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“Dear Mary Ellen and Family,You and Peter are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I send love and deepest sympathy...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Rothschild - Longmeadow, MA

“Dearest Patrick and Mary Ellen,You were extraordinary parents to a very special little boy. You accepted the challenge of raising him with grace,...Read More »
2 of 100+ | Posted by: Dad and Lois - Wahington, DC

“I am so fortunate to have had peter in my ccd class for his first and second grades. Peter's smile always lit up the room, -- and he and the other...Read More »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Julie livingstone - West Hartford, CT

“So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Forever cherish all of the wonderful memories you have of Peter. ”
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Valerie Cavagnaro - Newington, CT

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole loving family. Peter was a wonderful boy. Peace, Mike, Molly, Delaney, Liam, and Bridget ”
5 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Patterson - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and William,We are so very sorry for this tremendous loss. We never met Peter, but I had pictures of him as a...Read More »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Jan and Joe Hendron - CT

“I still have a hard time accepting that we lost such an amazing and special person from our family. I will always miss his goofy little smile that...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Erin Ladd - Asheville, NC

“Thinking of you from Washington, DC.~ Kevin, Rebecca, Brian and Erin. ”
8 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Patrick, Mary Ellen , Elizabeth , and William , We are so sorry to learn of Peters passing. He was a joyous child, full of love and kindness....Read More »
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Elise Mischel

“Dear Ladd Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy, Joann, Paschal,...Read More »
10 of 100+ | Posted by: Joann Brennan - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Ladd Family, Our family is very sorry for your loss. My children have fond memories of being in school with Peter. I was personally moved by...Read More »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Rebecca Rachlin Berman - CT

“I have known Peter since he was 4 at Camp Bulova. I was the assistant director and he attended the camp at HARC on Saturdays. He loved the visit from...Read More »
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Lynnette Kaschke - Portland, CT

“My deepest sympathy. I truly loved Peter and always loved his beautiful smile. Thank you for the treasure of the years I got to spend with him and...Read More »
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Vinnie Moran - Columbia, CT

“Dear Ladd Family I am so sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.I feel blessed to have worked with Peter for the last four...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Annmarie Neptin - west hartford, CT

“Dearest Ladd family, I have just returned from a family retreat and have been told of Peter's passing. Words cannot express how much Peter impacted...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Lori Durocher - Southington, CT

“Dear Maryellen and family, We are all so deeply sadden by Peter's passing. Sean is especially sad by the loss of his friend. Although the boys did...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: Brenda Stenglein - Ashford, CT

“Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and William, Peter thrived because of the love and joy that is in your home. Even the whales at Mystic recognized...Read More »
17 of 100+ | Posted by: David Ladd Cynthia Mischel Family - CT

“Please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of your beautiful son, Peter. Our family will keep yours in our prayers. ”
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Deb Freeman - Glastonbury

“Every morning, as I rolled my French cart toward Peter, I would sing to him "Bonjour, Bonjour Pierre"...and Mrs. Kasbar and I would giggle along with...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Shery Bober

“Dear Ladd Family, I am so honored to have been Peter's music therapist. He loved music and he was not content to just listen, music was a full...Read More »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Lenzen Davis - Coventry, CT

“Our son Ben was in class with Peter at Norfeldt school. Ben remembers when Peter came to his birthday party and he remembers listening to Peter's...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: Ellen Foxman - West Hartford, CT

“Peter will be missed by his classmates from Room 1 at King Phillip, including our son,Weller. Weller was happy to be in the Unified Theater show...Read More »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: noreen simmons - west hartford, CT

“Peter's smile always lit up the hallway as he rode past my classroom at KP. He was such an inspiring young man. My deepest condolences to your...Read More »
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Alison Lessard - CT

“Dear MaryEllen and Patrick and family: Our deepest sympathies for the passing on of Peter. May his memory be eternal and may our Lord give you the...Read More »
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Angela Ferreira - Flemington, NJ

“Mary Ellen and family, I am deeply sorry to hear of Peter's passing. Pat spoke lovingly of Peter and the wonderful care you took to provide him with...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Joann Balanda - Watertown, CT

“In all the years I worked at Camp Care Peter was always a blessing to be with. His sweet temperament was a joy to all. May God bless you and draw...Read More »
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Suzanne Davis & Shane - Columbia, CT

