miss his laughter and antics.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church 41 Park St., Manchester. A reception will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Manchester Senior Center 549 East Middle Turnpike.

A private burial will be held at a later date at the Nathan Hale Cemetery, Coventry.

The John F. Tierney Funeral Home, Manchester has care of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to That Newfoundland Place (a Newfie dog Rescue) 554 Pucker St. Coventry, CT 06238, or the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence 912 Silas Deane Highway, Lower Level Wethersfield, CT 06109, Attn.: Donation, The Interval House (Interval House is dedicated to ending domestic violence and providing services that will prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse) P.O. Box 340207, Hartford, CT 06134-0207, or the

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, 2018
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