Dawn Leary, 65, of Hamden, wife of the late Michael Leary, passed away on July 11, 2016 at Vitas Hospice in St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury. She was born in New Haven on November 24, 1950 to Arthur and Shirley O'Brien Sutherland. She is survived by her son, Sean Leary and his wife Korinne, mother, Shirley Sutherland, sisters; Joy Wildman and her husband Karl, and Wendy Arcano and her husband Richard, nieces and nephews; Kelsea, Alexa, Reagan Wildman, Brooke Coniglio and Richard Arcano. She also leaves many more nieces and nephews, her dear friend Lynn Gabbard, and a baby granddaughter to be born in the fall. After graduating from Hamden High School in 1968, Dawn attended what was then Quinnipiac College where she attained an Associate's Degree. She proceeded to work as a legal secretary for several law firms in the New Haven area. Dawn also worked for Yale University Athletic Department for over 20 years as an Administrative Assistant. In her free time she took part in the Girls Friendly Society, Girl Scouts, and teaching Sunday school at Grace & St. Peter's Church in Hamden. Dawn also enjoyed tailgating at Yale Athletic games, cooking, traveling, shopping in New Hampshire, making jewelry, and decorating for the different seasons and holidays. Above all else she was a loving and supportive daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be sorely missed. Friends are invited to visit with Dawn's family on Saturday July 16, 2016 from 1-4pm at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Her funeral service will take place in the funeral home at 4pm, Rev. Rowena Kemp officiating. Donations in her name may be made to Vitas Community Connection, 199 Park Rd. Ext. Suite 102 Middlebury, CT 06762 or www.vitascommunityconnection.org.

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  1. Dear Sean, Korinne and Family,

    Our world is a little dimmer without Dawn’s beautiful light shining among us. We will cherish our friendship and memories forever and believe that she will be every present in all our lives.

    Sincerest Sympathy,

    Lynn and Mike Carney and Daughters

  2. Sean and family,

    Time has gone by,years have passed, friendships have withered, but one thing that endures is the love and respect of a persons’ family. Nothing can replace the memories we all had over the years, now and in the past. Your mom had always treated me with respect and I am thankful for that remembrance of her. I’m sure your family will truly miss her. Death is not an end to life but a beginning. May she rest in peace.

    Stanley Rogalski (an long lost friend) (troop 6210)

  3. Sean and Family

    So very sorry for the loss of Dawn.May she rest in peace. She was always so nice to me and remember spending New Years Day with her and your Dad and my brother Clyde and Jane. I will keep her in my prayers.

  4. To Dawn’s family,

    Dawn was a lovely lady and I am so glad I got to meet her here at Hamden rehab and healthcare. She was so excited about her grandchild coming this fall. She will be missed by many of us here. Condolences to all of you.

    Fondly, Carolyn Kelly

  5. To Sean, family and friends —

    You have my heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences on

    the loss of Dawn. I know she’ll be missed.

    Let your memories of the happy days comfort you at this time, help you heal and bring you peace. Wishing Y’all strength now and in the days ahead.

    Merry Meet. Merry Part. Merry Meet Again.

  6. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. Her dedication to girls was remarkable and respected by all. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Barneby, CEO

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