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Mr. Eugene H. Thornberg

December 11, 1930 — December 15, 2022

OAKVILLE- Eugene H. Thornberg, age 92 of Oakville, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and comfort of his family on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at Waterbury Hospital, due to complications from the covid virus. He was the devoted husband of Joan (Hirbour) Thornberg.

Eugene was born on December 11, 1930, in Oakville, son of the late Harry and Antoinette (Diamond) Thornberg. He attended local schools and proudly served his country for 8 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves during the Korean Conflict. He had a long career in the metal finishing industry where he started as a novice and worked his way up to management. There, he developed many lifelong friends and valued relationships. After retiring, he worked for Ramdy Corp. in Oakville as a driver for 17 years.

Eugene was a member of the American Electroplater’s Society, an avid bowler, and enjoyed playing cards. He was a handyman and proficient in wallpapering and painting. He enjoyed traveling across the country with Joan and spending winters in Florida where they made many lasting friendships. With a great sense of humor and a caring nature, he would go out of his way to help anyone in need. His legacy of being a loving husband and a proud father who enjoyed spending time with family will last forever. For all that were blessed to have known him, he will be greatly missed.

Left to share his memory is the love of his life, Joan, with whom he recently celebrated a 70th anniversary. Eugene is survived by his children, Mark (Julie) of Anaheim CA, daughter in law Patrice of Brewster MA, Allen (Lorrie) of Brewster MA, Claudette Adams (Larry) of Oakville, Diane (David) Pleasant of Thomaston, Maureen Crocker of Framingham MA, Daren (Frances) of Wolcott, Paul (Lorelei) of Thomaston. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren as well as his sisters in law, Marie Parent, Claire Meehan, and Yvette Hirbour, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Gene, his sisters, Gertrude Barnes, Dorothy Smith, and Arlene Jordan.

Relatives and friends may visit with the Thornberg family on Saturday morning January 7, 2023 from 9:00 until 11:15 a.m. at the Casey – O’Neill Funeral Home 742 Main St Oakville CT 06779. A committal service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Watertown. Loving kindness is always welcome, and it only takes a moment to offer a message of condolence and share a memory or words of comfort with the family and friends of someone that was important to you. Please visit the funeral home’s tribute page at . However, if you are able, attending the service is a thoughtful and caring way to show your support.

Memorial contributions in Eugene’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Mary Magdalen School of Oakville, CT.
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