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Brandon D. Willette

May 3, 1989 ~ May 10, 2021 (age 32)

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Brandon Willette, age 32, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2021.  He is survived by his devoted mother, Kathleen Shea, and step-dad, Andy vanLingen, his loving father, Steven Willette, his grandfather, David Shea, his brother, Jeremy Kratochvil, and his step-brother, Jacob Tassiniari.  He also leaves behind his longtime best friend, Dan, his friend and confidant,"little Daniel", his girlfriend, Kimberly, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Brandon was a gentle soul who was loved by all his friends and family.  He was an avid skateboard enthusiast, and an amazing,  self-taught  guitarist.  He was deeply moved by the beauty of all wildlife, and his quiet, affable demeanor gave him a magnetic quality that few animals could resist.  Above all else, he was unreservedly compassionate, generous, and empathetic.  Brandon’s life experiences taught him never to draw conclusions or opinions about others without being cognizant of their unique struggles so when he looked into the eyes of someone who was down on their luck, he always reached into his pockets and gave them all that he could.

He was a man of many skills and talents, and he possessed an exceptional work ethic.  He loved his job at J E Shepard Company in South Windsor, CT. His supervisors recognized his ingenuity and gave him opportunity to excel.  These experiences gave his life purpose and filled him with joy.

Brandon’s beautiful soul departed this world far too soon, but he will remain in our memories and in our hearts always. 

Funeral Services for Brandon will be held on Wednesday, May 19, with Calling Hours from 9:30am – 11:30am at Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services, 15 Ludlow Ave., Springfield, followed by a Funeral Mass at 12noon in Christ the King Church, 41 Warsaw Ave., Ludlow. Burial will be private at a later date.

Brandon’s family is devastated by his untimely loss.

In lieu of flowers, they invite you to make a contribution to Brandon’s memorial fund All donations will help alleviate the financial burden of individuals who wish to attain a fresh start while struggling with addiction.

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Calling Hours
May 19, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services
15 Ludlow Avenue
Springfield, MA 01151

Funeral Mass
May 19, 2021

12:00 PM
Christ the King Church
41 Warsaw Ave.
Ludlow, MA 01056


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