“mary ellen i was so sorry to hear of your loss. my thoughts are with you barry o'rourke ”
27 of 100+ | Posted by: barry o'rourke

“Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and William, we are thinking of all of you today in your time of loss. ”
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Tommy, Corina and Delaney Flood - CT

“Dear Coach Pat, Mrs. Ladd, Lizz, and Will I am very sorry about your loss of Peter. He will be missed deeply by all of you guys and everyone in...Read More »
29 of 100+ | Posted by: Lillie - West Hartford, CT

“i didn't really know you that well, but i always saw you at the parades and you were always so cheerful! I thought that you are really cool and fun...Read More »
30 of 100+ | Posted by: Srikeerti Pingle - West Hartford, CT

“To the Ladd family...The prayers and condolences of my entire family are with you. Sincerely, Areej Nitowski ”
31 of 100+ | Posted by: Areej Nitowski - Cromwell, CT

“Although I never spent time with Peter, I was always amazed at Elizabeth's love for her brother through the stories she told. From working in the...Read More »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: Lindsay Bonaldo - Wethersfield, CT

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how very deeply you loved and cared for him. You are in my thoughts and with time I pray that you can heal...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Reale - Vernon, CT

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34 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Reale - Vernon, CT

“We are so sorry about Peter's passing. Our son, Jamie, liked to play baseball with him on the Miracle League field. He was a wonderful young man...Read More »
35 of 100+ | Posted by: Lisa and Phil Roland - CT

“I am very sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family. May you find peace and comfort in your happy memories. ”
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah Burke

“Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth, and William, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Peter was a beautiful child. I met him at Harkness where he swam...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Bartram - Enfield, CT

“Camp Bulova will not be the same without Peter. I will cherish the times I spent working with him. God Bless ”
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Patty Pratt - South Windsor, CT

“Dear Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth and William, Peter will always be remembered especially through the stories that Grammy Ann loves to tell...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Beth Preissner Page - Waterford, CT

“MaryEllen, Patrick, Elizabeth, and William,My thoughts and prayers are with you. It's been many years since I had the pleasure of having Elizabeth in...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Anita Bage - Southwick, MA

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. The love of your family is so evident to all who know you and will help you through this most painful time. Hold...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Ellen Cercone - Colchester, CT

“I am very sorry for your loss. I will miss Peter and hearing his laugh in school. ”
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Henry Haddad - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Ladd family, I want you to know that you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Peter and I always had such a good time together. I could...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Olivia Pascon - West Hartford, CT

“Mary Ellen and family, all of your friends on the ABC Unit at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center send you our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Diane DeCarlo - Manchester, CT

“You are in my thougths and prayers, ”
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen O'Leary - Keller, TX

“Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and William, I have many memories of Peter, the best was seeing the joy on his face as he rode a bike down the hallway...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: Heidi Cotter - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Patrick, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and William, We are sending prayers and thoughts to comfort you on the loss of your beloved son and brother. It...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Valerie and Andrew Slee - MA

“To the Ladd Family Seems like only yesterday he was with me in Kindergarten. His smile and laugh could get anyone through the roughest days. We will...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Celeste Higgins - West Hartford, CT

“We are so sorry to hear about Peter. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Kate and Tom Anacker - OH

“Please accept our condolences on the loss of Peter. Our thoughts and prayers are for him and your family. ”
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike and Kathy Boscarino - CT

“Dear Mary Ellen and Patrick,We were so sad to hear the news of Peter's passing. I know Chris will miss seeing his great smile, saying hi to him in...Read More »
51 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“I always would enjoy when Peter laughed and enjoyed whatever he was doing. I will always have memories of him in elementary school. ”
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Matthew Mendoza - West Hartford, CT

“My deepest condolences Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth and William. Our prayers are with you. ”
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Verdie Hellweg - Beaumont,, TX

“To a loving family my baby Peter will be miss his loving smile him moving around at camp peter was my pride and joy he was a blessing in my life to...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Vandora Burgess - Hartford, CT

“It was always nice to see Peter, laugh, have fun. He was nice to be around. ”
55 of 100+ | Posted by: Matthew Mendoza - West Hartford, CT

“Peter,I will miss you sitting with me at lunch and giving me high fives every day. You will always be in my mind. ”
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Sylvie Pidto - west hartford, CT

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Karen O'Leary - Keller, TX

“We are so sorry for the loss of Peter and send our deepest condolence. Shanai will miss Peter dearly.Shanai Meade & Family ”
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Shanai Meade - West Hartford, CT

