Joseph ‘Joe’ Solan

NORTH CANAAN — Joseph “Joe” R. Solan, 89, husband of Teresa (Perotti) Solan, passed away peacefully at his home in North Canaan, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 2, 2018. 

Joe was an all-around good guy! 

Joe was born in Sharon on Jan. 14, 1929. He was the son of Margaret (Donlon) and Richard Solan of Lakeville. 

After his graduation from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1948, Joe joined the U.S. Air Force, where he became an aircraft mechanic working on the B-17 and P51 Mustang. 

Upon his Honorable Discharge, he worked for the Connecticut Highway Department, starting in Winsted and then in North Canaan for 35 years, operating road equipment. He was also a driving instructor for the state highway department. 

After his retirement he kept busy doing good deeds for others, and spending four months a year in Holiday, Fla., with family and friends. 

In addition to his beloved wife, Teresa, of 64 blessed years, Joe is survived by his children, Terry Belter and her husband, Thomas, of Lucas, Texas, the Rev. Deacon Peter A. Solan of San Francisco, Calif., Richard and his wife, Dena Solan, of North Canaan, and Josef Jungo and his family of Zürich, Switzerland. 

His son, William (The Big Dog Billy), predeceased him in January 2017, and they are now fishing together with friends in Heaven. 

Joe had three grandchildren, Kristin Olson and Kevin Belter in Lucas and Joseph Solan in North Canaan; and three great-grand children. 

Joe also had one brother, Thomas, who predeceased him in 1991.

Joe was a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, and a communicant of St. Joseph Church in North Canaan. 

While raising his family they would often go fishing on Twin Lakes year-round. As a family he was head cook, as they used to cater dinners for all occasions year-round. 

Joe loved working outdoors. 

He was a practical joker, and always saw the good in everyone. 

Friends may call Friday, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in North Canaan. Burial will follow in St Mary’s Cemetery in Lakeville. 

In lieu of flowers, please do a good deed for someone and think of Joe, as he made his later life’s mission to helping others no matter what.