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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Maurice Calabrese

Maurice Peter Calabrese

May 26, 1933 - September 16, 2020
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Maurice P. “Bud” Calabrese died Wednesday, September 16, 2020. He was born May 26, 1933 in Canton, CT to Peter J. Calabrese and Alice (Cables). Half of his life was spent in CT and half in the Mohawk Valley Region of NY State, starting with his desire to own and operate a dairy farm at age 42. He was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. During his lifetime, he was a truck driver, farmer, business owner and always a hard worker. He never felt the need to travel. Much time was spent creating an amazing lawn and garden. He enjoyed flowers, bird watching and keeping the squirrels from the bird food. For years, Sunday afternoon was a time to watch NASCAR races or football. Playing cards for hours with friends and family took up many a Saturday. Bud would study the horse racing section of the paper trying to pick a winner and after placing a bet would cheer on his pick. In the warm weather, you could find him sitting in his chair on the front porch ready to greet visitors. The area Amish population provided the opportunity for him to get out and around by taking them places “for hire”. Neighborhood friendships were formed.

In meeting Bud, you would think he was quiet, a silent observer. When he opened his mouth to speak however, it would be something worth listening to. An expletive, request or a wise crack comment. A sense of humor was his trademark. He was kind, honest, fair and extremely independent. He accepted his health issues and was continually inventing ways to adapt. As many people of his generation, he was very frugal and amazed us with ways to repurpose things. Bud left his mark on countless adults, children and animals. Every child that came, knew he had a supply of pops they could look forward to. Every dog who came in knew to go to his chair for a treat. Every adult knew the door was always open and there would be hot coffee, enough food to share and a place to sleep if needed. It is impossible to capture 87 years on paper but none who knew him will ever forget how he influenced their lives. Stories will be relived and shared far into the future.

Seven children, sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren have blessed his life along with husbands/wives/significant others, step grandchildren and many “adopted” family members. Many friendships continued through the years with childhood buddies. Bud is predeceased by both his parents, a sister Betty Sullivan and brother John Calabrese. He leaves behind his wife and partner of 67 years, Betty J. (Erkson); his children, Debbie Fiori (children Tyler, Dana and April) , Steven Calabrese (wife Kathy and children, Jennifer, Steven Jr, Brian and Connie), Linda Cull (husband Rick and children Lindsay and Louise), David “Orbie” Calabrese (wife Rose and children Morgan and Nicole), Diane Calabrese (children Katie and Nathan Mankowski), Roger Calabrese ( wife Tracey and children Scott, Glenn and Jillian) and Wendy Calabrese-Sampone.

Calling hours will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM closing with a celebration of life at 11:00 AM. Burial with military honors will follow at Dyer Cemetery in Canton. Memorial donations may be made to The Fisher House, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208. Please visit Bud’s Book of Memories to RSVP to attend the service or for online tributes at
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  • Visitation

    September 26, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    When
    September 26, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    Address
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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  • Service

    September 26, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    September 26, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    Address
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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    Officiant
    Rev. Brenda Pelc-Faszcza

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Edward Erkson

Posted at 06:36pm
We have wonderful memories of Bud, from Canton Springs soda, betting at green Mountain Racing, ski-mobiling on Beany road, and remembering Oscar! All these memories keep our loved ones in our lives. Unfortunately we can’t get down to Connecticut on Saturday. We will miss seeing you all. Love to all, and stay safe.
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Jennifer Barnett

Posted at 03:42pm
My love and deepest condolences to the entire Calabrese family. May your cherished memories keep your heart full. Blessings and peace to you.
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Raymond Ronan Jr,

Posted at 08:34pm
Dear Betty and family, we are so sorry for your loss . bud was a special friend and will never be forgotten. may our prayers be with you at this time. You all were special to us. Ray and Karen Ronan
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Posted at 01:10pm
In Memory of a wonderful Uncle and Friend
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Posted at 09:56am
Dear Wendy and Family, Please know you are all in our thoughts during this difficult time. May all of your dearest memories stay close to you always.
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