“I always loved to hear the sound of Peter's laugh, it was a great laugh and I will miss him. I will also miss how he always smiled and made so many...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: Danielle Weinberg

“Ladd family, Im so sorry for your loss. I used to sit at peter`s lunch table back in the fifth grade at Norfeldt. I will really miss his joy filled...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Remie Hochman - west hartford, CT

“Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth, William and extended family- I have had the pleasure of working with Peter and knowing him and your family for...Read More »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Tess Dagenais - Middletown, CT

“Peter u would always come to all our games and cheer us on. It will be hard to focus without you there. I will truly miss you. My thoughts and...Read More »
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Tatiana st.juste - west hartford, CT

“Dear Ladd family, I'm very sad to hear the news about Peter. I will really miss sitting with him at lunch and giving me a high five every day. Peter...Read More »
63 of 100+ | Posted by: Sylvie Pidto - West Hartford, CT

“Your Grandmother always spoke so lovingly of him. I could tell how very much he meant to her. Thoughts and prayers with all the family. We know he is...Read More »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Betty Pfister - Santa Cruz, CA

“Dear Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth & William, You are in our prayers and our hearts at this sad time. We are so happy Peter had the chance to take...Read More »
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Deborah Cavanaugh - Wolcott, CT

“To Mary Ellen,Patrick,Elizabeth,William,and Peter's entire extended family; G-d has recalled his little angel home way too soon. Working with Peter...Read More »
66 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Birnbaum - West Hartford, CT

“Rolling/wrestling during read aloud, catching a football in his gut, racing around the playground in a game of tag, Peter was one of the students in...Read More »
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Lorie Campagna - West Hartford, CT

“I am deeply sorry for your loss. I worked and cared for Peter during the school day. My prayers are with him and his family. ”
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Jennifer Gable - West Hartford, CT

“Patrick,My deepest sympathies on your family's loss. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you and your family at this time of great sorrow. May...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Thad Dymkowski - Willington, CT

“Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth and William,I feel blessed that I was able to work with Peter for the last four months at KP. He really touched...Read More »
70 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Rucci - West Hartford, CT

“I am so sorry to hear this news I have so many memories of Peter at camp care and how he smiled and loved you with his eyes my prayers are with you ”
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Linda Brennan - Columbia, CT

“My deepest sympathy to the Ladd family. I got to know Peter when he was a student at the Early Learning Center, and again at Norfeldt School when I...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Nancy Driska - Kensington, CT

“I remember Peter as happy and enjoying school. When we were in 3rd grade, my friends and I used to play with him at recess and push him around the...Read More »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Shara Reimer - West Hartford, CT

“MaryEllen, Patrick, Elizabeth, and William,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your incredibly special family. ”
74 of 100+ | Posted by: Sabrina Zaffina - West Hartford, CT

“We are all so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Peter. Both Michael and Sarah have such fond memories of Peter joining them for their birthday...Read More »
75 of 100+ | Posted by: The Pollacks - West Hartford, CT

“Sending a gentle hug your way, to comfort you, and to let you know that you're on my mind and in my heart today and always. With deepest sympathy, ...Read More »
76 of 100+ | Posted by: Henry J. O'Rourke (Skip) - CT

“Ted Pacific friend of Jane Ladd my sincerest sympathy ”
77 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend

“Patrick and Family: I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son Peter. I will remember him, and your family, in my thoughts...Read More »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: Patti Michelson

“Dear Patrick, Mary Ellen and Family: My family and I are terribly sorry to hear of your loss. It is obvious that Peter was dearly loved and...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Gloria McLean and Family - CT

“I was so much looking forward to meeting Peter if I ever made that "fall trip" to Cheshire and Hartford. My heart goes out to you at this terrible...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Lydia Douglas - Vidor,, TX - Aunt

“To Mary Ellen, Pat and all of the wonderful family- I am so sorry for your loss. Though I ddin't know Peter, I am sure that he was an angel, even...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: karen pagano - Wellfleet, MA

“I was fortunate to meet Peter this school year. My office is next to his classroom,and I am lucky to have been greeted by his smiling, lovely face...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: Cheryl Pacyna - W. Hartford, CT

“Peter's short time on this earth has enhanced and changed our lives in ways we can only begin to grasp. We are more open to embracing humanity, more...Read More »
83 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris & Ted - Manchester, CT

