Johnnie Irwin "Sonny" Slade
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Johnnie Irwin Slade ("Sonny"), 78, transitioned from this life peacefully on August 12, 2022. He was born on April 29, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Verneice and John F. Slade. Sonny grew up in Hampton, VA, before relocating to Middletown, CT. He worked for the Santoro Construction Company for over 25 years. He opened "Sonny's Auto Shop," over 40 years ago - which is well known to the community of Middletown to this day.
Sonny was predeceased by his brothers, David Slade and Lloyd Slade; sisters, Mary, Deborah, and Joyce; son, Sonny Jamaa Slade; and great-grandson, Trevon Barnes, Jr.
To cherish his memory Sonny leaves his wife since 2002, Lorraine Geraldine Slade; brothers, Aaron "Beanie" Slade and Keith Slade; sisters, Brenda Pace, Sandra Davis, and Sybil (Willie) Long; stepsister, Evelyn Smith; daughters, Dr. Amelia (Robert) Scott, Cynthia (Peter) Daye, Deborah Francis, Betty "Bam" Leary, Demetria Leary, Charmaine Lane, Sandra Slade, Laverne Slade, and Shantee Grace; sons, Johnny (Valerie) Leary, Derrick Slade, and Erric Grace; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; and a host of other family members and friends.
A celebration of his life will take place Monday, August 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Faith Center COGIC, 22 Crown St, Meriden, CT 06450. Friends may call Monday at the church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Middletown. Services by Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, 1287 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511. To leave a message of comfort for the Slade family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com