Vincent Michael Guertin

  • Died: May 9, 2018
  • Location: Newington, Connecticut

Newington Memorial Funeral Home

20 Bonair Avenue
Newington, CT 06111
Tel. (860) 666-0600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend

Vincent Michael Guertin, 74, of Wethersfield, formerly of Newington, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, after a short illness. He was loved and surrounded by family, including his wife of just one year, Vicki. Michael was born in Hartford on October 12, 1943, to the late Eileen (O'Connell) and Lucien Vincent Guertin and raised in Hartford and West Hartford. He attended St. Joseph Cathedral Grammar School, Holy Trinity High School and University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, where he was a member (and chaplain) of Alpha Zeta Omega and earned a degree in pharmacology in 1966. His college internship at Newington Children's Hospital led to a career and he spent nearly 30 years there as Director of Pharmacy. When he retired from Newington Children's Hospital, he went on to work in the pharmacy departments of several local hospitals, including Bristol Hospital, Southington Hospital and the Veteran's Home & Hospital in Rocky Hill. He met the first love of his life, Cynthia Corto, while participating in a high school Junior Achievement program, and married her on October 14, 1967. Together they raised four children in Newington. They were both active at Holy Spirit Church, where Mike was a lecturer and Cindy a CCD teacher. They enjoyed meeting other couples through the church's Marriage Encounter program. After Cynthia's death in 2003, Michael threw himself into maintaining relationships with family and friends. He never turned down an invitation to visit or celebrate with loved ones, and he became part of the Catholic Worker House community in Hartford. He loved to share a good meal, an unusual beverage, and a corny joke with those he loved. He absolutely adored babies, none more than the seven grandchildren who called him Dziadz – Amber, Samantha, Adelle, Alden, Vincent, Angelo and Chloe. In 2016 Michael found new love with an old friend when they re-connected at a high school reunion. He and Vicki Barrison were married May 6, 2017 in a ceremony filled with joy and hope for the future. Though their time together was short, Vicki was devoted to Michael's well-being and happiness. In addition to Vicki and his beloved grandchildren, Michael leaves three daughters and a son, and their families, Kristen and Jim MacDowell of Johnson, VT, Tara Guertin of Newington, Stacy and Tom Leone of Manchester, Adam and Emily Guertin of Hartford; his brother Phil and wife June of East Haddam, and a large extended family and circle of good friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, at 10:30 a.m. directly at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 183 Church St., Newington. Interment will be in West Meadow Cemetery, Newington. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Newington Memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to support Amber Rehberg's fundraising efforts online at or by mail at The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 4K for Cancer – Amber Rehberg, 1215 East Fort Avenue, Ste. 104, Baltimore, MD 21230.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I had the privilege of working with him at Market Square Pharmacy. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Lisa Pizzoferrato - Newington, CT - Coworker   May 30, 2018

Vicki and family, my deepest sympathies for your loss. I knew Mike through our going to Immaculate Conception shelter from Holy Spirit church. He was a very loving person and he will be sorely missed. God bless you all and know that he is always with you like our Lord Jesus is.

Posted by Sandy Zlotkowski - CT - Acquaintance   May 20, 2018

Vicki and family, we are so saddened to hear of Mike's passing and you are all in our prayers and thoughts mike will be sorely missed at our HTH gatherings Ricky Burke, San Rafael Ca. Mike's HTH classmate

Posted by Rick Burke - San Rafael, CA - Classmate   May 18, 2018

My heart goes out to Mike's family. I will always remember Cynthia and Mike's kindness to me. I saw the joy they had in each other and their four beautiful children. Mike did love a great joke, always smiling. My deepest sympathies to Vicki and to Kristen, Tara, Stacy and Adam.

Posted by Cathy Staley-White - Philadelphia, PA   May 14, 2018

Dear Vicki,
We are so sorry for your loss of Mike. It seems like just yesterday that Sue and I attended your beautiful wedding. Vincent Michael Guertin's obituary displays a life of commitment, love and service to others. Please extend our condolences to his extended family who have embraced you in such a loving way.
Pete and Sue

Posted by Peter J Sposito Sposito - Glastonbury, CT - Friend   May 14, 2018

You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Posted by Kenneth Pescatello - Newington, CT   May 14, 2018

Thinking of you and Vincent. He leaves a treasure of good works and good memories.

Posted by Michele and Simone Switalski and Levallois - San Diego Newington, CA - Friend   May 14, 2018

Mike and I were fraternity brothers at UCONN. My condolences to his entire family.

Barry Dvorchik

Posted by A friend   May 13, 2018

My condolences to the Guertin family. May your happy memories help you through this difficult time.

Sonny and Rosa Lin Newington l

Posted by Rosa Lin - Newington, CT - Acquaintance   May 12, 2018

May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during this difficult time. He will always be there to strengthen you in your most difficult times.

Posted by T F - Newington, CT   May 12, 2018

So sorry for your loss- He was one of a kind- good friend -fraternity brother-& a credit to his profession- Sandy & Peter Patten

Posted by Patten - Westbrook, CT - Friend   May 12, 2018


love, roger and gail

Posted by A friend   May 12, 2018

With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.

Posted by Newington Memorial Funeral Home Duksa Family Funeral Homes - Newington, CT   May 12, 2018

Long time family friend that will be deeply missed.

Posted by Margaret Harris - Jupiter, FL - Family Friend   May 11, 2018

Our love, sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry for your loss!

Posted by Connie ONeill - Holyoke, MA - Family   May 11, 2018

To Mike's Family. Our sincere condolence to you on the passing of Mike, a true gentleman who we knew over many years though our sister. We always enjoyed seeing him at our sister's home and other functions. May he Rest In Peace. During these difficult days ahead, may the Lord be with you and give you the strength and courage to cope with your loss.

Posted by Ellen & Harvey Martineau - CT - Friend   May 11, 2018

We are all very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayer to your family.

Posted by Robert H. Lord Company, Inc. - Manchester, CT - Coworker   May 11, 2018

"What a nice man" is the response I always get when I mention Mike. Always. It was my privilege to work with him for 12 years sharing his eagerness to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever needed with his many pharmacy skills, life experiences and vast clinical knowledge. Mike was a true professional with a big heart and a warm smile always making the best of every situation. I enjoyed our many chats about life and family which he loved dearly. He is greatly admired amongst his peers and served Pharmacy and community well. He will be missed and fondly remembered.

Posted by Paula Kaspar, R.Ph. - Professional Pharmacy Person - Coworker   May 11, 2018

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