“Patrick and family - My thoughts are with you through this time; may you wonderful memories and family and friend's love carry you through this time....Read More »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Earnest - Meriden, CT

“To Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth and William. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Peters sudden passing. You are all in my thoughts and...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Rachel Burnett - West Hartford, CT

“Our deepest condolences Mary Ellen, Patrick, Elizabeth and William and this very difficult time. Our prayers are with you all. ”
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark, Cathy and Haley Guidotti - CT

“Our hearts are with you in sadness and in the joy of Peter's life. Particularly during this season, we're reminded of the truest gift ...the...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol & Darlene

“MaryEllen, Patrick and family, Visiting with you every morning and singing to Peter on the bus for 6 years brought great joy to me. May God be with...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: linda Abel - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Patrick and Family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you . ”
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Dominick Caruso - Southington, CT

“my deepest sympathy during your time of sorry ,may god wraps his loving arms around you and your family .i pray our lord and savior gives you peace...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: passionlee pitt-grier - hartford, CT

“Dear Patrick and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know your faith will get you through this difficult time. Lori ”
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Lori Canney - Meriden, CT

“To Patrick and the Ladd family, I wish to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I will keep all of you in my prayers. ”
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Alexis Burgess - Meriden, CT

“To Patrick and family; There are no words of comfort on the loss of your precious son. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: Madelyn Muniz - Meriden, CT

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the Ladd family. Words can never express the grief we feel along with you. ”
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark and Kristi Mason - CT

“Peter and I "hung out" together at ESY (extended school year) /Sedgwick Middle School each summer. I will always remember how beautiful his smile was...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: Denise Brezinski - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Patrick & Family: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope you are comforted to know that Peter is now in heaven with the angels. ...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Rutkauskas - Meriden, CT

“Dear Patrick; I am so very sorry to hear about Peter's passing. My heart goes out to you. I will say many prayers for you and your family. I know...Read More »
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Ruth Green - CT

“Dear Patrick and Family: Both Bob and I sent our deepest sympathy on the loss of your little boy.Hope you feel the caring that is in so many hearts...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Jo-Ann R Amantea - meriden, CT

“Peter's smile brightened every room that he entered. I was lucky to work with Peter not only this year but also in 4th grade, and it was very clear...Read More »
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Lauren Pouliot Rozek - Windsor, CT

“Peter you always brightened my day with your infectious smile and the twinkle in your eye. Rest in peace little angel. You will always be in my heart...Read More »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Sharon Bak - new britain, CT

Peter McKinley Ladd, 11 year old cherished son of Mary Ellen (McKinley) and Patrick Ladd, died unexpectedly on Christmas morning at CT Children's Medical Center after a brief illness. Peter was born July 16, 2001 with cerebral palsy and, because of his disability, was a trusting soul who relied on many loving people to meet his basic needs. Peter lived in West Hartford his whole, short life and attended the Early Learning Center, Norfeldt Elementary School and King Philip Middle School. Peter loved going to school. He was welcomed and accepted by the many wonderful children at Norfeldt School where he spent six fantastic years under the guidance of a warm, dedicated and loving staff. Peter loved music, swimming, going for bike rides, Miracle League baseball, therapeutic horseback riding and watching The Brady Bunch and Leave It to Beaver. He also loved water parks and hanging out on the raft with his Dad at Cape Cod. Peter was often complimented for the way his presence could light up a room and for his infectious belly laugh when he really got going. Peter was always willing to give a friend at school a high five and enjoyed roaming the halls on his bike or in his walker. Everywhere he went people would approach him to say hello. Besides his parents, Peter is survived by and will be deeply missed by his loving older sister, Elizabeth, and his spirited younger brother, William; his paternal grandparents Ann and Vic Preissner of Marlborough, CT and Len and Lois Ladd of Washington, DC. Peter was blessed with 17 amazing aunts and uncles who loved and cared for him. He also leaves behind 23 wonderful cousins, all of whom loved Peter in many ways. Peter is predeceased by his maternal grandparents Maureen (Curtin) McKinley and Aaro S. McKinley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Church of Saint Peter Claver, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling hours will be Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HARC/Camp Bulova, 900 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105 or Camp Care Therapeutic Riding, 106 Route 66, Columbia, CT 06237. For directions and online condolences, please visit